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Development Manager

Summary: The Development Manager will play a key role in Public Knowledge’s mission to promote freedom of expression, an open internet, and access to affordable communications tools and creative works in the U.S. and globally.  

This position is responsible for working with the President, Leadership team, Board of Directors and program staff for planning and coordinating all aspects of fund development for Public Knowledge. Provide leadership on all fundraising initiatives including special events, major gifts, planned giving, sponsorships, donor cultivation and grant writing. Identify, organize and manage the fundraising activities of the organization with a focus on new opportunities to obtain ongoing and increased support from foundations, corporations, public and private organizations, and individuals.

Position Status: Full-time

Location: Washington, D.C.

Reports to: Public Knowledge Finance and HR Director

Primary Roles & Responsibilities:


  • Develop and implement a comprehensive written annual resource development plan with strategies for donors and prospects in each constituent group including: individuals, foundations, organizations, corporations, etc. to be approved by the board.
  • Provide monthly reports to the Finance Director, President and the board, which measure progress towards achieving the plan.
  • Broaden Public Knowledge’s fundraising by developing approaches such as planned giving, solicitation of bequests, and online giving programs.

Grant requests and administration

  • Research and write grants, with input from program and senior staff.
  • Provide timely reporting and ensure compliance as required by grant award documentation.
  • Ensure that the donor database information is current and accurate.
  • Acknowledgement of all gifts and donations.

Gifts Cultivation

  • Create and implement strategies for donor development and cultivation that will provide a diverse and sustainable funding base for Public Knowledge.
  • Keep up-to-date on current fundraising programs, practices and procedures used in the nonprofit sector and inform the leadership of items that would benefit Public Knowledge.
  • Create and implement major gifts program, planned giving program, and employer-match program.
  • Identify and pursue new sources of corporate and foundation funding.
  • Build and maintain relationships with major donors of all types, develop strategies for solicitation, and solicit or coordinate the solicitation by other affiliate staff, board or volunteers, as appropriate.
  • Create and update collateral materials to support gift cultivation.


  • Manage or oversee all Public Knowledge events.
  • Work with appropriate staff to ensure that all aspects of a successful event are coordinated towards a common goal.
  • Develop and solicit sponsors for events as needed.


  • B.A./B.S. preferred with an emphasis or concentration in business, marketing, public relations or related field.
  • 2-5 years professional development and fundraising experience.
  • Nonprofit development and fundraising experience preferred.
  • Advanced PC skills and expert proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Donor database experience desirable).
  • Desire to work as part of a team and willingness to promote the principles and views of Public Knowledge.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision – self-motivated & confident.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work well with people from all backgrounds with varying degrees of experience.
  • Ability to inspire, train, motivate, challenge and supervise volunteers.
  • Confident public speaking and able to express ideas verbally and in writing.

Compensation: Public Knowledge provides competitive compensation, excellent benefits and opportunities for professional growth.

To Apply: Send a resume including salary history; cover letter stating your interest in Public Knowledge, and a writing samples (max. 5 pages each) to: jobs@publicknowledge.org, with the subject line “Development Manager.” Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning April 19, 2016; open until filled.

Office Administrator

Job Purpose: The Office Administrator ensures the efficient day-to-day operation of the office, manages the reception area, and ensures the efficient organization of the office. This role will provide administrative support to management and other staff.

The successful candidate will be a highly qualified and experienced administrative assistant who possesses excellent interpersonal skills, values attention to detail, has the ability to handle a variety of responsibilities and is of the highest personal integrity. The office environment is fast-paced and professional, requiring quality work, flexibility and individual initiative.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities


  • Answer general phone inquiries using a professional and courteous manner
  • Direct phone inquires to the appropriate staff members
  • Reply to general information requests with the accurate information
  • Greet clients/suppliers/visitors to the organization in a professional and friendly manner

Office administration

  • Responsible for the facilities day-to-day operations (such as distributing building access keys and security access cards, etc.)
  • Purchase office supplies and furniture, office equipment, etc., for the entire staff in accordance with company purchasing policies and budgetary restrictions.
  • Sort incoming mail, faxes, and courier deliveries for distribution
  • Prepare and send outgoing faxes, mail, and courier parcels
  • Forward incoming general e-mails to the appropriate staff member
  • Forward voice mail from the general mailbox to the appropriate staff member
  • File documents according to the established procedures
  • Update and ensure the accuracy of the organization's databases
  • Back-up electronic files using proper procedures
  • Provide administrative support to management and other staff
  • Make travel, meeting, and other arrangements for staff
  • Organize office gatherings and assist with events
  • Coordinate the maintenance of office equipment, including copier, printers, fax machines, etc.
  • Provide administrative support to staff, including copying, printing,  scheduling, etc.

