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Development Manager

The Center for Mind-Body Medicine

Organization Summary

The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Washington, DC, seeks an experienced and well-qualified development professional to fill the senior-level position of Development Manager. 


CMBM’s mission is to help communities around the world develop the tools they need to heal population-wide trauma. For over 31 years, CMBM has worked in countries and communities impacted by war and other forms of violence, climate-related disaster, public health crises, poverty and racism, or any of the many other conditions and circumstances that can affect population-wide mental health. We have partnered closely with community leaders to deploy a pioneering trauma-relief model that combines evidence-based methodologies for both self-care and mutual support, with the wisdom and cultural values that bind and are important to the people they serve. In this way, CMBM has provided communities with which we  partner to develop the toolkits they need to address trauma when it strikes, efficiently, effectively, and in a manner that resonates as authentic, respectful, and sustainable. 


By “teaching thousands to heal millions,” our work has expanded exponentially in recent years.


Position Summary

CMBM’s Development Manager will play a key role in stewarding CMBM’s fundraising activities that are vital to fulfilling its worldwide mission. CMBM’s ideal candidate combines a creative and entrepreneurial approach to work in a dynamic environment with strong planning and organizational skills. 


CMBM is a global organization with a diverse staff, faculty, board and constituency of many cultural, ethnic, religious, economic, and educational backgrounds, as well as people who represent diverse identities on the gender and ability spectrums. As a senior leader, the Development Manager will model the highest standards for respect and inclusion of all members of our community.


Job Responsibilities

In close collaboration with the Founder & CEO and the COO, this role will be responsible for both operational and administrative functions, including but not limited to:


Management and execution of CMBM’s fundraising effort

  • Convert CMBM’s strategic and operating plans into development goals and work plans, tracking progress and collaborating with department staff to stay on track; strategize, oversee the execution of, and regularly assess and adjust the work plan to include all sources of contributed income, inclusive of institutional and individual donors 
  • Research and track funding prospects and pursue cultivation of prospects from among the private, corporate, and public philanthropic landscape broadly, writing and overseeing the development of high-quality grant applications, with all supporting material, and ensuring timely submission
  • Manage development department calendar; develop quarterly schedules of proposal development, procurement, and submission
  • Monitor and manage all donor relations, from follow up to acknowledgement and reporting
  • Collaborate closely with the Founder & CEO and COO to ensure all programs and projects have realistic fundraising targets, plans by which to secure those funds, and can meet expectations for impact assessment
  • Work with the COO and Founder & CEO to identify, design, assess and assign resources for, and oversee the execution of special and emergent initiatives and campaigns; overseeing development of attendant themes, messages, goals, benchmarks, and deliverables 
  • Collaborate with Programs and Clinical Departments to ensure that:
    • Proposals accurately reflect project goals, objectives, and deliverables
    • Program and clinical staff are informed about funder expectations aligned with their projects
  • Work closely with COO and Operations Director to ensure CMBM budget includes and accurately reflects reasonable projections for contributed income


Operations and administration

  • Develop and maintain a development (CRM) database, and use or other internal project management software to track and store information related to:
    • Past, current, and future funding prospects
    • Differentiation of institutional and individual donors
    • Active grant proposals from ideation to submission, and from payment to reporting
  • Collaborate with the Communications team and Finance Department to strengthen user engagement of online/website donations portal
  • Collaborate with Programs Department to delegate management of project funding partnerships to programs department staff


Communications and networking

  • Collaborate closely with Communications team to ensure all social media, brochure, website and other messaging platforms comply with standards and expectations of donors and funders
  • Oversee the timely and appropriate reporting to funders of all impacts, deliverables, and other investor expectations
  • Initiate and nurture potential opportunities for CMBM at grantmaker conferences and/or where philanthropic presence indicates potential partnerships; pursue opportunities to attend strategic fundraising and social networking events



Experience and Competencies Required

  • Minimum of 7 years experience in nonprofit fundraising, preferably in a national or international program delivery environment with a budget of at least $4 million
  • Comprehensive knowledge of resources for, trends in, expectations for, and best practices of the field of nonprofit fundraising
  • Demonstrated portfolio of successful grant applications, proposals, and portfolio; proven success securing large public and private grants
  • Experience to include management of systems and projects
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to develop rapport and trust with a diverse cross-cultural staff, board members, and donors
  • Excellent writing skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with shifting priorities and deadlines
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Masters preferred


Location, Time, and Travel Requirements

  • Based in Washington, DC although the work can be done mostly remotely
  • Available to work full-time between the hours of 9-5 EST; flexibility to accommodate occasional scheduling changes outside of those hours, based on meetings or requirements with CMBM personnel who live and work in other time zones
  • Occasional travel may be required



The salary range for this position is 85-110K; salary will be commensurate with experience, within the organization’s salary structure.



Benefits include health and dental insurance, paid vacation, paid sick leave, optional 401K.


How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter, resume, a sample proposal you’ve written, and a sample development strategy via the form linked on this posting.


The Center for Mind-Body Medicine is an equal opportunity employer. For more information visit


Washington, DC 20015
United States

Full Time