Washington DC

Manager of Philanthropic Engagement, The National Women's Law Center

The Organization

The National Women’s Law Center 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 those who face multiple forms of discrimination, including women of color, LGBTQ people, and low-income women and families.

For almost 50 years, we have been on the leading edge of every major legal and policy victory for women, and we need you with us to continue this fight. Find out more at NWLC.org.

Position Overview

The National Women’s Law Center seeks a talented and experienced Manager of Philanthropic Engagement to coordinate and build the Center’s annual giving program.  The Manager will focus on the annual fund and individual donors as a key member of a team that is expanding networks of and deepening relationships with individual, corporate, law firm, and foundation donors.


  • Managing and implementing the Law Center’s comprehensive annual appeals program, including developing strategies to garner new donors and increase sustaining gifts, retention rates, and average gift amounts.
  • Preparing various donor correspondences and donor materials with a high degree of customization—including coordinating with relevant vendors as necessary.
  • Directly managing a portfolio of individual donors at the $1,000+ level, including existing and prospective donors, securing renewals, and increasing their support over time.
  • Working closely with the Director of Philanthropic Engagement and members of the development team on a variety of fundraising and cultivation initiatives, including the annual gala and donor stakeholder calls and events.
  • Collaborating with the Institutional Giving Team to identify external workplace corporate giving opportunities for their employees.
  • Researching prospective individual donors.
  • Engaging in other fundraising initiatives as assigned.


The ideal candidate must possess:

  • At least two years of relevant years of experience in fundraising including experience in individual donor engagement, annual fund and pipeline management, donor data analytics, and related writing experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including the ability to compose compelling language about the Center’s work.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence and engage diverse audiences and to build long-term relationships, including experience leveraging executive-level staff to achieve fundraising success.
  • Outstanding time management and organizational skills, with careful attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multi-faceted projects, meet deadlines, be a self-starter, and perform well independently with grace under pressure in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment.
  • Sound judgment and ability to exercise discretion when dealing with confidential information regarding the Center’s business and sensitive donor information; high degree of self-motivation, personal discipline, and integrity.
  • Working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge (or similar database) and prospect research tools.
  • Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule when required to meet deadlines or other priorities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience working on gender and racial equity and centering communities of color in their approach to work.

Additional preferred skills and knowledge:

  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Experience with gender justice issues on which the Law Center works (reproductive rights and health, income security, child care, education, and workplace justice), or other issues related to gender justice, racial justice, and/or LGBTQ+ justice, including reproductive rights, freedom, and justice.
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Key Relations

The Manager of Philanthropic Engagement will report directly to the Director of Philanthropic Engagement. The Manager will collaborate with the Vice President for Development and key program staff, as well as the President and CEO, COO and Chief of Staff, and colleagues in Development, Finance, and Communications.  The Manager will oversee relevant projects delegated to the Philanthropic Engagement Associate and Development Interns.


A minimum salary of $73,913 will be provided to the successful candidate having at least 2 years of experience directly relevant to this role, consistent with the National Women’s Law Center’s compensation framework.

The Center offers a comprehensive benefits package, and four weeks of annual vacation.

NWLC is a non-profit organization whose headquarters and staff are based in Washington, D.C., with our office located in historic Dupont Circle. However, due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, all NWLC staff are temporarily working remotely. We continue to monitor public health guidance and keep safety, science, and flexibility top of mind as we evaluate what reopening looks like for our team.


NWLC recognizes a staff bargaining unit, NWLC United, affiliated with the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union/IFPTE Local 70, a union for non-profit workers. This position is included in NWLC’s bargaining unit. Specific employment terms are subject to collective bargaining.

How To Apply

To apply, please submit a resume and a cover letter to ManagerPE2021@nwlc.org. Resumes should include exact start and end dates (month and year) of employment. In your cover letter, please describe how your professional background is a good fit for this position. Electronic submissions are preferred. Applications accepted until position is filled.

The National Women’s Law Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek applications from people with disabilities; people of all gender identities and sexual orientations; people of color; and veterans. 

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