Development Manager (NYCL)

The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) ensures that low-income children have the resources, support, and opportunities they need for healthy and productive lives. To do this, NCYL leads cross-sector campaigns that hold public systems accountable to children and families. Our strategies weave together coalition building, demonstration projects, policy development, research, technical assistance, and litigation, when necessary. NCYL’s unique strength is working at the convergence of youth rights issue areas, with intersectional campaigns focused on adolescent health, child trafficking, child welfare, education, immigration, youth justice, and reproductive justice.  


The Development Manager will secure funding for NCYL’s high-impact system reform projects to defend the rights of immigrant children, end child trafficking, protect LGBTQIA+ youth and students of color from harassment at school, hold foster care systems accountable, dismantle the school to prison pipeline, and advance the reproductive health rights of youth.



As part of an organization grounded in values of equity and justice, this is an opportunity to connect deeply to the issues you care most about in a creative, supportive, and inspiring work environment. Through this role, you will engage in close partnerships with NCYL program staff across all campaign areas, partner with leading national, state, and local foundations, and help drive the organization’s growth. NCYL has a $9.5M organizational budget with significant, multi-year investments from leading foundations. The Development Manager will have the opportunity to identify and implement new strategies that continue to build NCYL’s prospect pipeline.

Essential Functions

  • Staff Mentor & Coach | Cultivate and manage close relationships with NCYL Program Directors working across youth rights issue areas, providing them with your development expertise, especially as it pertains to prospecting, funder communications, and proposal writing.
  • Content Creator | Serve as NCYL’s creator and protector of content by building up NCYL’s development content library and crafting new, engaging text that communicates our impact and inspires and aligns NCYL staff and funders.
  • Grant Writer | Lead the drafting, editing, and submission of funder-facing materials including letters of inquiry, concept papers, proposals, and collateral materials in partnership with NCYL Program Directors and the Finance Team.
  • Prospect Cultivator | Identify and strategize best approaches to reach new funder audiences, including foundation, government, and corporate sources.
  • Strategic Partner | Generate new, innovative ideas and contribute to organization-wide strategic and development planning that will help ensure NCYL’s continued sustainable growth.

Desired Qualifications

  • Three or more years of full-time work experience, preferably in non-profit development or philanthropy
  • Demonstrated commitment to the youth rights issues that NCYL stands for
  • Experience successfully applying for and receiving significant private foundation grants
  • Persuasive, compelling communication skills, especially in the written form
  • Exceptional attention to detail and project management skills
  • Preference for candidates with Salesforce experience

Salary and Benefits

This role reports to the Development Director and will work closely with the Development Associate, Executive Director, and Program Directors across the organization. This is a full-time position based in Oakland, CA. Salary is comparable to similar organizations in the Bay Area with a range of $68,000 to $75,000 annually. NCYL provides health, dental, life, short and long-term disability insurance, sabbatical, sick, and vacation benefits, and an employer contribution to a 403(b) retirement plan.


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis accepted through July 23, 2018. Submit a cover letter and resume to apply. No phone calls or emails please.

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NCYL is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, size, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Applicants of color and those who will increase the diversity of NCYL are strongly encouraged to apply.  

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