Development Manager

  • 1933
  • Washington D.C., DC 20001, USA
  • Oct 11, 2017
Full time Manager

Job Description

The Council of State Governments (CSG) is the nation's only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships. To learn more about CSG please visit our website at We are currently seeking a development manager at our Lexington, KY national headquarters office. 

Under the leadership of the Director of Development, and working in close coordination with CSG's policy and program staff, the Development Manager is responsible for the on-going growth and successful cultivation of external funds to support the mission and member priorities of The Council of State Governments. 


  • Assist in the development, implementation, execution, and outcomes of CSG's development plan.
  • Manage an external fund development portfolio as determined by the Director of Development.
  • Assist in the day-to-day functions and operations of the development department.
  • Collaborate with policy & program staff in the identification and cultivation of external funding opportunities to support CSG's member priorities.
  • Serve as primary grant writer and manage the funding proposal process.
  • Conduct research for potential funding opportunities that advance CSG's member-driven mission and achieve organizational objectives.
  • Represent CSG at conferences and meetings with current and prospective funders.
  • Prepare briefing memos for meetings with Development Managers, Director of Development, Executive Director/CEO, CSG national officers, or other CSG staff as appropriate.
  • Manage projects as part of CSG National meetings, including special events.
  • Provide staff support at CSG meetings.
  • Prepare and make presentations to funders and other potential partner organizations or groups.
  • Assist in the creation of moves management reports for CSG principals and staff.
  • Conduct relationship management with state officials and policymakers including legislative and other governmental contacts in all 50 states, D.C. and the U.S. Territories.
  • Participate actively in staff discussions and strategic planning meetings, assist with other project or program tasks and perform other organizational duties as assigned.
  • Develop and expand a knowledge base on effective development practices including grant and proposal writing, effective fundraising strategies, promotion/marketing writing, and social interaction and professional presentation skills.
  • Liaise with administrative staff to execute mailings, donor recognition, and acknowledgement letters.


  • Knowledge of state and federal public policy issues and an understanding of state and federal public policy development processes.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and competence to work effectively with a myriad of local, state and federal officials, including high level executive, legislative and judicial leaders as well as multiple internal departments and external stakeholders including funders.
  • Ability to work with leading experts in the field of state public policy including researchers, policy experts, program providers and private sector representatives.
  • Strong research skills including internet research and personal interviews.
  • Strong writing skills including grant and RFP writing as well as more general writing such as correspondence, memos and articles.
  • Superior organizational skills and judgment, with the ability to independently manage multiple priorities while maintaining attention to detail and meeting established deadlines.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality and handle politically sensitive work.
  • Self-motivated, able to take initiative and see complex tasks through to completion.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with multiple internal and external partners.


  • A minimum of 5 years' experience in development, grant-writing, government, public relations/marketing or related field.
  • Bachelor's degree in Political Science, Journalism, Communications, Public Administration or related field.
  • Experience in public policy or government service preferable.
  • Established track record securing charitable gifts from corporate or philanthropic foundations.
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully collaborating with diverse constituencies and stakeholders to successfully secure external funds.


  • Frequently communicates with both public and private-sector members, partners, sponsors, vendors, and visitors in person, via telecommunications or electronically.
  • Frequently answers telephone.
  • Occasionally transports objects weighing up to twenty-five (25) pounds when moving office supplies.
  • Frequently remains in stationary position.
  • Periodic business travel including travel by motor vehicle and/or airplane.
  • Frequently operates a computer.


Interested applicants must complete online application and attach the following;

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Two writing samples (proposals, grants, etc.)
  • Three professional references 

CSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled)

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.