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Senior Development and Outreach Associate, NW Energy Coalition – Washington State

Organization: NW Energy Coalition

Position Title: Senior Development and Outreach Associate

Location: Seattle, Washington

Compensation: $51,000 – 55,000

Application Deadline: April 27, 2015

Description: The senior development and outreach associate is responsible for maintaining and increasing funding from all donor categories as well as from sponsoring companies and organizations through effective donor identification, cultivation and solicitation. In addition, this person will help organize appropriate events to broaden the Coalition’s donor and supporter base and to engage our membership. This person will work closely with the executive director, board development committee and Coalition staff.


Donor and sponsorship outreach and cultivation (60%)

  • Lead high-quality campaigns and strategies to identify, cultivate and solicit existing major donors, and sponsors and to develop new prospects.
    • In collaboration with the executive director and board members, manage a portfolio of major individual and corporate donors.
    • Initiate and maintain contact with potential major donors and corporate sponsors.
    • Develop appropriate cultivation strategies that involve staff and board members.
  • Develop strategic partnerships with the clean energy industry.
  • Develop and implement a new corporate donor/partner campaign.
  • Mobilize new and nontraditional resources using tools such as social media and crowdfunding platforms.
  • Develop donor communication materials.
  • Work collaboratively with Coalition staff, board and member organizations.

Development administration (20%):

  • Provide leadership and support for board development activities.
  • Document all gift donations and acknowledgement activities.
  • Maintain a donor database, track relationships and actions, build donor profiles and generate reports.

Event management and support (20%):

  • Work with outreach and communications staff to manage and coordinate special events, including the Coalition’s annual awards gala:
    • Coordinate logistical details prior to and during events
    • Publicize events through development of promotional materials and outreach.
    • Mobilize Coalition allies and prospective donors to attend events.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 5-7 years experience in non-profit development and fundraising. Experience may substitute for education.
  • Additional relevant professional experience including (but not limited to) work in event planning or marketing.
  • Excellent relationship-building skills, with strong follow-through and the ability to engage with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to raise funds and work with donors.
  • Strong leadership and management skills and ability to handle multiple projects and priorities.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and experience working in teams.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Must be a resourceful worker with a can-do attitude who can take initiative, follow through and manage time efficiently.

How to Apply: Application review will begin 4/27/15.In order to help us efficiently process applications and to ensure that your application is received, please observe the following:

1.) Please submit a resume and cover letter via email to Gwen Heisterkamp at gwen (at) nwenergy (dot) org.
2.) In the subject line of your e-mail: “Your Full Name, Sr. Development Associate”
3.) In your cover letter, please reflect on your experience with the following: major donor cultivation, sponsorship cultivation, corporate partnership cultivation, events management, social media/crowdfunding, and database management.
4.) In your resume, please provide specific dates of employment (month/year).
5.) In your cover letter, please indicate where you found out about the position.

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