Immigration Reform Law Institute

Development Manager, Major Gifts

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Job Opening: Development Manager

About Us:IRLI is currently seeking a dedicated and experienced full-time Development Manager to lead our major gifts program. This position is based at our Washington, D.C. headquarters and reports directly to the Executive Director.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Lead the cultivation and management of a major donor portfolio, including identifying, engaging, and stewarding individuals and organizations capable of making significant contributions.
  • Develop and execute a comprehensive annual calendar of major gift stewardship activities, ensuring regular and meaningful touchpoints with major donors and prospects.
  • Coordinate and oversee the planning and logistics of special events, both in-person and virtual, to engage major donors. This includes organizing donor briefings, personal meetings, and presentations.
  • Craft personalized, printed acknowledgments, handwritten thank-you notes, and regular informational mailings to major donors and prospects, nurturing relationships and keeping them informed about our mission work.
  • Serve as the primary contact for all donor communication, promptly responding to emails, phone calls, information requests, and other inquiries.
  • Provide support to the administrative and accounting teams by assisting with in-house mail processing, database gift entry, and reconciliation. Maintain accurate and updated records of major gift portfolio activities in the database.
  • Manage foundation grant applications, ensuring adherence to deadlines and reporting requirements. Assist in the drafting, assembling, and mailing of grant proposals.


  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field.
  • 3-5 years of experience in nonprofit development, with a focus on major gifts and donor stewardship.
  • Strong understanding of IRLI's mission and alignment with the organization's goals.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion and sound judgment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to engage and inspire major donors.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and a commitment to representing IRLI with professionalism.
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills, with excellent attention to detail.
  • Team player with self-starting abilities, flexibility, and the ability to multitask effectively.
  • Previous experience working with CRM/donor databases is strongly preferred.
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite.

Application:To apply, please submit a cover letter demonstrating your familiarity with our mission, a comprehensive resume, and one writing sample to Only applications with the required documents will be considered.

The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) is an equal-opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage applicants from all backgrounds regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics.

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