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Development Consultant 🔥


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 consultant to contribute immediately to at least two client engagements, in close collaboration with other CIMA consultants. Responsibilities include: 

  • Supporting 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.
  • Partnering with one or more CIMA team members for each client engagement to ensure that we continually exceed our clients’ expectations.

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 three 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

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: $65,000-$75,000

Benefits: Medical/Dental/Vision

Exemption Status: Exempt

Hybrid Work Available: Yes. Preference for candidates in or around central VA. 

Full- time 


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.  


Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. 

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