Development Assistant

Position Title: Development Assistant

Reports to: Development Manager

Status: Part-time - 20-30 hrs/week 

Start Date: ASAP

Location: Oakland Office                                   

Organization Description

Founded by social entrepreneur Van Jones, The Dream Corps is an incubator, platform and home for world-changing initiatives. We are working to close prison doors and open doors of opportunity -- into a new, green economy. We support U.S. campaigns and initiatives that empower the most vulnerable in our society.

Job Summary

The Development Assistant will play an essential role in increasing Dream Corps’ capacity to manage relationships, partnerships, donors and events. Through excellent data management and staff support, the Development Assistant will help grow the fundraising department and the organization.

The Development Assistant reports directly to the Development Manager but will work closely with staff throughout the organization including the CEO and National Directors. At Dream Corps, we take pride in our ability to be nimble, agile and quick. A successful candidate will be highly organized and detail oriented, maintain a high level of emotional intelligence, a sense of humor and a strong work ethic.  

This position is viewed as a training and growth opportunity in the organization. This person will receive opportunities to engage in program work and grow her/his skills in a variety of sectors and disciplines.

Key Responsibilities

Contact Management

  • Attend trainings for both Salesforce and NationBuilder platforms.

  • Maintain excellent records for our donors and supporters. This includes data entry and upkeep from meetings, phone calls, and strategy meetings. Add new contacts to database as they come in.

  • Manage information for all foundation opportunities inside our database. This includes prospect information, notes from meetings, deadline tracking, and relationship maintenance. Will support communication updates and reports as necessary.

  • Generate and update thank you letters to our supporters, both individual and institutional.

  • Research new prospects and generate prep documents for new donors.


Staff & Organizational Support

  • Help Development Manager, Director of External Relations, CEO and President with record keeping and administrative work as needed.

  • Expand fundraising presence for Dream Corps through social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Spotify, Instagram.

  • Support National Directors with logistics, meeting planning & notes, and travel as directed.

  • Take on special projects as needed.


  • Highly organized, detail-oriented work style

  • Ability to work under tight deadlines in a fast paced environment

  • Ability to handle multiple assigned tasks efficiently

  • Creative approach to systems and administrative work

  • Fierce commitment to social justice

To Apply:  Submit a resume and entertaining cover letter to with “Development Assistant" in the subject line. Your cover letter must address the following: 1) Your experience and how it translates to this job, 2) Why do you want this particular job? and 3) Why do you want to work for The Dream Corps? Applications without a cover letter will not be read.

Dream Corps is an equal opportunity employer.

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