Development Fellow

Who We Are:

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a 501(c)(4) organization, is the premier coalition of more than 220 organizations which promotes and protects civil and human rights in America. The Leadership Conference has coordinated national lobbying efforts on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957.  To learn more about The Leadership Conference, please visit

The Leadership Conference Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization, builds public will for federal policies that promote and protect civil and human rights in the US.  Founded in 1969 as the education and research arm of The Leadership Conference, the Education Fund’s campaigns empower advocates to push for progressive change in the US. To learn more about the Education Fund, please visit

About the Role:

The Carol H. Pitchersky Development Fellowship was established to honor Carol H. Pitchersky, a social justice fundraising pioneer who had a vision to expand the fundraising capacity of the nation’s social justice community and to increase diversity in the development profession. This 2-year appointment reports to the Manager of Foundation Relations and provides an orientation to all facets of fundraising conducted by the organizations. During the fellowship term, the Fellow will be introduced to the programmatic and administrative elements of social justice nonprofit landscape through collaboration with the program and administrative staff and with the executive leadership of The Education Fund and The Leadership Conference. The Fellow will contribute to the specific coordination of projects related to foundation grant making to both the c(3) and c(4) organizations (including funder research, grant writing, grants management and reporting), deepen their knowledge and understanding of the social justice community, and build relationships with program staff to support the organizations’ core issue areas. Additionally, under the supervision of the Manager of Foundation Relations, the Fellow will identify, design, plan, and execute a capstone project that will contribute directly to the success of the organization. The capstone project is intentionally open-ended at the start of the Fellowship and jointly developed according to the unique strengths and interests of the Fellow alongside identified needs of the department/organizations.

Eligible candidates are young professionals of color with a demonstrated commitment to civil and human rights and shown through course of study and work experience. The Fellow must demonstrate an interest in a fundraising career with the idea that this opportunity will be utilized as a vehicle for career advancement in development, not a side-step into program or policy work.

The Fellowship is not only an opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the organization and the Development program, but to receive training in fundraising tactics and best practices and benefit from comprehensive professional development.

  • Membership in the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and registration at one annual AFP conference each year.
  • Virtual trainings on fundraising and grant seeking such as Development 101, Grant Writing 101, Corporate Giving, Major Gifts, Board of Trustees 101, Planned Giving and more.
  • Participate in staff-wide trainings and brown bags to further develop interpersonal and technical skills, and learn from subject matter experts on organizations’ priority issue areas.
  • Resume, cover letter and job interview support in second year of fellowship to support a strong transition from Fellowship to the broader development field.
  • The Leadership Conference also holds bi-weekly meetings to deep-dive into program and policy areas (i.e. Weekly Action Meeting, Policy 101), daily news briefings, and periodic interviews with the CEO, providing employees with regular opportunities to learn more about the field of civil and human rights.

What You Will Do:

Grant Writing and Prospecting

  • Draft initial grant-related materials of core issues areas, including but not limited to letters of inquiries, concept papers, proposals, reports and other writing when requested.
  • Secure supporting organizational documents as requested by funders.
  • Create detailed donor research profiles for current and prospective donors to brief and provide talking points for development, programmatic staff, and executive leadership in advance of meetings.
  • Work with Development staff to maintain CRM integrity and run prospecting/pipeline-related reports.
  • Work closely with the Manager of Foundation Relations and Managing Director of Development in finding new prospects for the organization in the form of general support, or programmatic support.
  • Maintain an up to date understanding of grantmaking trends and the general universe of national and community funders that address social justice, and conduct prospect research and new opportunities for funding.

Grants Management

  • Coordinate the grants management process from inception to submission of proposals, reports and requests from institutional funders. Work collaboratively with the Budget Analyst and Grants Accountant to secure necessary financial information for proposal and report budgets and grant award letters.
  • Process award letters and incoming donations to ensure accurate grant tracking, record keeping and accounting.
  • Coordinate meetings among The Leadership Conference programmatic staff to produce materials for concept papers, proposals and reports.

Team Support

  • Serve as needed as a liaison to the grantmaking community regarding upcoming meetings, teleconferences, and general communication with foundations.
  • Track and record donor related correspondence and outreach in Raisers Edge.
  • Work closely with the department operations team to ensure timely and accurate processing of pledges, grant agreements, completion of incoming fund forms, and recordkeeping in systems.
  • Possess a thorough understanding of The Education Fund and The Leadership Conference program areas to develop accurate and comprehensive program summaries.

What You Will Bring:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent in education and experience.
  • At least 1 year of work, volunteer, or student leadership experience.
  • Commitment to the mission and values of The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund.
  • The ability to work collaboratively and to multitask.
  • Strong writing, communication, and project management skills and an attention to detail.
  • The ability to work well in a fast-paced environment and to handle complex and competing priorities.

What We Offer:

The Organizations offer its employees a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision coverage, and generous personal leave and vacation time. Employees can also take advantage of Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and a retirement savings account.

Starting Salary – $62,082

Office Re-opening Statement 

During the Covid-19 pandemic, staff may opt in to work from the office. Most staff have chosen the option to work remotely. Through an internal working group and staff input, we are assessing how and when we will return more fully to the office. We anticipate that staff will return to the office in some capacity later this year. For now, there is no requirement to work from the office through June 2022.

To apply, please visit our Career Center and submit your resume and cover letter.

Our Commitment to an Inclusive Workplace

The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability.

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