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Job Description: Development Associate

Outdoor Alliance is growing its team and looking to hire a Development Associate who can help expand our development efforts. You will be responsible for supporting successful fundraising and marketing activities, including working on all aspects of individual, corporate, and foundation support. The right candidate is a stellar writer, extremely organized and responsible, and eager to learn and grow with the organization. She or he will be a self-starter, familiar with a nonprofit environment, fluent with using databases to track fundraising, and must love human-powered outdoor recreation.

Outdoor Alliance is a nonprofit coalition of eight of the nation’s most powerful outdoor recreation advocacy groups, including Access Fund, American Canoe Association, American Whitewater, International Mountain Bicycling Association, Winter Wildlands Alliance, The Mountaineers, the American Alpine Club, and the Mazamas. Outdoor Alliance offers a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with skills and experience, plus the best colleagues you could ask for and a fun, flexible work environment that prizes time off to enjoy public lands. This position is located at our offices in Washington DC, in proximity to reasonably-priced tacos.


Reports to:

Executive Director


Key Responsibilities:

Fundraising/Development (75%)

·  Database management. Ensure timely and accurate trackingof donor correspondence and contacts in our database, EveryAction. Enter donations into database, run tax-receipts, maintain accurate, organized, and up-to-date donor, corporate, and foundation paper and electronic records. Manage donor prospect list; conduct prospect and donor research and generate reports as requested.

·  Individual giving. Manage twice-yearly donor appeals in conjunction with the Communications Director. Develop custom acknowledgments and targeted outreach. Conceptualize and lay out email appeals using EveryAction. Conduct detailed analysis and reporting of donor data. Think creatively about how to grow our individual giving program. Work with Executive Director to prepare materials and solicitations for major donors.

·  Foundation grants. Manage grants calendar and deadlines. Work with Executive Director and Communications Director to draft and submit letters of inquiry, grants, and grant reports. Conduct foundation and prospect research and manage correspondence. 

·  Corporate support and partnerships. Work with Communications Director on all aspects of corporate support and corporate partnerships. Identify opportunities to collaborate with corporate partners and leverage their assets to raise funding, awareness, and engagement on public lands issues. With the Communications Director, market corporate partnerships on our website, email, and social content.

·  Events. With the Regional Organizer, coordinate 3-5 yearly donor cultivation events around the country(work with hosts, produce invitations, in some cases attend events).

·  Other: Work closely with the Communications Director on development communications, including email campaigns, development-related social media, and end-of-year reports. Help with the creation of donor marketing materials, including slide decks, presentations, and handouts. Assist with event logistics. Assist with other tasks as needed.


Program and Policy Work (25%)

·       Assist program directors in their work, including research and monitoring public lands policy; copy-editing policy proposals and policy letters; drafting blog posts, social media, and website content; assisting in managing regional networks.


Required Qualifications:

·  1-3 years experience, ideally in a nonprofit setting.

·  Proven track record in fundraising or development required. Additional marketing experience a plus.

·  Exceptional communications skills, stellar writer and researcher.

·  Interest in public land policy, advocacy, and protecting human-powered outdoor recreation.

·  Bachelor’s degree required.

·  Strong attention to detail and directions, with the ability to solve problems and excel in a high-performance culture.

·  Positive attitude, self-motivated, adept at taking initiative, planning, prioritizing, organizing, and following through.

·  Tech-savvy, experience with fundraising software (like EveryAction CRM) strongly preferred.

·  Graphic design experience a plus.

·  Passion for public lands, outdoor recreation, and protecting the places we play.

·  Excitement about learning on the job, bringing creative ideas to work, and growing with the position.


How to Apply:

Please send a PDF cover letter and resume to Applications due by July 15, 2017. Candidate should be able to start early August. Please no phone calls.


Outdoor Alliance provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or genetics. 

As a proud supporter of the Camber Outdoors CEO Pledge, we seek to attract a skilled workforce that reflects the demographics of current and future outdoor enthusiasts. Together, we are building a company and an industry where great ideas, born from a diversity of experiences, thrive.