Development Manager

National Employment Law Project
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Feb 10, 2023

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) seeks a dedicated professional to join our fundraising team in the position of Development Manager. Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Development Manager will play a critical role in grant writing, deepen relationships with current foundation funders, and further NELP’s growth goals by identifying new potential prospects.

Who We Are

Founded in 1969, the nonprofit National Employment Law Project (NELP) is a leading advocacy organization with the mission to build a just and inclusive economy where all workers have expansive rights and thrive in good jobs. Together with local, state, and national partners, NELP advances its mission through transformative legal and policy solutions, research, capacity building, and communications. Our victories over the last decade have impacted the lives of an estimated 100 million workers and their families. We lead and collaborate in fights for higher pay and just benefits, secure and safe jobs, and support at each stage in a worker’s life. We build worker power and we challenge rules that allow corporate harm and undue power. We are transforming precarious work by raising the floor so that every job is a good job and everyone who wants a job can have one. Together over the next decade, we will build Black, immigrant worker power and advance transformative solutions to achieve racial and economic justice. For more information, read our annual reports and strategic plan, and explore our website:

NELP has a team of 55 staff people based across offices in New York City, Washington D.C., and Berkeley, CA, with a 12-person Board of Directors, an annual budget of $20M, and hundreds of partners in the field with whom we work to further our mission.

What You Will Do

As a critical member of our Development team, the Development Manager will be responsible for programmatic and general operating grant writing – from proposal creation to narrative reporting. The Development Manager will conduct prospect research of foundations and other potential funding opportunities. Working closely with staff across the organization, the Development Manager plays an essential role in NELP’s fundraising and strategic growth.

You will specifically be responsible for the following:

- Generating well-researched, well-written, and well-documented grant proposals and reports.
- Working with the Chief Development Officer and Grants Manager to manage donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategy for grants.
- Liaising with NELP’s Program and Strategy staff to develop a solid understanding of the organization’s programs, initiatives, and history.
- Conducting prospect research to increase NELP’s pipeline by analyzing trends in institutional giving relevant to economic justice, workers’ rights, and racial justice.
- Developing funder meeting agendas and supporting funder relationship building.
- Working with Communications staff to identify stories with an ethical storytelling lens for funding proposals and external communications, including the annual impact report.
- Actively contribute to NELP becoming an anti-racist organization that reflects and embodies our values.

Who You Are

- You are an effective writer and communicator with an interest in advancing workers’ rights through fundraising.
- You build relationships that foster trust and transparency across lines of difference by listening deeply and offering direct, honest feedback with compassion and clarity of purpose.
- You set realistic expectations and consistently meet deadlines. You are flexible in fast-paced environments with an ability to develop and implement process recommendations.
- You work well under long, medium, and short-term deadlines and know when each is appropriate and doable while respecting team capacity.
- You have strong racial equity competencies and center your role in an analysis and understanding of how race and power shape systems in our society and culture and you are continuously learning, reflecting, and growing.
- You must be eligible and authorized to work in the United States.

Start Date, Location, Compensation and Benefits: In response to the pandemic, all staff are currently working remotely and are not traveling except in limited voluntary circumstances. When conditions are amenable, the position will require limited travel, primarily for NELP internal meetings or conferences. Candidates must be able to work from our New York City, Washington D.C., or Berkeley office. NELP currently offers voluntary access to all office locations. When NELP returns to working in the physical office, staff may choose to work remotely up to two days per week; this hybrid model seeks to leverage both the benefits of working with colleagues in person and the benefits of flexible remote arrangements. The remote start date will be as soon as possible.

This position is in NELP’s bargaining unit, represented by National Organization of Legal Service Workers, UAW Local 2320. Classification and compensation for NELP bargaining unit positions is commensurate with relevant experience and education and based on NELP’s collectively bargained scales. Based on our union scale, here are some examples of salaries for this position:

- with a relevant Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of relevant experience, the salary will be $72,700;
- with a relevant Bachelor’s degree and 10 years of relevant experience, the salary will be $86,400;
- with a relevant Master’s degree and 11 years of post-graduate relevant experience, the salary will be $101,300.

Based on the union scale, if an individual candidate’s education or experience is higher than an example, the salary will be higher; conversely, with less education or experience, the salary is lower.

NELP believes in work-life balance and ensuring that employees are able to care for themselves and their family members. Therefore, compensation at NELP also includes an excellent comprehensive benefits package, including full coverage of family health insurance, a medical reimbursement plan, generous vacation and sick leave, plus additional organization-wide holidays, significant contribution from employer to a retirement plan (both an unelected contribution and employer match), 12 weeks paid parental leave, and student loan repayment assistance for qualifying participants, and professional development opportunities.

To apply: Go to our online application system at to submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (no more than 5 pages). We will consider applications on a rolling basis; interested applicants are encouraged to submit by February 13, 2023.

NELP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and an equal opportunity, fair chance, affirmative action employer, committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce.  All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status, or caregiver status.

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