Senior Manager of Philanthropic Engagement/Individual Giving

The Position

The National Women’s Law Center seeks a talented and experienced Senior Manager of Individual Giving aka Senior Manager of Philanthropic Engagement to partner in managing the Center’s annual fundraising efforts.  The Senior Manager will focus on individual donors and prospects as a key member of a development department that is expanding networks of and deepening relationships with individual, corporate, law firm, and foundation donors.

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 women of color, LGBTQ 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.


  • Partner with the Director of Philanthropic Engagement to manage the Law Center’s comprehensive annual fundraising program, working with relevant vendors and cross-team on a variety of appeals designed to acquire and retain individual donors.
  • Directly manage a portfolio of individual donors at the $1,000+ level, including existing and prospective donors, securing renewals, and increasing their support over time.
  • Work with the Development and Communications teams on a variety of fundraising and cultivation initiatives, including the annual gala, donor stakeholder calls, and events.
  • Collaborate with the Institutional Giving Team to identify external workplace corporate giving opportunities for their employees.
  • Lead prospect review meetings and researching prospective individual donors.
  • Engage in other fundraising initiatives as assigned.


The ideal candidate must possess:

  • At least five years of relevant years of experience in fundraising including experience in individual donor engagement for both c3 and c4 organizations, donor pipeline management, donor data analytics, and related writing experience.
  • Superior 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.
  • Experience with 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.

Key Relations

The Senior Manager of Individual Giving will report directly to the Director of Philanthropic Engagement, and 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 Senior Manager will oversee relevant projects assigned to the Philanthropic Engagement Associate and Development Interns.


A minimum salary of $91,000 will be provided to the successful candidate having at least 5 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

National Women’s Law Center has retained the services of ThinkingAhead Executive Search. Interested applicants should send a resume and statement of interest to Heather Campbell, Partner and Executive Recruiter: [email protected].

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]