Development Associate (NELP)

Who We Are

NELP is a national non-profit with offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Seattle, and Berkeley, promoting federal, state, and local policies designed to ensure that all workers and all who aspire to work—particularly people of color, women and the unemployed—can achieve and sustain economic opportunity and security through their labor. In furtherance of this mission, NELP works to dismantle structural racism, reduce economic inequality, and build worker power. Collaborating with national and grassroots partners, NELP promotes policies to improve the quality of low-wage jobs, strengthen access to work and mobility within work, create and enforce strong labor standards and rights, and improve benefits and services for the unemployed.  NELP advances its work through research, advocacy, litigation support and technical assistance designed to raise wages, end wage theft and workplace violations, ensure safe and healthy workplaces, strengthen unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation, secure employer accountability, expand employment of people with arrest and conviction records, and promote a comprehensive policy framework to build a good jobs economy. For more information, see

As advocates for workers’ rights, including the right to organize and bargain over working conditions, bargaining unit staff at NELP are members of Local 2320, UAW.

What You Will Do

Reporting to the Development Manager II, you will be a member of a small development team, play an active role in marketing, grant, individual giving, and events production.  You will provide support to formulate and execute strategies to retain existing donors and attract new ones. You will work in a collegial and stimulating environment that values creativity, new thinking, and continuous improvement, and will work alongside others who share a passion for workers’ rights and are highly respected in their fields.  Your position may require you to:

  • Drive ongoing research on foundations, individual donors, and philanthropic trends.
  • Improve and maintain clean and accurate funder data in Salesforce.
  • Support grant managers with compiling and organizing program materials for grant reporting.
  • Process donations and follow-up with timely acknowledgement letters.
  • Assist Development Manager II with event production for fundraising and cultivation efforts.
  • Collaborate with programs and communications teams to create compelling content for the web, social media, and marketing materials reaching various donor groups, including appeals, annual reports, and newsletters.
  • Provide administrative support for all fundraising efforts.

Who You Are

  • A versatile writer, able to express your thoughts, arguments, and ideas clearly and effectively.
  • Strong database management skills, preferably in Salesforce (but Salesforce experience not required).
  • Highly organized with excellent time-management skills.
  • Very comfortable with learning new technology.
  • 1-3 years of experience in development or marketing/communications.
  • Commitment to social, racial and economic justice.
  • Curiosity and a sense of humor.

Start Date, Location, Compensation and Benefits

This position is based in New York City. Start date will be as soon as possible. Classification and compensation for NELP bargaining unit positions is commensurate with relevant experience and education and based on NELP’s collectively bargained scales.  The Development Associate salary range for 1-3 years’ experience is $47,650-52,150. Compensation also includes an excellent benefits package, including student loan repayment assistance for qualifying participants. This position is in NELP’s bargaining unit, represented by National Organization of Legal Service Workers, UAW Local 2320.

To Apply

Fill out our online application form at Upload cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references, selecting “Development Associate” as the position you are applying for. If you have questions regarding this announcement, please forward those to [email protected], noting “Development Associate” in the subject line. No phone calls or other email inquiries please. We will consider applications on a rolling basis. Applications due by March 1, 2019.

NELP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and an equal opportunity, fair chance, affirmative action employer, committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce.  All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status, or caregiver status.

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