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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. 

Full-time employment

Director of Development

Linda Golodner Food Safety & Nutrition Fellow

Operations and Finance Manager

Internships

Director of Development

The National Consumers League (NCL), America’s pioneering consumer advocacy organization, is seeking a highly motivated staff member with a strong commitment to public interest work to serve as Director of Development. The League (www.nclnet.org) is a national nonprofit organization that for 119 years has been protecting and promoting social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad. NCL focuses on fraud prevention and education, food product and drug safety, teen-consumer literacy, child labor, financial services and fair labor standards.

Position Summary

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Director of Development serves as a key leadership team member and an active participant in strategic decisions that advance the overall mission of NCL. In partnership with the Executive Director, this position is responsible for all fundraising and development activities. This individual will help forge new relationships to build NCL’s visibility, brand, impact and financial resources. The Director of Development will also use and implement a comprehensive development plan for establishing key external alliances by cultivating individual, corporate and philanthropic support. The Director of Development will have primary responsibility for establishing and implementing the infrastructure needed to grow NCL’s nearly $3 million budget through the solicitation of major gifts, grants, special events, corporate partnerships and foundation support. 

Responsibilities

  • Work closely and collaborate with the Board of Directors and Executive Director to create a development plan which increases revenues to support the strategic direction of the organization
  • Manage the fundraising team and event management consultants for annual dinner
  • Collaborate with Managing Director on NCL’s financial strategy and ensure reconciliation on a regular basis
  • Monitor and evaluate all fundraising activities to ensure that the financial goals are being achieved
  • Support and partner with the Executive Director on all major fundraising initiative to develop and implement a strategy for significantly expanding corporate support to include prospecting, networking to explore connections to funders, and relationship building
  • Conduct research on individuals, corporations, and foundations for prospect activity and maintain integrity of data
  • Develop a strategy for cultivating existing and potential sponsors and informing them of activities associated with NCL’s activities and achievements
  • Oversee and manage deadlines for applications to corporate foundations to meet agreed income target goals and reporting
  • Work with senior staff, board members, host committee and event consultants to set goals for NCL’s Annual Awards Dinner including incremental revenue, renewal, upgrade revenue and lapsed sponsors
  • Oversee and manage logistics for a variety of NCL events, large and small to engage funders, including fireside chats, receptions, membership meetings, hill briefings etc.
  • Develop and manage all income and expense budgets for Development and Development related events
  • Collaborate with the communications team to develop appropriate marketing and public relations efforts and outreach
  • Oversee the administration of a donor mailing list and database which respects the privacy and confidentiality of donor information
  • Oversee the administration of lists for email campaigns, event invitations, semi annual bulletins and annual reports

Skills commensurate with job duties

  • Ten years’ experience in development, fundraising, and major gifts and/or foundations
  • Extremely detail-oriented and proven ability to work well under deadline
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize and complete work independently
  • Superior program and project management experience
  • Exceptionally strong writing, editing, and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated direct responsibility for raising and expanding significant funds for other non-profit organizations
  • Understanding of foundation and individual philanthropy and demonstrated record of achieving results
  • Ability to balance the needs of multiple internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience with event planning and/or client services
  • Ability to interact positively with colleagues, board of directors and donors, especially in challenging situations
  • Bachelor's degree required, Master’s preferred
  • High energy and passion for NCL’s mission is essential
  • Outgoing personality and a good sense of humor

Salary and Benefits

Salary based on experience and education. NCL is 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 also offers a 401(k) retirement plan, planned telework, employer SmartTrip contributions. The National Consumers League is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

To apply

Please submit cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to ncljobs@nclnet.org and reference “Development Director” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Candidates who are contacted for an interview may be expected to take a writing test. If selected for hire, candidates must agree to undergo a background check.

 

Linda Golodner Food Safety and Nutrition Fellow

The National Consumers League, America’s oldest consumer advocacy organization, seeks a highly qualified and dedicated candidate with expertise in the areas of food safety and nutrition to serve as the organization’s next Linda Golodner Food Safety and Nutrition Fellow.  Fellows are expected to make a two year service commitment. 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 telemarketing and Internet fraud, food and drug safety, consumer education for teens, and fair labor standards. 

