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Development Associate
Higher Achievement in National, Washington
Date Posted 08/11/2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Higher Achievement, a nationally acclaimed nonprofit organization working to close the achievement gap for motivated, yet underserved students from low-income communities, seeks a Development Associate. The Development Associate is an integral member of a collaborative development team at the National office and provides support to four regional offices. Key responsibilities include processing all gifts and acknowledgment, researching donor prospects, and acting as the lead administrator on the donor database.

The Organization

Higher Achievement believes that talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. We work to close the achievement gap for motivated - yet underserved - students from low-income communities. We intervene during the critical transition to middle school by providing year-round, multi-year support for students in the 5th – 8th grades. As students prepare to graduate from our program in the 8th grade, we help them transition successfully to advanced high school programs that keep students on track for college. On average, 95% of Higher Achievement scholars graduate high school on time.

Founded in 1975 in Washington, DC, as a grassroots effort to create learning opportunities for children in low-income neighborhoods, Higher Achievement has impacted the lives of more than 10,000 young people and currently operates achievement centers in Washington, DC, Alexandria, VA, Baltimore, MD, Pittsburgh, PA, and Richmond, VA. Higher Achievement's award-winning model of rigorous academic mentoring, individualization of services, and comprehensive academic support is guided by leading research for effective out-of-school time programs. More information about Higher Achievement may be found at: http:www.higherachievement.org.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Acts as Raiser’s Edge database administrator by working closely with National and affiliate development staff to ensure data integrity, timely data entry, and implementation of current and new policies and procedures. Stays up to date on Raiser’s Edge functionality to maximize use

  • Enters gifts, pledges, and other relevant donation data into database, and manages stock and EFTs/ACHs processing. Works closely with development staff across affiliates to ensure timely adherence to gift procedures, and proactively communicates with finance and development staff to ensure seamless processing

  • Produces accurate and customized donor acknowledgement letters on a timely basis

  • Prepares a variety of reports including contact information, giving history, event attendees, and monthly financials

  • Conducts in-depth data analysis on fundraising data, including win rates, donor retention, prospect analysis, and affiliate giving trends

  • Supports a range of organization projects, including year-end appeal, annual report, and pledge collection

  • Acts as a bridge between finance and development teams through close collaboration with finance staff on monthly reconciliations, yearly write-offs, and financial audit.

  • Conducts training for new staff on donor database; leads ongoing training as needed to maximize staff knowledge and usage of the donor database, and maintains up to date user manual

  • Conducts research on prospects, including individuals, corporations, government agencies, and foundations

  • Remains current with events and trends in philanthropy and fundraising

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Commitment to the mission and work of Higher Achievement

  • Ability to speak professionally and passionately about Higher Achievement’s work in a variety of settings

  • Proficiency with Raiser’s Edge or other donor database/CRM system required

  • One year of experience in development/fundraising strongly preferred

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Word or similar software, including email and mail merge strongly preferred

  • Comfortable learning and using new technology

  • Ability to analyze data to answer questions and identify opportunities for fundraising

  • Ability to demonstrate a solutions-oriented, customer-service focused mindset

  • Ability to balance multiple priorities and deadlines in a fast-paced environment

  • Exceptional organizational and data management skills, and superb attention to detail and accuracy

Higher Achievement Core Competencies: Higher Achievement values our core competencies, and as such, we expect that competitive applications will be able to demonstrate strengths in these areas:

  • Proactively builds relationships to advance Higher Achievement's mission.

  • Uses candid communication to express ideas and to listen to the thoughts and feedback of others.

  • Persistently pursues excellence by holding oneself to high expectations and seeking the best.

  • Possesses a growth mindset for learning new things and stepping out of ones comfort zone.

  • Maintains a solutions-oriented mindset during planning periods and when challenges arise.

Compensation and Benefits: The annual salary for this regular, full-time, non-exempt position is in the low 40s. Higher Achievement offers competitive benefits, including: company-paid insurance (medical, dental, vision, life, and long and short-term disability insurance); ten paid holidays; five weeks paid time off; retirement plan with company match; tuition reimbursement; and professional development funds.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment: Work is regularly performed in an office environment and in community settings. Employee may spend long periods of time sitting, standing, and walking. Employee regularly lifts, carries, and positions objects weighting up to 20 pounds. Position involves regular use of a computer and keyboard, telephone, and face-to-face communication; employee must be able to communicate clearly and professionally in all of these situations.

Additional Information: This position will work out of the National office in Washington, DC. Position requires a criminal background check prior to hire.

To Apply: Please submit your resume and cover letter through the link below. Priority consideration will be given to applicants who address the listed qualifications and their interest in the mission and work of Higher Achievement. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply by June 24; the position will remain open until it is filled. Please, no phone calls, emails or recruiters.

Higher Achievement provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sex, gender identity or expression, age, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, military status, caregiver or family status, political affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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