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Part-time Development Manager

Changing the Conversation for Progress
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Mar 15, 2024

About the Organization

Changing the Conversation (CTC) is building a corps of deep canvassers to grow an American electorate that embraces compassion and inclusion. CTC helped flip Staten Island in 2018, Pennsylvania in 2020, and again in 2022.  Campaigns have been featured in the NY Times, The Nation, WNYC, The American Prospect, Politics Is For Power, The Philadelphia Citizen and The Forge.


Deep canvassing is a proven method that patiently invites voters over to support a cause. It’s a form of conversation that builds trust through empathetic listening, deep mutual respect, and connecting emotionally. Through the telling and eliciting of stories, voters connect their values with participating in democracy.  Randomized control trials have shown deep canvassing to be the most effective form of voter persuasion that’s ever been measured.  CTC’s Deep Canvassing connects with unlikely voters in marginalized communities of Philadelphia in a way that no one else does.Our country, and our world, is at a critical turning point. Next fall, US voters will face a stark choice: stand up for democracy or stay home and let autocratic rule continue its ascent. A few states will tip the balance. Pennsylvania is one of them. The good news is that there are potential voters that are open to talking, there are potential volunteers seeking meaningful ways to be political, and our deep canvassing strategy works! 


We are committed to doing the work and challenging each other to achieve levels of excellence. We also strive to be an organization in which everyone is respected and heard, as well. We also acknowledge the work is hard, and the world is brutal, and we strive to build a culture of positive, hopeful attitudes, with joy, laughter, and mission.  For more information about CTC, visit our website here


About the Role


Do you feel like the world is on fire?  Do you believe in building people-power and movements for people who want to be part of this pivotal moment and turn things around? Our country, and our world, is at a critical turning point. Next fall, US voters will face a stark choice: stand up for democracy or stay home and let autocratic rule continue its ascent. 


We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic Part-time Development Manager to support, and ultimately lead, our efforts in fundraising and donor relations. The ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to social justice, excellent communication skills, and a proven track record in nonprofit development.  While experience in development is a plus, we are dedicated to supporting employees in developing new skills.  We welcome candidates with a variety of backgrounds and encourage you to apply even if you don't meet every qualification. It does require a genuine interest in learning about the art and science of raising money for work you believe in.

This role reports to the Director and offers a unique opportunity to contribute to meaningful social change in a collaborative and supportive environment.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


Development Strategy

    Work closely with the Director and organization leadership to implement, and iterate, a fundraising strategy aligned with the organization's mission  Learn how to identify, cultivate, and secure funding from diverse sources, including grants and individual donors

Donor Engagement, Stewardship, Management

    Cultivate and maintain relationships with individual donors, major donors, and corporate partners Develop and execute donor engagement plans to enhance donor retention and satisfaction Implement effective stewardship practices to express gratitude and demonstrate the impact of donor contributions Own relationship management for key funder prospects and donors Develop a tiered stewardship strategy to demonstrate gratitude, keep donors engaged with our work and mission, and amplify future gifts


Development Operations

    Work closely with CTC's Director to create and implement development operations procedures and policies Manage day-to-day operations of development office and data administration, including gift processing and acknowledgment, database management, reporting,ensuring integrity of all records, and working with other departments, as appropriate Maintain complete records including contracts, paperwork, and key documentation Monitor and report regularly on the progress of the development program

Grant Writing Management

    Work with Director and outside consultants to help create outward-facing materials, including reports and summaries as needed for funders, board of directors (Fundraising Outreach Toolkit) and general appeals 


  • Research grant opportunities aligned with CTC’s focus
  • Prepare first drafts of grant proposals and reports, ensuring alignment with organizational goals


    Manage relationships with grantors and ensure compliance with reporting requirements Work with consultants to create clear, concise, and compelling proposals and letters of intent that animate our work, values, and vision

Event Planning and Coordination

    Plan, coordinate, and execute fundraising events, ranging from small donor gatherings to dinner parties; ensure seamless event logistics, engaging programming, and meaningful donor interactions Work closely with, and under the guidance of, Director to build a volunteer fundraising team by identifying, recruiting, training volunteer leaders.


Networking and Outreach 

    Represent the campaign at relevant industry events, networking functions, and community gatherings, leveraging these opportunities to expand the donor base and strengthen relationships with key stakeholders


Candidate Requirements:


    Passion for constructively countering the forces of demagoguery, violent extremism and voter suppression Demonstrated commitment to progressive issues, including at least three years of experience working in a progressive politics or organization, or through consistent volunteer experience Strong interpersonal and social skills and ability to build relationships quickly Demonstrated experience managing projects and collaborating with stakeholders Strong organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail Strong written communication skills required; experience writing grants and managing non-profit communications materials preferred but not required Ability to problem-solve, think flexibility, and navigate ambiguity Comfort working remotely and technical fluency in utilizing Google Suite, databases, and new and different online portals; comfort and experience with Everyaction and Donorbox is a plus Demonstrated success in development preferred but not required Willingness to work in the field, including some evenings and weekends for events Desire and willingness to learn how to deep canvass and work on canvases, on occasion




The is a hybrid position, working at times on sight with the New York-based Director.  There would also be occasional travel to Philadelphia for canvassing.  




This is a part-time job that will be, on average, 10-20 hours per week.  We expect that as the second quarter of 2024 turns into the third and fourth, there will be periods of intensity. The hours and pay for this job will be $75-$125. The final rate will be determined based on years of experience and internal equity. This is also a position with an opportunity for career growth, training and advancement. 

CTC is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity.  Recruiting staff to create an inclusive organization is a priority, and we strongly encourage Black, Indigenous & People of Color, Spanish Speakers, and women to apply.  Candidates are evaluated solely on their qualifications to perform the work required.


How to Apply

Interested parties should email with the following:

    An updated resume In 300 words or less, please share where you learned about the role, why you are interested, and what makes you qualified for the part-time Development Manager role at CTC.


Please write “Part-Time Development Manager Application” in the subject line of the email. 

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