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Company: San Diego Audubon Society (SDAS)
Date Posted: July 28, 2016

Job Opportunity: 

Development Associate (50% time)


San Diego Audubon Society (SDAS), a non-profit organization working to promote the protection and appreciation of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats in San Diego County, seeks a highly motivated individual with professional experience in development to serve as the organization’s Development Associate. If you’re an excellent writer, super-organized, and love planning events, we want to hear from you.


Information Management (30%)


  • Manage the constituent database, including data entry and management, operational guidelines, basic operational training and ongoing support for staff/ trained volunteers. 
  • Develop protocols for data entry and document SDAS database procedures.
  • Manage and oversee database entry of all incoming monies by trained office volunteers; secure monies and deliver to the SDAS bookkeeper for deposit and reporting.
  • Manage donation acknowledgements, appeal mailings, membership renewal mailings, new member and volunteer mailings, and other special mailings using office volunteers.
  • Ensure complete and accurate data entry, tracking, and protocols for memberships, donations, sales, and other information.
  • Establish and maintain queries to generate newsletter mailing lists, appeals, membership renewal, acknowledgement letters, and other targeted communications as needed.
  • Generate online transactions reports and manage Sustaining Friends memberships.
  • Prepare membership, donor tracking, and fundraising reports for the ED as requested.
  • Generate reports as requested by other staff, the Board of Directors, and committee chairs.


Appeals and Donor Relations (30%)


  • Assist in the implementation of membership and end-of-year appeals.
  • Assist in the implementation of the spring Birdathon fundraiser.
  • Support the Executive Director’s major gifts and planned giving programs.
  • Establish and maintain queries and reports to generate mailing lists, appeals, membership campaigns, and other targeted communications as needed.
  • Prepare fundraising reports for the Executive Director and Fund Development Committee as requested.


Grants Management (20%)


  • Research grant opportunities.
  • Manage grant tracking system and administer grants.
  • Prepare grant applications, including writing grant proposals and developing budgets.
  • Manage interim and final reporting requirements of awarded grants.


Development-Related Events (20%)


  • Manage all development-related events, including planning, budgeting, venue selection and coordination, invitations, communications, registration, and follow-up activities.


Desired Skills & Qualifications


  • Deep commitment and passion for the conservation of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats.
  • At least two years of professional experience in the development field.
  • Grant writing and management experience.
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Advanced database skills, including query/report design (experience with eTapestry a plus).
  • Very organized and able to set priorities and handle multiple tasks.
  • Hard working, self-motivated, able to work in a team setting.
  • Advanced proficiency with office productivity software, including Microsoft Office suite.
  • Typing speed minimum 50 WPM.


Other Job Requirements


  • Must have a valid driver’s license, excellent driving record, and reliable transportation.
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends as needed to support development events.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds.


Salary, Benefits & Terms


This is a 50% time, non-exempt position. Wage range is $17 to $20 per hour. Benefits include paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave. San Diego Audubon is an equal opportunity employer.


To Apply


Candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter and resume electronically to  No phone calls, please. If materials cannot be sent electronically, hard copies can be submitted to:


Chris Redfern, Executive Director

San Diego Audubon Society

4010 Morena Blvd, Suite 100

San Diego, CA 92117