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Development Associate

Position: Development Associate
Reports to: Vice President, Development
Start date: November 1, 2017 (earlier if possible)
Location: Washington, DC
Application Deadline: August 11, 2017

The Challenge & Opportunity
After a decade of transformational educational leadership in the city, Washington, DC is on the precipice of becoming a national success story. Student enrollment is skyrocketing, graduation rates have climbed more than 10% over the last five years, and DC’s student gains have outshone the nation. Still, only 1 in 9 of the city’s most vulnerable students (those with special education needs and those living in extreme poverty) are on track for college and career success. If unaddressed, this challenge could worsen and leave even more children behind. If addressed well, a focus on the city’s most underserved youth will raise the tide for all of DC’s students and become a force multiplier in support of educational and social justice in our nation’s capital.

The Organization
Education Forward DC (Ed Forward DC) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2016 in Washington, DC. Guided by our core values, we work to advance quality and equity in public schools to ensure that every DC student gets a great education. Specifically, our five-year goal is to double the number of underserved students who are college and career ready. Ed Forward DC accelerates the work of local leaders by aggregating and disseminating $70M of local and national philanthropic dollars to local grantees who are committed to transformational change, and takes an active role with each grantee in its portfolio to help them create sustainable organizations that generate breakthrough results for the students they serve.

The Person
As a Development Associate, you will support the Vice President of Development in executing an ambitious fundraising program that will enable us to achieve our five-year goal. You will play a central role in development and governance, primarily through systems management and communications support.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Manage the systems that undergird the fundraising team’s work and enable us to operate more efficiently.

  • Track grant proposals and agreements, including reporting, payment, and metrics schedules, through our donor database (in SharePoint).
  • Plan and execute logistics for meetings with key stakeholders, including our Board of Directors and donors.
  • Run project management for significant bodies of work, including the preparation of our annual funder report.

Share stories about the impact of our work, and the work of our grantees.

  • Write compelling blog posts for the Ed Forward DC website.
  • Manage social media accounts, including Twitter and Facebook.
  • Draft sections of donor proposals and annual reports.

Support the refinement and execution of our fundraising strategy.

  • Research prospective donors.
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative data analysis to inform short- and long-term fundraising plan to raise $70M over five years.
  • Support in cultivating and stewarding relationships with external stakeholders.

Skills and Qualifications

  • We work intentionally to disrupt patterns of racial inequity; a strong candidate will demonstrate an unwavering commitment to educational equity and improving public education in DC.
  • Collaborative team player who is excited about building strong relationships among diverse communities.
  • Excellent writing skills and a proven ability to develop and present professional materials (e.g. spreadsheets, written memoranda, presentations) and social media content (e.g. blog, Twitter and Facebook posts) with a meticulous attention to detail.
  • Excellent technical skills, including fluency with Microsoft SharePoint, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and MailChimp.
  • Strong research, strategic thinking, and project management skills.
  • Self-directed, self-starter with a track record of successfully managing multiple priorities and projects.
  • Communication skills and personal presence necessary to effectively interact with senior internal and external stakeholders.
  • Humble and responsive to feedback, with capacity to learn quickly and continuously.

Education and Experience

  • Minimum two to three (2-3) years of work experience. Non-profit fundraising, communications, and/or K-12 public education experience valued.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.


The Tangible Good

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including a 401(k) program with a 4% match that is fully vested day one and 100% of health/dental/vision premiums fully covered.

We are Deeply Committed to Equity & Diversity

We are on a mission to build a team that reflects DC’s students, and strongly encourage candidates of color to apply. Education Forward DC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. We encourage anyone for whom this overview resonates to apply.

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