Development Associate

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $47,000.00
Maximum: $52,000.00




2201 Broadway
United States


Make a difference by joining the nation’s most effective health visionaries! The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) protects people from one of the most dangerous, least discussed health threats of our generation: the chemical industry’s virtual carte blanche to invent and expose us all to chemicals linked with cancer, obesity, infertility, developmental problems, and more.

CEH’s engine is the 30 smart, committed, science-driven advocates who come together every day to keep short-sighted business interests from harming people in the name of profit. We are proud of our work, and our workplace community. We support each other, we work hard, and we win far-reaching victories for people’s health, and we have a pretty decent time doing it all. The people who land jobs at CEH are quintessential teammates. We are seeking a Development Associate to help us take our fundraising to the next level.

The Development Associate will head the Development Team’s administrative operations and is critical to our donor prospecting and stewardship, appeals, and fundraising events. We are seeking a person who is highly organized, detail-oriented, proactive, and passionate about environmental health. Help us ensure we never miss a deadline or opportunity, maximize every online and offline fundraising opportunity, and execute high-grossing fabulous fundraising events!


This is a dream job for someone who:

  • Wants to learn the nuts and bolts of non-profit fundraising
  • Hopes to be an important part of a well-oiled machine
  • Is looking for an opportunity to learn from hella cool people
  • Finds unparalleled satisfaction in being the behind-the-scenes person who knows what her/his teammates need before they do (and has all that stuff ready to go the moment they need it)
  • Understands that the urgent battle to protect families from the shameless greed of the petrochemical industry relies not only on people who can pronounce the names of all those chemicals; it also needs top-notch practitioners of the fundraising arts

How will you even know if this is you? A clue: when you tinker with Excel, do you consider it quality time with a good friend?

Yes? Please read on. . .

Who We Are

We are the Center for Environmental Health (CEH). We’re the ones who forced global companies to remove lead from children’s products. We’ve also won scores of other far-reaching victories you may never have heard about. A few examples:

  • We helped end the government’s requirement for toxic, ineffective, flame-retardant chemicals in furniture (Some scientists have dubbed these chemicals “the new lead”)
  • We worked with corporate partners to create a $800-million annual market for non-toxic furniture
  • We forced Coke and Pepsi to eliminate a cancer-causing chemical from their products nationwide
  • We wrote the health studies that helped push NY Governor Mario Cuomo to ban fracking in the state
  • We’re holding big tobacco accountable for its false assurances about the safety of e-cigarettes, which, in truth, expose children and other users to cancer-causing chemicals 
  • We went to court to eliminate another carcinogen from over a hundred shampoos sold nationwide


Your responsibilities

  • Support our fundraising efforts by helping us stay organized and put our best foot forward: process incoming gifts, draft donor communiqués, maintain our database and generate reports for the Development Team and the Board, and help prep the Leadership Team for funder meetings
  • Help us execute fantastic events, including our annual gala, donor-hosted dinners, and funder briefings
  • Coordinate our annual fall fundraising mailing and gift acknowledgement processes
  • Participate in weekly Communication Team editorial meetings to identify cross departmental opportunities to incorporate fundraising into online initiatives based on CEH’s campaigns
  • Align social media giving with donation tracking and record keeping

Candidate requirements

The successful candidate will bring the following minimum qualifications:

·        Remarkable organizational skills and attention to detail: you love to create order out of chaos, never miss a deadline, get a thrill from a well-organized spreadsheet, and have an eagle eye for typos

·        At least two years of successful fundraising or non-profit experience

·        Proficiency with Excel, Word, and Outlook

  • Proactive, eager to take ownership, and quick to incorporate feedback

·        Bachelor's degree or equivalent

  • Strong values: commitment to environmental justice, environmental health, diversity, and inclusion

·        Ability to excel in independent and team-based work, and to collaborate with diverse groups of people

  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Grace under pressure, compassion, integrity, and the ability to be both kind and honest

Candidate Pluses

Prior experience with:

·        Donor databases (experience with Salesforce or similar databases a plus) 

·        Donor stewardship, special events logistics, creation of proposals, solicitation of in-kind donations, and volunteer coordination

·        Online fundraising, including social media and email fundraising

·        Engaging donors through mail, phone, and social media – demonstrating an ability to think holistically about donor outreach and cultivation through various avenues

Working Conditions and Job Setting

·        Work is in an office setting with slight inclines/declines in the floor in places

·        Physical ability to type and use computer is essential

·        Infrequent periodic lifting of up to 20 pounds is required

We understand the effect of: race, gender, class, homophobia, poverty, wealth, wealth disparities, labor, corporate hegemony, and other important institutions and social dynamics of our day. We celebrate diversity, not because we like to quote bumper stickers in Berkeley, but because diversity sharpens our perspective and strengthens our work every day.  


·        Full benefits, including 401k match (up to 5% of salary) and health insurance

·        A team with a sense of justice and a sense of humor

·        A low-ego, high-performance culture and flexible work environment

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Write/gather the following materials and send in a single PDF:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample (two pages maximum)
  • Name, affiliation, and contact information for three references

Please merge these materials into a single PDF whose file name includes your surname. 

Then email that PDF to: (subject line: Development Associate).

We acknowledge receipt of all employment applications, and when we decide a candidate is no longer in the running, we notify them. (Note: this sometimes can take a while.)

This position will remain open until we find the right person to fill it. If this posting is still up, go ahead and apply (or call us to ask about it.)