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 VP of Development.

The Partnership is committed to continuously building an anti-racist culture that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in classrooms and in our home office. The Development Associate will be someone who is excited to keep these values in mind when executing day-to-day tasks and responsibilities.

This position will require being in schools rarely throughout the fall when campuses reopen, but working remotely otherwise, as the Partnership home office remains closed. As such, this position requires living in the Los Angeles area.


The Development Associate’s key duties and responsibilities include the following areas: 

50% grant reports and some grant writing, processing grant agreements through proper channels, maintaining a grants calendar and tracking system, and organizing meetings associated with grants and reports to manage process

  • 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 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

  • 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

35% toward general fundraising assistance, including research briefs, processing of donations and acknowledgement letters, data entry and clean up, compiling presentations, website updates, and support with development newsletter

  • 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 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 

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

  • Assist in the preparation of presentations for 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

15% toward support of fundraising events and donor stewardship activities such as days of service, Lundquist Fellows events and school visits

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

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

  • Assist in the stewardship of donors


The ideal candidate will have:

Shared Beliefs:

  • Deep belief in the power of our communities, and respect and love for our families in Boyle Heights, South LA and Watts

  • Belief in the Partnership’s mission, approach, and core values and a commitment to improving academic achievement for Partnership students

  • A commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment for all team members

  • Humility and respect for the hard work of school leaders, teachers, parents, and students

  • Reflective and a life-long learner

  • Unmatched work ethic

  • Highest level of integrity


Education and Experience:

  • 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 and cross-functionally with other experienced professionals, teachers, parents, students, Board members and other stakeholders

  • Reflective, life-long learner

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


The Partnership has recently completed a thorough study of market-competitive salaries, and has applied the learning from that study to salary offers for all home office positions. Our goal is to ensure that pay is fair for all staff members, both considering the market and considering pay equity among staff in similar roles in the organization. The Partnership offers a robust benefits package including employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance and a 403(b) retirement program. This is a full time, year-round position.



Please prepare your resume and a cover letter tailored to this position. You will submit your documents using our online application system here.

For technical assistance or questions, please email LJ Carusone at lj.carusone@partnershipla.org.

Department: Development

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