Development Associate 

Rachel Neal

The Development Associate is a full-time position reporting directly to the Vice President of Development. The position focuses on providing administrative support to the Development team, President/CEO, and Marketing Manager, including direct interactions with volunteers and donors. Primary responsibilities include managing data with GiveSmart CRM and supporting operations with both regular fundraising initiatives and special projects as a part of the On the Wing campaign.  

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To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] by July 31, 2024. 

FLSA Status: Exempt

Reports to: Vice President of Development

Department: Development

Employment Status: Full-Time

Compensation: $52,000

Qualification Requirements:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school degree required. Undergraduate degree and/or two years of non-profit work experience preferred. 
  • Proficient with digital programs, specifically with Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, and Canva. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Attention to detail when working individually or with others, flexibility with adjusting to evolving priorities, and commitment to thinking creatively to solve problems.
  • Ability to utilize tact, diplomacy, discretion, and good judgement, especially when exposed to sensitive or confidential donor information/materials.   
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, board members, and external partners.   
  • Adheres to the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Code of Ethics and “Donor Bill of Rights” with a personal interest in animal welfare and conservation.   

Essential Functions:

  • Manage donor database GiveSmart, including updating records, running reports, and exporting data for mailings. 
  • Process checks, pledges, and stock transactions and provide financial back-up to the Finance Manager and Director of Special Projects.  
  • Coordinate donor outreach and marketing initiatives including Carolina Raptor Center membership, Support a Species, Donor Flock, Release a Raptor, the Golden Eagle Society, and special events. 
  • Draft, prepare, and mail donor correspondence including direct mail appeals, acknowledgements, updates, e-newsletters, and social media content. 
  • Prepare reports for internal evaluation and external transparency, including data for the Development Committee of the Board of Directors and Campaign Committee. 
  • Schedule and coordinate donor site-visits at the Raptor Trail, Raptor Hospital, and Quest Nature Center. 
  • Conduct research on individuals, corporations, and organizations for giving and sponsorship opportunities. 
  • Assist with special events, grant applications and reporting processes, and other projects as needed. 

Work Environment:

Shared office space in Carolina Raptor Center’s Visitor’s Center at 6000 Sample Drive, Huntersville, NC 28078. Will infrequently work remotely and assist with programming outdoors on the Raptor Trail. Special events on select weekends throughout the year.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the position.  All employees may have other duties assigned at any time.