THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S LAW CENTER
The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) fights for gender justice—in
the courts, in public policy, and in our society—working across the
issues that are central to the lives of women and girls. We use the
law in all its forms to change culture and drive solutions to the
gender inequity that shapes our society and to break down the
barriers that harm all of us—especially women of color, LGBTQ
people, and low-income women and families.
The Law Center is entering a new phase as an institution, with a
new strategic plan that reflects an updated vision for impact. The
organization seeks to enhance and leverage its expertise,
multi-issue approach, relationships with movements and influencers,
and status within the legal and policy communities to drive a bold
gender justice agenda. Working meaningfully at the intersections of
race, gender, LGBTQ+, disability, age, national origin, and income,
National Women’s Law Center is recognized and trusted by a broad
range of stakeholders.
Please visit: https://nwlc.org/about/ for more
information about NWLC’s history, impact, and leadership.
ABOUT THE POSITION
The Vice President for Development is responsible for leading and
managing a high performing development team to devise and implement
a strategic development plan which generates increased support for
NWLC’s priorities in the $45M annual core operating budgets
across four affiliated entities:
- The National Women’s Law Center, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit
- The National Women’s Law Center Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) that
aims to drive progressive change in our policies and laws so that
all women and girls can live, learn, and work with safety, dignity,
- The National Women’s Law Center Fund LLC, which houses and
administers the Legal Network for Gender Equity and the TIME’S UP
Legal Defense Fund
- The Abortion Access Legal Defense Fund, a new entity formed to
help people caught up in the increasing legal chaos after the
devastating Dobbs decision, wherein Abortion Patients or
Supporters—individuals and entities who sought abortion or helped
someone obtain an abortion or information about abortion care – can
apply for funding to cover certain legal expenses related to their
The Vice President works to shape and fund the initiatives of
one of the country’s largest gender justice legal and advocacy
groups. They engage with senior leadership and program staff with
the goal of elevating NWLC to unprecedented new levels of success
by increasing and diversifying revenue sources to continue to fight
for gender justice by meshing funding opportunities with the
programmatic activities of the organization. They develop
strategies and lead a talented development team to initiate and
meet fundraising goals, leading the effort to identify and engage
new supporters and prioritizing unrestricted revenue sources and
strategies that secure, expand, and grow NWLC’s financial
NWLC has developed strong foundation philanthropic support, which
it hopes to continue and grow. Key to its sustainability and growth
is NWLC’s ability and success in building additional robust and
unrestricted sources of contributed income, most notably in
developing a comprehensive individual giving program from sustainer
to major gifts, including planned giving.
The Vice President serves as a key member of NWLC’s leadership team
and takes a leadership role in strategizing about current
priorities and opportunities, as well as the future direction of
NWLC. In collaboration with the Chief External Affairs Officer,
they lead the full range of development activities including major
individual and planned gifts, annual fund, corporate giving,
foundation philanthropy and capacity-building support, and special
The ideal candidate is deeply passionate about gender justice,
centered in equity, collaborative, creative, and brings significant
management experience and a record of empowering and inspiring
strong, cohesive teams to meet and exceed goals. In addition to
leading and supporting a large team, the ideal candidate also
thrives in managing and supporting relationships with a variety of
stakeholders including the Board of Directors, the CEO, Chief of
Staff and a small portfolio of donors.
The Vice President for Development reports to the Chief External
Affairs Officer and works closely with the President and CEO, Chief
of Staff, Chief Operating Officer, and a collaborative senior team
of nine other Vice Presidents. The Vice President manages a
development team of seventeen and has five direct
- Director of Foundation Engagement
- Director of External Affairs
- Director of Philanthropic Engagement
- Director of Development Services
- Development Assistant, who supports the activities of the
LEADERSHIP AND STRATEGY
- Serve as a key member of the leadership team, providing
judgment and expertise necessary to support NWLC’s accomplishment
of its mission and annual goals by leading activities that mesh
programmatic goals and funding sources during a time of growth and
- Create and implement a strategic development plan to generate
opportunities to increase awareness and financial support for NWLC
through the entire range of development activities including, but
not limited to, major and planned giving, corporate and foundation
support, special events, capital/endowment campaigns, and long-term
pipeline development. Work closely with Finance and Operations
colleagues, alongside the CEAO, to ensure the strategy ladders up
to long-term planning for the organization.
- Work closely with the President & CEO, Chief of Staff, and
Chief External Affairs Officer to help develop and execute
strategic efforts to leverage the President & CEO with donors,
prospective donors, and influencers, and to ensure that the
President & CEO is effectively supported in these efforts.
- Stay abreast of fundraising trends, innovations, and best
practices across the sector, and support an internal culture of
philanthropy and connected learning.
- Lead, inspire, and empower the Development team to work
inclusively, collaboratively, effectively and efficiently,
establishing clear performance standards, benchmarks for success,
and a path for increasing communication and cooperation across a
- Oversee the Director of Foundation Engagement in working with
the program leadership team to craft, articulate and market
compelling funding opportunities for both unrestricted and program
- Oversee the Director of Philanthropic Engagement in crafting,
articulating and marketing ways to increase individual support, in
collaboration with the marketing and communications team.
