Development Associate

Organization Overview
Boston CASA’s (Court Appointed Special Advocates) mission is to ensure a safe and permanent home for court-involved children in Suffolk and Middlesex County, who have experienced abuse and neglect.
Boston CASA fulfills this mission by recruiting, training and supervising volunteers from the community who are appointed as a child’s guardian ad litem (GAL), to protect and promote their “best interest” while ensuring they have access to a caring and consistent adult. CASA Volunteers come from all walks of life. They have a variety of professional, educational and cultural backgrounds. They are selected on the quality of their objectivity, competence, and commitment. Please visit our website at to learn more about the organization.

General Description

The Development Associate is a full-time, exempt position, responsible for supporting growth of the organization and its mission by playing an integral role in all aspects of Boston CASA’s fundraising activities. This position will have an exciting opportunity to be part of a growing fundraising team. The Development Associate reports to the Executive Director.

Duties and Responsibilities
Donor Communications and Cultivation (30%)
• Acts as first point of contact for donors with questions about giving to Boston CASA
• Working with the Executive Director, assist in the planning and implementation of donor communications and appeals
• Generate mail merges where appropriate for solicitations
• Track giving, generate reports, and analyze annual giving results
• Maintain a small portfolio of individual donors
• Provide administrative support in Executive Director’s management of larger donor relationships

Grant Writing (30%)
• Research prospective foundation and corporate partners
• Prepare foundation and corporate proposals with Executive Director
• Maintain grant calendar and take responsibility for on-time submission of grant proposals (a minimum of four per quarter)

Events and Special Projects (25%)
• Help organize and implement fundraising/cultivation events including annual gala
• Plan and implement all donor and development special events
• Provide administrative support for all special projects as necessary

Database Responsibilities (15%)

• Manage the donor database, including: maintaining data integrity, managing mailing lists, event attendance/participation, gift records, constituent queries and exports
• Work with Assistant Director to coordinate and manage database capabilities for maximum efficiency and accuracy
• Generate and circulate reports to appropriate staff and fund development committee
Knowledge and Skills
• Must have excellent and current technology skills- superior proficiency with MS Office Suite (including Outlook, Word and Excel)
• Donor database experience REQUIRED
• Grant writing experience strongly preferred
• Experience working and communicating with individuals who represent a diversity of backgrounds
• Strong interpersonal skills including outstanding written and verbal communication skills
• Very strong organizational skills including attention to detail
• Ability to juggle a variety of activities and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, environment,
• Strong project management skills

Other Requirements
• Bachelor’s Degree preferred; 3+ Years of experience working in the fundraising/fund development field
• Willingness to roll your sleeves up, do the “little things that need to be done”
• Willingness to work occasional weekend or evening events as needed
• Self-motivated, detail oriented, focused

Salary: DOE

Application Instructions
Email resume and cover letter to [email protected], no phone calls please.

Please outline why you are interested in working for Boston CASA and highlight the qualifications that make you a strong candidate for the position. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

At Boston CASA, we don’t just accept difference – we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our team and the communities we serve. Boston CASA is an equal opportunity employer and as such, we do not discriminate against any team member or candidate because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, or any other basis protected by law. We encourage all to apply because we believe a diversity of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.

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