Development Associate

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $47,500.00
Details: The base salary for the job grade of this position is $47,500. Any offer of employment will take into account the particular candidate’s skills and experience.




New York
New York
United States


Title:                   Development Associate                                                                               

Type:                  Full-Time        

Supervisor:       Development Operations Manager     

Department:      Development  

Location:           New York, New York 

Last Day to Apply:   Applications will be reviewed immediately and will be accepted until the position is filled.

About DPA

The Drug Policy Alliance is the leading organization in the U.S. promoting alternatives to the war on drugs. We envision a just society in which the use and regulation of drugs are grounded in science, compassion, health, and human rights; in which people are no longer punished for what they put into their own bodies but only for crimes against others; and in which the fears, prejudices, and punitive prohibitions of today are no more. Our mission is to advance those policies and attitudes that best reduce the harms of both drug misuse and drug prohibition, and to promote the sovereignty of individuals over their minds and bodies.

The Development Associate will join our passionate, diverse, and creative team at a critical time for the drug policy reform movement in the United States. U.S. leaders are now doubling down on the war on drugs, using it as a tool to stoke fear in society and rally their base, and as an excuse to lock up or deport people of color and immigrants. Tens of thousands of people are dying from opioid overdoses, with little meaningful response by the federal government. At the same time, we are seeing state and local governments taking action, increasingly legalizing marijuana, passing Good Samaritan laws, and even exploring safe consumption sites. Public opinion, too, is increasingly in our favor, with ever larger numbers of people supporting alternatives to current policies of prohibition and criminalization. In this context, DPA’s expertise on drug policy, rigorous analysis, and strong, principled voice stand to make an enormous difference in shaping public opinion and policy, and ultimately making a concrete difference to the lives of millions in the U.S. and beyond.

Over the last 15 years, DPA has expanded from its New York headquarters to a total of eight offices, 80 plus staff, an annual operating budget of approximately $17 million, 25,000 dues-paying members and more than 300,000 online subscribers. It has a solid track record of success at the local, state, and federal levels and consistent visibility in prominent media and policy circles. For more information, please visit our website at

The Position

The Development Associate will support all functions in a development department consisting of nine other staff.

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Provide outstanding support to the development team
  • Manage the processing of all gifts from all donors, ensuring gifts are properly recorded in our donor database (Salesforce)
  • Manage the creation and mailing of gift acknowledgment letters, and update language periodically
  • Create reports for the development team using Salesforce database and/or spreadsheet applications
  • Update and create records and notes in Salesforce
  • Assist the Development Operations Manager in the maintenance of Salesforce, including playing a pivotal role in capturing historical donor information and recording in Salesforce
  • Conduct prospect research on potential donors with the guidance of the Development Coordinator
  • Answer calls and inquiries from donors, including address changes in Salesforce, credit card changes, and other member services
  • Compile press clips related to specific programs and grants
  • Compile notes for quarterly program reports
  • Manage a shared calendar of donor meetings, senior staff travel, and events
  • Represent the development team in meetings related to issues, goals, and strategies across multiple departments
  • Assist development staff with administrative tasks, including check requests, reimbursements, logistics for internal meetings, meeting notes, etc.
  • Support recruitment efforts during events and conferences (i.e., working the booth)


The ideal candidate would demonstrate the following skills and characteristics:

  • has a high level of comfort with technology and is able to learn new technology quickly
  • has a “love” of data
  • has good instincts and intuition
  • owns their responsibilities
  • is committed to human rights, social justice, civil liberties, and racial equity
  • is curious and driven, but can approach entry-level tasks with enthusiasm

Terms of Employment

This position requires the candidate to work in the New York City office. Some travel required.


Applications will be reviewed immediately and will be accepted until the position is filled.


DPA offers a competitive benefits package including health, dental, long-term disability, and life insurance; a generous 403(b) plan; and 25 days paid time off.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Application Process

Please submit your application with resume, cover letter, and brief writing sample at:

No phone calls, please. We will only contact candidates who are under consideration.

The Drug Policy Alliance is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. DPA encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ethnicity, personal appearance, political affiliation, family responsibility, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction. We are particularly interested in hiring people who have been adversely affected by the war on drugs.