Development Associate

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Fully Remote

FLSA Status


Position Overview

The Development Associate is a core member of the Schott Foundation’s development team. The development team is responsible for achieving the organization’s ambitious fundraising goals as well as powerfully stewarding and strengthening Schott’s relationships with the philanthropists, organizations, and foundations that provide financial support for the organization’s programs, operations, and grantmaking.

The Development Associate will support the implementation of a comprehensive development strategy. The position’s scope encompasses researching and identifying potential funding sources, maintaining information about prospects and donors, supporting the development of grant proposals and reports, and managing event logistics.

The Associate will have knowledge of fundraising best practices and fundraising operations. S/he/they will support the fundraising efforts to grow Schott and shift resources to the education justice movement. This position will report to the Senior Vice President of Advancement and work closely with the communications, programs, operations, and finance teams.

Reports to:

Senior Vice President of Advancement


Development Operations (55%)

  • Conduct prospect research
  • Organize and update donor and prospect information in CRM
  • Maintain and update donor and prospect contact lists
  • Produce reports such as donor pipeline and giving history
  • Help identify, evaluate, design, and implement strategies to build grassroots support

Writing Support and Report Tracking (30%)

  • Gather information for donor reports and proposals
  • Provide writing support for proposals and donor reports
  • Track and manage donor reporting schedules
  • Coordinate donor correspondence
  • Provide support for the development of presentations

Meetings and Events (15%)

  • Prepare briefing materials in advance of donor meetings and events
  • Support event planning and logistics
  • Manage event invitations and registration lists

Other duties as assigned.


  • Three to five years of experience working on a non-profit development team.
  • Excellent analytic, research, and project planning skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience in grants management and managing a donor/prospect database.
  • Experience in planning and/or supporting fundraising events.
  • Creativity, flexibility, sound judgment, and ability to take initiative and work independently as well as a part of a team and ability to respond adeptly to rapidly changing priorities and to work well under pressure.
  • Effective interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to interact professionally with diverse constituents, including board members, philanthropists, foundation staff, donors and partners across varied geographies. A team player who can add value to the Schott team beyond his/her area of expertise.
  • Outstanding organizational skills, including managing own work, and the ability to move work from concept to implementation and completion.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (EXCEL, PowerPoint, and Word) and experience working with CRMs.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience required.


The Schott Team currently operates virtually with staff located throughout the United States. This position requires some travel by plane or train (depending on where the Associate is based) to coordinate or participate in meetings and job-related events up to four times a year. The employee is also expected to travel to staff retreats and board meetings up to six times a year. 

Physical Demands and Work Environment Factors

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will sit for long periods of time and may use repetitive wrist and hand motions involved in typing and computer work as well as in sorting and handling documents. The employee is regularly required to reach, with hands and arms, and engage in light work that includes moving objects up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and color vision as the employee will have close visual contact with a computer monitor daily.

Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at the Schott Foundation for Public Education, where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

How to apply: Please email your resume and a substantive cover letter to Be sure to include “Development Associate” in the subject line.

The recruitment is open until filled. The priority deadline for applications is Wednesday, August 25, 2021.