Donor Development Associate for Environment Washington

Seattle, WA, USA
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Job Description

Environment Washington - Wildlife Over Waste Campaign - Development Associate

Attention Job Seekers: In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we want to assure you that Environment Washington is actively hiring for this position, and we welcome your applications.

We are hiring for a Development Associate to help build the resources to advance our environmental protections across the state of Washington. Every day, Americans throw away tons of foam cups, containers, and other single-use plastics that ultimately end up in our rivers and oceans. Marine life, like sea turtles, are the ones who suffer, ingesting the plastic and ultimately starving to death. We need to stop the use of single-use plastics for the sake of our wildlife. Nothing we use for a few minutes should be allowed to pollute our lakes and rivers, and threaten wildlife for centuries.

Thousands of Environment Washington members feel passionately about saving our wildlife from plastic pollution and other environmental issues, and Environment Washington’s team of organizers, advocates and researchers is ready to make their voices heard. To win this and other campaigns, we need to add a great storyteller to our development staff to give our work an even greater impact.


As a Development Associate, you’ll be part of the in-state advocacy team as well as part of our national team of dedicated development professionals that deepen the financial and political support of Environment Washington’s members.

The ideal candidate is passionate about protecting nature, believes in the power of building a community of supporters, and is a proven fundraiser who sees fundraising as a powerful way to advance change.


Direct Fundraising

  • Implement a monthly strategy of writing, calling and holding one-on-one meetings with current members and prospective donors to share stories of our campaign to put wildlife over waste and invite them to deepen their financial support. You’ll typically visit with approximately 15 members each month.
  • Meet specific weekly and monthly fundraising benchmarks, which are related to annual organizational fundraising goals so we can sustain and expand our campaigns, like Wildlife Over Waste.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with donors from pledge to payment.
  • Cultivate engaged donors to assist with fundraising events like house parties.

Donor Stewardship & Development

  • Be a personal point of contact with donors throughout the year, creating and sending at least six personalized updates.
  • Engage donors in program and organizational work, such as events or campaign actions.
  • Develop and implement customized cultivation strategies for top donors, working directly with our advocacy staff to craft compelling narratives.
  • Be the point of contact between our advocacy staff and members.
  • Maintain excellent notes on all contacts with and information about members and donors.


  • Understands the importance of systems and is diligent in tracking income, expenses and contacts on daily, weekly and monthly basis.
  • Implement required legal disclosures and other administrative duties as assigned.


Environment Washington protects the places we love, advances the environmental values we share, and wins real results for our environment. We have a long track record of working to protect and restore Puget Sound. We led the campaign to keep plastic out of the Sound with a ban on plastic bags in Seattle in 2012 — and last year, we worked to take that ban statewide.

Environment Washington is a citizen-based environmental advocacy project of Environment America, which is part of the The Public Interest Network. Each of the 16+ groups in the Public Interest Network has its own mission, but the 400-plus staff in our network share a vision of a better country, a set of core values about our work, and a coordinated strategic approach to getting things done.


Environment Washington has a great training program. Development Associates participate in an intensive, paid training for the first week of the job, which is immediately followed by the first 1-month fundraising cycle. All associates take part in state, regional and national trainings and meetings throughout the year. There are opportunities for travel and advancement.


We are looking for change-makers. Qualified candidates will be smart and motivated college graduates who are passionate about making an impact believe in, love fundraising and have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Candidates must demonstrate a track record of being able to effectively work independently and exercise excellent judgement. Previous fundraising experience required.


Seattle, Washington


Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. Compensation package will include opportunity to earn fundraising bonuses. Environment Washington offers a competitive benefits package.


Please apply online.

Environment Washington is part of The Public Interest Network, a group of organizations that share a vision of a better world, a set of core values, and a strategic approach to making positive change. Visit for things you should know about our network when you apply.

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Environment Washington is an equal opportunity employer.