The Development Associate will assist with all aspects of Freedom House’s development office, which is responsible for securing and sustaining financial support from a range of individual, foundation and corporate donors.
This is a nonexempt position. Position holder must obtain written authorization from supervisor before working more than 40 hours in a workweek.
Essential Duties include:
Supporting front-line fundraising. Conduct research using fundraising databases, news searches, and other tools to produce briefings for fundraisers and executive staff in preparation for donor and prospect meetings and events. Work with development and executive teams, consultants and vendors to plan, implement and staff donor events like the annual awards dinner, receptions, briefings and other engagement opportunities. Support fundraising and prospect management activities for Development team and senior leadership. Maintain general awareness of and interest in the programs and activities of Freedom House, and a commitment to the organization’s mission.
Communications. Draft donor-centric communications like acknowledgement letters, project updates, solicitations, reports and other written correspondence.
Development Department Support. Participate in the prospect identification, qualification, cultivation and stewardship process for current and prospective donors. Support the department’s regular reporting to the board and executive team. Maintain donor database (Salesforce), enter information, and create and analyze reports from it to implement and assess fundraising initiatives. Under supervision, coordinate with Finance to process donations and maintain accurate financial records. Support the operations needs of the development office, including scheduling, the production of invoices and filing of state registrations. Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a related field
1-3 years of experience in a development department and familiarity with prospect research, fundraising processes, database management, and event execution
Strong ability to communicate effectively and persuasively in English, both verbally and in writing
Superb attention to detail, balanced against consistent production of timely, error-free work
Skilled in research and applying strong analytical skills to provide research to development team and president as required.
Able to take on additional tasks when required, work independently without supervision, and highly motivated to take the initiative to constantly improve systems and processes. Self-disciplined, action-oriented style that thrives in a start-up environment
Prior experience with Salesforce or other customer relationship management database preferred.
Excellent interpersonal skills, including interacting with people with a wide range of political and social views. Skilled at establishing trusted partnerships throughout organization and using sound judgment when dealing with internal and external constituents.
Exercise discretion in maintaining and managing confidential information;
Strong ability to plan, organize, and prioritize under pressure to meet tight deadlines
Preferred : experience or interest in democracy promotion or human rights
Applicants are required to complete our online application form and to submit a resume and a cover letter that outlines interests and qualifications for this position.
Diversity makes our work stronger. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.
Salaries are commensurate with experience and based on pay grades that prioritize equity across the organization.
Freedom House provides a strong benefits package, including an employer match program for your 403(b) retirement account, flexible hours, floating holidays, high employer contributions to medical, dental, and vision premiums, basic and voluntary life and AD&D insurance, short- and long-term disability, flexible spending account, and more.
Candidates must possess authorization to work in the United States.
The hired candidate is expected to begin in July 2022.
Physical Requirements : Sedentary, regularly required to sit for extended periods of time. Constantly talk, hear, and understand speech at normal levels using a telephone. Occasionally required to stand, walk, and bend over; reach overhead; use hands, wrists, and fingers to grasp, push, pull, move, handle, feel, and type. Constantly required to use close vision and distance vision for regular computer work. Occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 25 lbs. to waist height.
General Working Conditions : General working office environment. Some long hours, including evenings and/or weekends as reasonable, to complete essential tasks or attend important events and to be responsive in a timely manner to emergency assistance requests. Travel to event and meeting sites. Exposed to outside weather conditions when required to attend event venues or travel.
Freedom House is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. Read more about the application process and search answers to common questions here. Freedom House offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package including health and wellness benefits, retirement, and professional development.
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