Associate, Development and Governance

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $55,000
Maximum: $70,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



1805 7th Street Northwest
6th Floor
District of Columbia
United States


Position: Associate, Development and Governance at Education Forward DC 

Reports to: Partner, External Relations 

Start date: December 2018 (earlier if possible) 

Application Deadline: October 15, 2018 

The Challenge & Opportunity 

Washington, DC has dramatically outperformed peer cities in overall improvement in its public schools over the last decade and is poised for further growth as the city adds approximately 3,000 new students per year to public schools. Still, only 1 in 9 of the city’s most vulnerable students (those with special education needs and those living in extreme poverty) are on track for college and career success. If unaddressed, this challenge could worsen and leave even more children behind. If addressed well, a focus on the city’s most underserved youth will raise the tide for all of DC’s students and become a force multiplier in support of educational and social justice in our nation’s capital.

The Organization 

Education Forward DC (Ed Forward DC) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2016 in Washington, DC. Guided by our core valueswe work to advance quality and equity in public schools to ensure that every DC student gets a great education. Specifically, our five-year goal is to double the number of underserved students who are college and career ready. Ed Forward DC accelerates the work of local leaders by aggregating and disseminating $70M of local and national philanthropic dollars to local grantees who are committed to transformational change. We take an active role with each grantee in our portfolio to help them create sustainable organizations that generate breakthrough results for the students they serve.

The Person 

As Development and Governance Associate, you will support the Partner, External Relations in executing an ambitious fundraising and governance program that will provide the resources needed to reach our five-year goal. You will play a central role in development and governance, primarily through systems management and administrative support.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Manage the systems that undergird the External Relations team’s work and enable us to operate more efficiently.

  • Help External Relations team in developing, updating and executing a fundraising strategy, and monitoring progress against that strategy on an ongoing basis.
  • Play key role in identifying, researching and cultivating new donors, and drafting and submitting proposals for new grants to raise $37M more to reach our goal of deploying $70M toward making sure every DC student can go to a great school.
  • Steward donors by planning and executing quarterly meetings of major donors, drafting compelling materials, and engaging partners in events, convenings, and experiences that connect them to our mission, our work and our grantees.
  • Support our Board of Directors by planning and executing logistics, materials and agenda for Board and committee meetings and annual Board retreat.
  • Track grant proposals and agreements, including reporting, payment, and metrics schedules, through our donor database (in SharePoint).
  • Manage creation and writing of our annual report, working with team to develop content and message.

Skills and Qualifications

  • We work intentionally to disrupt patterns of racial inequity; a strong candidate will demonstrate an unwavering commitment to educational equity and improving public education in DC.
  • Collaborative team player who is excited about building strong relationships among diverse communities.
  • Excellent organizational skills and a proven ability to develop, update and maintain professional materials (e.g. spreadsheets, written memoranda, presentations).
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Excellent technical skills, including fluency with Microsoft SharePoint, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
  • Self-directed, self-starter with a track record of successfully managing multiple priorities and projects.
  • Communication skills and personal presence necessary to effectively interact with senior internal and external stakeholders.
  • Humble and responsive to feedback, with capacity to learn quickly and continuously.

Education and Experience

  • Minimum two to three (2-3) years of work experience. Non-profit fundraising, communications, and/or K-12 public education experience valued.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.

We are Deeply Committed to Equity & Diversity 

We are on a mission to build a team that reflects DC’s students, and strongly encourage candidates of color to apply. Education Forward DC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. We encourage anyone for whom this overview resonates to apply.


We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including a 401(k) program with a 4% match that is fully vested day one and 100% of health/dental/vision premiums fully covered.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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