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Donor Relations Officer
National Center for Learning Disabilities
Development and Fundraising
New York

Donor Relations Officer
National Center for Learning Disabilities

Organization Overview:
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) works to improve the lives of the one in five individuals with learning and attention issues by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools and creating policy and advocacy impact.  We envision a society in which every individual who struggles to learn possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life.
Position Overview: NCLD is currently looking to add capacity to a growing Development team. We are seeking a detail-oriented, creative donor relations officer to develop, implement, and track the organization’s communications with prospective and active donors. Reporting to the senior director of strategic growth, the donor relations officer will directly manage a portfolio of mid-level donors while providing strategic, behind-the-scenes facilitation of NCLD’s moves management process with all donors. A highly skilled communicator with an aptitude for relationship building, the officer will serve as an important ambassador for NCLD and facilitate the development of long-term engagement with our donor audiences.

Key Responsibilities
Portfolio Management
  • Manage a portfolio of donors at the $500 to $10,000 level, with the expectation of continually moving new donors to this level.
  • Create and/or maintain high-touch relationships with donors through a variety of communication channels, focused on increasing their engagement with NCLD
  • Work closely with Director of Major Gifts to advance current and new donors to the major donor level ($10K+)
  • Orchestrate donor campaigns to attract and advance donor giving. Integrate campaigns with other development efforts in digital fundraising, major gifts, and corporate partnerships.
Cultivation and Stewardship Facilitation
  • In addition to the stewardship of donors in his/her portfolio, the officer will oversee NCLD’s structured moves management framework intended for the strategic cultivation and stewardship of all donors.
Track all “moves” in NCLD’s donor database; set follow-up actions as appropriate; and flag individuals in need of next steps.
  • With the Senior Director of Strategic Growth, identify and prioritize prospects for research and with determine tailored cultivation strategy
  • Support the planning, execution, and follow-up with donor-centric events, including pre-event relationship preparation and post event follow up
  • Build strong relationships with internal teams, staying informed on program developments and impact updates and advising colleagues with regards to donor events or communications that reach donor audiences.
Other Duties
  • Oversee employee giving accounts and related communications, and develop materials to attract, steward, and grow this donor audience, in partnership with the Senior Corporate Partnership Officer.
  • Stay informed on industry trends, best practices, and innovative approaches, and make recommendations as appropriate
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 5+ years of experience in nonprofit development; Knowledge of donor cultivation and stewardship best practices and moves management strategies.
  • Strong relationship building skills. Ability to secure the confidence of donors and prospects through long-term relationship building activities.
  • Experience with donor database (Salesforce a plus)
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability to prioritize work and adjust to multiple demands. Demonstrated ability to follow tasks through to completion in a timely manner.
  • Excellent writing, editing, proofreading, and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent project management skills with the ability to lead projects from concept through execution with teams, with overlapping timelines.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively, with individuals and cross-disciplinary teams.
  • Positive attitude and commitment to teamwork.
  • Strong work ethic and high standards for personal and professional excellence.
  • Acute attention to detail, and dedication to quality assurance and follow-through.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Passion and commitment to NCLD’s mission. Prior knowledge of learning and attention issues is not required, but a willingness to learn is essential.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, as needed.
To Apply 
Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, both in Word format, addressed to Catrin Davies, Senior Director, Strategic Growth at,
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
The National Center for Learning Disabilities is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.
For additional information on the organization, please visit their website at
For additional information on learning and attention issues, including ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia, executive functioning issues, nonverbal learning disabilities, processing issues and more, please visit
About Commongood Careers
National Center for Learning Disabilities has partnered with Commongood Careers to conduct the search for a Donor Relations Officer. Commongood Careers is a mission-driven search firm that supports the hiring needs of high-impact nonprofits. With an approach that leverages robust talent networks, recruitment and search management expertise, and a deep understanding of our clients’ missions and cultures, we help organizations secure the talent they need to create greater social impact. Since our founding in 2005, Commongood Careers has led more than 1000 searches at 350 organizations in 33 states, making us one of the most experienced and dedicated nonprofit search firms in the country. Learn more about nonprofit job opportunities at Commongood Careers.

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