Associate Development Manager

About Taproot

The Taproot Foundation’s mission is to drive social change by leading, mobilizing, and engaging professionals in pro bono service. Taproot seeks to fill a critical gap in the nonprofit sector: a lack of access to key marketing, design, technology, management, and strategic planning tools. In over a decade of research and experimentation, Taproot has operated award-winning programs that connect corporate talent to nonprofit need. Inspired by a commitment to innovation and high-quality programming, Taproot strives to equip nonprofits with the infrastructural resources they need to accomplish their direct-level service work.

The Opportunity

Taproot Foundation is seeking an Associate Development Manager to coordinate and lead the DC institutional fundraising and market building efforts in collaboration with the DC Executive Director. This staff member will have a critical role in shaping the success of Taproot’s DC office and will be a part of a national development team. A successful candidate will be an exceptional communicator with the ability to produce compelling, clear, high quality messaging. A detail-oriented, organized, ambitious, and engaging self-initiator will excel in this role.

Core Responsibilities

The role of the Associate Development Manager includes managing the full grant funding cycle, from discovering and strategizing new funding prospects and strategic partnerships to the final production of grant proposals and reports. The position is responsible for tracking and reporting outcomes and impact as well as analyzing trends/forecasts for the DC office. This person will craft new collateral, generate targeted communications to multiple audiences (e.g., business professionals, companies, funders, partners, and nonprofit organizations). This person will collaborate with senior leaders on initiatives and thought leadership, contributing to current and future development and communications goals.

Responsibilities include:

Resource Development

► Writing high-quality letters of inquiry, grant proposals, and reports for institutional funders

► Partnering with DC team members to identify and develop new opportunities for support

► Researching and qualifying potential funders and partners

► Supporting and contributing to overall fundraising strategies and operations

► Managing the grants calendar and all tracking and forecasting tools

► Providing support for funder and partner meetings, including logistics and communications

► Managing all donor communications and the fundraising database (Salesforce)


► Developing and executing strategic market-wide communications

► Collaborating with the Program and Advisory Services teams to showcase high-quality pro bono work and support business development for the office

► Building and growing Taproot’s social media presence locally (including LinkedIn, 3BL Media, Twitter, and blog presence)

Event Management

► Leading and coordinating Taproot DC’s major event calendar, including Global Pro Bono Week, the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, and the Project Management Institute’s Day of Service.


► Recruiting and managing graduate student fellows year round; supporting and developing university partnerships

► Performing executive support and office management duties

Experience and Competencies


► The ideal candidate has proven ability in the skills above and/or has had significant institutional fundraising responsibilities

► BA / BS requiring extensive writing (e.g. English, Communications, Journalism)

► 3 years of experience in grant writing, fundraising, communications, and/or business development

► Exceptional writer with excellent content creation, design, editing and proofreading skills

► Great comfort and success in business communications and working with diverse audiences and senior executives

► Ability to work independently; great adaptability and sense of humor

► Full fluency in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint; Proficiency in Salesforce, Constant Contact, and InDesign

► Ability to prioritize and project manage multiple short-term assignments with tight deadlines


► Experience managing development support roles and fellows

► Innovative and proactive approach to solving problems, improving processes and information management

► Availability to work after hours on occasion for networking events or for Taproot hosted events

► Demonstrated interest in the nonprofit sector through volunteering or work

This is a full-time exempt position based at Taproot’s office in Washington DC and reports to the Executive Director.

Interested? Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume online at

Start Date: ASAP

THE TAPROOT FOUNDATION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. The Taproot Foundation strives to reflect the diverse community it serves. Applicants who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for the position in a manner consistent with the Fair Chance Ordinance.

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