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Director of Development

National Center for Learning Disabilities
District of Columbia, United States
$130,000.00 - $150,000.00
Closing date
Mar 13, 2024

National Center for Learning Disabilities

Headquarters: Washington, DC

1220 L. Street, NW

Suite 100, Box #168

Washington, D.C. 20005


Reports to: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Status: Full-Time 

Location: Remote 



The Mission  

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) is working to improve the lives of individuals with learning disabilities and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools, and advocating for equal rights and opportunities.


Position Summary

The Director of Development will lead and manage the overall development efforts of NCLD. She/he/ they will work closely with the CEO to design and implement a broad development effort to secure program-related and general operating support for NCLD from individual, corporate, foundation donors as well as support from government agencies. The Director of Development will also work with NCLD’s board of directors to identify and secure new sources of support for the organization.


Key Responsibilities

  • Manage all individual giving efforts, including:

               ○  Major gift solicitation and stewardship efforts

               ○  Direct mail and online solicitations

               ○  Identification and cultivation of new prospective individual donors

  • Working with an outside consultant, coordinates all aspects of annual gala and smaller donor events throughout the year.
  • Coordinate the efforts of NCLD's board giving and board fundraising efforts.
  • Maintain grant calendar and coordinate the submission of proposals and reports to current and prospective foundation and corporate funders.
  • Prepare periodic reports for NCLD’s board of directors and participate in board meetings as requested.
  • Ensure that all contributions are acknowledged in a timely and appropriate manner and that donor records are accurate.
  • Supervise and coordinate the work of all external development consultants.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned or requested.


Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in business administration, nonprofit management or related field a plus.
  • 7+ years of experience in nonprofit development / fundraising work, two years of managing a development effort.
  • Strong relationship-building skills and the ability to secure the confidence of existing and prospective donors.
  • Experience with donor databases or CRMs (Salesforce a plus).
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability to prioritize work and adjust to multiple demands. Demonstrated ability to follow tasks through to completion in a timely manner.
  • Excellent writing, editing, proofreading, and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent project management skills with the ability to lead projects from concept through execution with teams, with overlapping timelines.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively, with individuals and cross-disciplinary teams.
  • Positive attitude and commitment to teamwork.
  • Strong work ethic and high standards for personal and professional excellence.
  • Acute attention to detail, and dedication to quality assurance and follow-through.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Passion and commitment to NCLD’s mission. Prior knowledge of learning and attention issues is not required, but a willingness to learn is essential.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, as needed.

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