Development Operations Manager

Reports to: VP of DLF

Classification: Full Time/Exempt

Location: New York City

Salary: $90,000 - $100,000

About the David Lynch Foundation

The David Lynch Foundation (“DLF” or the “Foundation”) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 2005 to address the epidemic of trauma and toxic stress among underserved populations through the implementation of the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique.

The Opportunity

DLF has undergone a remarkable transformation, and it has earned broad public interest and support for its evidence-based work and proven impact. DLF is now looking to take its work to the next level by conducting best-in-class research to prove that the TM meditation technique can help many who suffer from a variety of health challenges.

The Development Operations Manager will be directly responsible for the overall operations of the Development team, including gift entry, prospect research, Salesforce database, grant writing, reporting, and administrative support. This position reports directly to the Director of Philanthropy.


The main objective will be to enhance and optimize our fundraising efforts throughout the organization.

  • Processing gifts, gift acknowledgments, reporting, and database management maintaining good communication with the finance team
  • Operationally support the Fundraising and Events team

During events:

  • Ensure entry of donation data is organized, complete, comprehensive, accurate, consistent, timely, and easily understandable
  • Daily entry and tracking of enterprise monetary donations into Salesforce that are received via online, check, and 3rd party vendors


  • Monitor metrics to measure success
  • Manages day-to-day operations (department shared folder, data entry, reporting, and gift processing)
  • Internal Salesforce data administrator, working in collaboration with our Salesforce Consulting Firm
  • Responsible for the overall Salesforce donor database and records; assures integrity, deleting duplicate records, appropriate coding, etc.
  • Manage and resolve fundraising database issues in coordination with our Development Team
  • Assist with prospect research for major gift prospects
  • Facilitates foundation reporting with Program and Finance teams
  • Manages foundation donor pipeline on Google Drive and, eventually, Salesforce
  • Participate with other staff to adopt a “team” approach toward daily operations as assigned
  • Assume additional administrative responsibilities, as requested, to support the department and the organization.
  • Manage the Double the Donation relationship and optimize its use.
  • Manage the Classy system, including optimization, running reports, setting up campaigns, interface to Salesforce


  • At least five (5) years of experience in the Development field
  • Experience with gift processing, data entry, and reporting
  • Extensive knowledge of Salesforce in a non-profit environment
  • Excellent writing abilities with proposal and grant writing experience
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Self-sufficient work approach
  • Passion for DLF’s mission

To Apply

Please email cover letter and resume in pdf format (job title in the subject area) to 

Position: Government Affairs Manager

Reports to: President of The Center for Resilience – A Division of the David Lynch Foundation

Classification: Full Time/Exempt

Location: Washington, DC (Hybrid)

Salary: $75,000 - $80,000 Per Year

About the David Lynch Foundation

The David Lynch Foundation (“DLF” or the “Foundation”) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2005 to address the epidemic of trauma and toxic stress among underserved populations through the implementation of the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique. DLF delivers this program in Washington, DC, through The Center for Resilience – A Division of DLF. DLF has earned broad public interest and support for its work to bring this simple, evidence-based meditation intervention to its core target populations: veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and their families, healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID pandemic, domestic violence survivors, those suffering from opioid and alcohol use disorder and people living in high crime, high need areas.

DLF has three regional hubs: an operational headquarters in New York City (where there is also a significant programmatic presence), three offices in Washington, DC (Capitol Hill, Dupont Circle, and at THEARC, a campus of nonprofits located east of the Anacostia River), and a programmatic hub in Los Angeles.

One of the Foundation’s primary long-term objectives is to make TM widely accessible to all who will benefit from it – with cost to the individual not being a barrier. In order to accomplish this goal, DLF is pursuing a series of gold standards, Phase 3 randomized controlled trials on the effects of TM on three intractable and costly chronic health disorders. The first three such large-scale research studies will examine TM’s effect on:

  • trauma, which afflicts eight million Americans in any given year (8% of the entire population will have PTSD at some point in their lives, and this includes over 1 million veterans);
  • heart disease and hypertension, which afflicts over100 million Americans with a disproportionate impact on communities of color; and 
  • anxiety, depression, burnout, and compromised resilience, which afflict 60 million Americans.

Our work in Washington, DC is focused on pursuing a strategy to secure reimbursement for this evidence-based intervention through private and public insurance, Employee Assistance Programs, and government funding sources.

The Opportunity

The Government Affairs Manager position will play a vital role in taking the Foundation to its next level of impact by developing close government relationships and community partnerships in the District and on Capitol Hill. The individual will interact with local, state, and federal legislative bodies and government agencies to represent and communicate the Foundation’s business plans and interests.

DLF’s Government Relations office, run out of its Capitol Hill location, is focused on:

  • Informing government leaders and policy-makers about the evidence-based, cost-effective benefits of Transcendental Meditation in addressing (among other concerns) post-traumatic stress disorder; depression and related sleep disorders; suicidal ideation among veterans, healthcare workers and those afflicted by violence; and other trauma-related disorders among youth.
  • Exploring avenues of federal, state and local government funding opportunities.

General Responsibilities

To be successful in this role, the individual must excel in a dynamic and fluid environment. You are an innovative thinker with the confidence to both bring your own ideas and contacts to the effort and implement the strategy that has been developed to date. This position will:

  1. Mange our quickly growing network of thought leaders and influencers at the federal level (both elected and non-elected officials), in coordination with the CEO and the President of The Center for Resilience; 
  2. Support and collaborate closely with retained government affairs experts on various projects;
  3. Manage a pipeline of key decision-makers and influencers who will help the foundation locate and secure funding for programmatic opportunities.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain working relationships with priority congressional offices; plan and manage visits to elected officials and committees of jurisdiction; track follow-up activities. 
  • Act as the Foundation’s local representative at functions and events, as needed.
  • Prepare documents and other materials required for meetings, hearings, and briefings.
  • Track federal legislation and hearings in pertinent areas, including annual appropriations, with a specific focus on proposed or pending legislation related to our work to help veterans, first responders, and frontline health care workers.
  • Work with the CEO and President to plan and innovate ways to increase awareness of TM on Capitol Hill, including fly ins, town halls, press briefings, Hill briefings, Dear Colleagues, etc. 
  • Help build and maintain professional relationships with members of federal, state, and local government entities and agencies.
  • Other duties, as required


  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in roles related to government, communications, and/or public affairs 
  • Skilled communicator with a warm and executive presence capable of comfortably navigating among government and business leaders 
  • Refined interpersonal and people management skills 
  • Ability to effectively build and utilize influence within the company and among external stakeholders 
  • Strong organization and prioritization skills 
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously 
  • Astute attention to detail 
  • A collaborative nature, but also the ability to work independently 
  • Passion for helping those overcoming toxic stress and trauma in our core areas (veterans, health care workers, addiction and recovery, trauma) will be a major plus

Compensation commensurate with experience

To Apply

Please email cover letter and resume in pdf format (job title in the subject area) to 

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