Development Associate – Horton’s Kids Inc – Washington, DC

Development Associate

Horton’s Kids is a 26-year-old, community-based nonprofit that provides comprehensive programs to 500 children living in a dangerous, Washington DC neighborhood called Wellington Park. Horton’s Kids’ programs combat risk factors that challenge the children’s healthy development and ability to break the cycle of poverty, and include three areas of focus:

Academic supports ensure children graduate from high school with post-secondary options and include one-on-one tutoring for K-6 graders and older youth programming for 7-12 graders.
Enrichment activities empower children and share opportunities beyond Ward 8 through an older youth open discussion forum, summer programming, and weekend field trips.
Health and basic need services promote stability in children’s homes through healthy meals, diaper distribution, dental and vision care, and connections to partner organizations.

The high school graduation rate for a Horton’s Kid is nearly twice the neighborhood average. Horton’s Kids received the 2011 Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management and was recognized as one of “the best community-based nonprofits in the Washington region” by the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington. To learn more, please visit

Horton’s Kids is seeking a highly motivated, organized, and detail-oriented Development Associate with excellent writing skills to support its fundraising and communications team. The Development Associate reports directly to the Development Manager and also works in close collaboration with the Development Director.

This is an entry-level position with significant potential for growth for someone interested in a career in development. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Donor Relations Support:

Maintains the donor database by carefully recording all monetary and in-kind donations, updating donor profiles, and generating relevant reports for development staff and external accounting firm.
Tracks all staff interactions with donors correctly and helps ensure timely, appropriate follow-up.
Generates tax receipts and sends timely thank you notes.
Researches potential individual, corporate, and foundation funders.
Leads Horton’s Kids’ engagement in the Combined Federal Campaign and other workplace giving initiatives by attending charity fairs.

Grants Support:

Drafts grant proposals through close collaboration with Development Manager.
Prepares grant reports with input and insight from programs staff.

Event Logistics Support:

Collaborates with Development Director to research and contract event venues and vendors.
Creates, updates, and orders event collateral with support from external graphic designer.
Manages event guest lists.
Organizes raffles or other on-site fundraising activities.

Communications Support:

Oversees Horton’s Kids’ social media (with focus on Facebook and Twitter).
Drafts monthly newsletters to supporters.
Prepares the organization’s annual report and other relevant communications documents.

The ideal candidate is an excellent writer, detail-oriented, and has the ability to “manage up” to support the team. Additional essential competencies and experience include:

Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university.
Exceptional writing and editing skills.
Appreciation and enthusiasm for Horton’s Kids’ mission and passion for social justice.
Outstanding communication skills and the ability to communicate with a variety of audiences professionally and passionately through multiple mediums.
Ability to independently manage multiple deadlines and prioritize tasks.
Sensitivity and respect for the barriers facing the children Horton’s Kids serves.
Flexibility and enthusiasm to work beyond the regular work week as needed.
Ability to be a team player in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
Preference for working knowledge of the Raiser’s Edge, InDesign, Photoshop, and WordPress websites, or willingness to learn.

Horton’s Kids staff works in a metro-accessible office located on Capitol Hill. Staff should expect to work some evening and weekend hours, do some lifting, and assist at programming with the children.

Applicants will be asked to undergo standard screening requirements including an FBI background check, Child Protection Register, check and TB test. Must be 18 or older to apply. Horton’s Kids, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

How to apply

If interested, please email your cover letter and resume in an email with the subject “Development Associate, Your Name” to The email and the cover letter should be addressed to Ms. Kristin Frontiera. No phone calls or drop-ins, please.