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Development Associate

National Skills Coalition
District of Columbia, United States
$40,000.00 - $60,000.00
Closing date
Nov 18, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Capital Campaigns, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Prospect Research, Other Fundraising, Special Events, Programs, Community Outreach, Government Relations and Advocacy, Other Programs, Program Administration and Management
Advocacy, Community Development, Community Foundations, Other Fields, Research
Employment Type
Full Time
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 National Skills Coalition is a broad-based coalition working toward a vision of an America that grows its economy by investing in its people, so that every worker and every industry has the skills to compete and prosper. We engage in organizing, advocacy and communications to advance state and federal policies that support these goals – polices that are based on the on-the-ground expertise of our members and allies.



The Development Associate reports to the Chief Development Officer (CDO) and will join NSC’s growing development team, which also includes a Grants Manager (GM). The Development Associate, working closely with the CDO and GM, will assist in supporting the research, cultivation, and solicitation of individual donors and sponsors as NSC grows its portfolio of non-grant support among different platforms and strategies, as well as provide broader development support including but not limited to donor communications and database management. 



  • Support the development of new solicitation strategies (e.g., major donors, grassroots appeals) through research, moves management, and cultivation strategies and implementation.
  • Support a growing sponsorship program through research, communications development and outreach; Identify new opportunities for funding and support.
  • Create content for online requests, manage and execute annual appeal project with increasingly ambitious revenue goals.
  • Manage Development profiles in database, ensure data integrity, work with the CDO and communications staff to ensure CRM database supports individual giving and is updated regularly; Manage all aspects of acknowledgement process.
  • Manage electronic filing system for Development.
  • Participate in regular Development team and one-on-one check-ins.
  • Assist in scheduling and coordination of internal and external meetings.
  • Implement and monitor metrics and analysis of online fundraising and constituent mobilization campaigns.
  • Support funder invitation process for events, including NSC’s large main convenings and any fundraising gatherings. Support logistics for in-office funder meetings.
  • Assist in development-related projects as needed.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:



  • Interpersonal skills: Exhibits respect and understanding of others to maintain professional relationship.
  • Problem Solving: Solves problems while ensuring rules and directives are followed.
  • Communication Skills: Ability to effectively engage and communicate with target audiences.
  • Initiative: Takes independent action, seeks out new responsibilities, acts on opportunities, generates new ideas, practices self-development.
  • Attention to Detail: Committed to accuracy and excellence, looks for improvements continuously, monitors quality levels, finds/owns/acts on quality problems.


QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Education & Experience:  

  • Excellent, high quality writing and oral communications skills.
  • Strong database skills.
  • Demonstrated experience with individual giving.
  • Professional, diplomatic, and strategic in building relationships with funders and staff.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, juggling multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Must be extremely organized, resourceful, proactive, and creative.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.


COMPENSATION: Salary range for this position is $40,000-$60,000; salary depends on relevant experience and new staff rarely start at the top of the range. Excellent benefits package, including employer-paid health and dental, retirement plan, life and disability insurance and generous vacation policy.


National Skills Coalition is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

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