Development Associate

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Location: Headquarters, Washington, DC
Department: Development
Supervisor: Director, Donor Relations


The Development Associate is an integral member of the Development team, providing crucial support to Defenders’ Gift Planning, Foundations and Major Gifts work. Tasks include managing restricted gifts revenue processing and grant paperwork, producing and formatting reports and lists; assisting with event planning and other stewardship efforts, entering and maintaining information in the database and coordinating special projects as needed, among other tasks.


  • Assist the Event Manager with event planning and follow up and manage donor stewardship activities such as birthday cards, holiday cards and Valentine’s cards.
  • Responsible for working with Foundations officers to manage grant paperwork and contract reviews, process restricted gift revenue, and aid officers in managing the grant allocation process.
  • Produce monthly reports tracking donor outreach and contact.
  • Liaise with Database department to provide timely and accurate donor lists for Development purposes.
  • Ensure accuracy of donor records by uploading interactions and performing general database updates.
  • Maintains a high level of knowledge and use of Donor Direct, Direct Select and other systems critical to the management of data. Maintains up-to-date knowledge of advancements in current and new technologies.
  • Assists with mailings, supports events and completes administrative tasks as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in related discipline
  • Experience:Two+ years of relevant development/database management experience
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Other:
  • Strong technological aptitude with advanced skills using Microsoft Word, Excel and database software.
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact with both management and support staff
  • Ability to take ownership of a process and to use problem solving skills to resolve issues
  • Strong professionalism with the ability to function efficiently in a busy environment
  • Expected to work independently and/or as a team member with initiative, motivation, flexibility, organization and attention to accuracy of projects and tasks
  • Ability to manage multiple projects independently.


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so.


  • General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.


Interested applicants please reference Development Associate position in your subject line and submit a letter of interest, along with your resume and salary history to us via e-mail at:

It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.

Defenders of Wildlife is a national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. Our employees work in an environment that is inclusive and honors each of our unique perspectives and backgrounds. We believe that the conservation of biological diversity is best advanced by the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and cultures.  We strive toward a collective goal of including all people in the conservation of our Nation’s wildlife and wild places. 

All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.