Provide IT support

  • Provide desktop support for staff, including creating and maintaining the IT support system
  • Maintain office intranet and document management systems
  • Provide technical assistance and support for incoming queries and issues related to computer systems, software, and hardware
  • Install, modify, and repair computer hardware and software
  • Respond to employee queries by resolving technical problems with Apple computers, through experience or Apple support
  • Install computer peripherals for users
  • Follow up with staff to ensure issue has been resolved

Assist with human resource management

  • Assist Human Resources Director with recruitment including scheduling interviews, preparing onboarding materials and arranging staff trainings
  • Manage HR email accounts, including following up with applicants
  • File material according to established records management procedures
  • Ensure interviewers are prepared with resumes and prior feedback
  • Act as the main point of contact with either recruiting channels and/or candidates directly in terms of interview logistics or any questions related to the process, from start to end of the interviewing cycle


Education: High school diploma or GED required; bachelor’s degree preferred.

Experience: 1 to 3 years office experience required, preferably in the capacity of an administrative assistant. Previous experience with Apple computers or IT support and in work environment is strongly preferred. Nonprofit experience a plus.

Salary and Benefits

The salary range is low to high $30’s commensurate with experience and skills. The position provides diverse job responsibilities based on the individual’s interests and aptitudes.

Professional qualities: Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. A self-starter, with the ability to organize and maintain diverse information with attention to detail. Must be able to prioritize and manage projects from start to finish, demonstrating strong follow through and appropriate confidentiality. Strong interpersonal skills required and a willingness to relate to many different types of people, understanding their needs and motivations while keeping the needs of the organization as the highest priority. An understanding of and commitment to the operating goals of Public Knowledge is essential.

How to apply

To apply, please email your cover letter and resume to Human Resources at jobs@publicknowledge.org. Please use the subject line "Office Administrator".

Internships and Fellowships

We are currently accepting applications for Internet Policy Post-Graduate Law Fellows.You can read about the open position below. 

To learn about Public Knowledge’s Internship and Fellowship programs, check out the videos at the bottom of this page and visit publicknowledge.org/AdvocacyTraining. To learn about and apply for the Equal Justice Works Fellowship, click here. Email recruiting@publicknowledge.org with questions. 

Internet Policy Post-Graduate Law Fellowship Candidates

Summary: Public Knowledge is seeking candidates who are graduating in Spring 2017 and Spring 2018 for public interest legal fellowships in the area of internet and communications policy. Candidates would work with Public Knowledge to secure a public interest sponsor, such as the candidate’s law school, Equal Justice Works, or another source.

Position: Policy Fellow

Position Summary: Public Knowledge fellowships provide an opportunity for recent graduates to learn valuable legal, analytical, and policy making skills in an on-the-job setting that includes advocacy with Congress and federal agencies. Fellows promote fundamental human rights in the digital economy by working to create and execute strategies that promote the open internet, balanced intellectual property rights, and communications competition. The fellowship length is one or two years, depending on the sponsor.

Essential Responsibilities and Tasks: 

  • Provide input, strategic advice, and advocacy to shape laws and regulations that support open internet policy, communications competition, and balanced intellectual property law. Serve as author on advocacy documents that support public interest positions.
  • Partner with government relations and communications staff to develop and execute strategy on Capitol Hill, at the Federal Communications Commission, with other government agencies, in coalitions including other public interest groups, and with the press.
  • Oversee, design, and facilitate development of presentations for meetings with policy makers, the press, internal staff, and other public interest groups.
  • Develop expertise in a select set of national, and where appropriate, global or state-based Internet technology or related policy issues.
  • Other responsibilities and tasks, as needed.

Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:

  • A Juris Doctor is required.   
  • Ability to digest and understand underlying legal or policy documents as a prerequisite to strategic and policy planning.
  • Strong analytical skills, including the ability to think quickly and devise legislative and political strategies to attain a projected outcome.
  • Substantive knowledge of some communications law and policy issues.
  • Ability to conduct research and analyze data.


  • Demonstrated dedication to the fight for civil liberties, human rights, and a more open and competitive communications environment.
  • Excellent communications skills, including the ability to translate complex ideas into understandable written and oral statements and messages to persuade, influence, or inform others, including public opinion leaders and the media.

Compensation and Application Process:

Compensation is dependent on sponsor.

Application Process: To apply, please send a cover letter (including your experience and interest in public interest work), resume, transcript (official or unofficial), at least two references who can speak to your substantive work, and a writing sample or excerpt of less than five pages to recruiting@publicknowledge.orgApplications are considered on a rolling basis for Fall 2017.  

You can watch these videos to learn more about our Internship and Fellowship programs:




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