Development Associate (TFI)

Reporting to the Senior Director of Institutional Partnerships, the Development Associate’s primary responsibility is to help secure and manage private grants by creating compelling, outcomes-driven, and client-ready letters of inquiry, proposals, reports, and other correspondence for a diverse audience of foundation, corporate, and government donors. Additional responsibilities include management of the full grant cycle, including internal communications, donor management, and compliance with grant deliverables and outcomes, and also assisting the Director of Individual Giving with donor relations and events administration. Administrative duties include maintenance of electronic and hard files, Salesforce administration, and coordinating Department meetings. 

Successful candidates are self-starters with the ability to work independently and manage projects that require input from various staff members. The ideal candidate will possess not only the requisite experience, but also superb writing skills, good judgement, strong attention to detail, and a commitment to racial and gender equity.


Grant Writing and Portfolio Management (60%)

  • Develop, write, and assemble proposals and reports to corporations, foundations, and government agencies, representing a diverse portfolio spanning 10+ programs. Use excellent discretion and independent judgement in presenting program content and outcomes.
  • Work closely with program staff to generate narrative content and gather information for proposal and report development.
  • Conduct research on program topic areas/target populations and integrate findings, including statistics into work product.
  • Attend workshops, conferences, and events, to keep current in the field as it pertains to TFI’s programming.
  • Own the moves management process for each funder in portfolio, ensuring timely communications and key actions/notes are completed and tracked in donor files and Salesforce.
  • Monitor compliance with grant deliverables and outcomes.
  • Coordinate donor site visits.

Donor Relations and Event Administration (30%)

  • Maintain TFI’s CRM system, Salesforce – including updating and management of donor information, entering of accurate donor gifts/grant details, and pulling reports and lists.
  • Assist with donor and constituent correspondence – including creating and sending out acknowledgement letters using mail merge, creating and sending out event invitations, responding to donor inquiries with a high level of customer service, and contributing to e-blasts and newsletters.
  • Assist with the execution of fundraising events (may require some evening/weekend work) – including tracking package/ticket sales information, managing guest lists, proofreading all content/materials (invites, slide shows, donor communications), and handling logistics at will call including the leading/training of a small group of volunteers. 

Prospecting (5%)

  • Conduct ongoing grant prospecting related to assigned program areas.
  • As appropriate, share leads with other Development staff.
  • Monthly, meet with Senior Director of Institutional Partnerships to discuss findings.
  • Quarterly, meet with program and fiscal staff to reconcile fundraising priorities for assigned program areas and adjust prospect strategy as needed.

Special Projects (5%)

  • In partnership with the Senior Director of Institutional Partnerships, lead the creation of the Annual Report, including data collection, story development, and timely publication.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned by the Senior Director of Institutional Partnerships or Director of Individual Giving.


  • 4-year Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Grant writing experience required.
  • Experience writing for sophisticated, data-driven funder audiences preferred.
  • Proficient in grant application software and management of donor records.
  • Maintain grants records, timelines, and reporting requirements.
  • Excellent judgment, decision making, and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Experience in developing budgets preferred.
  • Detail and deadline oriented, with an ability to work well under pressure.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Previous experience with CRM databases, such as Salesforce preferred.

This is a full-time (40 hours per week) non-exempt position with some after-hours, weekend work, and travel required. TFI intentionally considers candidates from historically underrepresented communities including ALAANA (Asian, LatinX, African, Arab and Native American) populations and people with disabilities.

Compensation: Salary range: $50,000-$60,000 dependent on experience. A comprehensive benefits package includes leave time, health insurance, transit benefits, and summer Fridays.

TO APPLY: Candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and one writing sample to [email protected]  PLEASE no phone calls.

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin December 19, 2017 and will close when position is filled. Applications will be acknowledged by email. 

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