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Development Manager

The Development Manager is a dynamic member of the Development team who manages the annual fund donor program, writes appeals and stewardship pieces, solicits corporate sponsorships, coordinates events, oversees the database, and brings creativity and compelling writing to our development program. This position joins a three-person Advancement team at an exciting time in PNRI’s growth. We are looking for a creative individual who is enthusiastic to learn more about genetics and scientific research, likes variety in their day-to-day work, and can bring a fresh eye to our donor communications.

Currently PNRI’s Advancement Team is a hybrid work culture with 1-2 days in the office in Capitol Hill and 3-4 days working from home.


Individual Donor Program

  • Manage the annual fund donor program: write donor appeals and stewardship pieces and coordinate all printing, compiling, and mailing of appeals and stewardship.
  • Manage donor e-newsletters including organizing email lists, writing content, and tracking analytics.
  • Design and implement a robust recurring donor program complete with unique marketing, stewardship, and communication vehicles.
  • Conduct prospect research, including wealth screening, and prepare donor profiles for the Chief Advancement Officer.
  • Ensure accurate gift entry, appropriate acknowledgement of all donations, and approval of all matching gift requests.
  • Partner with the Director of Communications to create donor-focused social media content, including reels, hyperlapse videos, Canva graphics, and more.
  • Schedule and prep staff for lab tours with current and prospective donors.
  • Assist with the creation of the annual report.

Corporate Giving

  • Conduct prospect research to identify possible corporate partners.
  • Design and implement corporate-focused events (in-person and virtual).
  • Solicit corporate sponsorships for events and co-design sponsorship program in partnership with the Chief Advancement Officer, including solicitation forms, payments, acknowledgements, and marketing packages.
  • Provide marketing recognition to corporate partners, acknowledge their gifts, and steward them throughout the year.


  • Coordinate events (virtual and in-person [under 50 people]) in partnership with the Chief Advancement Officer.
  • Manage logistics of virtual events, including managing RSVPs, email communications with attendees, and day-of technical support to the team.
  • Manage logistics for in-person events, including vendor arrangements, A/V services, entertainment, registration process, and day-of-event logistics.

Database Management

  • Oversee data entry, maintain the donor database (Salesforce), and ensure its accuracy and integrity.
  • Create dashboards and reports on key performance indicators (KPIs) to evaluate performance and inform team strategy.
  • Manage online donation software and track automation into Salesforce.
  • Update and maintain Salesforce handbook.
  • Create annual development metrics report to share internally.

Administration and Operations

  • Conduct monthly reconciliation with the finance team to ensure all gifts and pledges are properly recorded in the general ledger.
  • Take notes during meetings and manage agendas.
  • Support the Board Development Committee as needed.
  • Maintain digital and hard copy files.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • A minimum of two years of experience of working in the development department of a nonprofit
  • Creative individual who is willing to take risks and try innovative new ideas
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Interested in genetics research and scientific research (no prior experience needed, just enthusiasm to learn more)
  • Ability to thrive in a team environment and work collaboratively
  • Self-motivated to learn increasingly complex skills, including new technology
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and strength in multi-tasking, goal setting, and workload prioritization
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Research skills, including a natural curiosity and tenacity for thorough research
  • Respectful of the sensitive and confidential nature of donor-related information and materials
  • Professional approach to internal and external stakeholders
  • Approach challenges and opportunities with a positive attitude
  • Graphic design skills, especially with Canva, a plus
  • Experience creating short videos for social media, a plus
  • Comfort with new technology and proficiency with Excel, Word, Outlook, WordPress, Sharepoint and/or Google Suite
  • Some database experience preferred (experience with Salesforce or similar donor database a plus)


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Abilities

The employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to sit; and use hands and arms for keyboarding or similar uses. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. The employee may lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate consisting of usual business office sounds including but not limited to computers, printers, telephones, and light foot traffic.

This job description does not imply that these are the only duties to be performed. Employees occupying this position will be required to follow any other related instruction and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor.

How to Apply:

For immediate consideration, please submit a cover letter and Curriculum Vitae at: hr@pnri.org. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

PNRI requires vaccination for COVID 19 as a condition of employment.

About PNRI:

PNRI is an independent, nonprofit, biomedical research institute with a distinguished history of contributing scientific advances to improve health in a variety of disease areas. PNRI is committed to creating a diverse environment and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

Please see www.pnri.org for more information.

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PNRI Founder

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