May 3, 2024

Job Title: Development Research Assistant

Position Type: Full time Hybrid

Background: The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) is a high-impact national nonprofit veterans service organization based in Arlington, VA. Established in 1981, NVLSP's mission is to ensure that the government delivers to our nation’s 18 million veterans and active duty personnel the benefits to which they are entitled due to the disabilities that resulted from their military service.  To this end, NVLSP and its attorneys provide free legal representation to veterans and surviving family members before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) and other federal courts, the Board of Veterans' Appeals, and VA regional offices. NVLSP often serves as amicus or lead counsel in impact litigation throughout the United States.   In addition, NVLSP trains hundreds of other lawyer and non-lawyer advocates in veterans/military law and publishes advocacy materials to assist these advocates in their representation of veterans, service members, and their families. NVLSP wrote the book on veterans law, The Veterans Benefits Manual, the nation's first veterans law treatise. NVLSP’s pro bono program Lawyers Serving Warriors® (“LSW”) provides free legal representation, through a nationwide pro bono network of private law firms and corporate legal departments, to disabled active duty personnel and veterans and their families.

Position Description: The Development Research Assistant is responsible for supporting the Director of Development in building and sustaining NVLSP’s philanthropic mission to ensure that all veterans and their families receive the disability benefits earned. This position is responsible for providing administrative, research, and writing support for the Director of Development and tracking and implementing fundraising activities for the organization. 

Responsibilities/Duties will include:
• Provide administrative support to the Development Department.
• Conduct research on new funding prospects, including individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies currently identified as potential sources of private funds for NVLSP’s core programs and general operations of the organization. 
• Conduct ongoing research in business, philanthropy, and related fields to identify potential donors and sources of donor information.
• Assist development staff in exploring other creative revenue-generating opportunities and programs such as earned-income, program consulting, planned giving, membership-based programs, merchandising, website fundraising, corporate partnerships, etc.
• Track corporate relationships including developing and implementing schedule of benefits.
• Identify, track, and propose appropriate partnership or sponsorship opportunities.
• Assist development staff in creatively expanding individual donor program, including cultivating new opportunities to engage individual donors and increasing support of current donors.
• Assist in developing printed and online collateral to support major gifts expansion, i.e. pamphlets, the annual report, donor updates and website copy.
• Assist in developing web initiatives to increase online giving.

Qualifications & Experience:

• Bachelor's degree required
• Excellent communication and writing skills
• Must have strong attention to detail and commitment to high quality, professionalism and a timely product
• Strong organizational skills and time-management skills
• Analytical skills
• Ability to research and gather information effectively from a variety of sources
• Familiarity with internet search strategies and experience using electronic databases and online search tools such as Guidestar, ResearchPoint, DonorSearch, iWave, LexisNexis for Development Professionals, WealthEngine, Morningstar 10K Wizard, etc.
• Strong database experience using Excel. Proficiency with other Microsoft Office software including Word and Outlook
• Experience with DonorPerfect or similar databases a plus
• Willingness to learn and desire to grow in the nonprofit development field
• 1 to 2 years of experience working in an office environment is preferred but not required

Opening/Closing Date: Available immediately; closes when filled.

Salary and Benefits: NVLSP offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a generous benefits program, with health insurance provided at no cost to employee. A retirement plan is also offered.

Applications: To apply, please email a cover letter, three references and resume to: ana@nvlsp.org and the subject line should be: Development Research Assistant.

No phone calls please. All applications will be reviewed in confidence. NVLSP is an equal opportunity employer.

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