Development Director (Remote)
National Civic League
March 1, 2022
The mission of the National Civic League is to advance civic engagement to build equitable, thriving communities. The League strengthens democracy by increasing the capacity of our nation’s people to fully participate in and build healthy and prosperous communities across America. Through our All-America Cities program and tools like the Civic Index and All-America Conversations toolkit and National Civic Review, we help local governments, civic leaders, nonprofit organizations, businesses and others work together to improve health, education, economic prosperity and other qualities. More information is on our website, at www.ncl.org.
Description of Job
This position directs fundraising, membership development and grant management for the National Civic League in collaboration with other staff. The League depends on a mix of grants, contracts, sponsorships, memberships, investment income and donations for its annual budget, which is generally between $600,000 and $800,000 per year. The development director will help secure grants and sponsorships, manage membership development, and undertake other fundraising to meet the League’s fiscal needs. Specific responsibilities include:
Securing Grants and Contracts
- Monitor grant availability for programs of interest to the League
- Identify sources and submit applications for new projects and existing programs
- Respond to RFPs from cities and other entities
- Oversee membership tracking and communications
- Recruit new members, including individuals, local governments, businesses and nonprofits
- Create collateral materials for use with potential funders and donors
- Develop and implement donation and sponsorship efforts
Grant and Financial Management
- Project cost calculation and budgeting
- Grant tracking and reporting
- Oversight of publication distribution and sales
As one of the League’s five directors, this position reports directly to the League President. While the League’s main office is in Denver, CO, this position can be performed remotely or hybrid.
This is an exempt, at-will, position with full benefits, including 20 paid-time-off days during the first two years, 12 paid holidays, fully covered health insurance for the employee only, life insurance, a 403(b) savings plan with a percent match in employer contributions, partial reimbursements for parking and cellphone, and disability insurance. A part-time schedule may be considered for the right candidate.
Pay Range: $70,000-$90,000
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Public Administration, Business/Finance, Marketing, Nonprofit Management, Political Science, Public Policy, Pre-Law, Communications, Sociology, or other field of study related to the work assignment; AND
At least three years of responsible professional experience in a nonprofit or government agency doing similar work, including grant-writing and other development work.
The following supplemental experience, competencies and abilities are highly desirable for this position and will be considered in selecting the successful candidate:
- Graduate degree in a related field;
- Additional years of experience in grant-writing or development, with a strong fundraising track record;
- Demonstrated ability to establish collaborative partnerships and effective working relationships with other organizations;
- Outstanding skills and abilities in verbal and written communications;
- Strong knowledge of financial management, budgeting and grant management;
- Ability to work well with clients regardless of position and authority, contribute to governing boards and committees, and adhere to clear lines of responsibility and accountability;
- Excellent skills in project development, including establishing goals and timetables, tactical plans, securing and coordinating resources, monitoring progress, engaging and working with other personnel or teams, measuring results, developing contingencies, and reporting out;
- Ability and motivation to develop creative solutions to complex, interpersonal, process, and systemic challenges;
- Excellent judgment and decision-making skills; makes decisions in accordance with upper management's philosophy, values and goals; perceives items and issues that are of great importance and initiates action proactively and within appropriate boundaries;
- Ability to collect, organize, analyze, and interpret data and information, and to identify the impact information may have on seemingly unrelated areas; and
- Ability to adapt work behavior and methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.
Conditions of Employment
This is an at-will position, with a three-month probationary period and annual performance evaluations. The successful candidate in this position will be willing to travel up to 25% of the work time throughout the U.S. and be willing and able to perform work in excess of 40 hours per week as work dictates. A copy of our Employee Handbook is available upon request.
Please send a résumé with cover letter to Doug Linkhart, President of the National Civic League, at DougL@NCL.org or by mail to National Civic League, Attn: Doug Linkhart, 190 East 9th Ave., Suite 200, Denver, CO 80203. The position is open until filled. Please call or email with any questions, 303-571-4343.
The National Civic League is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and does not discriminate in the terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on account of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, or otherwise as may be prohibited by federal and state law.