Development Assistant

Jun 19, 2019 Massachusetts

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) seeks a Development Assistant to provide critical support to CLF’s comprehensive development program. The Development Assistant is an integral member of a nine-person development team, working collaboratively with major gifts, individual giving, research, foundation relations, and events staff. The Development Assistant reports to the Director of Development Operations. This is a full-time non-exempt position based in Boston, MA.

What you’ll do

You will be a key player in helping us achieve our mission. You will:

  • Record all gifts in Raiser’s Edge database in an accurate and timely manner; generate and track all donor acknowledgement letters;
  • Maintain donor files and update biographical information in the database; assist with other data entry and database clean-up projects;
  • Provide outstanding customer service for phone inquiries to the development office; support CLF Board members, staff and donors as they interact with the department; prepare donor relations communications as necessary;
  • Maintain log of daily checks received and collaborate with members of the finance department on check processing and gift entry;
  • Coordinate in-house production and mailing of solicitation letters and other materials;
  • Act as a liaison between development and office managers in other states on general administrative and development issues;
  • Manage administrative tasks such as the filing of expense reports; schedule internal and external meetings and assist with the details in a proactive manner; manage external accounts and renewal of applications;
  • Assist in the preparation for and staffing of development events, such as receptions, dinners, and lectures;
  • Perform other administrative duties as needed.

What you’ll need

We are looking for a motivated and mature self-starter that is able to work both independently and as a productive team member. To be successful in this role, you’ll need:

  • Bachelor’s degree as well as 1-2 years of development experience and/or demonstrated experience providing administrative support in an office setting;
  • Superior attention to detail and organizational skills; excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Experience and a high degree of proficiency with Microsoft Office suite; familiarity with fundraising and communications databases is a plus (CLF uses Raiser’s Edge and Luminate Online);
  • Ability to take initiative, solve problems, assess priorities and manage a variety of activities in a fast-paced environment;
  • An understanding of environmental issues and a background in environmental studies or advocacy are a plus;
  • Good sense of humor.

Compensation and Benefits

CLF offers a competitive compensation, an extensive benefits plan, and a rich, multicultural work environment.

You might like to know

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people. A non-profit, member-supported organization, CLF uses the law, science and the market to solve the region’s most challenging environmental problems from climate change to ocean conservation to transportation. Every day, CLF advocates stand up for New Englanders—in state houses, court houses and board rooms, regulatory hearings and community gatherings—to forge innovative paths to environmental progress and economic prosperity for all in our region. To that end, CLF works with communities of color, and those that are economically or otherwise disadvantaged, which often suffer disproportionately the impacts of environmental degradation.

To Apply

If this exciting opportunity appeals to you, please send your resume titled “your last name-first initial-resume” (e.g., “SMITH J RESUME”) and a thoughtful cover letter titled “your last name-first initial-cover” (e.g., “SMITH J COVER”) to Please make “Development Assistant” the subject of your e-mail. The position will remain open until filled. No phone calls please.

CLF embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We are dedicated to forming a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.