Development Associate

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Miriam's Kitchen
Maryland, United States
$42,000.00 - $46,000.00
May 24, 2021
Jun 22, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time


Development Associate 




Reports to: 

Director of Individual Giving 


Salary Range





Founded in 1983 as a soup kitchen, Miriam’s Kitchen has evolved over the years to provide

more than meals. Today, Miriam’s Kitchen is a critical player in the fight to end chronic

homelessness in DC. On the direct services level, we help our guests improve their health,

increase their income and obtain housing through a range of programs and partnerships. And at the systems level, we work with leaders across the city to make instances of homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring.


As the Development Associate, you will join a team of experienced fundraising professionals and build experience in individual, foundation and corporate fundraising. Your main role will be to provide administrative, donor, and gift processing support to the Development Department. 

You will join an organization where everyone is self-motivated, driven, and clear about our ultimate goal—ending veteran and chronic homelessness in DC.

We take our work seriously, AND we are committed to a culture of innovation, support and fun. If you are meticulous, a fast learner, and can see the forest and the trees, then we want to speak with you!



Donation Management:

    Process contributions, including direct mail, email and phone responses; offsite deposits; event gifts; and donations made through the organization website; Scan and import letters and other special instructions onto donor files in Salesforce and server; Work with the Performance Management to ensure checks are deposited weekly and entered into Salesforce accurately; Assist with donations and pledges made through the Combined Federal Campaign and America Charities, matching gift companies, workplace giving, and online charity services; Notify team members of special handling and other important giving;  Flag high-level donors for follow up by Development; Support the Chief Development Officer’s (CDO) caseload of donors by handling all major gift correspondence and donor files within our donor database; Research volunteer database and giving patterns to alert team of corporate, foundation, and major donor prospects;
    Prepare packets for donor meetings and outreach; Maintain State Registrations; Provide admin support to CDO when requested; Schedule and coordinate volunteers to assist with mailings and special projects;  Coordinate and reserve meeting space for donor meetings and development team; Assist with relevant reports for the development team and board to help prioritize fundraising, track activities, progress to goal and collection of outstanding pledges; Support collection of outstanding pledges; and Other duties as assigned. 

 Donor Communications

    Generate and process donor acknowledgment letters in a timely manner; Create customized letters for the CDO and Chief Executive Officer (CEO); Perform thank you calls; Manage the development email box; Call monthly donors for payment updates;
    Respond to general donation inquiries from supporters and potential supporters, maintaining a high standard of customer service;
    Direct inquiries not related to development to appropriate staff; and Assist with proposals and reports as needed.

 Events Support

    Assist with donor-led volunteer groups (coordination, prep, and welcome); Attend and support Miriam’s Kitchen signature events as needed; Support and represent Miriam’s Kitchen at events that may fall on nights and weekends; Manage and oversee all Combined Federal Campaign and America Charities events; and  Attend other events as necessary.


The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may

be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them if the work is

similar, related, or a logical assignment for the position.




Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    Two years of donor database experience; Excellent oral and written communication skills;  Meticulous attention to detail;   Database experience, Salesforce preferred, to pull and maintain timely reports;  Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Advanced Word and Excel skills preferred;   Basic knowledge of fundraising and donor gift processing;  Ability to research donor information for accurate record keeping and assess potential for greater giving; Problem solver and creative thinker who can contribute to gift processing time saving ideas and efficiencies; Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills to effectively work with a variety of people and personalities across the organization and with external audiences; Ability to present, inform and motivate individuals and groups about Miriam’s Kitchen’s mission and the importance of raising funds in support of the mission; Understands the confidential nature of donor information and maintain confidences;   Ability to troubleshoot software issues and reach out for further help if necessary;  Proven ability to manage workflow, multiple tasks, and meet deadlines to completion; Excellent organizational, time management, and calendar management skills;   Ability to work independently and research answers to questions once given a specified task; and   Ability to show up on time and adhere to the assigned work hours.   Believes passionately in Miriam’s Kitchen’s mission, vision and values and committed to radical hospitality; Strong interest in and commitment to social justice and equity by ending chronic homelessness in DC; Comfort working with diverse populations, including staff, stakeholders and guests with a variety of backgrounds and lived experiences;


Working conditions

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. 

    Regularly sit at a computer station and operate electronic equipment;   Frequently lift, carry and position objects weighing up to 30 pounds when moving supplies and managing special events;   Typically stand, bend, stoop and crouch while working special events;   Regularly move about the facility to coordinate work; and Occasional weekend and evening work. 



Miriam’s Kitchen is proud to offer comprehensive benefits that support the continued health and wellbeing of our team including: 100% employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance; generous medical coverage for dependents; 100% employer-paid short-term disability, long term disability, and life insurance; employer retirement contributions; generous annual paid leave, and annual professional development funds for all full and part-time team members. 

To Apply: Please submit your resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and writing sample (e.g. thank you letter to a donor) to with “Development Associate” as the subject line.

Miriam’s Kitchen values diversity in thought and experience and is committed to assembling a diverse workplace. People of color, people with lived experience in the issues MK works on, veterans, and LGBTQIA persons are strongly encouraged to apply.

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