Development Associate



Owings Mills, MD
United States

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Job Description:

The Development Associate will provide administrative and staff support to the Development Office. This person works under the direct supervision of the Director of Development. A keen understanding of development, constituent relations, and special event support will be necessary.

Position Responsibilities:

Fund Development

  • Responsible for timely entry of all gifts into Raiser’s Edge. Oversight of record-keeping and accuracy in the Raiser’s Edge database, including biographical information, membership records, relationships, notes and actions.
  • Prepare gift, donor, action, appeal, membership and prospect reports as requested using Excel and Raiser’s Edge capabilities.
  • Assist with donor acknowledgement letters and other correspondence.
  • Coordinate development mailings such as annual giving appeals, special event invitations, and membership renewals.
  • Provide general support for multi-year Capital Campaign.
  • Conduct prospect research as requested.


  • Assist with comprehensive membership program including outreach, preparation and mailing of membership cards and renewal notices.
  • Handle all membership inquiries in a friendly and timely manner.
  • Participate in all member special events throughout the year.
  • Ensure accuracy of membership records in program registration software.

Special Events

  • Provide administrative support for annual fundraising gala (Pumpkins on the Green) which includes auction data entry, entering ticket payments, sending invoices, tracking attendance numbers, and other special requests.
  • Participate in other development stewardship events throughout the year.


  • Provide administrative support for Director of Development and other Development staff members as assigned. 
  • Maintain, update and ensure accuracy of development and event calendars.
  • Maintain and file electronic and hard copy development documents.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as requested.


Qualifications Needed:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Word (specifically mail merges) and Excel and overall computer literacy
  • Experience with fundraising databases (Raiser’s Edge preferred)
  • Familiarity with office technology including printers, postage meters, and multiline telephones
  • Willingness to learn and grow as a development professional
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Superb professional judgment
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Strong interest in fundraising activities
  • Knowledge of and enthusiasm for Irvine’s mission


​Time Commitment:

  • Approximately 32 hours per week

Please note: Employment is contingent upon completing and passing a criminal background check and fingerprinting and submission of proof of COVID-19 vaccination or approved waiver.

How to Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to the attention of:

  • Jensen Hufnagel, Office Manager, Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117 or email