The Partnership is seeking a full-time, self-motivated and results-driven Development Associate to provide strategic support in its private and public fundraising efforts. The Development Associate will serve as a key member of the organization’s development team and work cooperatively to facilitate the process of soliciting grants and donations from foundations, corporations and individuals, and also support logistics for events and meetings related to fundraising and stewardship. The Development Associate reports directly to the Development Director.



The Development Associate’s key responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Oversee grant reporting, including project management of process, organizing meetings with program staff and calendaring reminders so that all grant applications are submitted accurately, efficiently and on time

  • Assist with donor prospecting through research on foundations, corporations and individuals that highlights their giving goals and strategies, and draws connections to Partnership programs

  • Assist in preparation of briefing materials and research for all fundraising-related meetings

  • Assist with writing and proofreading grant applications

  • Support the development of grant budgets and compile supplemental materials for grant applications, including organizational and school-site data and financial information

  • Draft communications and assist in planning around fundraising events and campaigns

  • Assist with data entry of grant awards, proposals, and contact information of funders/prospects, and generate donor correspondence as needed

  • Maintain internal financial records to support Finance & Business Affairs team with financial reconciliation and preparation for annual audit 

  • Prepare and submit grant agreements and award acknowledgement letters

  • Maintain and organize electronic files related to all aspects of the grants cycle, including: grant application materials, grant agreement and disbursement, correspondence with funders and program materials related to grants

  • Support logistics and project management of fundraising events, corporate events and donor meetings, including school visits and days of service

  • Assist with maintenance of the fundraising-related portions of the Partnership website

  • Assist in the preparation of presentations for donors

  • Assist in the stewardship of donors

  • Represent the Partnership with foundations, corporations and other nonprofits, as needed

  • Keep informed of “best practices” in the philanthropy field and recommend improvements to the Partnership’s grants management process and overall fundraising strategies

  • Provide additional support to the Development team, as needed or assigned


The ideal candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

  • 1-3 years of experience in a professional setting

  • Experience in nonprofit or education sector a plus

  • Experience working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment; adaptable when managing multiple, shifting priorities; ease at managing competing demands and determining priorities independently

  • Proven ability to execute effectively against strategy and meet or exceed goals consistently

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; able to communicate complex ideas simply and succinctly

  • Outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to work under pressure with a high degree of accuracy and limited direction

  • Strong computer and technology skills; proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; proficiency in a database management system a plus (Partnership uses RENXT)

  • Ability to work collaboratively with other experienced professionals, teachers, parents, students, Board members and other stakeholders

  • Strong belief in the Partnership’s mission, approach, and core values

  • Reflective, life-long learner

  • California driver license, proof of auto insurance, reliable transportation



This is a year-round, full-time, non-exempt position. Compensation will be commensurate with experience.  The Partnership offers a competitive benefits package, including health, vision and dental insurance, and a 403(b) retirement program.

Department: Development
This is a non-management position
This is a full time position

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