Development Manager

  • Full Time
  • Remote

Website Peoples Action Institute

About People’s Action/Institute

People’s Action Institute (501c3), and sister organization People’s Action (501c4), are national progressive organizations supporting the mobilization and leadership of the grassroots in support of an agenda that reflects people over profits. People’s Action/Institute builds the power of poor and working people in rural, suburban, and urban areas to win change through issue campaigns and elections.


With offices in Washington, DC, and Chicago, IL, and remote staff across the country, we support and advance state-based and national fights for progressive policies on the environment, decarceration, health care, economic security, housing, education, and more. Our member organizations, nearly 40 organizations across 30 states, improve lives by running local- and state-level issue and electoral campaigns, leading statewide tables, and collectively coming together to change national policy and politics.


People’s Action/ Institute has a track record of leadership in coordinating field mobilization and advocacy in advancing an array of issues at the local, state, and federal levels. Our member organizations have won important victories at the national, state, and local levels, including health insurance for millions and the reversal of health care laws that discriminate based on citizenship, stopping Wall Street banks from selling predatory payday loans to their customers, and historic legislation like the Community Reinvestment Act to victory and the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.


For more information on PAI, please visit


The Opportunity

Become part of a diverse team of fundraisers and organizers working to raise the resources needed to build the progressive movement and deliver tangible improvements in the lives of the multiracial working class.


Overview of the Position

The Development Manager has primary responsibility for the development and implementation of the organization’s core fundraising activities, including grant writing & reporting, and fundraising communications activities. The position’s primary goal is to maintain and grow a reliable base of foundation support for the organization. The Development Manager works in close collaboration with the Development Director, Executive Director, and People’s Action/People’s Action Institute development and program team on fundraising activities and engages other stakeholders in this work. This position interacts closely with all departments (finance, operations, campaigns, communications) through meetings, phone, and email communication. The Development Manager will need to understand the organization and its work, its mission, vision, values, operating philosophies, and how development activities impact the operation and success of the organization.


What you will do:

Communicating with funders to ensure engagement and increasing level of commitment to the organization
Work with the development team and program staff to draft and edit compelling grant proposals, concept papers, and reports.
Track proposal and reporting deadlines, ensure that all submitted materials are accurate, and comply with all funder requirements.
In collaboration with the Communications team, manage and track funder communications for the organization and ensure the production of high-quality, error-free materials, funder reports, annual reports, annual appeal, and electronic messaging.
Working with the development team to update and maintain the organizational database to track funder cultivation.
Explore and identify new institutional leads and prospects to diversify funding sources.
Administrative duties collaborating with Development Director, Finance & Operations, and Communications staff as needed.
Processing significant subgrants to member organizations and other partners.
Maintaining accurate and up-to-date funder and prospect records on Salesforce, our organizational database.
Support member organization’s fundraising capacity by working with the development team.
Other duties as assigned.


The ideal Development Manager should have the following experience and qualifications:

A minimum of 5 years of experience in a similar development, fundraising, writing or organizing role, preferably working with institutional funders (foundations, donor tables, etc.)
Familiarity with grassroots, community, labor, or political organizing.
Strong writing, proofreading, and detail-oriented research skills.
An understanding of 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) nonprofit legal structures.
Demonstrated ability to build relationships, work effectively with a broad range of people, and quickly gain the respect and support of key leaders.
Strong commitment to racial, gender, and economic justice and their intersections, both inside and outside the organization. We need people who are committed to building working-class power, and who are passionate about raising the money we need to develop the leadership of a multi-racial base of working-class leaders.
Ability to work with diverse people and organizations.


Compensation and Benefits:

Status: Full-time, Regular, Exempt, benefits-eligible

Salary Range: Level C- Starting salary at $72,737.50 commensurate with experience

Location: Can be based in our Chicago, IL office, Washington, D.C., or remote locations may be considered.

Reports to: Deputy Development Director

Benefits include: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Medical, and Dependent Care Flex Spending Account, 401(k) plan, Long-Term Disability Insurance, Life Insurance, 9 paid holidays plus the last two weeks of the year that include Christmas Eve/Christmas Day as well as, New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day, and you accrue two weeks of vacation your first year of employment.


Vaccination Transparency

Due to travel requirements and in-person interactions during employment, candidates will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated (Two Doses of either Moderna or Pfizer Vaccines or One Dose of J&J as well as all appropriate booster doses)  against COVID-19 before commencing employment. Reasonable accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with applicable law.


Commitment to Disability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

People’s Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer; women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQI people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Close date: 7/17/22

No phone calls, please.

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