Development Associate

The Fairness Project is seeking an energetic and organized Development Associate (DA) to join our dynamic and dedicated team. We are looking for someone who can be innovative, initiate change, and simultaneously operationalize and execute existing strategies. Reporting to the Director of Development the DA is a hands-on team member working to meet TFP’s multi-year fundraising goals, ensuring donors have an excellent experience and understand the value of their contributions. Specific focus on daily development operations, pipeline development including the identification, research, cultivation and solicitation of funders, and supporting fundraising events and outreach.

Role and Responsibilities:

Maintain the prospect and partner database and tracking system, including making recommendations based on research
Perform gift processing and process acknowledgement letters
Support fundraising and cultivation events, including tracking invitations and replies, coordinating with vendors, following up with attendees
Research and produce background materials for solicitation outreach by the DD, Executive Director (ED), and board of directors
Assist with the creation of materials to support development activities, including external materials for donors
Assist with creation of trip materials for ED and DD fundraising travel
Prepare initial draft of stewardship materials for mid-level and major donor touches
Produce, distribute, and log Thank You notes and correspondence to donors
Conduct regular analysis and reporting for the fundraising plan and associated activities
Travel and staff donor meetings attended by the ED, DD and board, as needed
Manage call time preparation, including prospect targets, call sheets, managing data entry, and staff call time
Passion for our mission and understanding of the importance of our impact on the lives of working Americans
2-3 years experience in development operations and fundraising
Proficiency with MS Office and Google Suites, and social media
Experience with fundraising database platforms; EveryAction and ActBlue preferred
Highly organized and strong eye for details and quality control
Excellent interpersonal skills
Exceptional oral and written communication skills
Sound judgment, professionalism and discretion
Demonstrated ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and work with a high degree of accuracy
The ability to work efficiently as part of a team in a fast-paced environment
The Fairness Project offers a competitive salary and benefits package. The salary range for this position is $40,000 to $50,000 depending on experience. TFP offers fully paid health, dental, and vision, as well as a generous paid time-off program.

The Fairness Project is headquartered in Washington, DC. This position will join a driven and talented campaign team in a dog-friendly and casual office environment.

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Please submit a resume and a brief cover letter tailored to TFP and this role. No phone calls, please.

The Fairness Project is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

Ballot initiatives provide a path forward for improving the lives of millions of Americans even while Congress and state legislatures across the country remain paralyzed by partisan disagreement. The Fairness Project (TFP) incubates, funds, and provides strategic and technical assistance to state- and city-based ballot initiative campaigns and drives a national narrative to elevate issues of economic fairness. Through ballot initiatives, TFP offers voters the opportunity to do what politicians cannot or will not: take direct action to enact sound policy and change their own lives.

In its first four years, TFP has won 16 out of its 17 ballot campaigns and changed the lives of over 15 million people.

In the 2018 election cycle, TFP worked with state-based groups on ballot measures to raise the minimum wage in Missouri and Arkansas; provide paid sick leave in Michigan; and expand Medicaid in Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah. TFP also helped deliver victories in Massachusetts to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and in San Antonio where the city council passed earned paid sick time – both in response to ballot initiatives.

In 2017, TFP was a key player in the nation’s first successful ballot campaign to expand Medicaid in Maine, bringing health care to more than 70,000 people.

And in 2016, a historically polarizing election year, TFP partnered with grassroots organizations in six states on ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage, two of which also guaranteed paid sick and safe leave. The organization’s local partnerships with campaigns in Arizona, California, Colorado, Maine, Washington state, and Washington D.C. ultimately led to higher pay for eight million working Americans and paid sick days for nearly two million. To date, this has put over $11 billion dollars in working families’ pockets.

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