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Senior Manager of Philanthropy

About Physicians for Responsibility 

Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has been working for more than 50 years to create a healthy, just, and peaceful world for both the present and future generations. Throughout its history, PSR has provided a strong medical voice against the development and use of nuclear weapons. Our other major programmatic focus is climate change — another catastrophic disaster that threatens the plant. This year, as the health and safety risks associated with climate change become more apparent, and the dangers posed by nuclear weapons are making headlines once again, we are moving aggressively to revamp our programs and materials (including a new web site, next year) to respond to the growing needs of our revitalized membership.

Senior Manager of Philanthropy

PSR is currently searching for a Senior Manager of Philanthropy, who is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the PSR development team, including delegation of responsibilities among the team, promotion of efficient communication within the team, and recruitment, training, mentoring, and retention of staff. Together with PSR's Executive Director and Board of Directors, the Senior Manager of Philanthropy develops our short- and long-range fundraising objectives, and works with the Executive Director to produce and implement an annual development plan. He/she currently supervises a staff of 1-2 individuals, including the Membership Manager.

Major Responsibilities

  • Identifies and builds relationships with funding prospects, and maintains relationships with current donors, including frequent communication and outreach on PSR activities, priorities, and developments.
  • Oversees the writing and editing of all solicitation communications.
  • Together with the Director of Operations, manages our direct mail budget.
  • Manages our planned giving program.
  • Manages preparation for and follow-up from donor meetings with PSR's Executive Director.
  • In collaboration with program communications staff, devise and implements outreach strategies for current and prospective donors regarding PSR events and publications to ensure maximum fundraising impact.
  • Oversees maintenance of complete files on donors, including all correspondence proposals and reports.
  • Develops fundraising reports for PSR staff and board as needed.

In a nutshell, as the leader of our development team, you'll need to be able to conceptualize, plan, and implement a programmatic approach to building relationships and securing philanthropic support — including setting ambitious goals, developing strategies for prospects, prioritizing activities, asking for gifts, and coordinating the involvement, as needed, of staff, board members and other volunteers.

This is a wonderful opportunity for an emerging philanthropy leader with an innovative spirit to bring fresh ideas to all aspects of our development operation. The ideal candidate is a creative, outside-the-box strategic thinker who is equally adept at managing all of the basic nuts-and-bolts operational aspects of a small but busy development office.

Skills and Experience


  • A Bachelor's degree or higher.
  • 3+ year's experience in non-profit/association fundraising.
  • A working understanding of current philanthropic trends and fundraising best practices.
  • Excellent verbal presentation and written communication skills. Strong writing skills are essential.
  • Team management experience.
  • Superior interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with various constituencies, including immediate team members, chapter leaders, donors, foundation staff, and Board members.
  • Stellar organizational skills and attention to detail.  
  • Ability to clearly communicate objectives, tasks, and timelines.
  • Experience in CRM and donor databases.
  • Experience and knowledge of our issue areas is useful — but more important is a positive attitude and a passion for what we do.


  • Major gift fundraising experience, especially planned giving experience.
  • Experience/knowledge of best practices regarding online giving.
  • Senior level management experience.
  • Budget management experience.
  • Knowledge of key academic, business, foundation, and/or community leaders in the areas in which we work (climate change and nuclear disarmament).


This is a full-time position with occasional evening and weekend hours required.


Salary is commensurate with experience.

To Apply: Cover letter and resume should be sent via email to No telephone inquiries, please.

Volunteers needed at PSR's DC Office

Have a morning, afternoon or a full day or two each week you'd like to engage in constructive work for Physicians for Social Responsibility? We'd love to have you. Our staff is small and can always use extended family to help get projects done.

We often have a project or event that an extra pair of hands could assist with: bringing petitions to the White House, tabling at a fair to give out info or taking photos at an event. In the office, there's always data clean-up, proofing and research -- both administrative and programmatic. 

Whether you are retired, mid-career in between jobs, or either in or just out of school and wanting to learn more, we're interested in talking with you. Any member of the staff may have a need, but if you have a preference, we can try to accommodate it.

Candidates should have good command of the English language both verbally and in writing and agree with PSR's mission.

Interested? Please email


Scoville Fellows

Location: Washington, DC

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship pays a stipend for college graduates to work with NGOs in Washington, DC, including Physicians for Social Responsibility, on arms control, peace, and security issues for six to nine months. PSR provides strong mentoring and professional development opportunities for Scoville Fellows from any discipline. Scoville Fellows at PSR can expect to be meaningfully engaged in substantive work related to prudent and effective steps toward a world free of nuclear weapons, prevention of the use or spread of nuclear weapons, and promoting diplomacy and alternative conflict resolution techniques to avoid war. PSR's current security programs include analytical work to develop new knowledge about the dangers nuclear weapons and security policies pose to human life and health, organizing work to mobilize doctors and allied health professionals for peace and security, and advocacy work to ensure that the interests of potential victims of nuclear weapons and war are represented in the policy process. For further information, please visit

PSR is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees or job applicants on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, mental or physical disability, veteran or family status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other status or condition protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws, except where a bona fide occupational qualification applies.

Page Updated October 23, 2017