Senior Development Associate

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $58,050
Maximum: $70,000
Details: Salary DOE



Start Date


Application Deadline



905 East 8th Street
Los Angeles
United States


SSG is a nonprofit organization that delivers a wide range of human service programs across Southern California and in San Francisco ( Under the direction of the Development Director, the Senior Development Associate will assist in the development of SSG programs as a member of the Development Team and in collaboration with SSG management. Duties include but are not limited to fund development planning; grant proposal development and submission, including background research and analysis, program design, writing, budgeting, and proposal assembly; implementation of fundraising initiatives (e.g. email or social media campaigns); and other fundraising activities as assigned.

Essential Functions

  • Assist in the development of fundraising/development plans and new initiatives.
  • Provide consultation and technical assistance to SSG division management in the development of program strategies and funding goals.
  • Research and cultivate funding opportunities for various SSG divisions.
  • Prepare and complete funding proposals to government agencies, foundations, etc., including but not limited to:
  • Analysis of funding opportunity expectations;
  • Analysis of required proposal elements;
  • Background research on community need and/or evidence-based/best practices;
  • Writing program narrative and rationale/justification;
  • Budgeting;
  • Drafting/collecting supporting materials;
  • Completing required forms; and
  • Proposal assembly in compliance with funder requirements.
  • As assigned, provide leadership and oversight to the proposal development process including facilitating program design in collaboration with division management.
  • Participate in the implementation of fundraising campaigns and/or events, as assigned, including drafting content and copy, developing and facilitating timelines, and creating budgets.
  • Work with Supervisor, the Director of Strategic Development and Partnerships and the Executive Director to develop and implement select agency planning, policy-related, and/or communications initiatives.
  • Liaison and facilitate communication between SSG Divisions, SSG Fiscal, SSG Human Resources, and/or funding agencies and other authorities as needed to achieve development team objectives.
  • Provide research and analysis for assigned projects related to strategic planning, program development, etc.
  • Provide program data, reports and recommendations to the Executive Management Team, as assigned.
  • Maintain relationships and network with other organizations, including but not limited to potential program partners and current and potential funders.
  • Represent the agency in a variety of community settings including funder, provider and community meetings and events.
  • As assigned, assist in the supervision and training of interns.
  • Regular attendance required.
  • Overtime and/or work on weekday evenings and/or on weekends may be required.

Secondary Functions       

  • Assist in the implementation and logistics of fundraising events or other such fundraising activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications – Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Masters’ degree in Social Work, Public Health, Public Administration or similar field; or equivalent degree from an accredited institution of learning with a minimum of 2 years directly related work experience; or minimum of 4 years post-Bachelor’s degree experience in grant writing and proposal assembly
  • At least 1 year experience in program design, grant writing, and proposal assembly.
  • Demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Mature, with an ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Strong time management, organizational, and coordination skills.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Knowledge and skills in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Awareness and knowledge of needs, strengths, and other characteristics of agency target communities (individuals and families who are from ethnic minority groups, low income, disenfranchised, homeless, and/or living with behavioral health issues).
  • A basic knowledge of local, state & federal government programs and foundations.
  • Valid California driver license, proof of car insurance, and reliable transportation required.
  • Verification of employment eligibility and background check required.

Non Essential Qualifications – Desired knowledge, skills, and abilities: 

  • Two or more years’ experience in a variety of development/fundraising activities highly preferred
  • Computer skills in database applications, web applications, and/or publishing programs.

Supervisory Responsibilities: 

  • The incumbent in this position may supervise student interns as assigned and if eligible based on internship program requirements.

Environmental Conditions (Working Conditions): 

  • The environment for this position is primarily an office environment. The position may occasionally require field-based work (e.g. community meetings) which can involve working at community-based sites within at-risk areas and exposure to weather conditions prevalent at the time. 

Physical Requirements

  • In the course of performing this job, there will be sitting, standing, walking, driving, lifting and carrying (max 15-20 pounds) required.

Mental Requirements: 

The incumbent in this position must be able to synthesize, coordinate and analyze information; coordinate tasks, negotiate with, and provide feedback to co-workers with varying levels of education and experience; and to accommodate all of the following: constant distractions, interruptions; and uncontrollable changes in priorities/work schedules.


SSG offers comprehensive benefits including medical, dental and retirement.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter by email. No phone calls please.

Special Service for Groups, Inc. (SSG) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

SSG will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements set by law.