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Development Associate

Department: Development
Reports To: Director of Development and Advancement
Status: Regular, 40 hours per week, 12 months per year
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Hiring Range: 18 ($21.03 to $23.37 per hour)
Location: Weller 
Closing Date: January 7, 2019 or until filled 

The Development Associate is responsible for project management of fundraising events and managing the annual fund campaign and for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors giving under $1,000 annually. The Development Associate works with Board members, volunteers, and staff to identify prospective donors, and assists the Development team to better understand donor interests and potential for greater involvement. This position reports to the Director of Development and Advancement and works closely with the entire Development team to implement the annual strategic fundraising plan.
At Neighborhood House we have a deep commitment to our employee’s and client’s diverse experiences and backgrounds that guides our work for a more equitable future. We are seeking a team member that represents our dedication to service, equity and inclusion, to join our diverse team.
Annual Giving Management (approximately 25%)
  • Provides project management and guidance for all aspects of the Annual Fund Campaign including identification and cultivation of new donor prospects, stewardship of current donors, and solicitation training.
  • Work with the Major Gifts Manager to systematically review, evaluate, and classify donors for cultivation and solicitation. This includes recruitment and retention goal- setting and other milestones as well as classification and segmentation of donors based on giving potential, areas of interest, etc.
  • Track progress throughout the year and provide quarterly giving reports to the Neighborhood House (NH) leadership team, the NH Board of Trustees and other stakeholders.
  • Oversee annual appeals process, including the year-end appeal, GiveBIG, Giving Tuesday and challenge matches.
  • Works with the Data Specialist to maintain the accuracy of the donor database and communications records.
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of agency programs, goals and results and translate this information to make it relevant and interesting to donors.
Donor Communications (approximately 25%)
  • Partner with the development team to develop and implement timely donor acknowledgement and donor communication plans for individual supporters, sponsors and in-kind donors that advance donor engagement and giving.
  • Coordinate with the Major Gifts Manager to create donor centered communications including acknowledgements, appeals, updates, event invitations, and other donor- facing collateral.
  • Collaborates with the Communications Manager to design visually and graphically appealing print and digital donor centered communications.
  • Support program staff and the development team to ensure donor centered content on the NH website and social media remains up to date.
  • Coordinates with program staff and the Communications Manager to capture stories, photographs, and video footage that help donors and community partners understand Neighborhood House’s work.
  • Partner with the Volunteer Coordinator to arrange for volunteers to help with mailings as needed.
Event Coordination (approximately 50%)
  • Support the planning and implementation of all donor cultivation and fundraising events.
  • Help to maintain and create mailing lists and event collateral.
  • Support the Major Gift Manager and Director of Development and Advancement with sponsor recruitment, correspondence, and recognition, tracking progress towards goals.
  • Work with the Major Gift Manager and Director of Development and Advancement on attendee recruitment, communication, and recognition, tracking progress towards goals.
  • Manage event day-of tasks.
  •  Supports the Communications Manager to promote fundraising events through print and digital platforms.
  • Coordinates with Volunteer Services Manager on event volunteer job recruitment and oversees volunteers during events.
  • Participate in the creative direction of events.
  • Supports post-event analysis and reflection to optimize subsequent event planning.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Associate’s Degree in a related field (BA preferred). An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience may be considered.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and relationship-building skills, diplomacy and a non-judgmental, positive, problem-solving attitude.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and attention to details.
  • Ability to multi-task, switching between leadership roles and support roles as needed; adaptability and flexibility as agency priorities change.
  • Familiarity with donor management databases, such as Raiser’s Edge, preferred.
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision, as well as part of a team. Must be resourceful and proactive.
  • Knowledge of and experience in planning, scheduling, and executing large and small events.
  • Demonstrated project management skills: exceptional attention to detail, time management, follow-through and ability to meet deadlines, communication, organization and planning.
  • Computer literacy and intermediate to advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher, Power Point), visual and graphic design applications (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop as well as social media applications and analytics (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc.
  • Flexibility to work in the evenings and early mornings as needed.
  • Experience working in a diverse cultural, ethnic and racial population.
  • Willingness to comply with the established agency performance standards which may include: productivity/personal responsibility, client/customer service-orientation, embracing a team player orientation, and maintaining a professional demeanor.
  • First Aid Certification (within 30 days of hire).
  • CPR Certification (within 30 days of hire).
  • Sexual Harassment Training within 30 days of hire.
  • Child Abuse and Neglect training (within 2 weeks of hire).
  • Must pass Neighborhood House Background Check Requirement.
  • Position requires Washington State bi-annual criminal background re-check.
Click here for more details about our benefits program.
Employment Practice
Neighborhood House is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications are considered without regard to race, age, sex, color, creed, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, mental or physical handicap, sexual orientation (heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality) and expression of gender identity or any other classification protected by law. Neighborhood House encourages and gives hiring preference to current and former Head Start parents and children. We encourage people of color and residents of the communities we serve to apply.
Application Procedure
Submit agency application PDF along with resume and cover letter. For your convenience, we offer several ways for you to submit your completed application: 
  • Email:

  • Fax:
     (206) 923-6776

In Person or Mail to:
8:00am – 5:00pm Monday-Friday

Neighborhood House
1225 S. Weller Street, Suite 510
Seattle, WA 98144
Attn: Human Resources

For more information
Inquiries may be directed to Human Resources at (206) 461-8430 or by e-mail to