Now Hiring: Development Manager

Do you love puppies and kittens? Do you hate taxes and wasteful government spending? Do you sweat the details, enjoy working with a team, and dig a fast-paced startup culture?

If you answered yes, read on: this is your dream career opportunity. We’re looking for a Development Manager to help us build the future today.

What We’re Looking For: A Development Manager to provide day-to-day cultivation, stewardship, and management of our mid-level and major donor fundraising program. S/he will work remotely from home and closely with the Development Director and other remote employees and consultants. Must be fully committed to our bipartisan and strictly single-issue mission of ending wasteful government spending on taxpayer-funded animal experiments. Strong interest in issue advocacy, politics, public affairs, animal advocacy, or pro-liberty causes.

Why You Want This Job: WCW is a taxpayer watchdog and bipartisan coalition of 3 million liberty lovers and animal lovers. WCW was the first organization to expose Dr. Fauci’s beagle experiments and runs the #BeagleGate campaign to end them. WCW was also the first to expose U.S. taxpayer funding for animal experiments at the Wuhan lab — the suspected source of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Glenn Greenwald says: “More than any other group, it is WCW that has elevated the cause of stopping these horrific government experimentations on dogs and puppies into the mainstream political conversation.” BuzzFeed says WCW “is writing a controversial new activist playbook—and it’s unclear whether anyone can control the forces that it has helped to unleash.”

Our high-profile campaigns at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, USDA, FDA, NIH, EPA, and more, have cut government experimentation on dogs and cats to its lowest-ever level and secured the first-ever federal policies to retire and release survivors. WCW was honored as the Public Affairs Campaign of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants and awarded the LUSH Prize as the world’s top public awareness campaign about animal testing. Our work has been featured on the front cover of USA Today, the New York Times, NBC, Fox News, Time, People, Science Magazine, and many more.


The Development Manager is responsible for specific duties that include (but aren’t limited to) the following:

  • Planning: Work with the Director to build the major donor and foundation giving strategy
  • Fundraising: Solicit gifts from donors and prospects in your portfolio to ensure WCW raises a defined revenue target
  • Writing: Produce regular, polished correspondence for donors, grantmakers, and other fundraising materials
  • Stewardship: Build and maintain strong relationships with donors in your portfolio. Manage regular phone calls, one-to-one email notes, in-person meetings, attend events, etc.
  • Cultivation: Find, research, prioritize, and educate top prospects to become WCW major donors
  • Foundations: Manage foundation research, grant calendar, and grant applications
  • Events: Assist Director with virtual donor events
  • Direct Mail: Assist Director and agency partner with the direct mail program
  • Donor CRM: Manage the data screening process
  • Reports: Manage reports for relevant donors, foundations, and grant-makers
  • Miscellaneous: Manage additional relevant project management and duties as assigned


A competitive candidate will have the following background, knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience working in major donor development.
  • Experienced and excellent writing skills. You don’t miss the main point or “bury the lede” when sending an email to your portfolio.
  • Good telephone and interpersonal skills. You aren’t afraid to pick up the phone and call people.
  • Solid experience with Microsoft Office applications, proficiency in Excel
  • Demonstrated interest in public policy, government relations, grassroots campaigns, animal advocacy, stakeholder engagement, and/or politics.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to proactively anticipate our needs.
  • Critical thinking skills. You’re able to identify and resolve problems quickly … and spot opportunities to advance our goals.
  • Entrepreneurial “take charge” spirit and a positive attitude. You must be an independent, proactive self-starter and relish a startup work culture.
  • Experience with donor CRMs like Salesforce and DonorPerfect, and wealth screening tools like iWave
  • Some travel may be required.

Compensation: This is a full-time, work-from-home/anywhere, salaried position that includes vacation/personal days and health benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience; the pay range starts at $55,000.

To Apply: Send resume, cover letter, references, and salary requirements to with the subject line: Development Manager. Please note: we will only consider applicants who submit all of these requirements.