Youth Speaks Development Associate – Youth Speaks

We are seeking a mission-driven, detail oriented, systems loving professional to support our fundraising. Key activities include maintaining the donor database, timely donor acknowledgements, supporting grant writing maintaining Youth Speaks’ donor database and online fundraising portal.

Donor relations:
Draft membership communications such as appeals, renewals, acknowledgements, and other essential collateral
Maintain donor database of current, past and prospective donors creating, implementing, and maintaining systems to track all donors and institutions, ensure integrity and accuracy of information. Create and run custom reports, developing monthly schedules to maintain accuracy. Gather data about individual and institutional donors regularly across department and keep up to date.
Conduct donor and funder prospecting
Schedule site visits and maintain data integrity for major donors
Maintain online fundraising portal and entry of individuals into database
Process donor acknowledgement in a timely and way (ideally within 72 hours), no later than 1 week.

Grant Support:
Create logins for portals and support online submissions
Maintain grants pipeline in Salesforce including details, contact, amounts, etc
Create google documents to assist in grant writing
Collect grant attachments
Scan grant agreements and log in Salesforce
Produce foundation acknowledgements in a timely fashion
Support grant reporting

Information and Systems:
Maintain monthly tracking of development tracking with accounting
Serve as the primary department contact for Salesforce upgrades, customization, report creation, and troubleshooting.
Conduct department mailings, including donor collateral, membership shwag and fundraising appeals
Check executive director email and manage responses.

General Development:
Represent Youth Speaks at local and regional nonprofit business development events.
Present donor-related fundraising updates to Youth Speaks’ staff.
Support development events.
Support general fundraising activities, as needed.
Support program staff by attending and assisting at local Youth Speaks events.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Collaborate with marketing to generate donor and funder-relevant communications and support institutional marketing

Youth Speaks has a small development department. It is critical that the Development Associate be willing to jump in and learn quickly. This individual must be able to work well under pressure and have a demonstrated exceptional ability to pay attention to details. We’re looking for someone with great organizational skills, excellent customer service and communication skills, and experience using online fundraising software and SalesForce is highly desired.

Minimum 2 years professional experience in nonprofit development field
Minimum 1-2 years experience working in a development department, ideally with mid-sized to large nonprofit that has a focus in the arts, youth development, education or another related field to Youth Speaks’ programming
Demonstrated success in maintaining a donor database, producing appeals and coordinating donor acknowledgements
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
Strong computer skills (Word, PowerPoint and Excel) and ability to independently compose donor letters and email communications
Experience with donor prospect research is a plus
Experience with grant writing, grant reporting and/or grant submissions a plus
Strong proofreading skills and good attention to detail
Experience with basic project management and workflow re-design
Database experience, preferably Salesforce CRM
Ability to make clear and compelling presentations to staff


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