Development Associate
Philadelphia, PA Development
Job Type

The Development Associate is an integral part of a 100% remote Development Team which works closely with program, administration, and the teaching staff. This position is full time salaried and reports to the Chief Development Officer and is an integral part of both Clarke’s regional Development Team and the local team in Philadelphia. 


Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Serve as Clarke’s front-line fundraiser and primary liaison with families and donors in the Philadelphia metropolitan area including identifying and cultivating new donors who will support Clarke
  • Identify major gifts and planned giving prospects and share leads with the Chief Development Officer
  • Track data and all communications using Raiser’s Edge 
  • Manage and serve as the primary contact/leader for all fundraising efforts, including events and oversee volunteers, volunteer committees, including Clarke Philadelphia’s Listening Walk Committee
  • Manage donor communications 
  • Initiate and coordinate visits and meetings with prospects, donors and corporate sponsors and include the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Development Officer, Chief Program Officer, Program Director, Director of Foundation Relations and/or Board of Trustees and other stakeholder and volunteers as needed
  • Conduct research about prospects and current/lapsed donors 
  • Maintain both electronic and paper files as they relate to donors, prospects, projects, events, and committees
  • Develop, produce and provide reports on events and initiatives 
  • Collaborate with the Communications Department on a variety of development related projects and media outreach 
  • Engage in community outreach by meeting with and speaking to local civic groups about Clarke and coordinating on-campus visits and events for community visitors
  • Attend networking and professional development sessions
  • Participate in regular meetings with the Development Team and Communications Department
  • Attendance at events outside of traditional business hours, including evenings and weekends, are necessary on a periodic basis.
  • Manage the Leadership Council
  • Work on special projects and other duties as assigned by the Chief Development Officer

The ideal candidate possesses strong communication skills both written and verbal, attention to detail and thrives in a dynamic, fast-paced environment within an organization that is experiencing rapid change and growth. The individual exhibits:

  • Five or more years of experience in development and fundraising with demonstrated results 
  • Experienced in development and implementation of fundraising plans, initiatives, and events
  • Advanced experience with Raiser’s Edge software or other donor software
  • Experienced with Microsoft Office suite
  • Strong project management and organizational skills and ability to work independently
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and relationship building skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team and to collaborate with staff at all organizational levels and across departments and locations
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Experience drafting and developing fundraising and event materials
  • Experience leading and managing volunteers and volunteer committees 
  • Enthusiasm for, and working knowledge of, social media, online fundraising, and peer to peer fundraising 

Additional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Experience managing Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) solicitations and reporting
  • Commitment to professional growth
  • Commitment to the mission of the school
  • Marketing and Communication experience is a plus