The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and legislative staff of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues. Our mission is to serve state legislatures and other intergovernmental groups by providing support, promoting fresh ideas, connecting legislators and staff with experts and each other, and provide a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system. Since its founding in 1975, NCSL's staff has grown from 15 employees to over 150 employees in its offices in Denver, CO and Washington, D.C.
The Senior Development Specialist is responsible for identifying and developing new sponsors for the NCSL Foundation for State Legislatures, managing relationships with current NCSL Foundation sponsors and playing an integral role in the fundraising efforts. The position requires substantial and demonstrated independence, initiative and political sensitivity to blend and balance effectively the interest of NCSL, state legislatures, and Foundation donors.
This position is grant-funded and is subject to reduction in percentage of time covered or elimination if grant funding becomes unavailable.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
Collaborates with Director of Foundation and development team to identify, initiate, and develop relations with potential new foundation donors.
Develops and maintains relationships with existing donors, delivers personal attention to services provided to donors, and with their requests for assistance, information and services.
Identifies, cultivates, pursues and retains major donor and contributor support.
Acts as liaison on behalf of Foundation donors with the entire spectrum of NCSL staff, Foundation board directors and other key constituents.
Works with Director of Foundation to develop annual development plan to achieve Board designated fundraising goal.
Attends appropriate meetings with Foundation funders in the Washington, D.C. metro area including luncheons, receptions and other events as needed.
Works with the Director of Foundation in formulating potential projects and public-private partnerships for Foundation funding.
Coordinates fundraising efforts with the Foundation director and the NCSL project, marketing, meetings and management staff.
This position does not have direct supervision over staff.
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as laptop computers, copy machines, scanners and smartphones.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee may need to lift and carry objects up to 50 lbs. Requires the ability to travel locally, regionally and nationally, including overnight and weekends.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Experience and Education
Bachelor's degree plus six years of relevant and progressive experience. Including experience in fundraising, marketing or development work, experience in government or politics preferably with a state or intergovernmental focus, and experience involving extensive constituent contact with a trade association or public interest group.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must demonstrate excellence in the interpersonal skills required to work effectively with legislators and legislative staff, foundation board members, private sector representatives and others.
Must demonstrate skill and competence in developing funding opportunities, new resources and project ideas.
Must demonstrate exceptional writing, speaking and organizational skills.
Must demonstrate acumen in conflict resolution and communications.
Must demonstrate the capacity to work cooperatively and effectively with other staff using persuasion, negotiation, and leadership skills.
NCSL offers an outstanding benefits package including low cost health, dental and vision coverage, a 401(a)-retirement plan with 10% contribution after 6 months and full vesting, life & disability insurance, 3-weeks paid vacation with 5+ years of paid full-time work experience, paid leave, 35-hour work weeks, telework, pet insurance, discounted bus / train passes, and more!
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume highlighting skills and qualifications to: https://ncsl.applicantpro.com/jobs no later than Friday June 28, 2019.
NCSL IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
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About National Conference of State Legislatures
Since 1975, the National Conference of State Legislatures has been the bipartisan voice of legislators and legislative staff in the states, commonwealths and territories of the U.S. Our mission is to serve state legislatures by providing support, promoting fresh ideas, connecting legislators and staff with experts and each other, and providing a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system.
Legislators and legislative staff turn to us for up-to-date, nonpartisan information on critical state legislative issues, including health care, budgets, elections, transportation, education and more. We work to protect state sovereignty and flexibility, fight against unfunded mandates and oppose unwarranted federal pre-emption of state authority. Our experts and their research are regularly cited by prominent national news outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and NPR.
NCSL’s success depends on its dedicated and talented staff. Our staff serves a diverse community of legislators and legislative staff, and NCSL values a diverse workforce that reflects that community. We strive to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people by valuing their varied skills and ...experiences. Employees work in a challenging, often fast-paced environment where they assist legislators and legislative staff in their work to promote the common good of the citizens of the states.