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Development Associate

Southern Center for Human Rights
Atlanta, Georgia
$50,000-$60,000 + excellent, 100% premium paid benefits package
Closing date
Jul 8, 2022

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Focus Areas
Civil Rights / Advocacy
Job Function
Development / Fundraising
Position Type
Full Time
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level
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Development Associate

The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) is seeking to hire a full-time Development Associate.

About SCHR

The Southern Center for Human Rights is working for equality, dignity, and justice for people impacted by the criminal legal system in the Deep South. SCHR fights for a world free from mass incarceration, the death penalty, the criminalization of poverty, and racial injustice.

Over our forty-five-year history, SCHR has forced county, state, and federal governments to make significant improvements in prisons and jails to reduce overcrowding, provide adequate medical and mental health care, and abate violence and abuse. We have argued and won five death penalty cases at the United States Supreme Court, four of which challenged profound race discrimination in capital trials. Our combined litigation and policy advocacy helped bring about the creation of a statewide public defender system in Georgia. Our advocacy has advanced significant decarceration reforms in the Georgia General Assembly. Today, SCHR embraces multifaceted strategies in its fight for a world free from mass incarceration, the death penalty, the criminalization of poverty, and racial injustice.  For more information about SCHR, visit

About the Position

The Development Associate will support the implementation, management, and evaluation of SCHR’s fundraising efforts including database management, gift processing, special events, donor development, grant writing research, and community engagement. Our $4.8 million annual budget supports a 40-person staff and the cost of investigation, litigation, and organizing against the abuses of the criminal justice system in the South.  SCHR neither solicits nor receives government funding.

SCHR’s revenue stream comes from a mix of foundation grants, individual and corporate contributions, special events, fellowships, and investment income. SCHR employs a variety of fundraising strategies to ensure we have the financial resources necessary to fulfill our mission. SCHR has a significant base of foundation support, many of whom have been supporting our work for years, and we have continued to cultivate new foundation donors to help us build upon our work. SCHR typically hosts four in-person fundraisers per year, which take place in Atlanta, San Francisco, New York, and Washington, D.C.

The Development Associate reports to the Development Director and works closely with the Administrative Team, in particular the Marketing, Communications, and Finance Directors as well as SCHR’s receptionist.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for database integrity and management: data entry, event attendance, gift processing, and acknowledgments, donor research and records
  • Plan and execute an annual calendar of data maintenance tasks including deceased record finders, address scrub, and wealth screens
  • Produce communication with constituents including but not limited to gift acknowledgments and gift statements
  • Produce reports to track appeals, development goals, and return on investment by creating and pulling reports
  • Assist in prospect research and ensure information is added to the constituent file(s) for existing and prospective donors and foundations
  • Assist in the monthly reconciling of donor database and financial system Fundraising & Relationship Development
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of special events Develop and cultivate relationships with donors
  • Provide administrative support for the Development Department Attend SCHR programs and events, as appropriate
  • Provide regular updates to Development Team Maintain accurate donor records for input to donor database (Salsa)

Qualifications & Experience

SCHR seeks applicants who are highly motivated, detail-oriented, well-organized, communicate well with others, have strong writing skills, and have a deep commitment to SCHR’s work. The candidate should be both a strong team player and able to work independently. The ideal candidate is someone who has prior employment or volunteer experience with under-served communities. The candidate should also have a willingness to venture into new situations and tenacity in seeking new opportunities for donor engagement. People with direct personal or familial experience with the criminal legal system are deeply encouraged to apply.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Professional experience in development or administrative assistance
  • Experience with donor databases, preferably Salsa CRM
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with a passion for building relationships with donors, allies, and the public
  • High level knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Dedication to uprooting anti-Black racism and working to advance SCHR’s commitment to antiracism
  • Engagement in social justice community, familiarity with issues in the criminal legal system, and a passion to embrace SCHR’s work and mission
  • Familiarity with legal work, law firms, and the metro Atlanta philanthropic community are a plus

Commitment & Compensation

SCHR seeks a commitment of at least three years. Salary is commensurate with experience, within SCHR’s modest, public interest salary range of $50,000-$60,000. SCHR offers an excellent, 100% premium paid benefits package including medical, dental, vision care, and life insurance. Additional benefits include modest stipends for transportation and wellness, access to a flexible spending account, and childcare assistance (if eligible).

COVID-19 Logistics

SCHR’s office, located in downtown Atlanta, was recently reopened in the spring of 2022. Staff members are returning to work in the office on a more regular basis. SCHR provides PPE for employees and has a mandatory safety protocol. Employees must be fully vaccinated to work in person.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Those who are interested are encouraged to apply immediately. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Email with the following:

  • Statement in the subject line of the e-mail that you are applying for the Development Associate position;
  • Letter of interest;
  • Resume;
  • Writing sample (could be an article for a blog, academic paper, policy brief or whatever shows your style and voice);
  • Contact information for three references.

The Southern Center for Human Rights is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, which welcomes qualified applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, abilities, nationalities, military status, as well as those who have been system-involved.



The Southern Center for Human Rights is working for equality, dignity, and justice for people impacted by the criminal legal system in the Deep South. SCHR fights for a world free from mass incarceration, the death penalty, the criminalization of poverty, and racial injustice.


SCHR was founded in 1976 by ministers and activists concerned about criminal justice issues in response to the Supreme Court’s reinstatement of the death penalty that year and to the horrendous conditions in Southern prisons and jails.

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(404) 688-1202
60 Walton St NW
United States
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