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Development Associate, Fully Remote Position

The Kennedy Forum
New Jersey, United States
$65,000.00 - $75,000.00
Closing date
Mar 25, 2023
About the Role Our funders are critical to our success and to the success of advancing The Kennedy Forum’s mission of ensuring that mental health is essential health. The Development Associate will work directly with the CEO to ensure all funders and potential funders get the information and engagement they need to help us advance outcomes for better mental health and substance use care.

The areas of responsibilities will include but are not limited to identifying, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of prospects, across a range of philanthropic giving entities.  This involves creating and updating development materials and grant proposals, ensuring development follow-ups, helping to organize and manage fundraising events, overseeing regular donor and grant making reporting, and adding strategic input to website, social media, and other communications.

Given the firm’s entrepreneurial culture, the ideal candidate is a self-starter that thrives in an independent yet collaborative work environment. Some travel will be involved. The location is virtual.

Minimum Requirements

Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience: 3 - 5 years of fundraising experience preferably with major donors and foundations.

Skills: Knowledge of the principles of development.

Ability to understand and articulate the objectives of The Kennedy Forum, and to integrate goals with those objectives.

Strong written and verbal communications, and interpersonal communication skills.

Experience with a fundraising donor management software program like Zoho.

Experience with grant management software like Instrumentl.

Passionate about supporting those who manage mental health and substance use conditions in their daily lives.

Entrepreneurial spirit, comfortable taking on new projects with little direction and collaborating with other team members.

Ability to prioritize and manage time when meeting deadlines and financial targets.

Detail-oriented, high work standards, and self-starter.


Set annual goals. Track and report progress on implementation plan, may make changes to the plan based on analysis. Prepare fundraising reports and communications for donors, grant makers and management.

Help the CEO identify and solicit major funders. Manage and develop a portfolio of annual and major gift and grantmaking prospects. Determine ongoing relationship activities with prospective funders; recommend specific purpose and level of gift/ grant; help bring funding opportunities to closure.  

Support Annual Giving and other development efforts and projects.

Track prospect outreach and relationship building through each stage using a donor software management program and/or grant making software program. Produce individual and foundation contact reports summarizing prospect opportunities. Track progress of major proposals. 


Tight knit, mission-driven team.

Flexible working conditions; this is a remote position.

Benefits including medical, dental and 401(k).

Opportunity to help us lead a best-in-class policy and advocacy organization focused on mental health and addiction.


Pay Range: $65,000 – $75,000

Please send a resume to and include “Development Associate” in the subject line. Include your thoughts on why this is the right role and firm for you.

The Kennedy Forum makes all hiring decisions in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, citizenship status, military service, marital status, different ability or disability, or any other factor unlawful under federal, state, or local law.

People of color, indigenous, LGBTQ+, and individuals with lived experience of mental health and/or substance use disorders are strongly encouraged to apply.


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