Development Associate

Position Location: Hyattsville, Maryland


CASA’s mission is to create a more just society by building power and improving the quality of life in working class and  immigrant communities. Our vision is a future where we stand in our own power, our families live free from discrimination and fear, and our diverse communities thrive as we work with our partners to achieve full human rights for all. CASA has a sister organization, CASA in Action, a separate, but related, nonprofit organization that is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Although CASA and CASA in Action share a common goal of supporting immigrants and low-income people in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, they are separate organizations with their own board of directors.  A set of employees at the two organizations, including the person filling this position, shares their time between the two organizations.  This has no effect on salary or benefits
CASA’s Development Department raises funds and in-kind contributions from foundations, government agencies, individuals, corporations, congregations, unions, and partner organizations to ensure CASA's financial sustainability.
We are seeking a motivated development professional to join our team as Development Associate. The Development Associate is responsible for a variety of work in the development department, including managing a portfolio of funder relationships, conducting grant writing and grant administration, assisting in event planning, and providing database and other supports for the individual giving program.


Grant  Writing / Coordination:

  • Conduct prospect research and develop plans for soliciting / cultivating donors/prospects. Includes foundations, government grant programs, and individual donor research.

  • Research potential funding sources, including foundations, corporate, government prospects and relevant RFPs, NOFAs, competitive bids, etc.

  • Draft proposals, letters of intent, and reports to foundation, government, and corporate funders 

  • Work with accounting staff to ensure proper grant reporting periods and work supported, and with program directors to collect and report data for grant reports.

  • Manage relevant grant/proposal paperwork including grant agreements, reports, correspondence, and payments, as well as deadlines for proposals and reports through Salesforce software. 

Administrative/Operations Support 

  • Maintain accurate donor database of contact, preference, and giving history for all individual, small business, union, and congregation donors. Conduct periodic analysis of CASA individual donor data and trends in giving.

  • Assist in tailoring and improving CASA’s fundraising software (Salesforce) to track donor information and to segment CASA’s donor base according to their interests and responses. 

  • Work with interns / volunteers to record checks for individual and small business and congregation donors, and produce thank-you notes for all individual, small business, and organizational and congregation donors.

  • Assist with office administration (filing, supplies, answering inquiries, etc.)

Individual donor fundraising:

  • Assist with development of “Friends of CASA” fundraising initiatives / program, including calendar for direct communication with low level donors throughout the year, including campaigns for special projects and annual giving

  • Draft communications to low level donors including email blasts, text to give and other social media.


  • Assist with event planning for CASA’s annual Justice Awards Night, which may include fundraising with sponsors, sponsor relationships, logistics for the event.

  • Lead development of annual report, calendar and other development produced communications

Other Duties as Assigned

  • Two years of prior experience fundraising in the non-profit sector, preferably with a variety of skills and experiences (grant writing, relationship management, events, etc.)

  • Bachelor’s degree required or comparable experience, advanced degree a plus.


  • Interest in working for a social justice organization within the immigrant rights movement.

  • Highly organized and efficient, “can-do” attitude, flexibility, commitment to teamwork, high degree of personal initiative.

  • Strong project management skills:  successful experience prioritizing and managing multiple tasks efficiently, as well as completing follow-up.

  • Detail-oriented with high expectations of the quality of work that comes out of the development department.  Ability to work efficiently in occasionally stressful environments.

  • Strong oral and written communications skills, and strong “people skills” – to communicate professionally and convincingly with donors and partners.

  • Strong computer & technology skills required – ability to manage Microsoft Office and online database systems.  Experience with Salesforce a plus.

  • Fluency in Spanish a plus.

  • Supportive of CASA’s mission and able to communicate the value of the mission to donors.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit.
The employee is occasionally required to stand or walk.. 
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
ADA: The employer will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
OSHA: This position is not to handle any human body fluids, biological agents, laboratory chemicals, or be exposed to hazardous materials such as noise, asbestos, or carcinogens.

This is a union position, represented in collective bargaining by a Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Communication Workers of America, Local WBNG 32035 - Communication Workers of America (CWA). If you are offered and accept this position, you will be invited to become a member of the union. All bargaining unit positions require membership or agency fee payer status.

CASA de Maryland, Inc. and CASA in Action do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.

This job description will be reviewed periodically as duties and responsibilities change with business necessity.  Essential and marginal job functions are subject to modification. Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

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