Job Announcement: Senior Development Associate

The Washington State Budget & Policy Center (B&PC) seeks a highly organized Senior Development Associate to drive fundraising efforts in close collaboration with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors. This is a key role in helping to grow the organization and accomplish our goal of using public policy to increase economic security, racial equity and community well-being.

The successful candidate will be analytical and detail oriented, collaborate well with a passionate and fun staff, and coordinate and manage multiple projects. Central to this role is developing and executing an array of annual appeals and small-scale donor events, acting as database administrator, and supporting the B&PC staff and board’s engagement with existing and prospective donors and key contacts with local and national foundations.

B&PC is more than your average think tank; we are a dynamic organization with a big vision for lifting up Washingtonians with low and moderate incomes and eliminating barriers to opportunity to build a stronger, more equitable state. This role is great for people who are interested in telling the story of how public policy is critical to creating thriving communities. People with a degree or interest in political science, humanities, history, social justice, racial justice, or sociology/anthropology would be well-suited for this role.

The Senior Development Associate will have ample professional development opportunities through the State Priorities Partnership’s national network of development professionals working on fiscal and economic policy. This position will also have opportunities for promotion.


The responsibilities of the Senior Development Associate include:

  • Developing annual fundraising goals and plan in conjunction with Executive Director and Board of Directors
  • Managing overall development calendar and tracking quarterly progress toward goals
  • Managing B&PC’s annual fundraising appeals (three per year), including generating copy, coordinating mailing, and tracking results
  • Providing logistical and communications support for small-scale donor events like house parties and policy briefings
  • Developing plan and managing process for soliciting sponsorships and engaging with sponsors for policy briefings and events.
  • Working with our graphic designer and communications team on proactive donor-specific communications (i.e. brochures, abbreviated annual reports, etc.)
  • Managing our donor database (Salesforce) so that it remains a strong tool to maximize donor engagement
  • Creating and tracking annual grants calendar and working with other staff to write and edit grant proposals, reports, and funder correspondence
  • Researching and proposing new funding opportunities from institutional and individual sources
  • Supporting the B&PC board of directors in governance and fundraising responsibilities, and in board-meeting coordination
  • Supporting senior B&PC staff in donor cultivation and stewardship activities



  • At least two years of relevant development experience
  • Committed to equity in all forms, and to B&PC’s goals of justice and prosperity for all Washingtonians, with a commitment to operationalizing racial equity into individual workplan
  • Detail-oriented and highly organized, with an ability to balance multiple tasks, support small-scale events, and manage strategic follow up with various donors, partners, and staff
  • Comfortable working in a relational database – pulling data, generating reports, and adjusting database architecture to maximize performance
  • Able to strategically communicate the value of our work, including excellent written and oral communication skills, and comfortable working on communications projects as part of a team


  • Able to translate sometimes complex policy concepts into accessible and compelling written materials
  • Understanding of structural and institutional racism and the need to lead with racial equity in our policy work
  • Familiar with best moves management practices – in identifying, researching, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors – and proactive in graduating donors to higher giving levels
  • Able to quickly learn new processes and be open to feedback
  • Experience handling logistics and planning for events
  • Experience using mass email marketing tools and platforms


The salary for this full-time position ranges from $50,000 to $60,000 per year, depending on experience. The Budget & Policy Center offers a comprehensive benefits package including health, vision, and dental insurance, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement, and flexible spending accounts. We also offer four weeks of paid vacation and five personal days per year in addition to 10 paid holidays and generous sick leave. Each B&PC staff member also has a dedicated professional development budget of $750 per year. Our office is located in the heart of downtown Seattle, with service from bus routes, light rail, and trains from around the region.

This position works weekdays during regular business hours; however, some travel and limited evening and weekend coverage of events may be required. Regular weekly telecommuting options are also available.

To Apply

Send a cover letter, résumé, one to two short (no more than 3 page) writing samples (e.g., grant report, blog post, article), and three references to jobs(at)budgetandpolicy(dot)org. In your cover letter, please address how you meet the required qualifications listed above.

The priority review deadline ended March 18, 2019, but we are still seeking applications.

The Budget & Policy Center is committed to fostering diversity within our organization and our communities, and candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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