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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.

Internships and Fellowships

We are currently accepting applications for George Washington University Legal Advocacy Interns and Internet Policy Post-Graduate Law Fellows.You can read about the open positions 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. 

George Washington University 2017 Summer Legal Advocacy Interns

Public Knowledge is currently hiring up to four legal advocacy interns for summer 2017 with funding by GW Law. Applicants must be current law students and have a demonstrated interest in the policy making process and public interest technology policy, including issues arising under internet, telecommunications, copyright, patent, privacy, and international law.  

Internships will begin on or about May 15, lasting for 10 weeks, ending on or about July 21, 2017.  GW Law will provide a stipend of $4,000 to each intern.

To apply, send a cover letter (including your experience and interest in public interest work), resume, list of references, law school transcript (unofficial or official), and a writing sample or excerpts of less than five pages to recruiting@publicknowledge.org. Applications are now being accepted and will be considered on a rolling basis.

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 until April 1, 2017 for Fall 2017.  

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




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