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Development Associate

Guide Dogs for the Blind
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Sep 7, 2022

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 Let your data skills guide you here.

 The largest guide dog school in North America, Guide Dogs for the Blind relies on our philanthropic donors to help us achieve our important mission. We’re looking for a Development Associate to join us at our San Rafael campus.  Key responsibilities of the position include efficient data entry in Salesforce database, report and information management, and navigation of several systems to help enhance a fundraising program currently consisting of 80,000 generous annual donors. 


What sets us apart?

  • We are a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization supported entirely by private donations, so your expertise will be valued and recognized.
  • You’ll enjoy being part of our small but mighty team of Development experts as you brainstorm and discover new ways to attract donors.
  • You’ll feel personal pride in supporting our mission that means so much to so many.
  • You’ll work with passionate people across GDB who are invested in each other and provide support.
  • Our generous benefits package includes medical/dental/vision/life/disability insurance, 403(b), generous paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and great wellness perks like yoga, circuit training, and an onsite gym.
  • You can bring your dog to work!


Your duties will include:

  • Receive, process, post, and acknowledge donations in a timely fashion. Reconcile related data entry activity against accounting records.
  • Manage all Electronic Funds Transfers for scheduled gift postings.
  • Perform Database Management functions to ensure accurate data entry and data maintenance. Functions include import/export, global data changes, NCOA (National Change of Address) and duplicate merging.
  • Assist with email campaign management including responding, unsubscribing and coding post email sends. Help monitor and reply/forward messages arriving in “Donations” email inbox.  
  • Maintain the Fundraising Database Procedures Manual by monitoring and entering additions and amendments as needed. Employ excellent phone and email coverage serving constituent needs/requests.



  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Proficiency in Salesforce or similar fundraising software a must
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs
  • Willingness to learn gift processing principles, practices and IRS standards
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to produce clear documentation
  • Strong customer service skills and the ability to work collaboratively with various teams
  • Familiarity with 501c(3) organizations


Guide Dogs for the Blind

At Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB), we believe that everyone deserves to move through the world safely and confidently – to live the life they want to live. As the largest guide dog school in North America, we have graduated more than 16,000 guide dog teams from across the U.S. and Canada since our founding in 1942. GDB not only improves mobility for our clients, we further inclusion. Join our team of more than 300 employees and share your passion for our mission.


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At Guide Dogs for the Blind, we respect, value, and appreciate all differences. We welcome all qualified candidates irrespective of your race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Individuals with disabilities, especially those who are blind or visually impaired, are encouraged to apply.  If you have a disability and need assistance and/or accommodation with applying for a job, please feel free to contact our Human Resources department.


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