Development Associate

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is a high-caliber strategic policy institute that informs and shapes public policies to reduce poverty, promote equity, and build opportunity, while also supporting efforts to ensure progressive fiscal policies that can support these investments. It has a national reputation for conducting rigorous research and analysis, developing evidence-based policy ideas and strategies, shaping a broad array of policy debates at the federal and state level, influencing policy outcomes on a range of critical issues, and advancing strong implementation through a variety of strategies. It focuses its efforts on improving the lives of people with low or moderate incomes and examines how policies affect particular groups, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ people. The Center is known for its unique capacity to blend rigorous, timely analysis with effective communications that enable policymakers and the media to make use of its work.

The Center has an opening for a full-time Development Associate to join its Development team, based in the Center’s Washington, D.C. office.

The Development Associate provides vital cross-cutting support across all Development team functions. This pivotal position reports to the Senior Director of Individual Giving but will collaborate and support work across the nine-person Development team, including key projects with the Vice President for Development. In addition to work related to the individual giving program, the Development Associate will assist with Salesforce database-related foundation grants management as needed and may be tasked with some foundation writing assignments. The Associate will be expected to develop a working familiarity with CBPP funders and donors, their giving histories, and their relationships with staff, CBPP Board members, other CBPP individual donors, and the larger philanthropic community.


  • Provide Salesforce data management and serve as a department lead on the platform
    • Record and acknowledge individual donor gifts in the database
    • Generate complete and accurate Salesforce reports including donor lists and grants management reports
    • Collaborate with other Salesforce users and IT team members to lead system improvements and streamline processes
    • Use Salesforce reports and analytics to determine CBPP donor giving trends and responses to donor communications, such as emails and event invitations
  • Conduct prospect research of individual and institutional donors for the team
    • Improve prospect research by developing streamlined processes and leveraging best practices
    • Prepare materials for and participate in regular pipeline and moves management meetings
  • Manage sensitive data and information, maintaining confidentiality within donor records and organizational financial records
  • Develop the emerging alumni network program and create processes and systems to support building this new giving program
  • Execute fundraising appeal and stewardship campaigns in both Salesforce and Outlook and manage logistics for donor events and meetings as directed by senior staff
  • Assist with preparation of materials for board meetings, donor visits, and other donor outreach and stewardship activities
  • Collaborate with the Development Grants and Donor Coordinator, the finance team, and other departments to help ensure the accuracy of gift information such as sources of wired funds and identities of donors giving through donor-advised funds
  • Assist with writing, editing, and reviewing donor communications such as acknowledgements, activity reports, program updates, and stewardship emails; proofread foundation grant reports, proposals, and other documents generated by Development Writers to ensure correct grammar, punctuation, and contextual accuracy


  • Bachelor’s degree and two years of relevant experience or five years of experience in a similar role
  • Previous fundraising work experience with some level of responsibility for independent decision-making and collaborative project management
  • Familiarity and facility with a donor contact resource management database, including accuracy in data recordkeeping and relationship linking. Salesforce experience and interest in furthering the Center’s design and use of Salesforce is strongly preferred.
  • Experience and comfort with donor/prospect research tools and foundation research
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills  
  • Comfort working to accomplish tasks and retrieve information across large teams; facility with juggling short-term projects and recurring tasks with accuracy and flexibility to meet shifting priorities and deadlines
  • Commitment to the Center’s mission to improve the well-being of low- and moderate-income people and advance racial equity as part of the Center’s work
  • Understanding of the role that racial inequity plays in our society and interest in how public policy can be used to redress that inequity

The Center is operating on a hybrid work schedule that includes at least two days per week in-person at our D.C. office. We have a strong preference for candidates who will work in the office during in-office days.

This position reports to the Senior Director of Individual Giving.
Terms of Employment: Full-time, exempt.
Bargaining Unit Status: This is a bargaining unit position.

Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience; excellent benefits (including health insurance, vision and dental coverage, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement, MERP, and DCAP), and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

Please upload a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please include a discussion of what draws you to the mission of the Center.

Please submit your application here.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of race, color, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, credit information, pregnancy or parental status, family responsibilities, personal appearance, creed, military or veteran status, religion, ancestry or national origin, union activities, disability, or other status protected by applicable law.