Development Associate


Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Development Associate will support individual and institutional fundraising efforts through processing grant proposals, donations, and grant agreements; maintaining the donor database; preparing and editing gift acknowledgment and grant-related documents; and assisting with internal grants management processes. The Development Associate will work cross-departmentally to ensure fundraising strategies are tracked and executed successfully.

The position will be located at our headquarters in Washington, D.C.

About the Organization

The Education Trust is a national nonprofit that works to close opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income families. Through our research and advocacy, Ed Trust supports efforts that expand excellence and equity in education from preschool through college; increase college access and completion, particularly for historically underserved students; engage diverse communities dedicated to education equity; and increase political and public will to act on equity issues.

Major Responsibilities

  • Manage all aspects of the donor acknowledgment process in conjunction with the finance department;
  • Manage grants and individual donor records in Salesforce and document internal best practices and training materials on database use;
  • Engage with the development team to create grant production schedules;
  • Assist the development team prepare high-quality letters of interest, grant proposals, reports, and other materials that are responsive to donor guidelines and assist with drafting and compiling grant-related documents (i.e., attachments, cover letters) for proposal submission;
  • Process all grant awards and coordinate grant kick-off meetings with internal program leaders;
  • Conduct development-related research, including individual donor and grant prospecting;
  • Create and produce fundraising reports that describe the progress and effectiveness of Ed Trust fundraising campaigns;
  • Assist the donor communications team with donor communication efforts; and
  • Other duties as appropriate.

Qualifications and Experience

We are looking for a combination of the following qualifications and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or 2-4 years of relevant experience in a development support capacity;
  • Database management experience preferred, preferably Salesforce or other CRM;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite;
  • Attention to detail and ability to manage multiple competing deadlines and balance quickly shifting priorities;
  • Proven project management and follow-through skills to see tasks through completion;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to work well with others throughout the organization;
  • An interest in fund development, networking, and relationship building; and
  • Passion for improving the educational experiences and outcomes for students from low-income backgrounds and students of color.


Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Education Trust offers a comprehensive benefits package.

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Please provide a cover letter and resume to be considered for this position. You must combine your cover letter and resume into one document and upload that document. Our application system will not allow you to upload more than one file.

The Education Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity in all facets of the organization’s work.