December 17th, 2019

Development Officer

Website ncldorg National Center for Learning Disabilities

National Center for Learning Disabilities

National Center for Learning Disabilities

Headquarters: 1 Thomas Circle NW, #700, Washington, DC 20005
Reports to:  President & CEO
Team:  Development
Status:  Full Time

The Mission and Vision
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) improves the lives of the 1 in 5 of us who struggle with brain-based learning and attention issues related to reading, math, writing, focus, organization and more.  Our mission is to empower parents and young adults, transform schools and advocate for equal rights and opportunities for the 1 in 5. We’re working to create a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life.

The Position
The Development Officer will lead and manage the overall development efforts of NCLD. She/he will work closely with the President and 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 Development Officer will also work with NCLD’s board of directors to identify and secure new sources of support for the organization.

The responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to:

  • 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, coordinate all aspects of annual gala and smaller donor events throughout the year.
  • Coordinate the efforts of NCLD’s development committee, including participating in regular committee meetings.
  • 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.

 Required Qualifications & Skill Sets

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in business administration, nonprofit management or related field a plus.
  • 5+ years of experience in nonprofit development / fundraising work.  
  • 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.

Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.

Please send a resume and cover letter to with the subject line “Job Application: First Name Last Name, Development Officer”

The National Center for Learning Disabilities is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

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