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Development Associate

Clean Water Action/Clean Water Fund
Working remotely with preference to DC/MD areas.
$50,000-$57,000 a year plus benefits.
Closing date
Feb 19, 2023

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Focus Areas
Job Function
Development / Fundraising
Position Type
Full Time
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
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Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund are seeking a full time Development Associate to support the organizations’ midlevel donor fundraising programs at the National level and to grow and support our donors in the Chesapeake Region. Clean Water Action is a national, grassroots environmental organization that works to protect the environment and safeguard public health, promote passage of strong environmental laws, and help communities address local environmental problems affecting them. Clean Water Fund is a national research and education organization which promotes justice and the public interest on issues related to water, waste, clean energy and toxic chemicals.


Clean Water has offices located in Boston MA, Providence RI, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh PA, Baltimore MD, Washington DC, Ann Arbor, Clinton Township and East Lansing MI, Minneapolis MN, Montclair NJ, Austin and Houston TX, and Oakland CA. Preference will be given applicants in the DC/MD area.



  • Manage a revolving portfolio of 400-500 mid-level ($500-$2,500 range) program donors.
  • Create and execute a solicitation and cultivation plan for donors in portfolio based on the donors interests and passions designed to raise funds from these donors at least annually. Cultivate and secure gifts from donors in portfolio, provide reports back to donors and to Major Gifts Officer on a regular basis.  Research and qualify donors to add to major donor programs. Ensure the database is kept up to date with key information, notes on calls and meetings, interests, cultivation and next steps. Support major donor fundraising activities including event planning, event turn-out/tickets, mailings, participating in team-wide fundraising efforts, etc.



  • A minimum of four years’ experience in Development a must. Background in environmental and/or social justice issues helpful.
  • Demonstrated commitment to Clean Water’s mission and values;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Very detail oriented, well organized and able to manage multiple projects at one time; adaptable and able to learn on the job; Cultural competency in interacting with people from a variety of economic, racial, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, commitment to antiracist philosophy/approach.
  • Experience conducting donor meetings in person and virtually.
  • Experience with moves management and donor research.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills including public facing materials;
  • Solid computer skills, familiar with Word, Excel, etc. and with Raisers Edge database;
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team.

Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund require COVID-19 vaccinations for all persons who will work in our offices. Proof of vaccination will be required for applicants for this position.


Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund value a diverse workplace. People of color and those from economically disadvantaged communities are particularly encouraged to apply. Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.


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