Development Assistant

Job Type

Part Time


Details: This position starts at $15/hour



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11 Inman Street
United States


Food For Free is a non-profit organization that improves access to healthy food within our community by rescuing food that would otherwise go to waste, strengthening the community food system, and creating new distribution channels to reach underserved populations.

We envision a future where everyone in our community—regardless of age, income or ability—has consistent access to fresh, healthy, delicious food.


Food For Free is hiring a part-time Development Assistant to 1) manage donation data entry and donor acknowledgements; 2) provide general administrative support to the Development Director; 3) support fundraising events; and 4) manage email and social media communications related to fundraising. This position is 12 hours/week and reports to the Development Director.


Data Entry/DonationAcknowledgement

  • Accurately enter contributions into fundraising database (Fundraiser Select)
  • Generate and mail thankyou letters
  • Prepare and deliver bank deposits
  • Generate deposit reports
  • Respond to donation-matching queries (online and on paper)
  • Work with Development Director to resolve questions about contributions

Administrative Support:

  • Support the production of direct mail (appeals), event invitations, and other correspondence
  • Other duties as assigned

Event Support:

  • Provide on-site support for events, including Empty Bowls (April 21, 2018) and the Party Under the Harvest Moon (Oct. 19, 2018)
  • Support Event Coordinator/Auction Manager with item solicitation, donor correspondence, data entry, and night-of-event logistics

Email/Social Media/Website:

  • Write, format, and schedule emails (using Constant Contact)
  • Manage email list
  • Manage and write social media content, with input from Development Director and other staff
  • Update website content, as needed

Skills & Qualifications

  • Commitment to social justice, and food justice in particular
  • Personal honesty and integrity
  • Maturity and sound judgment
  • Ability to handle confidential information with sensitivity

  • A warm and professional demeanor, in person, on the phone, and in written communications
  • A high level of organization and time-management skills
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects
  • Attention to detail
  • Solid prose
  • Ability to craft engaging and appropriate content for Facebook, Twitter, and other social media

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products, including Word and Excel
  • Familiarity with, or the ability to learn quickly, content management systems (Wordpress)
  • Familiarity with, or the ability to learn quickly, fundraising software (FundRaiser Select)
  • Familiarity with, or the ability to learn quickly, email marketing platforms (Constant Contact)

  • Ability to get to events in Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston
  • Ability to work occasional nights and weekends
  • Ability to work in a variety of settings, including the Food For Free office, and loud, crowded events

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Send a resume and cover letter to Michelle Holcomb via email to