Development Associate, Development

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Job Description

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)—founded nearly 50 years ago in Washington, D.C.—is a nonpartisan, nonprofit anti-poverty organization advancing federal, state, and local policy solutions for people experiencing low incomes. We view all our work through a racial equity framework, addressing the barriers people face because of race, ethnicity, and immigration status. 

CLASP is seeking a Development Associate to support our evolving, exciting, fundraising and development program, including foundation and individual-donor activities. The right candidate will have ample opportunity to advance their development knowledge in multiple areas of nonprofit fundraising. The ideal candidate is organized, strategic, detail-oriented, energetic, self-motivated, flexible, and able to balance multiple assignments, take initiative to learn new skills and problem solve, and understand and anticipate needs. We are looking for candidates with fundraising experience, either as a professional or volunteer, and who are committed to the organization’s anti-poverty and racial-equity mission. 

Across decades, we have provided trusted expertise, a deeply knowledgeable staff, and a commitment to practical yet forward-looking approaches to achieving opportunity for all. We amplify the voices of children, families, and individuals who are experiencing low income; equip advocates with strategies that work; and help public officials put good ideas into practice. 

Today, our work is more urgent than ever. Along with our distinguished history, CLASP is a growing organization with the capacity for innovation and change. As our work gains more attention, we are expanding our long-time foundation fundraising while cultivating an emerging individual-donor program. The successful candidate will be joining the team at a moment of opportunity. 

This position is D.C.-based and will report to the Director of Development. 


Major Responsibilities 

Database Management 

  • Support a small development team (Director and Foundation Manager) by tracking activities for foundations and individuals; keeping a development calendar; and becoming the team’s expert in the functions and opportunities available in EveryAction, the fundraising and communications database we began using this year. 
  • Manage, input, and track all fundraising data in EveryAction, including updating monthly sustainer information to ensure no lapse in contributions 
  • Coordinate online donor campaigns through EveryAction

Financial Liaison 

  • Coordinate quarterly budget meetings with policy teams on expectations, predictions, and prospects in coordination with Finance team 
  • Act as the point of contact between the Development and Finance teams, producing regular reports for the Finance team, pulling information for audits and reports, and tracking fundraising projections. 
  • Support the Foundation Manager and Development Director in maintaining and improving reports on revenues sought and received. 
  • Maintain, prepare, and submit all state charitable-registration applications and renewals. 


Individual Giving Coordination 

  • Assist the Development Director and Foundation Manager with drafting documents, such as donor and funder email communications, creating materials/hand-outs for individual donors, and tailoring existing documents for new audiences. 
  • Coordinate timelines and execute direct-mail and online fundraising campaigns as well as support social-media efforts. 
  • Generate and coordinate acknowledgement letters to individual donors and, depending on skills/interest, advance cultivation efforts with small dollar donors through those activities. 
  • Provide event planning support for targeted donor/funder events and activities (in-person and virtually). This will include tracking RSVPs, donor contributions and event sponsorships, as well as related follow-ups. 


Foundation Fundraising Support 

  • Research potential foundation and individual donors. Work in coordination with the Foundation Manager to maintain foundation tracker with appropriate deadlines. 
  • Prepare informational packets and materials for events, activities, and foundation and donor meetings. 
  • With general guidance from the Foundation Manager and program staff, coordinate information and assemble appropriate material for grant proposals, reports, and documentation. 



The successful candidate will have the following skills and experience: 

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred. 
  • 2-3 years of fundraising and development experience. 
  • Strong database skills (preferably Donor Perfect and/or EveryAction and strong computer skills generally.) 
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, demonstrated commitment to accuracy, completeness, and quality. 
  • Energetic self-starter with a demonstrated capacity to balance multiple assignments and deadlines. 
  • Strong team player with a good attitude, sense of humor, and collaborative mindset. 
  • Flexible and adaptable as deadlines and needs change. 
  • Committed to building transparent systems that will be useful for all team members. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to CLASP’s mission of reducing poverty, promoting equity, and reducing racial and ethnic disparities. 
  • Prefer candidates with experience in remote work environments, as CLASP is currently working remotely due to the pandemic. 



Salary Range: $48,000 - $72,000 

Salary is commensurate with experience. CLASP offers exceptional benefits, including health insurance; dental insurance; life and long-term disability insurance; long-term care insurance; 403(b)-retirement program; flexible spending accounts; and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules. 


Application Process 

Applicants please apply here: 


Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE. 

The Center for Law and Social Policy is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or age.