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Development Associate

Reports to:

Director of Development 

Hours and location:

This full-time position is on-site at the New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA), headquartered in Washington, DC. NCLA will move to Ballston in Arlington, Virginia, at the end of 2024. 


This position is ideal for someone wanting to join a growing, collaborative, engaged alliance. As NCLA’s name suggests, it is committed to creating a movement of lawyers and others to defend civil liberties in a new way. NCLA engages in constitutional litigation to remove administrative agencies’ unlawful tools and tactics. 

The Development Associate must be deeply committed to NCLA’s mission and possess sufficient experience to maintain data and assist the Director of Development and President of NCLA in donor research, prospecting, and retention.  

This position offers a unique opportunity to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States from a position in a civil liberties organization. 

The Development Associate should be able to collaborate proactively with the Director of Development and the Communications Department. NCLA has a substantial development program seeking a Development Associate, who will bring experience and skills to help advance a culture of excellence, entrepreneurial passion, and strategic action. 


-Maintain accurate and updated donor information in Salesforce. 

-Create and implement improvements to data management and development organization. 

-Obtain donor testimonials for direct mail, the NCLA website, and other marketing materials. 

-Research donor prospects and evaluate individual donors’ financial capabilities. 

-Recommend and help implement strategies to enhance and grow existing donors’ giving levels. 

-Collaborate with the President and Director of Development to analyze demographic and other data, identifying the most appropriate prospects within the donor base.

-Maintain a deep understanding of NCLA focus areas.

-Fulfill any other duties and responsibilities the Director of Development assigns.


-Bachelor’s degree is required.

-Minimum of 1-2 years of nonprofit fundraising experience. 

-Strong communication and listening skills, with the ability to articulate NCLA’s mission and impact effectively over the phone. 

-Must be an initiative-taker, demonstrating strong initiative and capacity to manage time and competing priorities and meet timelines/deadlines. 

-Personable and flexible. 

-High degree of professionalism, integrity, and confidentiality in handling sensitive donor information.

-Comfortable and efficient working in a dynamic organization and being a collaborator supporting others.

-Strong organizational and administrative skills. 

-Proficiency in Salesforce, Microsoft 365, and Adobe Acrobat

How to apply:

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document to  


-A cover letter detailing your interest in/passion for NCLA’s mission

-Describe how your experience relates to the requirements and responsibilities of this role

-Salary based on experience

-References are appreciated but not required at this stage