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Development Associate


The Public Interest Law Center (“the Law Center”) is a nationally renowned public interest law firm whose mission is to use high-impact legal strategies to advance the civil, social, and economic rights of communities in the Philadelphia region facing discrimination, inequality, and poverty. We combine targeted litigation, legal advice, community education, advocacy, and organizing to secure people’s access to fundamental resources and services, including a high-quality education, health care, housing and community services, employment, a healthy neighborhood and the unencumbered right to vote. We accomplish our mission in partnership with a robust network of pro bono partners, community partners, volunteers and other essential stakeholders. The Law Center strongly values equity, inclusion, achieving racial and social justice, and empowering client communities through our high impact work.

Position Description for Development Associate

Join a dynamic Development team at the Law Center. The Law Center’s Development team is poised for growth, and the Development Associate position is perfect for an ambitious entry-level fundraiser, eager to gain experience with direct solicitation and revenue generation.

The Development Associate will provide leadership, coordination and support to many of the core needs of the development team. This will include leading the organization’s direct mail giving program, small foundation grants solicitation, stewardship, and compliance and providing critical management of the organization’s development data. The Associate will track, maintain, and process all development data and related systems. This is a full-time position with a competitive compensation and benefits package. The position will require in office presence at the Law Center’s Center City office.  The Law Center is currently working under a hybrid remote/in office model and the position will follow whatever policy is in place at the time of hire. 

The Development Associate will perform a wide range of fundraising activities:

  • Database Management: run financial reports and mailing lists, enter gift and contact information, acknowledge donations, track solicitation campaigns and ensure the integrity and quality of all data; conduct routine synchronization of donor and broadcast email databases.
  • Evaluate database options and integration of digital platforms to ensure the organization is using the most efficient and effective systems.
  • Direct mail: In partnership with the Director of Development and Communication design an annual engagement plan for direct mail recipients, draft content for mail and e-mail appeals and donor communications, execute mailings and appeals (spring and end of the year), and write the Annual Report.
  • Foundations: With support from the Director of Development and Communication, maintain a portfolio of 25+ small to medium size grants ($500- $75,000). Includes researching prospective foundations, working with staff to determine funding needs, writing narratives, and collecting supporting documents for submission.
  • Grant Tracking and Reporting: Track statistics for grant reporting and program evaluation. Analyze data, write and prepare narrative reports for foundations.
  • Prepare revenue, forecast and pipeline reports for all appropriate department, staff, and leadership meetings.
  • Work collaboratively with the Communications Manager to ensure appropriate coordination and communication of work.
  • In partnership with the Director of Development and Communications, set individual personal fundraising and activity goals and metrics monthly, quarterly, and annually.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Public Interest Law Center is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to ensuring a workforce that embraces and embodies the values of inclusion, belonging, cultural humility and mutual respect. We are eager to receive applications from people of all diverse backgrounds including, but not limited to, people of color, people with disabilities, people who have experienced poverty or homelessness, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

The Law Center invites all applicants to include in their letter of interest a statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our organization and development strategies.

The Law Center is committed to protecting the safety of children.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is commensurate with the entry-level experience desired in an ideal candidate, $45,000 to $55,000 annually. The Law Center offers a generous benefits and leave package, including medical/dental insurance, short and long-term disability, a retirement plan with employer match, life insurance, ample paid time off (PTO), federal holidays, paid parental leave, and paid FMLA.  


The ideal candidate will be an excellent writer, someone who can think on their feet and a solutions-oriented team player with excellent verbal communication skills. The Law Center’s Development team is a key player and driver of the program’s strategic thinking. We want an Associate who is ready to jump in with creativity, innovation, attention to detail and a strong work ethic. The ideal candidate will also thrive in an environment of mission driven colleagues who are passionate about the organization’s client communities and high impact work. The ideal candidate will also have strong organizational and project management skills, strong abilities to multi-task in a fast-paced environment and someone who is a fun, thoughtful and caring colleague. Other qualifications we are seeking include:

  • A minimum of 1-3 years of fundraising experience, with a proven track record of accomplishment and success.
  • A minimum of 1 year of experience managing data entry for a CRM database.
  • A desire to grow professionally in the role and be open to a strong learning partnership with the Development team and Executive Director.
  • Experience/Interest in Social Justice, Racial Justice, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Government Relations, Advocacy, Litigation or Legislation a plus, but not required.
  • An associate’s or bachelor’s degree is not required, but preferred.



To Apply: 

Please submit via email a resume, a letter of interest that describes your relevant experience and why you would be a good fit for this position at the Law Center, a short writing sample of ten pages or less, and contact information for at least three professional references to: Leanne Almeida, Program Coordinator:

Writing samples can include email or other correspondence that displays your writing ability, a report or paper you authored or community education materials you prepared. A previous grant application is preferred.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Priority will be given to applicants who apply by November 15, 2021.

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Submission Deadline: 
November 30, 2021
Organization Information: 
The Public Interest Law Center
1500 JFK Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19102
United States