Development Manager

Organizational Background

Global Labor Justice – International Labor Rights Forum (GLJ-ILRF) brings strategic capacity to cross-sectoral work on global value chains, capital markets, and labor migration corridors. GLJ-ILRF holds global corporations accountable for labor rights violations in their supply chains; advances policies and laws that protect decent work and just migration; and strengthens freedom of association, new forms of bargaining, and worker organizations.

Position Summary

The Development Manager, a newly created position, will work closely with the Executive Director and COO to build on our strong organizational momentum to date. The Development Manager will play a key role in collaborating with other senior leaders across the organization to secure the funds we need to continue expanding the depth and breadth of our programs internationally while building the infrastructure of a high-functioning Development Department. The Development Manager will hire and supervise a Development Associate. 

Key Responsibilities

The Development Manager will orchestrate all development activities and will require strong project management, research, grant writing, and donor communication skills to support our fundraising efforts with foundations, individuals, and governments. The core responsibilities include:

  • Manage a comprehensive and strategic development plan focused on maintaining and expanding foundation, individual, and government support.
  • Maintain and update the organizational portfolio of current and prospective foundation and government funders.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director to organize and support fundraising efforts through prospect research, preparing for cultivation meetings, and preparing grant proposals and reports.
  • Establish and manage proposal and report writing processes that involve staff and consultants as appropriate in effective and collaborative ways, including coordination with GLJ-ILRF’s COO, CFO, and Program Directors, to create grant proposals, reporting budgets, and reconcile monthly revenue and expense information.
  • Contribute to the development of logic models/results framework/theories of change, performance monitoring and evaluation plans, and M&E narratives for non-competitive proposals, work plans, and other framework documents, including the identification and use of appropriate indicators, developing M&E matrices and indicator reference sheets, and other related tasks.
  • Design data collection and reporting instruments and protocols consistent with program needs, including designing indicator tracking tables based on approved MEL Plans
  • Support evaluation activities, including serving as a member of internal evaluation teams and collecting data for performance evaluations, as well as contributing to data cleaning and developing summaries for data analysis. Contribute to report writing.
  • Support learning activities by capturing and documenting findings and lessons learned.
  • Run regular development team meetings to provide updates and ensure progress to fundraising goals and timely, high-quality submission of proposals and reports.
  • Strengthen systems around processing and acknowledging gift and long-term stewardship of funder relationships, including ensuring that donors are updated on and engaged in GLJ ILRF’s work.
  • Plan fundraising projects and programs designed to increase the visibility of the organization and enhance giving, such as annual giving campaigns, gift-in-kind programs, and special events.
  • Support the creation of Board documents and materials that support Board outreach efforts.
  • Work closely with the COO to lead specific high level organizational events including the organization’s annual Labor Rights Defenders’ event.
  • Work closely with the COO to manage implementation of the CRM and individual donor program. 
  • Ensure Department policies and procedures are comprehensive and up to date; stay current with fundraising trends including, but not limited to, data management software, research methodologies, and stewardship best practices.
  • Work closely with communications team to help with creating content for the website and other marketing/media needs.
  • Work closely with the COO to create and distribute an Organizational Annual Report.
  • Manage Development Associate’s work.


The ideal candidate will have experience managing a significant docket of philanthropic and government grants including and will be a strong writer and manager. M&E experience is a plus.

Additionally, the ideal candidate will have many of the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in statistics, social science, social justice, human rights, international relations, public policy, economics, or a related field.
  • Five plus years of relevant experience working in development or M&E including philanthropic, government, and/or individual donor relations. 
  • Excellent writing skills in English to effectively create clear and concise documents, and strong oral communication skills to effectively present information and respond to inquiries. Fluency in English (verbal and written) is required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interact and convey the impact of our work to U.S. and global funders and supporters. 
  • Excellent judgment, problem-solving, critical thinking, and analysis skills, with strong attention to detail.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize and work on multiple tasks under tight deadlines with competing priorities and staff in different time zones.
  • Project management experience including developing a workplan and successfully managing diverse team members on a deadline.
  • Proven ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, manage multiple work streams, and work creatively.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Suite, Slack, Google Workspace, project management systems, and CRM systems. Experience with NeonCRM is a plus.
  • Experience working in an international organization and/or in monitoring and evaluating labor, social justice, human rights, or civil society programs; using participatory M&E approaches or designing and implementing MEL systems is a plus. 

Job status: Full-time, exempt, member of IFPTE Local 70 Bargaining Unit

Salary Range: $85,000-$95,000 USD salary for U.S. employees depending on qualifications and experience. GLJ-ILRF offers excellent benefits including full healthcare coverage for employee and family members.

Supervisor: Chief Operating Officer

Location: Washington, D.C. or remote work considered.

GLJ- ILRF is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and persons with diverse gender and sexual identities. This description does not constitute an employment contract, implied or otherwise.  GLJ-ILRF’s bargaining unit employees are represented by IFPTE Local 70.