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Development Officer


Development Officer

The National Health Law Program seeks a talented, enthusiastic and versatile Development Officer, who will work closely with the Development and Communication teams. This position is open for either our Washington, D.C. office or Los Angeles, California office.




The National Health Law Program protects and advances the health rights of low income and underserved individuals. The National Health Law Program advocates, educates and litigates at the federal and state levels. Our offices (in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Carrboro, N.C.) manage a broad array of national, state, and local advocacy efforts, ranging from complex analyses of federal and state laws, policy advocacy, litigation, training, and individual technical support. We work with lawyers and advocates, community-based entities, federal and state policymakers, health care providers, and clients to address the needs of underserved people.


The National Health Law Program is committed to creating health equity -ensuring that everyone has access to the all resources they need to be healthy – and to cultivating an internal environment that empowers an exceptional and diverse staff. We welcome applicants who represent that diversity and who will contribute to our equity journey, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals.


Job Summary

We are seeking a talented development professional with at least 3 years of development experience, who will help establish and implement development goals, including managing our individual giving program, soliciting and stewarding current donors, identifying and engaging new donors, and deepening donor relationships. A commitment to health care and civil rights is a plus. The position requires exceptional attention to detail. The candidate must be a capable self-starter who works well as an individual and in a team.

Primary responsibilities will include supporting our development efforts, including annual solicitations and end of the year fundraising, planning and executing donor engagement events, and crafting donor communications.  This will involve creating and managing a development calendar to establish timelines and ensure that campaigns adhere to deadlines. Additionally, the National Health Law Program is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, so the Development Officer will also be part of a team planning and executing celebratory events.

This position reports to the Acting Director of Development and works closely with the Development Team and the Executive Director on a daily basis.

This position is based in either the Washington, D.C. or Los Angeles, California offices.



  • Work with the Development Team and Executive Director to manage the individual donor program;
  • Identify, cultivate, and steward new and prospective donors to develop lasting relationships;
  • Engage and sustain supporters through outreach activities and programs;
  • Implement development strategies around events;
  • Manage donor and prospect engagement and tracking;
  • Plan and implement donor engagement activities, including special events, presentations, and Anniversary events to expand awareness of the organization’s mission;
  • Work closely with the Development Team and the Executive Director to foster a planned giving program;
  • Prepare promotional materials in consultation with the Communication Team;
  • Supervise gift processing and overall database management;
  • Travel, as necessary, depending on needs; and
  • Other duties as required or assigned.



  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Generous benefits





Essential Qualifications and skills

  • Bachelors degree or commensurate experience;
  • 3 to 5 years of successful work in fundraising for nonprofit organizations or equivalent experience;
  • Ability to set, manage, and meet multiple deadlines simultaneously, with strong project management skills;
  • Proven success in multiple aspects of donor recruitment and retention;
  • Outstanding communications skills;
  • Social media experience and proficiency; and
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Preferred Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Experience in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Familiarity with health care and civil rights issues.





To Apply: 
Email (preferred) send a cover letter, resume and a brief writing sample to:   Include in the subject line “Development Coordinator Job Application.” Please add your name to each attachment sent. Example: JaneSmithCoverLetter.pdf, JohnSmithResume.pdf.     By Mail:   Gabriella Rodriguez National Health Law Program 1444 I Street NW, Suite 1105 Washington, DC 20005   The National Health Law Program is committed to a diverse staff and to a culture that holds equity as a value and a priority. We welcome applicants who bring a variety of perspectives, experiences, and competencies. People of color, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ persons are encouraged to apply.


Submission Deadline: 
May 29, 2019
Organization Information: 
National Health Law Program
3705 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 750
Los Angeles, CA 90010
United States
Phone: 2022897661