Development Associate

Status: Full-time, Non-exempt 

Compensation: $47,000 - $51,000 

Reports To: Senior Manager, Development Operations 

HIRING BONUS: All new employees will receive a $3,000 hiring bonus!

The Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) is a bold and innovative collaborative effort to close the achievement gap in the geographic “Zone” of North Minneapolis. Our work aims to end multigenerational poverty in our community, using education as a lever. We use a data-driven, evidence-based, achievement-focused model in which both children and their families move through a “cradle-to-career” ecosystem that provides comprehensive support. NAZ is a leading initiative in the national Promise Neighborhoods and cradle to college/career movement. As NAZ learns what works with families in North Minneapolis to address complex issues related to urban poverty, strategies are being set up for replication and informing the regional, state, and national fields.

Position Purpose

The Development Associate is key to the success of fundraising at Northside Achievement Zone, focused on both key database and department wide responsibilities. The position works primarily with members of the Development and Marketing/Communications team, the CEO’s office, Finance, and other staff members as needed. This position will provide data entry with accuracy, using Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge and Salesforce, and will focus on administrative aspects that support high quality fundraising programs. 

The Development Associate has strong organizational skills, excellent attention to detail, works collaboratively and is driven by deadlines. The position “manages up” on progress on assignments and takes direction well with an interest in nonprofit fundraising. Ability to multi-task and work independently are essential. While experience in database management is a priority, training will be made available for this position as necessary.

Primary Responsibilities 

Database Management - 40%

  • Process donations and manage stewardship communication processing
  • Receive, record, and process gifts from all sources (checks, online, ACH, etc.)
  • Record gift details into database within 48 hours of receipt
  • Notify appropriate staff of gift details via weekly gift report
  • Partner with Events & Stewardship Manager to ensure all event attendees and RSVPs are entered into Salesforce and track donations made in response to events
  • Update donor contact information to ensure accurate and current data integrity
  • Upload pledges, proposals, report documents and acknowledgement letters to Salesforce
  • Maintain the Development Salesforce database using best practices 
  • Update the database management handbook and document new processes 

Gift Acknowledgements & Reporting - 30%

  • Prepare thank you letters and receipts for review on a weekly basis
  • Distribute acknowledgement correspondence to appropriate staff; send acknowledgements for donations below $1,000
  • Prepare data imports/exports as requested
  • Manage data/list requests from the Development team and partner with Senior Manager of Development Operations as needed 
  • Generate routine reports, queries, exports, and mailing/email lists as needed
  • Lead quarterly pledge reminder process in partnership with Senior Manager of Development Operations
  • Assist with special stewardship projects, including follow up letters after events, holiday card mailings, invitations to special events, and personal calls to donors

Institutional Fundraising Support - 15% 

  • Provide project management support and scheduling for all grant proposals and report deadlines working with Foundation and Corporate Relations Officer
  • Support site visits and Bus Tours for institutional donors
  • Assist in developing reports on major gift, foundation, and corporate activity

Administrative - 15%

  • Provide administrative and scheduling support for Chief Development Officer
  • Support bi-weekly Development/Communications team meeting, including assigning team lead and solicit agenda topics
  • Support bi-monthly Development Committee meetings in partnership with Chief Development Officer

General Support

  • Foster a culture of philanthropy within and across the Northside Achievement Zone by building and stewarding strong interpersonal relationships with colleagues
  • Provide timely response to email and voicemail
  • Communicate with donors in a timely, courteous, and confidential manner by efficiently responding to questions and requests
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent education and experience
  • Experience in relational database utilization (Salesforce and/or Raiser’s Edge preferred)
  • Efficient, accurate data entry and coding skillsPractical work experience and/or interest in fundraising, event management, or other non-profit work
  • Commitment to prioritizing diversity, equity, social justice, and inclusion principles, including utilizing organization’s equity lens to inform all work
  • Proficient in Microsoft (including mail merges) products, Google suite, and internet searches

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

  • This is a hybrid role, and the individual will complete a portion of their work onsite at the NAZ facility located in Minneapolis, MN 55411;
  • Work includes frequent walking up and down stairs, lifting, sitting, and bending;
  • Regular operation of standard office machines (computer, copier, and fax) is required;
  • Limited travel may be required;
  • NAZ requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Accommodations may be made with Human Resources upon hire.