Development Associate

Interfaith Worker Justice seeks a highly organized, enthusiastic, and cooperative self-starter to join our Development team. The Development Associate coordinates donor correspondence and solicitation, provides administrative and research support, and helps plan and execute fundraising and cultivation events.

The ideal candidate will have significant fundraising experience, including special event experience. 

Accountability: The position is directly accountable to the Development Director.


Grants Research and Management Support (15%)

  • Research new funding opportunities and stay up to speed on current funders’ grantmaking priorities;
  • Prepare and gather supplemental materials for grant applications and reports;
  • Assemble IWJ information packet and other pertinent background information ahead of fundraising visits;
  • Maintain detailed fundraising files (electronic and physical) and spreadsheets;
  • Process grant-specific thank-you letters.

Annual Giving and Donor Relations Support (40%) 

  • Oversee implementation of systems to track donor contact, cultivation, and gift acknowledgement;
  • Generate mailing lists and produce reports to measure results;
  • Research and report on individual and institutional prospects;
  • Prepare donor packets – background information and marketing materials – for donor calls and visits;
  • Assist with special stewardship projects and cultivation events;
  • Maintain donor records, including updating lapsed or declined credit card information;
  • Assist with the delivery of benefits to major donors and monthly sustainers;
  • Assist with application requirements for workplace-giving programs with CFC and United Way; 
  • Monitor IWJ’s profile on philanthropy and fundraising websites, and update as needed. 

Annual Event Coordination (25%) 

  • Coordinate logistics and serve as liaison with third party companies and vendors; 
  • Provide administrative support to event committee(s), including scheduling meetings and providing progress reports; 
  • Assist in the development of marketing and sponsorship materials; 
  • Work with Database Manager to create and ensure efficient tracking of sponsorship commitments and ticket sales, and ensure timely receipts/acknowledgments for donors.

Board Relations (10%) 

  • Provide administrative support to the Board of Directors' fundraising efforts and activities; 
  • Schedule and plan for (full) Board and Finance and Fundraising Committee meetings; 
  • Prepare and distribute meeting materials; 
  • Maintain and update lists of board and committees; 
  • Track and follow up on the annual conflict of interest disclosure and board covenant. 

Other (10%) 

  • Support the Executive Director's fundraising activities by scheduling key meetings, coordinating agendas, and preparing materials; 
  • Assist with gift entry and donation processing and serve as back-up to Database Manager; 
  • Maintain state registration records and assist with application process; 
  • Participate in regular staff meetings and staff retreats. 

Evaluation: The position will be evaluated annually based on this job description, goals, and objectives, and other tasks assigned. 


  • Commitment to social justice;
  • At least 1-2 years prior fundraising experience or comparable project management experience required;
  • Computer literate and technologically proficient in word processing, spreadsheet and database software applications (experience with Salsa is a plus); 
  • Strong work ethic and desire to do the best job possible;
  • Highly organized and can handle large amounts of detailed information with accuracy;
  • Resourcefulness in troubleshooting and solving problems;
  • Proven ability to work effectively under tight – and sometimes multiple - deadlines;
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively and follow through on commitments;
  • Proven ability to exercise good judgment in handling sensitive and confidential information

Salary and Benefits: Salary range for this position is $40,000-$45,000 depending upon experience. Interfaith Worker Justice is dedicated to ensuring workers' rights and offers comprehensive benefits to its employees including fully-paid medical and dental coverage, disability insurance, 401K retirement plan with an organizational contribution, and pre-tax transportation plan.

How to Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to cjunia[at]iwj[dot]org. Put "Development Associate" in the subject line. No calls, please. Interfaith Worker Justice is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is a union shop. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.