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Full-time positions

Development Officer

Executive Assistant

Health Policy Associate

Internships

Public Policy, Telecommunications and Fraud Intern

Child Labor Policy Intern

Communications Intern

LifeSmarts Intern

Health Policy Intern

The National Consumers League, a progressive consumer advocacy organization, seeks staff members who have a strong commitment to public interest work. NCL is a national membership organization that protects and promotes social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad on issues including telemarketing and Internet fraud, food and drug safety, and fair labor standards. 

To apply for any of our available positions, please submit cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to jobs@nclnet.org.

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Development Officer

The National Consumers League, America’s pioneering consumer advocacy organization, is seeking a staff member with a strong commitment to public interest work to serve as Development Officer. The League (www.nclnet.org) is a national nonprofit organization that protects and promotes social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad, focusing on fraud prevention and education, food and drug safety, teen, consumer literacy, child labor, and fair labor standards. 

Position Summary

Under the direction of the Vice President for Strategic Alliances and Development, the Development Officer will work with senior staff and members of the board to develop policies and procedures for the raising, processing, and acknowledging of major and planned gifts as well as identifying foundation grants for the organization. This new position at NCL will be integral to carrying out a key organizational goal of diversifying revenue sources. Applicants who are contacted for an interview will be required to complete a writing test on-site.

The Development Officer’s primary responsibilities will include:

  • Working with staff and board to research and identify prospective individual donors
  • Increasing individual donor and foundation giving and awareness of NCL’s work and mission
  • Mapping the organization-wide plan of action for donor engagement, education, appreciation, and retention
  • Creating a pipeline of new individual donor prospects
  • Managing the overall individual donor profile portfolios on behalf of staff and board
  • Maintaining individual donor database and record keeping systems, including hard copy and electronic files, calendars, and record keeping spreadsheets
  • Oversight and maintenance of Donor Perfect database.
  • Ongoing monitoring of American foundation trends
  • Research, identifying, and cultivating new foundation prospects
  • Undertaking a wide range of unsolicited written and verbal inquiries to prospective funders
  • Preparing and submitting applications to foundations to meet agreed income target goals.
  • Participating in developing NCL's program, fundraising, and event planning strategy
  • Assisting in the development of budgets and financial reports.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to the public interest and to the philosophy and goals of NCL
  • Experience with online fundraising campaigns and grassroots advocacy efforts. Interest in social media
  • Familiarity with fundraising database management software; familiarity with DonorPerfect Online a plus
  • Exceptionally strong writing, editing, and oral communication skills
  • Two to four years’ experience in development, fundraising, specifically major gifts and/or foundations
  • Understanding of foundation and individual philanthropy and demonstrated record of achieving results
  • Ability to balance the needs of multiple internal and external stakeholders
  • Detail-oriented and proven ability to work well under deadline pressure
  • Self-starter with excellent interpersonal skills and a sense of humor
  • Experience in planned gifts and major gifts desirable.
  • Bachelor's degree

Salary and Benefits

Salary based on experience and education, competitive with other nonprofit public interest organizations. Full-time employees receive health, dental, disability and life insurance benefits, vacation and sick leave; and direct payroll deposit. The League offers a 401(k) retirement plan. The National Consumers League is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

To apply for this position, please submit cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to jobs@nclnet.org.

Executive Assistant

Administrative Support (to the Managing Director & Executive Director):

  • Manage calendars and travel arrangements.
  • Schedule appointments, conference calls, and meetings.
  • Organize and maintaining electronic and hardcopy files.
  • Compile electronic and hardcopy monthly financial reports.
  • Coordinate with office manager to cover phones and providing support, as needed.
  • Photocopy, fax, distribute documents, special mailings, and other general administrative support.
  • Draft correspondence, and taking meeting notes.
  • Handle travel expenses and reimbursements.

Meeting & Event Planning:

  • Assist with handling logistics, including working with constituents and staff to identify convenient meeting dates and arranging for locations with appropriate conference room setups and equipment.
  • Coordinate the production of meeting materials, such as; developing the agenda and other key documents, ordering supplies (e.g., binders, folders, etc.), formatting or creating certain materials (e.g., participant lists, binder tabs, name tags, etc.), and assembling, collating, duplicating, and distributing materials at meetings.
  • Take meeting notes and writing up minutes.
  • Coordinate website updates with communications department.
  • Assist with coordination of budget materials and updates for board meetings.

