Development Associate

Development Associate

Development Associate 150 150
Melanoma Research Alliance
June 23, 2022
Job Type
Contact Name (not public)
Janine Rauscher
(202) 336-8944


The Development Associate is a high impact role on MRA’s Development team.  Reporting to the Associate Director of Development & Information Management, the Development Associate will have a pivotal role across donor prospecting, stewardship, gift administration and operations.



What you’ll do:

  • Perform gift processing, write and mail acknowledgement letters, tribute reports;
  • Support major benefit and cultivation events, including tracking invitations and replies, coordinating with vendors, managing volunteers, following up with attendees;
  • Maximize usage and administer MRA’s database - Salesforce, and assist with data entry, cleaning, management and reporting;
  • Utilize MRA’s fundraising site, Classy, to assist our third-party fundraisers in the creation and management of team and individual pages for events, tributes, etc;
  • Play an integral role in MRA’s annual virtual walk, Step Up for Melanoma, by managing the group page, helping track fundraisers, and working with third-party vendors;
  • Assist with management of MRA’s participation with America’s Charities, including attending local and virtual CFC events;
  • Perform research on prospects and donors;
  • Assist with pledge reminders;
  • Assist with creating fundraising proposals and grant requests to individuals, corporations and foundations, ensuring all reporting requirements are met; and
  • Manage scheduling and coordination of meetings for the development team, including requests, meeting support services, note taking, and travel logistics.


What you bring:

  • Passion for and belief in MRA’s mission
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred; however, equivalent experience considered.
  • 1-2 years’ experience in development/fundraising office, communications, marketing or sales
  • Database, reporting and data integrity management is preferred and an advantage. Bonus points for experience with fundraising platforms, Salesforce NPSP preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills; proofreading abilities and demonstrated attention to detail a must.
  • Ability to work independently with a pro-active and solution driven mindset.
  • High touch donor stewardship skills that demonstrate professionalism, judgment, discretion, confidentiality and sensitivity.
  • Ability to build strong working relationships across MRA’s internal and external stakeholders.
  • Proficiency across Microsoft Office Suite as well as audiovisual conference technologies such as Zoom and Teams.

What we offer:

  • Our compensation philosophy is grounded in being competitive, equitable and transparent. The salary range for this role is $45,000-$65,000. We construct our salaries in such a way that staff can move through the range within their level.  As such, most candidates will start at $45,000 with a few above based on specific skill sets and experiences.
  • Comprehensive medical, dental & vision benefits including an employee assistance program to help with mental health, financial and legal matters for all employees and their eligible dependents.
  • A 403b retirement investment plan with a 5% match
  • Life & Disability insurance (Basic, voluntary and AD&D, short-term and long-term).
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (health, dependent coverage, transit/commuters FSAs)
  • Generous and flexible schedule of paid time off in addition to the paid holidays we observe.
  • Paid parental/family leave.
  • Hybrid work office model
  • An investment in everyone’s professional development including learning cloud programs, scientific retreats and forums, networking opportunities, lunch and learns, conferences, leadership mentoring with access to top minds in science, research, medicine, and business.

The fine print:

  • This position will be working a hybrid model where you would be expected to work two days a week in MRA’s Washington, DC offices.
  • This position may require travel to MRA-related events in the Washington, DC and New York City areas.
  • We are committed to ensuring a safe environment for our staff, partners and visitors. All MRA staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless an exemption required by law is applicable.
  • Successful candidates will be subject to an authorized background check.
  • We are interested in qualified candidates who are eligible to work in the United States. Please note, we are not sponsoring visas at this time, being authorized to work in the U.S. is a precondition of employment.

The statements herein are intended to describe the overall nature and level of work being performed by employees and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer. 

How To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to with the following subject line: Development Associate

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

No phone calls please.  All inquiries will be held in confidence.

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