Development Assistant

The Position

The National Women’s Law Center seeks a Development Assistant to join a development team that is expanding networks of, and deepening relationships with, individual, corporate, law firm, and foundation donors for this leading women’s rights organization. This is a high responsibility position that provides full administrative support to a fast-moving development team.

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 more than 45 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.


  • Provides administrative and logistical support for the Vice President of Development, including proactive calendar management; coordination of calls/emails, travel, and meeting logistics; processing of invoices and expense reports; and entering data in Raiser’s Edge and Asana;
  • Prepares donor acknowledgments in coordination with members of the Development team;
  • Maintains current, comprehensive, and reliable data, including in Raiser’s Edge;
  • Assists with the planning and execution of special events and opportunities for donor engagement, including a large annual gala;
  • Coordinates development team meetings and schedules internal and external meetings;
  • Maintains department calendar and serves as the team lead in Asana;
  • Assists with direct mail appeals and other department mailings/correspondences;
  • Responds to organizational inquiries and requests for information;
  • Maintains team supplies;
  • Engages in proofreading, formatting, information gathering, filing, and other administrative tasks as needed across the development department;
  • Other duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate must possess:

  • Proficiency in MS Word, MS Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to prioritize, organize and complete work independently and with discretion;
  • Strong organization skills;
  • Must be self-starter with an eye for detail, flexibility, good judgment as well as the ability to learn quickly and handle multiple, concurrent tasks and assignments in an effective manner;
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced, diverse, and inclusive team setting, remaining flexible, resourceful, and proactive;
  • 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:

  • Experience in an administrative capacity for a senior executive, preferably at a non-profit organization or related field;
  • Experience working in Raiser’s Edge is a plus;
  • Work experience within a law firm, major company, leading nonprofit, or government agency.

Key Relations

The Assistant will report directly to the Vice President for Development and will provide aspects of administrative support to the Development team.


A minimum salary of $48,791 will be provided to the successful candidate who has 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 [email protected] 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. 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. 

Reasonable Accommodations

If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email [email protected].