Development Associate/Senior Development Associate

Work Location: Washington, DC or New York, NY
Requisition Number: 1027
# of Openings: 1



The Development Associate will assist with all aspects of Freedom House’s development office, which is responsible for securing and sustaining financial support from a range of individual, foundation and corporate donors. Freedom House is a non-profit organization that promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists. We offer competitive salaries, support for professional development, and excellent benefits, including a 10% match on retirement accounts.

Based upon the number of years of applicable experience, this position will have the possibility of being considered a Senior Development Associate.

This is a nonexempt position. Position holder must obtain written authorization from supervisor before working in excess of 40 hours in a work-week.

Essential Duties include:

  1. Supporting front-line fundraising. Conduct research using fundraising databases, news searches, and other tools to produce briefings for fundraisers and executive staff in preparation for donor and prospect meetings and events. Work with development and executive teams, consultants and vendors to plan, implement and staff donor events like the annual awards dinner, receptions, briefings and other engagement opportunities. Support fundraising and prospect management activities for Development team and senior leadership, as appropriate. Maintain general awareness of and interest in the programs and activities of Freedom House, and a commitment to the organization’s mission.

  2. Communications. Draft donor-centric communications like acknowledgement letters, project updates, solicitations, reports and other written correspondence. Manage the donor acknowledgement process.

  3. Development Department Support. Participate in the prospect identification, qualification, cultivation and stewardship process for current and prospective donors. Support the department’s regular reporting to the board and executive team. Help to maintain donor database (Salesforce), and create and analyze reports from it to implement and assess fundraising initiatives. Under supervision, coordinate with Finance to process donations and maintain accurate financial records. Support the operations needs of the development office, including the production of invoices and filing of state registrations. Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelors’ degree

  • 2-4 year of experience in a development department and familiarity with prospect research, database management, and event execution

  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing

  • Superb attention to detail, balanced against consistent production of timely, error-free work

  • Skilled in research and applying strong analytical skills to provide research to development team and president as required

  • Strong capability to take on additional tasks when required, work independently without supervision, and highly motivated to take the initiative to constantly improve systems and process

  • Self-disciplined, action-oriented style that thrives in a start-up environment

  • Prior experience with Salesforce or other customer relationship management database          

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including effectively interacting with people with a wide range of political and social views

  • Skilled at establishing trusted partnerships throughout organization and using expert judgment when dealing with internal and external constituents

  • Exercise discretion in maintaining and managing highly-confidential information

  • Strong ability to plan, organize, and prioritize under pressure to meet tight deadlines

  • Preferred: experience or interest in democracy promotion or human rights


  • Internal:  US employees throughout Freedom House

  • External: Board members, donors, foundations, financial institutions, embassy staff, vendors, members of the general public, etc. with limited supervision


General Working Conditions:

  • General working office environment

  • Some long hours including evenings and weekends for meetings and special events

  • Travel to local and national event and meeting sites < 5% of the time

  • Exposed to outside weather conditions when required to attend event venues or travel

Physical Requirements:                      

  • Sedentary, regularly required to sit for extended periods of time; constantly talk, hear and understand speech at normal levels using a telephone. Occasionally required to stand, walk, and bend over, reach overhead, use hands, wrists and fingers, to grasp, push, pull, move, handle, feel, and type. Constantly required to use close vision and distance vision for regular computer work. Occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 25 lbs. to waist height.

The information contained in this description indicates the general nature and expectations of work performed by employees assigned to this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job, and cannot reasonably encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform.  Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by their supervisor.

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