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Development Associate, Foundation Fundraising

Hesperian Health Guides
California, United States
$50,000.00 - $54,000.00
Closing date
Jan 20, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Prospect Research, Other Fundraising, Programs, Grant Administration, Managing Volunteers
Advocacy, Health, International
Employment Type
Full Time
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Hesperian seeks a highly motivated Development Associate to join our team. The ideal candidate is a hands-on, collaborative individual with enthusiasm for and commitment to Hesperian’s work, mission, and philosophy. This is an excellent opportunity for a young professional to build and broaden experience in non-profit fundraising. This position is an integral part of the Development team. 

The Development Associate position is full-time with benefits; and with the ability to work in Hesperian’s East Bay offices as public health conditions permit. 

Primary Responsibilities include:

  • Support the Development Director in developing and implementing specific plans for the solicitation and stewardship of individual donors at all levels of giving.
  • Lead the creation and implementation of strategies to cultivate donors through the expanded use of social media, crowd-funding, events, and other creative avenues.
  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of new fundraising campaigns and a robust outreach and communication strategy.
  • Manage gift processing and donor recognition processes; 
  • Participate in drafting donor correspondence, campaign mailings, and other stewardship communications for individual donors at all levels of giving.
  • Curate and manage Hesperian’s donor contact lists; support implementation of new segmentation strategies.
  • Work with Hesperian’s communications team to maintain copy on Hesperian’s website, draft outreach emails, blog posts, etc.
  • Support the Grants Manager in researching potential sources for institutional grants.
  • Participate in drafting of letters of inquiry, reports, and other outreach materials for current and prospective foundation funders.
  • Represent Hesperian at occasional community events and meetings, virtually or in person as public health conditions permit.
  • Work with the Development Director and the Grants Manager to develop annual fundraising plans for individual donors and institutional sources. 
  • Participate in Hesperian’s Board of Directors’ quarterly Fund Development Committee meetings.

The ideal candidate for this position will have the following qualifications and characteristics:

  • One to 2 years prior experience with fundraising and/or communications work
  • Proven comfort and skill with databases and/or CRM software and excel
  • Strong detail orientation
  • Creative problem-solving and strong organizational skills
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to self-manage while carrying out multiple tasks. Proven success at managing multiple projects and relationships.  
  • Experience living overseas and/or interest in global health a plus
  • Bilingual English/Spanish, English/ French or other languages a plus
  • Experience with mass email providers, and/or familiarity with WordPress and html a plus
  • Commitment to promoting social justice, especially the right of all people to good health

LOCATION:  Work at Hesperian’s East Bay offices at least 3 days/ week, some remote work possible.

BENEFITS: Excellent benefits including medical, dental and vision care.

TO APPLY: Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to: Hesperian, ATTN: Development Associate.  Email: No phone calls, please.

Hesperian is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions based on merit. Hesperian policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, creed or religion, sex, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, genetic characteristics or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.

All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US. Hesperian is unable to provide visa sponsorship at this time.


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