1910 W Sunset Blvd #500, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
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Job Description

*This is a hybrid position

Position Summary:

The Senior Development Associate will report to the Director of Development and serve as the administrator of the donor database supporting the Development Department. The position will support the planning and execution of – and providing administrative support for – donor relations and special events. The position will also engage in other departmental projects as needed and participate in organizational activities. Self-motivation, flexibility, attention to detail, communication skills, and the ability to handle successfully competing priorities are essential to this position.


Ensure that the Development Department has data and support necessary to meet fundraising goals for Catalyst California and expand the base of support for the racial justice movement.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Data Management & Database Administration: Optimize fundraising database (EveryAction) to meet the department and organization’s needs, including

• Achieve an advanced level of expertise in using EveryAction

• Continuously hone knowledge of current and newly released tools, functions, and features

• Innovate new ways to use data to advance fundraising efforts

• Utilize database consultants to maximize efficiency and effectiveness of EveryAction

• Serve as trainer and technical assistance support to Development, Communications, Finance, and other staff as they use the database tools/features

• Provide quality assurance on data entry as well as other uses of the database

• Create and maintain living documents of guidelines and protocols for database operations

Donor Relations & Events: Support donor relations, fundraising campaigns, and special events through

• Accurate and timely gift entry and acknowledgements

• Interface with donors and sponsors via phone or email to respond to inquiries or obtain information

• Utilize analytics to measure impact of campaigns and adjust data management and tactics accordingly

• Support events by tracking sponsorships and tickets, ensuring sponsor benefit fulfillment, and managing guest registration

• Providing accurate data reports to internal departments, such as Finance

• Maintain organized and accessible physical and digital assets for the department

Department Support: Provide support to all functions of the department, including proofreading, data entry, report generation, and training and technical assistance with the database.

Organizational Support: Participate in organization-wide activities, with the goal of creating and maintaining a culture of philanthropy among all staff members.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function assigned satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Education & Experience

• Bachelor’s degree or 5-plus years of experience

• Demonstrated successful fundraising experience of at least three years

• Demonstrated successful experience organizing nonprofit special events of at least three years

• Experience supervising fundraising staff and/or volunteers

• Experience working with design, print, and mailing vendors

• Demonstrated experience working with fundraising database(s), ideally with EveryAction, to track donations and donors

• Experience with project management tools such as Microsoft 365, Asana, and Slack

Candidate Profile, Skills, and Abilities

• Demonstrated commitment to fundraising as a career/profession with desire to advance in the field

• Possess intermediate knowledge of fundraising principles and practices

• Excellent writing and editing skills on persuasive communications

• Excellent interpersonal/verbal communication skills to effectively collaborate with diverse people, and staff of all levels

• Demonstrated commitment to racial equity

• Discretion, commitment to confidentiality, and excellent judgment in handling sensitive individual and organizational information

• Excellent organization and planning skills with an ability to prioritize multiple tasks and a variety of demands

• Initiative and independence in carrying out responsibilities

• Able to work in an effective and busy organization with constant demands and interruptions

• Demonstrated ability to work accurately and effectively with computerized data systems, specifically Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel

• Demonstrated ability to work in a professional manner with people of diverse backgrounds and promote a positive working environment and spirit of cooperation

Physical Requirements

• Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer

• Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times


In the spirit of pay transparency, the base salary range for this position is $73,500-$75,000. When hired by Catalyst California, the selected candidate’s final salary compensation will be determined based on factors such as skills, education, and/or experience. In addition to those factors, we believe in the importance of pay equity and consider internal equity of our current team members as a part of any final offer. Please keep in mind that the range mentioned above is the full salary range for the role. Hiring at the maximum of the range would not be typical to allow for future and continued salary growth.


• Medical, dental, and vision benefits for eligible employees and their spouses and/or dependents, including registered Domestic Partners

• 403B retirement plan with employer matching benefits after 90 days

• Flexible Spending Account for eligible employees to allocate pre-tax money throughout the year.

• Fifteen (15) vacation days, three (3) personal days, eight (8) sick days, along with national and office holidays

• Organizational and team Wellness Days to build team cohesion and camaraderie

• Opportunity to work in a flexible work culture that is sensitive to employee wellbeing and encourages work-life balance

• Additional benefits provided during the pandemic, including scheduling flexibility for parents and caregivers and telework stipend

• Opportunity to see the meaning and impact of your work at an organization actively building more equitable communities and systems across California

• Opportunity to work in an organization dedicated to pay equity and diverse work culture

• Yearly professional development allowance and support of personalized professional development goals

To Apply:

Please send an email with the subject title “Development Manager” that includes an attached cover letter, resume, and a writing sample as one PDF attachment titled "Last_name_First_name_DevMgr.pdf" (e.g., McCorkle_Katrice_ DevMgr.pdf) to:

Katrice McCorkle

Senior Manager of Human Resources

Interview Process:

• Phone interview with Director of Development

• Two panel interviews (via Zoom)

• Reference Checks

Catalyst California is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive staff team. We strongly encourage applicants who are people of color, LGBTQ, women, people with disabilities; and/or formerly incarcerated people.