Donor Engagement Manager

National Center for Lesbian Rights | San Francisco, California


About the National Center for Lesbian Rights

NCLR is a strong and effective national legal organization dedicated to achieving full civil and human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their families through impact litigation, public policy work, direct legal services, and community and public education. NCLR values team and community collaboration and fosters an engaged and dynamic work culture where staff are valued and thrive. The Development, Legal and Program teams work closely together to communicate and elevate the mission and advocacy of the organization.

NCLR advocates for more than 5,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families in all fifty states each year, including LGBT seniors, immigrants, athletes, and youth. Our impact litigation serves all LGBT people in the United States. For more information about NCLR, please visit our website:

Job Summary

This is an opportunity to work closely with a committed donor base and community and a passionate and dedicated team that values humor, hard work and justice. The Donor Engagement Manager reports to the Director of Philanthropy & Community Engagement and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of NCLR’s annual fund program, including direct mail and online giving, sustainers and workplace giving. Additionally, the Donor Engagement Manager will work with the entire development team on events, donor outreach and creative models for fundraising growth and cultivation. This position works closely with the Associate Director, Development Coordinators and Database Administrator to ensure success in NCLR’s major donor program and annual Anniversary Circle Campaign.

Reports To

Director of Philanthropy & Community Engagement


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Participate with the Director of Philanthropy & Community Engagement in creating an annual donor outreach plan, including digital, direct mail, events and cultivation opportunities
  • Oversee all administrative aspects of identification, cultivation, solicitation, recognition and stewardship of all individual non-Anniversary Circle donors, including sustainers (monthly donors), workplace giving and legacy donors.
  • Oversee planning and execution for all cultivation and fundraising events, including managing event consultants and other vendor relationships.
  • In collaboration with outside direct marketing consultants, manage the planning and implementation of all annual direct mail and online campaigns throughout the year.
  • As needed, write copy for print and online fundraising appeals to support current case work and long-term organizational goals.
  • As needed, write copy for communications, including website, social media and overall agency collateral.
  • Manage all administrative aspects of state and federal workplace giving programs, including annual registration and reporting.
  • Analyze, evaluate and prepare reports on progress and success of individual giving against annual goals.
  • Work with Database Manager to facilitate annual fund and sustainer recognition.
  • Ensure related donor information and fundraising activities are accurately recorded in the organization’s donor database in a timely manner.
  • Ensure NCLR profile is up-to-date and accurate on various charity evaluation websites such as Guidestar, Charity Navigator, etc.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience at least five years of development or related experience.
  • Planning and management of fund development programs.
  • Strong writing and creative skills
  • Intermediate knowledge of online giving and website content management systems.
  • Comfortability with databases such as Raiser’s Edge and/or equivalent systems.
  • Excellent computer skills. Proficiency in MS Office, including Outlook, Word, and Excel.

Required Qualities:

  • Commitment to NCLR’s mission and programs and knowledgeable about LGBTQ communities and issues.
  • Knowledge of and interest in trends and changing landscape in philanthropy.
  • Excellent project management skills; able to balance multiple competing priorities.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail required.
  • Resourceful and flexible
  • Excellent communication skills; diplomatic.
  • Ability to maintain a healthy sense of humor in a fast-paced environment.
  • A team player who is willing to take on additional duties and responsibilities as needed.


Wage and Benefits

Wage is $32.00-36.00 per hour and the position is full-time.  Excellent benefits include medical, dental, and vision coverage for employee and dependents; three weeks of vacation per year, sick time and holidays; short-term and long-term disability insurance; life insurance; pre-tax flexible spending plans for qualified health care, dependent care, transportation and parking benefits; and participation in a 403(b) retirement plan.

How to Apply


Please submit your resume and cover letter through Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  No telephone calls or emails please. 

The National Center for Lesbian Rights affirmatively values diversity and seeks to hire staff that reflects the diversity of our communities. Transgender people, non-binary people, intersex people, people of color, formerly incarcerated people, and people with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.

NCLR provides reasonable accommodations for the application, interview, or any other aspect of the employee selection process to applicants with disabilities. Please e-mail to request an accommodation.

NCLR is an equal opportunity employer. NCLR is committed to providing a work environment free of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and disrespectful or other unprofessional conduct based on sex, sex stereotype, race, color, creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, sexual orientation, weight, height, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by federal, state, or local law. This policy applies to all employment practices including hiring, benefits, promotions, training, disciplinary action, and termination.

National Center for Lesbian Rights


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