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Who we are:  

IEL’s mission is to partner with under-resourced communities to equip leaders to better prepare children, youth, adults, and families for postsecondary education and training, rewarding careers, and civic and community engagement. IEL is preparing for its 60th anniversary in 2024, is beginning its new strategic plan process under new organizational leadership. The organization is also looking to further diversify its portfolio of sustainable funding, general support, and fee-for-service work. We are looking for a team player who can support, grow, and sustain IEL’s development needs in major categories of prospecting, sponsorship, and grants management.  

About the consultant position: 

The consultant will work to build IEL’s institutional advancement and will report to the President. Major responsibilities are:  


  • Map national, state, and local funders and their request timelines according to program focus area and organization indicators 
  • Cultivate initial funding pipeline  
  • Design IEL’s fund development strategy to support IEL program integration 
  • Design structure and initiate individual giving campaigns such as Giving Tuesday, National Philanthropy Day, end-of-year giving 
  • Keep up with philanthropic and fundraising trends  


  • Identify a diverse pool of sponsors for IEL’s major convenings 
  • Create sponsorship packets for convenings in partnership with the communications team 
  • Actively pursue and track conference sponsorship giving requests  
  • Manage the sponsorship commitments and oversee implementation  

Grants Management 

  • Manage grants deadlines, stipulations, and reporting requirements 
  • Integrate efficient grants management system for the organization  
  • Coordinate with staff assigned to grants and coordinate all reporting  
  • Build staff capacity on grant management 


  • Work experience equivalency of minimum of five years in a similar role 
  • Deep knowledge of nonprofit philanthropic landscape, inclusive of national, regional, and community philanthropy 
  • Proven experience of diversifying and increasing organizations development capacities as described above 
  • Evidence of successful donor engagement  
  • Demonstrated project management and organizational skills 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and fundraising tracking tools 


$5,000-7,000/month depending on experience. 40-50% weekly time commitment during standard East Coast operating hours. Mid-March – June 30, 2023. Potential for extension.  

To apply: 

Please send an email with “Development Consultant” as the subject line to Include a cover letter, resume, and a development campaign sample. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning March 1st.   

IEL is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran’s status or disabled veterans’ status. IEL is implementing a diversity and supported inclusion strategy and is actively and intentionally encouraging applicants of color and individuals with disabilities to apply.