Position summary

The Fellow serves as the head of NCL’s food safety and nutrition division and works on a broad range of food safety, nutrition, truth-in-advertising, and alcohol-related issues.  The Fellow works directly with the League’s Executive Director to execute the policy and organizational agenda for the department.

The Linda Golodner Food Safety and Nutrition Fellow’s primary responsibilities include:

  • Drafting letters to federal agencies on a range of food safety and truth-in-advertising issues.
  • Advocating for the passage of food-safety and nutrition related legislation and for the creation and enforcement of consumer-friendly regulations.
  • Identifying and drawing attention to truth-in-advertising violations.
  • Serving as an active member of several food safety and nutrition coalitions.
  • Staying abreast of current developments in the division’s areas of interest.
  • Leading project teams for investigations and other one-time projects in the areas of food safety and truth-in-advertising.
  • Writing articles and blog posts for NCL and other publications as opportunities arise.
  • Speaking at conferences and conducting interviews as opportunities arise.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to the public interest and to the mission and goals of NCL.
  • Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of experience in nonprofit advocacy or policy work; candidates with less experience will ideally possess an advanced legal or policy-related degree.
  • Detail-oriented self-starter with excellent interpersonal skills and a sense of humor.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Outstanding organizational and time management skills; ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and frequent deadlines.
  • Routinely display professionalism and discretion; proven ability to exercise good judgment on a consistent basis.

Salary and benefits

Salary based on experience and education. NCL is 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 also offers a 401(k) retirement plan, planned telework, employer SmartTrip contributions. The National Consumers League is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

To apply

Please submit cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to ncljobs@nclnet.org and reference “Food Safety and Nutrition Fellow” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Candidates who are contacted for an interview may be expected to take a writing test. If selected for hire, candidates must agree to undergo a background check.

 

Operations and Finance Manager

The National Consumers League (NCL), America’s oldest consumer advocacy organization, seeks a highly qualified and dedicated Operations and Finance Manager, who will be responsible for office management, accounts payable, account receivable, payroll, and benefits administration. The Operations & Finance Manager reports to the Managing Director.

Responsibilities

Operations Management

  • Improve the operational systems, processes, and policies in support of NCL’s missi
  • Assist in increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of support services (e.g. HR, IT, Accounting), and facilitate coordination and communication between support and business fun
  • Provide support to hiring managers in employee/fellow/intern recruitment, selections including screening resumes, conducting interviews and or reference/background checks, and on-boarding new hires, including work station set up, computer procurement, employee benefits enrollment, and relevant employment documents.
  • Collaborate in the development of short and long-term strategic goals for operations.
  • Manage day to day operations for the mailroom, office supplies, and maintenance of personnel and administrative files.
  • Assist with the processing of employee benefits.
  • Oversee the maintenance of office equipment and scheduling of equipment service.
  • Assist in the develop of materials for meetings and program events.
  • Act as liaison with facilities management IT.

Financial Management

  • Manage day to day operations of accounts receivable, accounts payable, and the reconciliation and disbursement of petty cash, including data entry into QuickBooks.
  • Reconcile monthly credit card statements, including detail analysis of purchases.
  • Manage purchasing, processing invoices, vendor relations
  • Oversee the payroll process, including review of timesheet entries and leave accruals.
  • Assist with the annual audit preparation.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration
  • 5+ years work experience in finance/accounting, human resources, and operations
  • Highly motivated self-starter
  • Passion for both people and processes
  • Proven ability to work with confidential and sensitive information
  • Experience using Accounting Software, QuickBooks preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills, including the ability to work on multiple projects with different task leaders, set priorities, adapt to change, and solve problems.
  • Strong office management/project management skills
  • Detail oriented with the ability to complete tasks accurately and on time.
  • Commitment to social justice and the NCL mission.

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), employer SmarTrip contributions, planned telework, annual and sick leave, and federal holidays. NCL is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply

Please submit cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to ncljobs@nclnet.org and reference “Operations & Finance Manager” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. If selected for hire, candidates must agree to undergo a background check.

 

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: ncljobs@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: ncljobs@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 ncljobs@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:ncljobs@nclnet.org.