Associate, Development

Associate, Development 

Oakland or Sacramento 


 Education Trust—West seeks an Associate, Development to join our Development & Financial Planning team. The Associate, Development will join a staff at Ed Trust who are committed to fulfilling a mission of closing opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income backgrounds.  

 The Associate, Development serves in a supporting role within the Development & Financial Planning team, contributing to fundraising efforts primarily focused on institutional grant makers and some individual donors to meet annual budget goals and position the organization for long-term sustainability. 

 Ed Trust is committed to advancing policies and practices to dismantle the racial and economic barriers embedded in the U.S. education system. Through our research and advocacy, Ed Trust improves equity in education from preschool through college, engages diverse communities dedicated to equity and justice, and increases political and public will to build an education system where all students will thrive.    

 This role is available immediately. We have a strong preference for this role to be based in our Oakland office, but we are open to having the role based in our Sacramento office. This role is eligible for telework for up to 3 days per week. The Associate, Development reports to the Senior Director of Development & Financial Planning. 


 Major responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Create production schedules for — as well as draft and proofread — content for funders, including concept papers, letters of inquiry, budgets, grant proposals and reports, presentations, updates, and emails  
  • Conduct prospect research on foundations, corporations, individual donors, and grant opportunities 
  • Process all grant awards and acknowledgments in coordination with relevant teams (e.g., finance, content teams) to support compliance with grant deliverables and budget tracking 
  • Input, track, and analyze donor and grant data in Salesforce, maintaining institutional knowledge, proactively identifying renewal opportunities, and generating timely data to inform fundraising strategy and activities 
  • Coordinate, prepare materials for, and attend funder and donor-related meetings as needed, and coordinate follow up activities 
  • Keep abreast of Ed Trust’s policy positions and research, as well as best practices and trends in fundraising and donor database management 


  • Shared belief in Ed Trust’s mission and a commitment to improving educational equity with a focus on racial equity 
  • Dedication in contributing to and maintaining an equitable working environment 
  • Commitment to “Walking the Talk,” which means operating with an understanding that systemic and institutionalized racism significantly affect communities of color and the historical impact of privilege and power on American systems 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills  
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize to meet deadlines 
  • Teamwork and interpersonal skills, and an eagerness for collaboration 
  • Ability to plan and organize tasks, high attention to detail  
  • Willingness to receive and act upon, as well as provide, constructive feedback 
  • Strong follow-through 


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience: 

  • At least a high school diploma or GED 
  • Some grants management experience is preferred and/or an eagerness to learn about the philanthropic sector  
  • Experience with Salesforce preferred  


This position falls in Level A of our salary structure for our California office. Although the full salary range for the position is $53,760 – $80,640, we expect the hiring salary range for this position to be between $53,760 and $60,480, based on skills, experience, and internal equity. Note: New hires rarely, if ever, are offered at the top of the full salary range to allow for salary growth over time in the role


At The Education Trust, the health and safety of our employees is of the utmost importance. As such, all Education Trust employees are required to be fully vaccinated and remain up to date on their vaccinations for COVID-19. New hires should be fully vaccinated and up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations prior to their first day of work. Requests for accommodations due to medical or religious reasons will be reviewed by Human Resources.  


Please provide a cover letter and resume, combined into one document. In the file name, please write the name of the position you are applying for and your last name: e.g., “Assoc, Development_Robinson.”   

 We invite you to consider your cover letter as an opportunity to:   

  • Tell a story that illuminates your interest in education equity and Ed Trust–West’s mission   
  • Share how your background and experience make you the right fit for this position  

Please submit your application materials at Recruitment ( by the deadline of September 29, 2023. Applications will be accepted/reviewed until the position is filled. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.   

 The Education Trust is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds.