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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Development Associate, Peace Action West, Oakland, CA

Development Associate

Posted on: August 2, 2014
Posted by: Peace Action West

Who is Peace Action West?

Peace Action West is the region's largest peace and social justice lobby, working to abolish nuclear weapons, end international arms trafficking, and cut the military budget to allow investment in education, health care, and other community needs.

Job Summary

A development associate engages our major donors by personally presenting our work, our strategies, our stories and our history, with the purpose of strengthening their identification with and financial commitment to the organization and its cause. In addition, we seek to expand our support base and political clout through their networks and personal contacts.

The ideal candidate possesses strong interpersonal skills, a great passion to build momentum for the advancement of a foreign policy rooted in cooperation and human rights. The associate should have a deep commitment to acquiring knowledge on peace and justice issues (with particular attention relating to U.S. foreign policy), and an ability to inspire others.

Duties & Responsibilities 

  • Responsible for making formal and informal presentations to our major donors about the work of Peace Action.
  • Responsible for meeting a monthly fundraising & visit budget.
  • Responsible for the renewal and investment of assigned sponsors-with the goal of significantly increasing their commitment to Peace Action West.
  • Responsible for requesting and following up on leads from current development donors.
  • Responsible for assisting in existing or new development programs
  • Responsible for planning and executing house parties and other events.
Donor Relations
  • Responsible for timely dissemination of political, promotional and outreach materials to sponsors including letters, updates, action alerts, emails, holiday cards, and other materials.
Administrative Duties
  • Responsible for maintaining current giving and contact records on all donors.
  • Responsible for timely deposits, follow-up, and record keeping on all pledges, outstanding and fulfilled.
  • Responsible for ongoing coordination of Major Gifts work with field and phone outreach programs.
Training and Program Integration
  • Responsible for ongoing personal education relating to all current program work, the status of legislation, the ongoing reading and sharing of news items relevant to our issues and of interest to sponsors.
  • Must attend annual program, membership, staff advancement & cadre meetings.
  • Position includes periodic travel to other PAW offices for the purpose of training and fundraising.


  • Proven phone and/or field outreach and fundraising skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and systems oriented.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Self-motivated and self-accountable.
  • Strong time management skills.
  • Strong teamwork skills including the ability to solve work challenges in a relaxed and collegial manner.
  • Desire to develop in the position and increase responsibilities.
  • Commitment to grassroots organizing and a diverse, supportive & challenging work atmosphere.
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including evenings
  • Experience with Filemaker Pro, Excel, and Word helpful.
  • California driver's license required 


  • Starting annual salary $28,000+DOE
  • 3 weeks paid vacation/year, 4 weeks after the completion of 2 full years worked
  • Full health and dental insurance coverage
  • 9 paid holidays a year
  • 8 paid sick days a year
  • Paid sabbaticals
  • Maternity/paternity leave after one year 

How to Apply

**Women, People of Color, and LGBTQ Strongly Encouraged to Apply** 

To apply, send resume and cover letter to:
Seth Lehr, Major Gifts Director or
501 Shatto Place, Ste 260
Los Angeles, CA 90020




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