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How to Apply: Interested applicants submit the following materials in one document: a cover letterdescribing your interest and unique qualifications for this position, a resume, and a writing sample (up to 500 words)that illustrates your ability to write persuasively and compellingly tell stories. Please contact careers @ bailproject.orgwith the subject line “Development Associate” with your application and any questions about the position.

Position Summary: The Development Associate will be responsible for supporting fundraising activities that advance The Bail Project’s mission. This position will report to and work closely with the Manager of Philanthropy on donor stewardship, database management, and prospect research.


Donor Engagement and Stewardship

  • Respond to donor inquiries and generate timely acknowledgements of gifts
  • Contribute to solicitation strategies for email and social media campaigns
  • Coordinate mailings and other communications with current and prospective donors

Management of Development Records

  • Organize, produce and maintain fundraising materials, communications, and data
  • Maintain the accuracy and integrity of Salesforce database by ensuring that all donations and pledges are properly recorded
  • Work with Finance team to ensure appropriate tracking and accounting of gifts

Prospect Research and Grant Tracking

  • Perform research on prospective foundations and individual donors
  • Prepare presentations and supporting materials for meetings with funders
  • Support the preparation, submission, and reporting of grant proposals

General Support for Development Team

  • Support planning and coordination of fundraising events
  • Assist in scheduling meetings with prospective funders and donors
  • Carry out other related duties as requested


You are driven, highly organized and have a deep commitment to The Bail Project’s mission. We’re looking for a creative and passionate individual who thrives under pressure and is comfortable working independently or in a team-based setting. A sense of humor and willingness to adapt to the change inherent to a rapidly scaling startup are essential.

To excel in this role, you should have:

  • A minimum of 1-2 years of experience in fundraising for a nonprofit organization
  • Excellent organizational and critical-thinking skills with superior attention to detail, follow-through and the ability to manage multiple projects while meeting tight deadlines
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to speak comfortably and compellingly with a sharp eye for editing and proofreading
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work under pressure while maintaining tact and professionalism
  • Willingness to manage administrative responsibilities for Development team
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Documents
  • Familiarity with foundations and grantmaking institutions
  • Familiarity with database management systems
  • Strong belief and commitment to social justice

Compensation: This is a full-time exempt position. The Bail Project offers competitive health benefits, dental and vision plans, flexible PTO, life insurance and enrollment into a 401k program.

The Bail Project is proud to be an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and actively seeks the candidacy of formerly incarcerated individuals, people of color, women, LGBTQIA+ people, and people with disabilities. We are committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff.

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