Fundraising Development Manager job at Close Up Foundation


Company presentation │ Close Up is a non-profit, non-partisan civic education organization that aims to inform, inspire and empower young people to become active participants in our democracy. We believe that a strong democracy requires the commitment of all citizens. Therefore, we seek to reach young people from all communities and backgrounds, regardless of race, religion, gender, socio-economic level or educational level. Since 1971, we’ve partnered with schools nationwide to serve nearly one million students and educators through experiential programs in the nation’s capital and local communities, after-school programs and virtual summer schools, professional development for educators, and curriculum and resource design.

Job Overview │ The Fundraising Development Manager is key to developing Close Up’s ability to garner support that sustains the organization and extends its long-term impact. The person in this role will report to the Director of External Affairs and collaborate with Close Up management. This person will maintain and develop the portfolio, manage workflow, oversee the preparation of narrative and financial documents, and develop systems to increase efficiency. The Foundation’s fundraising efforts often focus on increasing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). The ideal candidate has strong philanthropic networks and a proven track record of fundraising success. They are driven and able to translate our mission into compelling cases of support.

This position is based in the Washington, DC area, but there is telecommuting flexibility.


  • Cultivate new giving from individuals, foundations, donors and corporations.
  • Manage the grant calendar and develop letters, presentations, proposals and reports for funders.
  • Work with management to develop the culture and solicitation of donors and prospects, and implement a fundraising strategy.
  • Manage development staff and workflow to ensure timely submission of proposals, reports and other donor related deliverables.
  • Collaborate with communications and marketing teams to develop guarantees and opportunities to amplify donor support.
  • Support senior management with introductory calls and preparation for meetings with potential donors.
  • Follow and understand the latest trends and developments in politics and civic education.
  • Participate in paid on-the-job training, in which you will work directly with students on our experiential learning programs.


  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university.
  • 5-7 years of experience in fundraising, business development and/or sales.
  • A track record of success in achieving ambitious fundraising goals.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
  • The ability to work both independently and collaboratively across the organization.
  • A creative thinker with strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Detail oriented with exceptional organizational and time management skills.
  • Willingness to travel to support prospecting and donor engagement.
  • Previous teaching experience desired.
  • Close Up’s passion for mission and civic education.

Benefits and Compensation │ Close Up offers a comprehensive benefits package including three robust medical insurance plans, dental insurance (over 90% of premiums are company paid) and vision coverage. Close Up pays 100% of premiums for life/AD&D insurance and short-term and long-term disability insurance, and offers flexible spending and dependent care accounts, a 403(b) retirement savings program, paid vacation/sick days/holidays, parental leave, Metro subsidy or free garage parking, free on-site gym and a positive work environment.

If you are excited about the prospect of joining Close Up and this position is a perfect fit for you, please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]

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The Close Up Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.


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