Requirements:

  • Associate degree or equivalent strongly preferred.
  • At least 2 years of experience providing administrative and program support in a complex, fast paced, nonprofit organization handling multiple priorities.
  • Experience working with individuals at all levels
  • Strong oral and written communications skills strongly preferred.
  • Strong office management/projects management background and skills
  • Substantial experience handling meeting logistics
  • Substantial experience handling managers’ calendars
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills, including ability and flexibility to:
    • work on multiple projects with different task leaders
    • complete projects accurately and on time
    • address tasks that arise unexpectedly
  • Strong oral and written communications skills, including ability to take notes, write meeting minutes, correspondence, and proofread
  • Sound interpersonal skills, including ability to:
    • work well both in a team environment and independently
    • interact cooperatively and productively with employees at all levels across an organization and with the public
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (especially Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)
  • Electronic and hardcopy files management
  • Experience creating documents in Google Docs
  • Experience working with accounting/budgets, preferred
  • Bi-lingual, Spanish speaker preferred but not required

Salary and Benefits:

Salary based on experience and education, competitive with other nonprofit public interest organizations. Good benefits, including health, dental, short and long-term disability, life insurance, 401(k), annual and sick leave, and federal holidays. NCL is an equal opportunity employer.

 To apply for this position, please submit cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to jobs@nclnet.org.

Health Policy Associate

NCL seeks a motivated candidate for the position of program associate to help carry out its health policy program. He or she will work with the Vice President for Health Policy as well as the Executive Director of the League. The program associate will represent the National Consumers League as a consumer advocate regarding issues such as safe medication use, quality of health care, and comprehensive health coverage. The associate will also help with the management of NCL’s national public education campaign to improve medication adherence, Script Your Future. The League’s health policy work focuses on patient and consumer education projects, convening health forums, and general advocacy efforts. Candidates should have a strong commitment to serving the public interest.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research on health policy issues
  • Strategize on consumer outreach and drafting materials for consumer education
  • Help coordinate adherence campaign activities  
  • Maintain campaign Web sites for public, health care audience, and partners
  • Coordinate social media outreach for campaign and health policy work
  • Collaborate with other consumer and public interest organizations and coalitions, government agencies, health professionals, researchers and industry
  • Author content for NCL Web sites, newsletters, and social media channels
  • Write and/or present comments, testimony, and speeches on various health issues
  • Develop surveys and analyzing results for research and education projects
  • Appear before federal and state regulatory and legislative agencies
  • Assist Vice President on other campaign duties and policy work as assigned
  • Work closely with Development Department to support funding initiatives
  • Work closely with Communications Department to plan and execute public-facing communications about the health policy work
  • Represent NCL policies and views to the media
  • Willingness to travel

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least 3 years of experience working on healthcare policy and issues, or advanced degree in public health, health policy, or a related field
  • Knowledge of health care issues and legislation 
  • Strong and efficient oral and written skills (consumer and technical)
  • Comfortable speaking in public
  • Experience working with state and local stakeholders and national organization partners
  • Broad knowledge of federal and state regulatory and legislative processes
  • Ability to work with multidisciplinary groups
  • Can work well both independently and with others
  • Ability to work on multiple projects, proficiency in project management
  • Must be highly comfortable with basic computer software and programs (Mac and PC-based, MS Office Suite) and at ease with learning new systems. Experience working in a content management system (such as Wordpress) highly recommended.
  • Research skills – qualitative and quantitative skills
  • Sense of humor a necessity

Salary and Benefits

Salary based on experience and education, competitive with other nonprofit public interest organizations. Excellent benefits, including health, dental, short and long term disability, life insurance, 401(k), flex time, annual and sick leave, and all federal holidays.

To apply for this position, please submit cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to jobs@nclnet.org. 

