Development Associate

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
Location: Washington, D.C.
Reports To: Director, Donor Relations

Purpose and Description

Under the supervision of the Director of Donor Relations, the Development Associate works with the Development and External Affairs team at large in providing administrative support for all development related programs and events with the organization.

The Development Associate is responsible for supporting development initiatives, with a focus on individual giving, as well as overall External Affairs management duties. Primary responsibilities include: Salesforce data entry, drafting of majority of development correspondence, event support including sending and tracking of invitations and RSVP’s, tracking finances for Council donors and prospects, and other special projects as needed.

Essential Functions

  • Draft, send and track all development correspondence including solicitation letters and mailings, invoices, thank you notes, receipts as well as donor and event briefings etc.
  • Assist with managing Meridian Global Leadership Council membership by tracking all donor and prospect correspondence as well as pledge and payment status
  • Serve as the database entry point of contact for the Development team and Salesforce liaison for the External Affairs team; tracks and enters all checks and funds received in Salesforce and liaises with the Finance team to ensure consistent and accurate inputting; create and maintain development lists in Salesforce database for prospecting, cultivation, and stewardship activities
  • Support events in coordination with External Affairs team: create and send invitations, track RSVPs, staff events, etc.
  • Update and track all External Affairs events in the master internal calendar, external calendar and website
  • Assist with communications efforts around Development programs including writing event briefs and content for the website, compiling information for the Annual Report and periodic newsletters, drafting social media posts and taking photos
  • Reconcile financials and credit card statements
  • Conduct prospect research, assist with making cold-calls and emails to prospective donors
  • Other support as directed by the SVP of External Affairs and Executive leadership

Other duties and special projects as assigned

Minimum Qualifications


  • Undergraduate degree
  • 1-2 years of increasing responsibility and experience, preferably in a non-profit development or fundraising operation
  • Any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the position

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Understanding and interest in non-profit development and fundraising activities
  • Knowledge and experience working with the Salesforce database
  • Exceptional writing skills; experience writing a variety of forms of correspondence including solicitation letters, thank you notes, briefings
  • Familiarity with organizing and staffing events
  • Excellent phone and interpersonal skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills, detail oriented and proven ability to prioritize multiple concurrent projects
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite

Physical Effort and Dexterity

  • Not applicable

Visual Acuity, Hearing, and Speaking

  • Excellent verbal and written command of the English language

Environment and Scheduling

  • Interest in working with an international not-for-profit professional exchange organization
  • Interest in working within a diverse, fast-paced work environment
  • There will be an expectation to staff events that take place before and after regular work hours

This position is classified FLSA non-exempt.

Employer’s Statement and Rights

This position posting does not list all the duties of the job. If an offer is made, you will be presented with a detailed job description. Applicants will be evaluated based upon their demonstrated ability to perform the tasks listed above, and their education and experience. The employer has the right to revise this posting at any time. Neither this posting nor the job description is a contract for employment. Meridian is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Qualified candidates should apply by e-mail only to Subject line should read "DevAssoc" only and a cover letter, with salary expectations, and resume should be attached. Only candidates being considered for this position will be contacted. Submissions which do not follow the above instructions will not be considered as applicants. NO PHONE CALLS in reference to this position will be accepted.