Development Associate


Job Title: Development Associate
Department: Development
Supervisor: Program Director
FLSA Status: Exempt 
Prepared Date:
January 2019


Founded in 2011, Code of Support Foundation (COSF) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides essential and critical one-on-one assistance to struggling service members, veterans and their families who have the most complex needs.

The Development Specialist is responsible for effectively and accurately collecting and managing donor data within the database system; administering a timely and effective gift acknowledgement system; assisting on all event-based fundraisers in support of fundraising goals and public awareness objectives; effectively promoting COSF across a variety of mediums including print, website, email, blog, and social media.  This is a fundraising position; the successful candidate is expected to build and maintain congenial professional relationships with sponsors and supporters of COSF and to communicate effectively when representing COSF in all business development and donor cultivation activities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

·       Manage fundraising correspondence and donations including gift processing and acknowledgment

·       Expand and manage donor accounts within the donor database, displaying a high-level of commitment to accuracy in entering and retrieving data from database, including identification and merging of duplicate files and ensuring monthly reconciliation to external accounting software.

·       Help plan, manage, and attend COSF’s funding events serving as staff liaison between COSF and the third-party event leadership/committees.

·       Assist Director in maintaining and tracking development priorities for staff and Board of Trustees.

·       Manage funding calendar and life-cycle, working with Director to ensure requests are submitted on time with all relevant supporting documentation.

·       Assist in cultivation and stewardship of current and prospective donors via website, marketing & social media

  • Special projects to support COSF when needed.

  • Other responsibilities as requested by the Program Director.

 Qualifications and Competencies:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to perform well; accepts feedback from others; gives appropriate recognition to others

  • Teamwork - Fosters team cooperation; defines team roles and responsibilities; supports group problem solving; acknowledges team accomplishments. Balances team and individual responsibilities; contributes to building a positive team spirit; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; supports everyone's efforts to succeed

  • Diversity - Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; educates others on the value of diversity; promotes a harassment-free environment; builds a diverse workforce.

  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and principles; upholds organizational values.

  • Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions; exhibits sound and accurate judgment; supports and explains reasoning for decisions; includes appropriate people in decision-making process; makes timely decisions.

Education and or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree and 1+ years nonprofit experience with fund development and special events.

  • Knowledge of military culture and experience in the nonprofit sector a plus.

  • Demonstrable and proven experience retaining and expanding accounts.

  • Track record of exceeding quotas.

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills; Excellent verbal communication skills are required.

  • Ability to multi-task across multiple projects and internal stakeholders.

  • Experience with websites, email and print campaigns.

  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and donor management software.

  • Experience with Salesforce a plus.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The Development Associate is regularly required to talk or hear, frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms and may occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

COSF is dedicated to leveraging the nation's full spectrum of resources to ensure all members of our military, veterans and their families receive the support services they need and, through their collective sacrifice, have earned. COSF’s integrated programs include personalized, holistic long-term case coordination services that serve all service era generations across the nation.  To learn more, visit: Code of Support Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply, email Matthew Lockwood at with a Cover Letter and Resume. Please include " Development Associate" in the subject line.