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Grants Administrator

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 Grants Administrator. 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 Grants Administrator will work with staff and members of the board to provide logistical and administrative support 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.

The Grants Administrator's primary responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting the Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Development with an emphasis on research, writing, and editing
  • Managing grant tracking charts for finance and development departments
  • Maintaining donor database and recordkeeping systems, including hard copy and electronic files, calendars, and recordkeeping spreadsheets
  • Preparing and submitting applications to foundations to meet agreed income target goals.
  • Assisting in the development of budgets and financial reports.
  • 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
  • Creating a pipeline of new individual donor prospects
  • Manage grant letters and acknowledgement process
  • Ongoing monitoring of American foundation trends
  • Under direction from the Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Development, assisting with annual fund appeals and email communications with donors
  • Researching and identifying new foundation prospects
  • Undertaking a wide range of unsolicited written and verbal inquiries to prospective funders

Qualifications:

  • Extremely detail-oriented and proven ability to work well under deadline pressure
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize and complete work independently
  • Experience with online fundraising campaigns and grassroots advocacy efforts. Familiarity with and interest in social media
  • Familiarity with fundraising database management software; familiarity with DonorPerfect Online a plus
  • Experience with event planning and/or client services a plus.
  • Have an outgoing personality and a good sense of humor
  • Have ability to interact positively with donors
  • Exceptionally strong writing, editing, and oral communication skills
  • Four to six years' experience in development, fundraising, and 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
  • 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.

Please submit cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to Development Department, NCL, 1701 K Street, N.W., Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20006; or by fax to 202-835-0747; or by email to info@nclnet.orgNo phone calls, pleaseCandidates who are contacted for an interview will be expected to take a writing test.

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 Director of 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 analyze results for research and education projects
  • Appear before federal and state regulatory and legislative agencies
  • Assist Health Policy Director 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 2-3 years 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 communication skills (consumer and technical)
  • Comfortable speaking in public
  • Experience working with national organization partners and state and local stakeholders
  • Broad knowledge of federal and state regulatory and legislative processes 
  • Ability to work with multidisciplinary groups
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced environment, both independently and with others
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, proficiency in project management
  • Must be highly comfortable with basic computer software and programs (Mac and PCbased, MS Office Suite) and at ease with learning new systems. Experience working in a content management system (such as Wordpress) highly recommended.
  • Excellent research skills
  • Sense of humor a necessity

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. NCL is an equal opportunity employer. Position is open until filled.

Please submit cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to: Health Policy Associate Search, National Consumers League, 1701 K Street, N.W., Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20006, via fax: 202-835-0747 or email: info@nclnet.org (email preferred).

 

Public Policy Associate

NCL seeks a motivated candidate with a strong commitment to serving the public interest to implement a busy deliverable schedule related to the League’s technology, personal finance, travel and anti-fraud advocacy activities. The successful candidate will report to the Vice President of Public Policy, Telecommunications and Fraud as well as the Executive Director of the League.

The Public Policy, Telecommunications, and Fraud department is responsible for a broad spectrum of issue areas. No two days in the department are alike. On Monday you could be working on a consumer guide related to new forms of payment technology. On Tuesday you could be attending a meeting with Hill staff to advocate for stronger consumer protections in the airline industry and on Wednesday you may have to drop everything to respond to the latest data breach news cycle.

The associate will focus on creating high-quality content for consumer guides, e-newsletters, press releases, blogs, and white papers, primarily in support of NCL’s Fraud.org and #DataInsecurity Project campaigns. The associate will also assist with the department’s advocacy agenda before Congressional, Executive Branch, and state policymakers. The ideal candidate will have a background in technology policy issues such as data security, privacy, and online consumer protection as well as an eagerness to build expertise in a wide variety of issue areas.

Responsibilities:

  • Draft and edit high-quality consumer education content
  • Conduct research on a variety of issue areas with a focus on technology and telecommunications policy
  • Coordinate regular meetings and conference calls for NCL’s Alliance Against Fraud coalition and other ad hoc coalitions
  • Represent the League at meetings and conference calls with Hill staff, public interest organization colleagues, and partners in the corporate, labor, and government sectors
  • Assist with production of testimony, presentations, op/ed’s, and related advocacy materials
  • Monitor legislative and regulatory developments
  • Work with the Development Department in the production of grant proposals
  • Assist with other duties and policy work as assigned 

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Deep experience in researching public-source materials
  • Five-star communications skills, with a particular emphasis on writing for public consumption
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills with the ability to meet multiple, competing deadlines
  • Broad knowledge of federal and state regulatory and legislative processes
  • An eagerness to get educated quickly about unfamiliar issue areas
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced environment, both independently and with others
  • Exceptional candidates will have 1-2 years experience working with a public interest organization, public affairs firm, on the Hill or in a regulatory agency
  • Must be highly competent with online research methods as well as office productivity software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs).
  • Commitment to mission-driven nonprofit advocacy work. Sense of humor a necessity

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 most federal holidays. NCL is an equal opportunity employer. Position is open until filled.

Please submit cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to: Public Policy Associate Search, National Consumers League, 1701 K Street, N.W., Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20006, via fax: 202-835-0747 or email: info@nclnet.org (email preferred).

 

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.

NCL
1701 K Street, NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20006

fax: 202-835-0747

No phone calls please. 

 

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 summer intern to support the LifeSmarts program. The intern will assist NCL staff with ongoing projects and research in support of LifeSmarts. This internship will provide an opportunity to:

  • 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.
  • Work with NCL’s other summer interns to prepare for the upcoming LifeSmarts program year.
Internships are unpaid and interns will work out of NCL’s headquarters in downtown Washington, DC.  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. 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.

This internship is only available to members of the LifeSmarts Alumni Association. If you are interested, please email a cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to intern@nclnet.org and include “LifeSmarts summer intern” in the subject line.

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