Development Associate

  • Civic Nation
  • Dec 19, 2023
Full time Administrative

Job Description

Development Associate


Civic Nation seeks a Development Associate to serve as a vital part of the Development & Corporate Partnerships Team. The Development Associate will play a key role in researching, prospecting, and providing administrative support around our Major Gifts and Executive outreach program. This role reports to the Deputy Director of Development and works in close partnership with other members of the team to support the goals of the Development & Corporate Partnerships team. The position requires strong research and writing skills, attention to detail, and the ability to multitask and execute in a fast-paced environment.

The Development and Corporate Partnerships team is focused on building partnerships and raising the funds necessary for Civic Nation and its initiatives to carry out its ambitious plans. Through a variety of tools and resources, the Development team engages in conversation and raises funds from foundations, individuals, and corporations to support our ongoing efforts. The Corporate Partnerships team is responsible for developing impact-generating partnerships and supporting fundraising efforts through corporate partnerships. This team is crucial to not only the success of the organization, but also to the larger culture shift of how business and philanthropy can use their influence for good.

Civic Nation is a nonprofit ecosystem for high-impact organizing and education initiatives working to build a more inclusive and equitable America. Civic Nation shifts culture, systems, and policy by bringing together individuals, grassroots organizers, industry leaders and influencers to tackle some of our nation’s most pressing social challenges. Civic Nation is home to seven national initiatives and campaigns: ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, Change Collective, It’s On Us, Online for All, SAVE On Student Debt, We The Action, and When We All Vote. 


  • Support the Deputy Director of Development in the day-to-day operations of Civic Nation’s prospecting and donor outreach efforts for the development department.
  • Conduct background research on potential fundraising prospects on a weekly basis and work with the Deputy Director of Development to identify new funding opportunities.
  • Create memos for prospective donor meetings and events.
  • Track outreach, action items, and research across internal development team trackers and tools.
  • Help create marketing materials and write proposals for prospective funders.
  • Work with Civic Nation staff on quality assurance and proofreading external materials.
  • Provide key administrative and organizational support to the Development Department on various tasks like note-taking, scheduling, and special event support.
  • Other reasonable & relevant duties as assigned.


  • 2+ years of experience in a development or administrative position, preferably in a research or assistant capacity in nonprofit and/or political environments.
  • Experience with donor research, prospecting, outreach, and communications.
  • Proficiency in Google Suite.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and carry out responsibilities in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrated experience balancing multiple projects on tight deadlines.
  • Prior experience with donor management software such as NGP is a plus.


  • Excellent interpersonal skills 
  • Comfortability in independent project work and frequent fluctuations in workload.
  • Strong writing and proofreading skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, with an ability to manage multiple projects at once.
  • Successful at staying organized in a remote working environment.
  • Outstanding attention to detail.
  • Strong teamwork, critical thinking, multi-tasking, and problem-solving skills.
  • Personal and professional commitment to promoting and investing in cross-cultural skills and awareness related to individuals from broad backgrounds, races, ethnicities, religions, genders, sexual orientations, gender identity, and disability.

The Washington, DC-based salary range for this position is $50,000 - $60,000 (will be adjusted for cost of labor for the incumbent's work location) annually, commensurate with experience. Our comprehensive benefits plan includes 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance for employees, flexible paid time off, paid family & medical leave, access to a 401k plan, and more.

Candidates can expect the following hiring process and timeline (please note that this timeline may be subject to change):

  • January 9 - January 23: First-Round Interviews
  • January 24 - January 31: Second Round Interviews
  • February 1 - February 7: Final Interviews 
  • February 13 - Hiring Decision 

All candidates will be notified via email of the status of their application on or before the completion of the search.

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume here. The cover letter, addressed to Britt Magnan-Callaway, should be concise, compelling, and include why you would like to work for Civic Nation. Applications will be accepted until January 16.

At Civic Nation, diversity, equity, and inclusion are directly aligned with the fundamental belief that people are inherently capable but often lack opportunity. We know that a diverse workforce allows us to see problems in more nuanced ways, creating the thought leadership needed to fulfill our mission and reach our goals. Civic Nation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes people from all backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives to apply.


50,000 to 60,000