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Development Associate

Nat'l Employment Law Project (NELP)
New York City, New York (US)
$67,200 - $74,300
Closing date
Nov 6, 2021
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The National Employment Law Project (NELP) seeks a detail-oriented, highly organized, and dynamic Development Associate to strengthen and expand our fundraising program to sustain our work. This is an extraordinary opportunity to leverage your talent and join a team that ensures progressive and impactful worker-driven policies are at the forefront of the worker rights in the U.S. labor market. This is a full-time, one-year position, with the possibility of extension contingent upon the position fulfilling organizational needs and upon available funding.

Who We Are

Founded in 1969, the nonprofit National Employment Law Project (NELP) is a leading advocacy organization with the mission to build a just and inclusive economy where all workers have expansive rights and thrive in good jobs. Together with local, state, and national partners, NELP advances its mission through transformative legal and policy solutions, research, capacity building, and communications. Our victories over the last decade have impacted the lives of an estimated 100 million workers and their families. We lead and collaborate in fights for higher pay and just benefits, secure and safe jobs, and support at each stage in a worker’s life. We build worker power and we challenge rules that allow corporate harm and undue power. We are transforming precarious work by raising the floor so that every job is a good job and everyone who wants a job can have one. Together over the next decade, we will build Black, immigrant worker power and advance transformative solutions to achieve racial and economic justice. For more information, read our annual reports and explore our website: 

NELP has a team of 45 staff people based across offices in New York City, Washington D.C., and Berkeley, CA, with a 12-person Board of Directors, an annual budget of $14M, and hundreds of partners in the field with whom we work to further our mission.

What You Will Do

You will provide general administrative support for our fundraising efforts and work closely with a skilled, committed development team: a grants manager, development manager, and a chief development officer. In addition, our development team works in partnership with the leadership, finance, program, and strategy teams. Your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • You will be the primary development CRM administrator in Salesforce for prospect and donor management and reporting, including supporting data integrity and updating an accurate database.
  • You will maintain and create detailed reports that reflect donor and grant activity and progress toward fundraising goals.
  • You will support compliance with development and finance processes and protocols, including timely acknowledgement of grants and gifts, charitable solicitation registrations, and producing and updating fundraising materials.
  • You will support internal meetings, organizing and coordinating cultivation and stewardship events, institutional events and activities, and funder briefings as needed (e.g., coordinating invitations, logistics, production of materials, and creating and submitting reports to development teams).
  • You will assist staff with executing a communications strategy directed toward current and potential donors, raising our visibility, and keeping these key stakeholders informed, which may include organizing and proofing correspondence and materials. 
  • You will work with the development team to cultivate staff engagement in fundraising initiatives, driving an inspiring and motivating culture of philanthropy.
  • You will actively contribute to NELP becoming an anti-racist organization that reflects and embodies our values.

Who You Are

  • You have at least three years’ relevant administrative, office management, fundraising, or grants management experience; familiarity with managing foundation grants preferred, but not required.
  • You have experience supporting the planning and executing of events and meetings.
  • You enjoy creating more efficient systems and processes; you are detail-oriented, highly organized, and have a demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects.
  • You are a skilled communicator and produce high-quality written products, which are error-free, clear, and well-organized; you excel at copyediting.
  • You are proficient in Microsoft Office365 applications and familiar with Salesforce or a similar CRM; in addition, familiarity with Box and Airtable is a plus, but not required.
  • You are committed to building your racial equity competencies and center your role in an analysis and understanding of how race and power shape systems in our society and culture; you are continuously learning, reflecting, and growing.
  • You are self-aware, curious, and respectful with strong interpersonal skills fostering a sense of purpose and community and have high standards for holding yourself and others accountable.
  • You operate with a commitment to excellence, integrity, diplomacy, and camaraderie.

Start Date, Location, Compensation and Benefits:  In response to the pandemic, all staff are currently working remotely and are not traveling. When conditions are amenable, the position will require some travel. Candidates must be able to work from the Berkeley, California, New York City, or Washington D.C. office at the point that we return to working in the office. The remote start date will be as soon as possible. This new position is currently a one-year position, with the possibility of extension contingent upon the position fulfilling organizational needs and upon available funding. This position is in NELP’s bargaining unit, represented by National Organization of Legal Service Workers, UAW Local 2320. Classification and compensation for NELP bargaining unit positions is commensurate with relevant experience and education and based on NELP’s collectively bargained scales. Based on our union scale, the salary range for a development associate with three years’ relevant experience and a degree, depending upon level of education attainment, is $67,200-$74,300. Compensation also includes an excellent comprehensive benefits package, including full coverage of family health insurance, a medical reimbursement plan, generous vacation and sick leave, contribution from employer to a retirement plan, and student loan repayment assistance for qualifying participants.

To apply: Through our online database, submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references to, choosing the “Development Associate” option under position. If you have questions regarding this announcement, please forward those to, noting “Development Associate” in the subject line. No phone calls or other email inquiries please. We will consider applications on a rolling basis. Applications due by November 5, 2021. 

NELP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and an equal opportunity, fair chance, affirmative action employer, committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce.  All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status, or caregiver status.   

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