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TypeFull Time
Application DeadlineNovember 30, 2023
College Degree Required?No
Salary Range$75,000-$85,000


CIMA Consulting is a small firm in Charlottesville, VA, providing clients with strategic insight and support through institutional fundraising (grant writing) and a range of other deliverables. Our team — fifteen consultants and growing! — works on behalf of nonprofit organizations across the country, furthering their organizational capacity via fundraising, business development, and organizational design. Candidates with varying levels of experience are encouraged to apply and will be considered equally.

Our clients are socially conscious organizations seeking a thoughtful, agile, results-oriented firm to assist them in achieving their mission.

Our current portfolio includes these and other nonprofit clients:
Youth services organizations across the country; supporting recreation, STEM, volunteer mentoring, and more.
Nonprofit newsrooms reporting on criminal justice and gun violence.
A national environmental organization, harnessing science and law to protect biodiversity on our planet.
A community organization working to support formerly incarcerated individuals through access to low-interest loans and financial education.

About the Consultant Role
We are currently hiring a full-time, senior consultant to contribute immediately to at least two client engagements, in close collaboration with other CIMA consultants.

Our team is primarily based in Charlottesville and surrounding areas, but we have a hybrid, flexible-work schedule. While our preference is for team members to be based in Charlottesville, qualified candidates wishing to work remotely will be considered.

Position Details:
Working Title: Development Consultant
Salary Range: $75,000-$85,000
Benefits: Medical/Dental/Vision
Exemption Status: Exempt
Hybrid Work Available: Yes. Preference for candidates in or around central VA.
Full- time

To Apply:
A resume and cover letter detailing your qualifications and experience are required for consideration. In your letter, address the aspects of the job description and ideal characteristics that stand out to you. Please send to Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. We look forward to hearing from you!

Job Duties

Responsibilities include:
Managing the direction of two client engagements. This includes:
– Providing top-tier project management, becoming a trusted strategic partner for our clients’ senior staff.
– Writing compelling narratives for letters of inquiry, proposals, and other collateral; working with clients to understand their organization and desired voice.
– Identifying funding opportunities through online research, phone calls, and email follow-up.
– Ensuring CIMA meets goals and client expectations through careful internal tracking of progress, application deadlines, and reporting requirements.
– Managing and supporting growth of one or more CIMA team members on each client engagement, ensuring CIMA exceeds client expectations.

Skills Required

The ideal candidate will have:
Proven success in a client-facing project or account management role, and/or a track record of relationship building and accountability.
At least five years’ of experience in grant writing and/or other development functions, a bachelor’s degree, or other equivalent experience in persuasive writing.
A demonstrated appreciation for or commitment to the nonprofit sector.
Proven ability to organize and synthesize large amounts of information into compelling written collateral on deadline.
Experience using standard office software/platforms (Excel, Drive, Airtable, etc).
Skill in organizing and drawing conclusions from data (preferred but not required).

Qualities we consider essential for CIMA team members:
Extremely organized and self-motivated, able to prioritize multiple deadlines
Excellent interpersonal skills (communication and relationship building)
Willing to collaborate, take direction and ask thoughtful questions, then work independently to complete tasks
Keen writing, editing, and proofreading skills
Ability to thrive in a fast-moving, intellectual environment, with the feel of a start-up; willingness to listen, collaborate, and seize opportunities for growth
Flexibility, dedication, and the ability to laugh at one’s self (and others, but only in a nice way)
An understanding and appreciation of DEI principles

Work Schedule


Additional Info

If we sound like the right place for you, we want to hear from you. There is no ‘perfect’ candidate. Everyone brings something different to the team and those differences make us better.

Our goal is to be a company that is representative of the people that we and our nonprofit clients serve. We encourage all interested applicants to apply, including but not limited to members of the LGBTQIA+ community, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), and individuals with disabilities. CIMA does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or military status.