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Development Associate

Posted: 01/13/2020


The Development Associate is a key member of the administrative team, focusing on fundraising and external relations. They help promote the mission of the agency through relationship building and donor cultivation.


  • Education and Experience Bachelor’s degree in a related field and at least three years of experience in a professional, preferably non-profit, environment required.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse people and attitudes, possess a personal belief that others can be successful.
  • Training and/or experience in fund development and/or experience in the Kansas City philanthropic community.
  • Proficient in a Donor database system, Microsoft Office Suite (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint), program management software and comfortable using the internet. 
  • Enthusiasm for face-to-face and telephone fundraising and be driven to motivate others, achieve goals and get results. 
  • Strong analytical and strategic skills; detail focused; demonstrated record of meeting deadlines.
  • Proven ability to work creatively and effectively with a wide variety of people and interest groups, and network successfully.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to effectively represent the organization when speaking with funders, volunteers and the general public.
  • Knowledge of, or experience in, online fundraising, nonprofit advocacy, membership cultivation and marketing is a plus
  • Ability to be flexible and work in a continuously changing environment.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of integrity with internal and external audiences. 
Duties/Responsibilities Development/Fundraising:
  • Manage donor administration activities, including drafting donor reports, donor database entry, updates, invitations, thank you notes, and other materials
  • Generate reports and update for donor giving capacity (current and new)
  • Generate reports for donor activity and prospect
  • Support fundraising activities targeting new gifts and maintaining/cultivating existing donors at the level of $250 and under
  • Work with team to develop and execute consistent communication to cultivate and grow donor base
  • Implement and monitor metrics and analysis of fundraising and constituent mobilization campaigns (i.e.-monthly, Year End Appeal, online…) Event Management:Coordinate event logistics and manage tracking system in regards to Global Table:venue, vendors, invitations, program development and make recommendations on program content and organization, and/or facilitate coordination of speakers/presenters, develop program agendas, check in structure, auction and other areas
  • Provide leadership, professional expertise, and direction in the planning and execution of high-quality agency events
  • Research and secure new sponsorship opportunities
  • Assist in maintaining current event sponsors
  • Collaborate with Leadership team to maximize potential and meet event goals and objectives.
  • Develop and/or maintain highly professional standards and procedures for production of events in keeping with the image and reputation of JVS
  • Manage and prepare pre- and post-event calls for sponsorship and donations
  • Prepare post-event analysis and report, including recommendations for future improvements
  • Manage fulfillment of event  pledges
  • In partnership with key staff, develop and/or ensure utilization of technology to automate elements of event planning, tracking, and production
  • Ensure accuracy and efficiency in event structure through software programs or establish DIY system
  • Manage and coordinate Young Professionals Board calendar of fundraising events Marketing Support:
  • Provide design support for donor newsletters, flyers and print materials

Job Type: Full Time