Development Assistant

The Position

The National Women’s Law Center seeks a Development Assistant to support NWLC’s fundraising efforts. The Assistant will join a development team that is expanding networks of, and deepening relationships with, individual, corporate, law firm, and foundation donors. 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, LGBTQIA+ people, and low-income women and families.

For 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.


  • 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;
  • Maintains current, comprehensive, and reliable data for the development team, including in Raiser’s Edge;
  • Assists with the planning and execution of special events and opportunities for donor engagement, including a large annual gala, regional gatherings, and donor Zoom calls;
  • Coordinates development team meetings and schedules internal and external meetings;
  • Provides meeting support as needed, including assistance with preparing and circulating written materials and agendas, taking notes, and engaging in follow-up as needed;
  • 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 general requests for information from donors;
  • Assists with donor acknowledgments in coordination with members of the Development team;
  • Engages in proofreading, formatting, information gathering, filing, and other administrative tasks as needed across the development department;

Maintains team supplies;

  • Other duties as assigned.


The candidate must possess:

  • Proficiency in MS Word, MS Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to prioritize, organize, and complete work independently and with discretion when dealing with confidential information regarding the Center’s business and sensitive donor information;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Ability to be a self-starter with an eye for detail, flexibility, and 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, collaborative, 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 or a similar content management system;
  • Work experience within a law firm, major company, leading nonprofit, or government agency.

Key Relationships

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

Compensation and Benefits

A minimum salary of $58,550 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. However, due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, most NWLC staff are temporarily working remotely with the option to work from our office, located in historic Dupont Circle (moving to Franklin Square in early 2023). 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.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please forward a cover letter and resume outlining how your professional background is a good fit for this position. Resumes should include exact start and end dates (month and year) of employment. Please send application materials via email to [email protected] and include the position title in the subject line. 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 genders, 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 us at [email protected]