Development Associate

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary will be commensurate with experience.



Start Date


Application Deadline



201 South Street, Suite 615
United States


About the Organization:

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) is the unifying champion for expanding quality youth mentoring relationships in the United States. For more than 25 years, MENTOR has served the mentoring field by providing a public voice; developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide; and promoting quality for mentoring through evidence-based standards, innovative research and essential tools. MENTOR has developed and supports a national network of local Affiliates that provide regional, state and local leadership and infrastructure necessary to support the expansion of quality mentoring relationships. Together, we engage with the private, public and nonprofit sectors to ensure that all youth have the support they need through mentoring relationships to succeed at home, school and, ultimately, work.


Commitment to Diversity:

MENTOR is committed to fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion for all. We embrace our differences and celebrate our common humanity in advancing awareness of the need for and transformative power of supportive relationships for our young people. We believe that varied perspectives, experiences, and opinions are central assets in our mission to close the mentoring gap. As we seek to build the most complementary team when it comes to skill, perspective, and experience, we strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented communities to apply.


About the Position:

MENTOR seeks a highly motivated individual with professional fundraising experience and a strong interest in working for a national nonprofit organization. The Development Associate will report to the Director of Development, Donor Engagement and play an important role in advancing MENTOR’s fundraising initiatives by managing the organization’s donor database, providing donor research and analysis, ensuring timely communication with donors, assisting with special events and providing operational support for the team. The Development Associate will have exceptional attention to detail, be extremely organized, have demonstrated project management and communications skills, and a desire to work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.


In FY 2018, MENTOR is projected to raise $7.8 million dollars in revenue, primarily from fundraising. 



Principal Responsibilities:


Development Administration and Operations (60%)

  • Maintain Abila fundraising database through regular data input, data clean-up, gift processing, donor updates, meeting notes and prospecting
  • Document database policies and suggest best practices to improve efficiencies and effective use of data
  • Generate reports and provide relevant analysis of data to ensure MENTOR is on track towards its goals
  • Monitor and share metrics on all fundraising campaigns and donor communications efforts
  • Conduct research and develop donor profiles and meeting briefs for CEO, Sr. Director of Development and other organization leaders
  • Serve as a liaison to the business office by processing all mail, completing daily check logs, monthly reconciliation reports, and documenting and tracking pledge payments, etc.
  • Assist with the coordination of Board of Directors reports including reports for the Board Development Committee
  • Manage Network for Good, MENTOR’s online donation platform, including the creation of new fundraising pages and campaigns
  • Recommend and oversee the implementation of development technology tools (migrating to a new database, adopting a different online donation tool, selecting new technological solutions, etc.)
  • Provide administrative support to the Development Team including managing the annual team calendar, editing proposals or donor materials, coordinating team meetings and planning team retreats


Donor Relations and Stewardship (35%)

  • Write and process timely gift acknowledgements and pledge reminders for all donations
  • Coordinate annual fund appeals by preparing the mailing lists, printing, labeling, and mailing
  • Work with MENTOR Affiliates and mentoring programs to collect stories to use in donor communications and solicitations
  • Support the implementation of MENTOR’s donor communications strategy by preparing donor correspondence including bimonthly e-newsletter, letters, reports and relevant updates, etc.


Special Events (5%)

  • Provide logistical support of fundraising events, special events and site visits including preparing materials, coordinating schedules, identifying vendors, staffing registration and monitoring post event follow-up, etc.
  • Provide onsite staffing support for Philanthropic Partnerships Track activities at the National Mentoring Summit
  • Oversee the recruitment of Supporting Partners for the National Mentoring Summit


  • 1-2 years of professional experience; preferably in nonprofit fundraising
  • Thrives in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment working as part of a close-knit team
  • Experience with database management, specifically CRM fundraising databases such as Abila (formerly Sage)/Fundraising 50, Salesforce or similar systems, including advanced skills in running database reports
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work on multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining exceptional attention to detail
  • Outstanding people skills and an enthusiastic and positive attitude
  • Excellent writing, proofreading, and organizational skills
  • Ability to handle delicate and confidential information
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Demonstrated commitment to MENTOR’s mission and core values
  • Bachelor’s degree or related experience preferred



This is an outstanding opportunity to contribute to a highly effective nonprofit’s Development team. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Full benefits include health, dental, 403B, generous vacation, STD/LTD/Life Insurance, and paid professional development.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

MENTOR is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Diversity of opinions, experiences, and backgrounds is a key asset.