Development Associate

Washington, District of Columbia, United States Full-time

Position Summary:

The Development Associate is responsible for providing administrative services and support to the Development Team (individual philanthropy, planned giving, major gifts, and corporate and foundation). The Associate participates in all fundraising activities, including data management, donor and chapter relations and direct mail appeals.


Job Responsibilities:

The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Process donations and prepare and/or edit acknowledgement letters, templates, fundraising emails, monthly appeal letters, targeted appeal and other correspondence and content as required.
  • Maintain current and prospective planned giving files.
  • Continually update and manage database records.
  • Provide support to chapter and vendors as it pertains to The Arc’s planned giving initiative working as their daily contact for administrative and regular communications.
  • Conduct preliminary research on prospective major donors and planned giving prospects.
  • Provide support to The Arc’s Annual National Convention and other events as planned.
  • Other duties as assigned within the scope of responsibility and requirements of the job.



  • Bachelor’s degree required. Preferably in Business Administration, Communications, Marketing, or related field.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of relevant work experience.
  • Knowledge of administrative and clerical duties and detail-oriented.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Experience with a donor database required; Raiser’s Edge experience preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills – especially strong comfort working with older individuals on the phone.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Flexible and adapts well to change


How to Apply:

Applications are accepted online only. To apply to this position visit


The Arc is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.


When an applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to compete for a job, they may request it orally or in writing (please visit the contact us page on the web;


About The Arc:

The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We encompass all ages and more than 100 different diagnoses including autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, and various other developmental disabilities.


With nearly 700 state and local chapters nationwide, The Arc is on the front lines to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families have the support and services they need to be fully engaged in their communities. The Arc works with its federation of state and local chapters to create an impressive network of human service agencies ensuring they have the strongest civil rights advocates promoting and protecting their needs at all levels.