Development Assistant – Beautiful Day Granola – Providence, RI

Position Description:
Our 2023 budget is $1.3 million, with $1M to be raised through individual donors, corporations and grants and $300K through product sales. The Associate Director currently manages a donor base of over 400 individual supporters and 40 grants. The Development Assistant will support her in fundraising and outreach activities to help reach our $1M fundraising goal.
This is a multifaceted position that can go in several directions depending on the candidate’s skills and interests. The Associate Director works with individual donors, corporations and foundations and also engages the public through educational initiatives designed to promote greater understanding of the crisis of human displacement and to promote more welcoming attitudes. A large part of the job will involve researching and writing grants. We use Salesforce to manage our data and will train the right candidate. Someone who enjoys talking to community groups will find an outlet for their talents here as well.
Our administrative team of 8 works closely together and our duties and activities often overlap. The successful candidate needs to be a team player, able to think outside the box, and willing to step in to help someone else on the team. We work hard, but we also have fun and enjoy each other.
Some of the duties of the Development Assistant will include seeking out and cultivating new donors; building and maintaining relationships with existing donors; researching foundations and assisting in writing funding proposals; and managing existing grants. Attention to detail is critical as all data must be entered and tracked in our data management system.
This position would be a great fit for someone who wants to work in a diverse collaborative environment and has a vision for using their fundraising skills to improve the lives of refugees in our state.

Specific Responsibilities:
Assist the Associate Director with grant writing:
Research grant opportunities
Help write proposals
Manage existing grants
Write progress reports as required by the funder
Develop and maintain relationships with key contact people
Keep contact people updated on important events and happenings
Assist the Associate Director with developing and maintaining partnerships with individual donors:
Identify and reach out to potential donors
Assist with Spring and Holiday fundraising campaigns
Assist with special events
Maintain relationships with current donors through thank-you cards, phone calls, our newsletter and other publications
Database Management (Salesforce):
Enter new donors into Salesforce (training provided)
Track donations
Produce reports as needed
Public Outreach
Connect with civic and faith-based organizations and school groups
Prepare presentations and speak to groups about Beautiful Day’s work with refugees
Work with other staff members to organize tours, special events or other activities designed to educate the public about refugees

Skills and Experience:
Ability to work independently
Ability to plan and carry out projects from start to finish
Comfortable speaking on the phone
Research and writing skills.
Grant writing experience.
Teaching/public speaking experience a plus.
A good team player. Good communication, collaboration and networking skills.
Facility with technology. Familiarity with Salesforce a big plus, but we will train.
Good at building authentic cross-cultural relationships. Curious, resourceful, and not afraid to make mistakes.
A demonstrated commitment to social justice, refugee resettlement and/or community building.

Details and Negotiables:
For the right person, we can adjust a job description. For instance, if you want to do more grant writing and less public outreach, that’s ok. We’re flexible.
Part time, 15-20 hours per week; we can accommodate your schedule. Again, we’re flexible.
We all prefer to work in person as we like being together and have good office space. But these are unusual times and working arrangements are negotiable. We require vaccination for new staff and trainees.
We offer limited benefits (no medical), crisis sick pay, earned vacation, travel reimbursement, Simple IRA retirement contributions with 3% employer match.

How to Apply:
Send a letter/email with a resume to with “Development Assistant” in the subject line. The letter is pretty important. We’d like to have a good sense of your personality, motivations and why you might thrive in a job like this. Tell us if you know someone who knows us.