February 28th, 2020

Development Associate

Website ncldorg National Center for Learning Disabilities

Reports to:  CEO
Team:  Development
Status:  Full Time

The Mission and Vision:
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) improves the lives of one in five of us who struggle with brain-based learning and attention issues related to reading, math, writing, focus, organization and more. As the leading programming, research and advocacy organization for learning and attention issues, NCLD empowers parents and young adults, transforms schools and creates policy and advocacy impact.  We envision a society in which every individual who struggles to learn possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life.

The Position
The development associate serves as a key member of NCLD’s development team and is responsible for supporting donor cultivation and stewardship through event management and outreach. A highly organized individual with strong relational skills, the associate facilitates the planning of key cultivation events and cross-departmental activities, including the annual benefit dinner, VIP cultivation events, and board meetings. Towards that end, the associate also oversees NCLD’s Salesforce system to ensure regular communication with donors and strategic advancement of relationships. This position is based in Washington, DC.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manages preparation and execution of events designed to raise funds and cultivate relationships for NCLD. Events may include VIP dinners, expert panels, regional meeting series, school visits, and more.
  • Works alongside the event consultant to plan the organization’s Annual Benefit Dinner, including oversight of mailing lists, acknowledgments, and workplan.
  • Ensures the evaluation of event activities through briefings summarizing purpose, cost, attendance, and (as appropriate) funds raised.
  • Supports the President & CEO with the preparation of board meeting materials each quarter, including the board book and presentation slide decks.
  • Oversees the department’s Grants Tracker and Salesforce system, to enable frequent and planned cultivation and stewardship communications with potential and current donors.
  • Conducts outreach to a small portfolio of mid-level donors, and supports the strategy and execution behind donor appeal and stewardship mailings.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 2-4 years work experience required, preferably in a nonprofit environment.
  • Must be detail-oriented and extremely well-organized.
  • Must have experience in event preparation and execution.
  • Strong writing and editing abilities.
  • Demonstrated project management capabilities. 
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision.
  • Computer proficient with Google Drive and fundraising database management programs (e.g., Salesforce) preferred.
  • Works well under pressure and manages stress well.
  • Strong work ethic and high standards for personal and professional excellence.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and discretion. 
  • Strong professionalism and ability to interact with high-level donors.
  • Sense of humor; positive attitude.
  • Passion and commitment to NCLD’s mission.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, as needed.

The National Center for Learning Disabilities is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

For additional information on the organization, please visit our website at www.ncld.org.

Please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@ncld.org with the subject title “Job Application: [First Name Last Name], Development Associate.”

Please note that only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

To apply for this job email your details to jobs@ncld.org

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