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Development Manager - Foundations


How to Apply


Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume highlighting skills and qualifications to: no later than Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

The Development Manager is responsible for identifying and developing new sponsors for the NCSL Foundation for State Legislatures, managing relationships with current NCSL Foundation sponsors and playing an integral role in the fundraising efforts. The position requires substantial and demonstrated independence, initiative and political sensitivity to blend and balance effectively the interest of NCSL, state legislatures, and Foundation sponsors.

Areas of Responsibility: 

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES: Collaborates with Director of Foundation Programs and development team to identify, initiate, and develop relations with potential new foundation donors.

  1. Develops and maintains relationships with existing donors, delivers personal attention to services provided to donors, and with their requests for assistance, information and services.
  2. Identifies, cultivates, pursues and retains major donor and contributor support.
  3. Acts as liaison on behalf of Foundation donors with the entire spectrum of NCSL staff, Foundation board directors and other key constituents.
  4. Works with Director of Foundation Programs to develop annual development plan to achieve Board designated fundraising goal.
  5. Attends appropriate meetings with Foundation sponsors in the Washington, D.C. metro area including luncheons, receptions and other events as needed.
  6. Works with the Director of Foundation Programs in formulating potential projects and public-private partnerships for Foundation funding.
  7. Coordinates fundraising efforts with the Foundation director and the NCSL project, marketing, meetings and management staff.


This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities but does serve as a coach and mentor for other positions in the department.

Educational Background: 
Bachelor's Degree


Experience and Education

  • Bachelor's degree plus eight years of relevant and progressive experience. Including experience in fundraising, marketing or development work, experience in government or politics preferable with a state or intergovernmental focus, and experience involving extensive constituent contact with a trade association or public interest group.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Must demonstrate excellence in the interpersonal skills required to work effectively with legislators and legislative staff, foundation board members, private sector representatives and others.
  • Must demonstrate skill and competence in developing funding opportunities, new resources and project ideas.
  • Must demonstrate exceptional writing, speaking and organizational skills.
  • Must demonstrate acumen in conflict resolution and communications.
  • Must demonstrate the capacity to work cooperatively and effectively with other staff using persuasion, negotiation, and leadership skills.


NCSL offers an outstanding benefits package including low cost health, dental and vision coverage, a 401(a)-retirement plan with 10% contribution after 6 months and full vesting, life & disability insurance, 3-weeks paid vacation with 5+ years of paid full-time work experience, paid leave, telework, pet insurance, discounted bus / train passes, in-office dry cleaning pick up, access to 24-hour fitness memberships, and more!

How to Apply: 


Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume highlighting skills and qualifications to: no later than Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

Additional Information: 


This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as laptop computers, copy machines, scanners and smartphones.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit; stand; walk; open filing cabinets; bend; stoop; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee may need to lift and carry objects up to 50 lbs.  Requires the ability to travel locally, regionally and nationally by airplane, including overnight and weekends

Organization Info

National Conference of State Legislatures

Denver, Colorado
About Us
Areas of Focus: 

NCSL, founded in 1975, represents the legislatures in the states, territories and commonwealths of the U.S. Its mission is to advance the effectiveness, independence and integrity of legislatures and to foster interstate cooperation and facilitate the exchange of information among legislatures.

NCSL also represents legislatures in dealing with the federal government, especially in support of state sovereignty and state flexibility and protection from unfunded federal mandates and unwarranted federal preemption. The conference promotes cooperation between state legislatures in the U.S. and those in other countries.

Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Mar 9 2020
Active Until: 
Apr 9 2020
Hiring Organization: 
National Conference of State Legislatures