Development Manager

Development Manager

Peoples Action Institute Website
  • Peoples Action Institute
  • Anywhere
  • Full Time

About People’s Action/Institute

People’s Action Institute (501c3) and its 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 29 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

Are you looking for a fulfilling career that allows you to make a positive impact on the world? Do you want to be part of something truly meaningful? Become a part of our dedicated team of fundraisers and organizers who share a common goal of advancing the progressive movement and delivering tangible improvements in the lives of the multiracial working class.


Overview of the Position

The Development Manager is responsible for developing and implementing the organization’s core fundraising activities, including grant writing, reporting, and fundraising communication. Their goal is to maintain and increase foundation support for the organization. You will work closely with the development and program teams, as well as engage other stakeholders. This position interacts with all departments and needs a strong understanding of the organization and its mission.


As a Development Manager, your typical day will include (but isn’t limited to):

Communication with Funders & Grant Writing

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.
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 appeals, and electronic messaging.
Reporting, Tracking & Administration Duties

Track proposal and reporting deadlines, ensure all submitted materials are accurate, and comply with all funder requirements.
Working with the development team to update and maintain the organizational database to track funder cultivation.
Maintaining accurate and up-to-date funder and prospect records on Salesforce, our organizational database.
Explore New Leads & Supporting Member Organizations

Explore and identify new institutional leads and prospects to diversify funding sources.
Processing significant subgrants to member organizations and other partners.
Support member organizations’ fundraising capacity by working with the development team.
Other duties as assigned.


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

Strong commitment to racial, gender, and economic justice and their intersections, both inside and outside the organization.
Ability to work with diverse people and organizations
At least 3 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.


Compensation and Benefits:

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

Union Position (Yes/No): Yes

Salary Range: Level C – $67,317 – $91,910, commensurate with experience

Location: Can be based in our Chicago, IL, or Washington, D.C. office, but remote locations may be considered anywhere within the continental United States.

Reports to: Deputy Development Director

Supervises: N/A

Travel Requirements (Yes/No):  Yes, 4-5 times a year for staff retreats and development events as needed

Benefits include: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Medical on the first day of employment, and Dependent Care Flex Spending Account after 90 days, 401(k) plan after 30 days, Long-Term Disability Insurance, Life Insurance, 4 floating holidays (Presidents Day, May Day, Indigenous People’s Day, Veterans Day, 10 paid holidays plus the last two weeks of the year that includes Christmas Eve/Christmas Day as well as, New Year’s Eve, and you accrue two weeks of vacation your first year of employment.

Our Commitment to Equitable Compensation:

We believe in fair compensation for your work – no matter where you live. Our salary scale is comparable to salaries you would find in Chicago, IL, where our headquarters is based. It is based on your months/years of work experience.  While we do not determine education as a factor in whether we hire someone to work for People’s Action Institute, we do factor in any relevant higher education experience that you have. To further counter pay inequities and inequality on the team, we have a non-negotiable compensation practice and provide opportunities for advancement for full-time employees based on performance evaluation. Your starting pay reflects where you sit within our salary scale and is based on the information that you provide us on your resume. PAI continues to monitor wages through triennial compensation analysis to ensure that we continue to offer our prospective and current employees fair wages.

Commitment to Disability, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

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

Close date: September 10, 2023

No phone calls, please.

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