Internships

Public Policy, Telecommunications and Fraud Intern Full or Part Time

The National Consumers League seeks a motivated intern who wants to work with a nonprofit advocacy group. The League is a national membership organization that protects and promotes social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad on issues including telemarketing and Internet fraud, food and drug safety, and fair labor standards. The intern will assist NCL staff with ongoing projects and research related to its public policy, telecommunications and anti-fraud campaigns.  Such projects include researching and drafting content for NCL’s campaign websites, drafting fraud and telecommunications-related content for NCL’s LifeSmarts competition, assisting in organizing a national anti-fraud conference, and helping to coordinate meetings of the Alliance Against Fraud (AAF), a national coalition of non-profit, government, and private sector organizations dedicated to fighting Internet and telemarketing fraud.This internship will provide an opportunity to:

  • Gain knowledge about a variety of public policies affecting consumers, particularly regarding consumer fraud;
  • Become familiar with the agencies, organizations, and other stakeholders active in combating consumer fraud;
  • Understand coordination and management of a national coalition; and
  • Be involved in initiatives that advance the public interest and help keep millions of consumers safe from scams and con artists.


In addition, a National Consumers League public policy, telecommunications and fraud internship provides the following areas of experience:

  • Because the League's staff is small, interns are an integral part, and are given responsibilities outside of their research duties, including:  keeping project files up-to-date and providing limited office support (occasional data input, mailing, and filing).
  • The League requires from its staff and its interns a high level of oral and written communication skills. Interns are frequently called upon to write brief reports for NCL staff to provide background information on various issues.


Internships are unpaid. We ask that interns make a minimum time commitment of eight weeks, spending at least 20 hours per week working at the League. Of course, we welcome longer time commitments. Work hours per week are flexible for longer-term assignments. Our goal is to tailor your internship to suit your specific needs. The League is happy to consider the particular interests of applicants and will develop specific projects, complete paperwork, etc., as needed for class credit.

Please submit cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to Public Policy, Telecommunications and Fraud Intern, NCL, 1701 K Street, N.W., Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20006, fax: 202-835-0747, email: intern@nclnet.org.

Child Labor Policy Intern Full or Part Time

The National Consumers League (NCL) seeks a motivated intern who wants to work with the Child Labor Coalition (CLC), a 31-member group that serves as a national network for the exchange of information about child labor; provides a forum and a unified voice on protecting working minors and ending child labor exploitation; and develops informational and educational outreach to the public and private sectors to combat child labor abuses and promote progressive initiatives and legislation. The CLC has both a U.S. and international focus. 

The intern will assist with ongoing CLC projects and research related to our work. The CLC’s domestic agenda includes several related initiatives to strengthening protections for working youth, with specific focus on children working as migrant and seasonal farmworkers, child trafficking for sex work and forced labor, and children in other worst forms of child labor.

This internship will provide an opportunity to:

  • Gain knowledge about child labor issues, both international and domestic;
  • Become familiar with various non-governmental groups and relevant government agencies, and their role in addressing child labor issues;
  • Attend congressional hearings and briefings and work with congressional offices;
  • Practice social media skills;
  • Write for the public;
  • Understand coordination and management of a national coalition; and
  • Be involved in international campaigns on child labor and basic education for all children.

In order to succeed in this internship, interns should possess superior skills in the following areas:

  • Communication skills. Interns must possess high level oral and written communication skills. Interns will be asked to write blogs and articles.
  • Research skills. Interns are frequently called upon to write brief reports for NCL staff to provide background information on various issues. We are also in constant need of web site updates and basic statistical “facts about” lists.

A typical day might include attending a meeting with other NGO groups, writing a blog, conducting internet research, working to expand our social media outreach, and providing web site updates.

Internships are unpaid. We ask that interns make a minimum time commitment of eight weeks, spending at least 20 hours per week working at the League. Of course, we welcome longer time commitments. Work hours per week are flexible for longer-term assignments. Our goal is to tailor your internship to suit your specific needs. The League is happy to consider the particular interests of applicants and will develop specific projects, complete paperwork, etc., as needed for class credit.

NCL is a national membership organization that protects and promotes social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad on issues including telemarketing and Internet fraud, food and drug safety, and fair labor standards.

Please submit your cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to Child Labor Policy Intern, NCL, 1701 K Street, N.W., Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20006 or via email:reidm@nclnet.org.

 

Communications Intern Full or Part Time

The National Consumers League seeks a motivated intern who wants to work with a nonprofit advocacy group. The League is a national membership organization that protects and promotes social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad on issues including telemarketing and Internet fraud, food and drug safety, and fair labor standards. 

