Open Positions

Development Manager

Core Values

NCTR is transforming teacher preparation nationwide to ensure all children have access to an effective teacher. Our core values reflect who we are as an organization and how we work with our clients and our community.

  • Solutions-oriented
  • Continuous Learning
  • Data-driven
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Collaboration

Position Summary

The Development Manager will work directly with NCTR’s CEO to meet or exceed the organization’s revenue goals by securing funding from a variety of sources, including foundations, earned income and government sources. The Development Manager will research the market of interest-aligned funders and cultivate relationships with prospective funders. In addition, she/he will lead the management process of grants.


  • Collaborate with the CEO to design and execute an annual development strategy to ensure sufficient operating support and achieve fundraising goals
  • Manage the full lifecycle of grants, including but not limited to: stewarding funders and keeping them informed; tracking deadlines; writing and submitting letters of intent, proposals, and reports; pulling data for reporting purposes; and submitting thank you letters
  • Ensure accurate and up to date records of all development activities in Salesforce
  • Work with CEO to identify and research new potential foundations
  • Prepare briefings and recommend strategies to the CEO for making requests to funders and other interested partners
  • Forecast fundraising potential for annual budgeting process
  • Build strong relationships with, and support the development activities of, NCTR board members


  • Minimum of 3 years in grant writing, development, fundraising, or related work in the nonprofit field
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills; ability to produce compelling written materials
  • Excellent relationship-building and interpersonal skills with a wide variety of audiences
  • Experience with CRM database preferred

Benefits and Salary

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a benefits package is included.


Chicago, IL or Washington, D.C. preferred; will consider other locations for the right candidate

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NCTR provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.