- Oversee the Director of External Affairs in crafting,
articulating and marketing ways to increase corporate, law firm and
other unrestricted institutional support, in collaboration with the
Director of Public Relations (situated on the campaigns and
- Oversee the Director of Development Services, alongside
managing and developing the Development Assistant, to ensure the
team’s infrastructure and operations are optimized.
- Create and manage a team budget of ~$2M, and in collaboration
with the VP for Finance, understand and prepare income projections
and analyze expense and income statements generated by NWLC’s
- In collaboration with the Chief of Staff and Board Development
Committee chairs, connect with Board members – current and past –
to identify and foster relationships and resource opportunities for
- Support the identification and recruitment of new Board members
in coordination and as directed by the Chief of Staff.
- Partnering with the CEAO, prepare and present data driven
development reports at Board meetings.
- Work with the Chief External Affairs Officer, CEO, Chief of
Staff, Director of Philanthropic Engagement, and NWLC Board members
to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major donors to NWLC
and affiliate entities.
- Grow and maintain a personal portfolio of major donor
- Work with the Director of Philanthropic Engagement to build,
launch and grow the major gift program including the Legacy Fund
and planned giving program so that it can become a stable source of
future funding for NWLC.
- Work with the NWLC Communications team to coordinate
development efforts with org-wide communications to inform the
public about the work of NWLC and broaden the base of support.
- Oversee the Director of External Affairs’ efforts to identify
ways to maximize the engagement of the Leadership Advisory
- Ensure that systems are in place to cultivate and steward
individual donors and evaluate the results.
- Oversee opportunities to expand contributed support from
corporations, law firms, labor unions, and other related
- In collaboration with the Director of External Affairs,
creatively expand ways and platforms through which corporate
entities can support the work, including but not limited to
employee giving, cause marketing, and corporate advocacy
- Ensure that systems are in place for the timely and accurate
preparation and presentation of proposals and reports for funders,
and that project management of programs funded by institutional
donors is aligned with proposals to support that work.
FOUNDATION AND LARGE-SCALE PHILANTHROPIC
- Oversee ongoing, successful foundation program support and work
to expand such support to include new and/or different funders as
well as to enhance the support of current donors, working closely
with program vice presidents to frame programs and projects along
with associated budgets developed with finance team
- Be a public-facing advocate for and champion of NWLC’s work in
philanthropic circles, successfully positioning the organization
for increased and sustained investments.
- Collaborate with the Communications team to ensure successful
planning and execution of fundraising and cultivation events to
achieve budget and stretch goals.
- Take overall responsibility for the planning and implementation
of fundraising aspects of NWLC’s annual gala, as well as a series
of special events in other major cities nationwide, ensuring that
the events are both financially and programmatically successful,
working closely with the communications team on overall management
of the gala and smaller events production and brand elevation.
- Craft and oversee a regional events plan to engage stakeholders
- Design and oversee other fundraising and cultivation events, as
DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
The Law Center recognizes that one candidate will likely not bring
the full collection of experiences listed here and is open to
candidates with a broad set of experiences and competencies. NWLC
seeks a candidate with:
- Demonstrated commitment to and experience working on gender and
racial equity issues and centering communities of color in their
approach to work.
- Demonstrated track record of accomplishment, having led a
successful, sustainable development program encompassing the entire
range of fundraising strategies and tactics.
- Strong business development and financial acumen, demonstrated
experience with budgeting and forecasting.
- Demonstrated skill of a fundraising generalist in leading the
entire range of giving strategies and campaigns including major
gifts, annual and planned giving, capital/endowment campaigns,
foundation and corporate philanthropy, and direct
- Collaborative style and inclusive approach to leadership and
management, with demonstrated ability to recruit, motivate and lead
a high-performance team.
- Demonstrated success as a front-line fundraiser; proven track
record of cultivating, soliciting, and closing major gifts and
- Demonstrated success in creating and expanding a culture of
- History of success managing relationships with members of the
Board of Directors
- Demonstrated knowledge of the national philanthropic community
and current trends in charitable giving.
- Superior communications and storytelling skills, with the
ability to speak and write in compelling language about gender
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple, multi-faceted projects
and meet deadlines; to maintain composure and perform well
independently in a fast-paced, collaborative, deadline-driven
setting, with careful attention to detail.
- Sound judgment and ability to exercise discretion when dealing
with confidential information regarding the Law Center’s business
and sensitive donor information; high degree of self-motivation,
personal discipline and integrity.
- Experience in a national legal and/or advocacy setting, ideally
with both c3 and c4 organizations.
A minimum salary of $231,051 will be provided to the successful
candidate with up to 20 years of experience, consistent with the
National Women’s Law Center’s compensation framework.
The successful candidate’s salary will be determined by the number
of years of relevant experience they bring to the role and their
qualifications. Final salary decisions are determined by the
President and CEO, subject to review by the Board Executive
Committee. As required by the IRS, compensation for this position
(salary and benefits combined) is listed on the organization’s
The Law Center offers generous leave and a
comprehensive benefits package—including a match of up to 3% of
the employee’s compensation to their individual 403(b) retirement
plan account along with a non-elective contribution of 6% of the
eligible employee’s salary, after they successfully complete their
90-day probation period.
NWLC’s headquarters and staff are based in Washington, D.C. and
most are working a hybrid schedule. This role is based in D.C., is
eligible for telework, and is expected to work regularly in-person
at the organization’s offices at 1350 I Street NW and in other