The communications department of the NCL is looking for an intern with good communications and marketing skills. The intern’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Marketing NCL publications and promoting NCL's consumer education materials. This will include calling former buyers, finding prospective buyers, and publicizing publications in the media.
  • Press Releases Drafting press releases to help promote publications, and possibly, for other NCL events.
  • Communications Materials Writing and gathering information for an NCL press packet.
  • Press Files Maintaining clips and releases.
  • Press Outreach Checking existing lists for accuracy by calling reporters.
  • General Outreach Conducting outreach with members and answering general consumer questions.

Internships are unpaid. We ask that interns make a minimum time commitment of eight weeks, spending at least 20 hours per week working at the League. Of course, we welcome longer time commitments. Work hours per week are flexible for longer-term assignments. Our goal is to tailor your internship to suit your specific needs. The League is happy to consider the particular interests of applicants and will develop specific projects, complete paperwork, etc., as needed for class credit.

Please submit cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to Communications Intern, NCL, 1701 K Street, N.W., Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20006, fax: 202-835-0747, email: intern@nclnet.org

 

LifeSmarts Intern Full or Part Time

The National Consumers League seeks a motivated intern who wants to work with a nonprofit advocacy group. The League is a national membership organization that protects and promotes social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad on issues including telemarketing and Internet fraud, food and drug safety, and fair labor standards.

The intern will assist NCL staff with ongoing projects and research in support of LifeSmarts, a consumer education program for high school students. The program tests students’ consumer knowledge on consumer rights and responsibilities, health and safety, the environment, personal finance, and technology through online quizzes and in-person state and national competitions. This internship will provide an opportunity to:

  • Assist with outreach related to the annual national competition.
  • Develop LifeSmarts materials such as study aids to be posted at www.lifesmarts.org.
  • Write questions for the LifeSmarts online quiz and live competitions.
  • Work on special projects such as LifeSmarts program outreach, recruitment of state coordinators, and assessment of the program.


Internships are unpaid. We ask that interns make a minimum time commitment of eight weeks, spending at least 20 hours per week working at the League. Of course, we welcome longer time commitments. Work hours per week are flexible for longer-term assignments. Our goal is to tailor your internship to suit your specific needs. The League is happy to consider the particular interests of applicants and will develop specific projects, complete paperwork, etc., as needed for class credit.

Please submit cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to LifeSmarts Intern, NCL, 1701 K Street, N.W., Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20006, fax: 202-835-0747, email:intern@nclnet.org

 

Health Policy Intern Part Time

The National Consumers League seeks a motivated intern interested in consumer safety and advocacy. The nation’s oldest consumer organization, the League is a national organization that protects and promotes social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad on issues including telemarketing and Internet fraud, food and drug safety, and fair labor standards.

The intern will assist NCL staff with ongoing projects and research, related to consumer education and outreach around a variety of health issues, including general health education, health reform, health information technology, and medication safety. 

The intern will assist NCL staff with research, outreach, legislative and regulatory tracking, and in the development of materials ranging from blog posts to consumer education pieces. 

This internship will provide an opportunity to:

  • Gain knowledge about current health policy issues;
  • Become familiar with various health care organizations, including government agencies; and
  • Understand coordination and management of collaborative efforts such as meetings, joint letters, and coalitions.


In addition, a National Consumers League health policy internship provides the following areas of experience:

  • Because the League's staff is small, interns are an integral part, and are given responsibilities outside of their research duties, including: keeping project files up-to-date and providing limited office support (occasional data input, mailing, and filing).
  • The League requires from its staff and its interns a high level of oral and written communication skills. Interns are frequently called upon to write brief reports for NCL staff to provide background information on various issues.


Internships are unpaid. We ask that interns make a minimum time commitment of eight weeks, spending at least 20 hours per week working at the League. Of course, we welcome longer time commitments. Work hours per week are flexible for longer-term assignments. Our goal is to tailor your internship to suit your specific needs. The League is happy to consider the particular interests of applicants and will develop specific projects, complete paperwork, etc., as needed for class credit.

Please submit cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to Health Policy Intern, NCL, 1701 K Street, N.W., Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20006, fax: 202-835-0747, email:intern@nclnet.org