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: http://www.nelp.org.
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
- Liaising with NELP’s Program and Strategy staff to develop a
solid understanding of the organization’s programs, initiatives,
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
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
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
To apply: Go to our online application system at
nationalemploymentlawproject.applytojob.com/apply 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