Development Associate

Issue One
District of Columbia, United States
$55,000.00 - $60,500.00
Closing date
Jun 2, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Major Gifts, Prospect Research, Other Fundraising
Other Fields
Employment Type
Full Time

Position: Development Associate


Reports to: Chief Development Officer

Salary Range: $55,000-$60,500

Location: Washington, D.C. required

Work Arrangement: Hybrid (two days per week in the office) 



Issue One is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization that unites Republicans, Democrats, and independents to win game-changing federal reforms to fix our broken political system and create an inclusive democracy that works for everyone. Issue One educates the public and Congress to pass legislation to increase transparency, strengthen government ethics and accountability, reduce the influence of big money in politics, protect the freedom to vote, and strengthen U.S. elections.


Since its founding in 2014, Issue One has had an outsized impact on Washington. Our Don’t Mess With US and election administration campaigns helped win $825 million in federal funding for states to improve their cybersecurity and manage their elections in 2020 amid the pandemic.


Our $15 million Count Every Vote campaign and the National Council on Election Integrity – a unique bipartisan group of more than 40 leaders of Congress, Cabinet secretaries, and business and civic leaders – lead a crucial effort to defend the integrity of the 2020 elections and push back against attempts to undermine faith in the democratic process.


Issue One helped lead the congressional push to establish a 9/11-style commission to investigate the attack on the U.S. Capitol, which passed the House, won bipartisan support in the Senate, and helped drive the national conversation about election disinformation, political accountability, and national security.


Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus of more than 200 former members of Congress, governors, and Cabinet secretaries allows us to form unique relationships with current decision-makers and brings heft to our legislative and communications work. In addition, our legislative work is backed by a strong research arm, a savvy and innovative communications team, and a strong development program enabling us to have the resources necessary to win.



The Development Associate supports our fundraising team and manages multiple aspects of the fundraising operation. The Associate owns all gift-processing tasks in partnership with the finance department, maintains the department dashboard and related analysis as a critical tool for measuring fundraising progress, and oversees the entry of donor correspondence in Raiser’s Edge. The Associate performs writing tasks including stewarding and communicating with donors, drafting invitations and announcements, newsletter-style emails, and occasional grant reports or letters of inquiry. They also provide administrative support to both the Chief Development Officer and the CEO as needed. The Associate must be organized, detail-oriented, a motivated self-starter, possess excellent written and oral communication skills, have the ability to prioritize among a wide variety of tasks, and understand the importance of donor data management.



  • Oversee all gift processing tasks including partnering with the finance director to process donations, sending acknowledgments, and maintaining gift records on the donor database;
  • Manage the donor database and ensure all donor meetings, events, grant deadlines, and email correspondence are recorded and tracked;
  • Create quantitative and qualitative fundraising and database reports and summarize findings on a regular basis, as determined by the CDO;
  • Work with the director of finance to ensure accurate tracking of gifts on a monthly basis;
  • Provide support as needed with the grant writing and proposal process and assist with other day-to-day administrative tasks; 
  • Conduct regular donor prospect research and carry out all administrative and technical tasks associated with various donor engagement strategies, including in-person and virtual fundraising events, meetings, trips, conference calls, and campaigns; and
  • Prepare and send electronic fundraising materials, including email communications, stewardship materials, event and meeting materials, and other fundraising documents as necessary.


Job-Related Experience

  • 2+ years of experience in a similar development role — database and gift processing experience a plus, experience using Raiser’s Edge preferred;
  • Experience with donor communication and comfort with financial management and revenue tracking are highly desirable; and 
  • Experience working with senior leadership on relationship management is preferred.

Job-Related Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Ability to prioritize, execute, and problem-solve with minimal direction;
  • Extremely organized and detail-oriented, especially when it comes to database management;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are a must;
  • Ability to research, analyze data, summarize, and present findings in a clear manner; 
  • A passion for or interest in democracy reform issues;
  • Flexible, high-quality customer service attitude that can work with all IO stakeholders, including donors, vendors, board members, former members of Congress, and executive leadership; and 
  • Commitment to working as a team player and maintaining flexibility and a sense of humor, as needed for a small, nimble, successful fundraising department.


Physical Demands 

  • Most work is carried out in an office-like environment with the Associate completing projects at a desk for extended periods of time and working from a computer. 
  • At times the Associate may have to lift, push, and/or carry items in excess of ten (10) pounds. 
  • Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions of the job.



This role is a full-time, fully benefited position that requires residency in the Washington D.C. area. Issue One promotes a hybrid work environment where staff come to the office two days a week and work remotely the other three working days. 



Issue One has developed a comprehensive benefits package that invests in our staff to improve their overall health and promote a strong work/life balance. All full-time employees are eligible for a platinum health plan with 100 percent of the premium paid by Issue One. Between holidays, vacation, personal time, and office-wide closures, all staff receive more than 50 paid days off in their first year of employment. In addition to providing reimbursements for internet and wellness expenses, Issue One promotes a hybrid work environment that encourages working from home but establishes weekly in-person opportunities to foster relationships between colleagues. All staff are encouraged to participate in professional development throughout the year, and the organization hosts several opportunities to build camaraderie. DMV-based staff receive additional benefits, including a commuter stipend and making their commute part of their workday. 


How to Apply:

All interested applicants can apply by clicking "Apply for this Job." Please include how you heard about the position and complete the self-identification questionnaire. 


Additional information

Issue One is an equal opportunity employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. Issue One places a high value on fostering an inclusive workplace, and we are committed to building a team as diverse as the American people. We do not make hiring or advancement or other employment decisions based on race, religion, gender, gender identity & expression, sexual orientation, political affiliation, pregnancy, disability, or any other status protected by law. Individuals from the political spectrum who are passionate about fixing our broken political system are strongly encouraged to apply.


Due to the volume of applications, we will unfortunately not be able to acknowledge receipt of all applications. No phone calls, please.

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