Now Hiring: Development Assistant

The Chelsea Collaborative seeks a part-time Development Assistant to join our work to empower residents in Chelsea, Mass. to address persistent issues of inequity that negatively impact their lives and can be devastating for those most vulnerable among us - children, immigrants, and refugees. We uphold and enact the values our country was founded on, offering sanctuary, fellowship, and opportunities to thrive for all members of our community. We offer an array of programs and services to meet the basic needs of Chelsea residents, foster leadership and citizenship among newcomers, develop the next generation of leaders, respond effectively to crises, and create systemic change that increases equity and justice for years to come.

Position Summary

The Development Assistant will join our small, entrepreneurial Development Team working to secure new resources and raise awareness of the Collaborative’s impact. This is a Part-Time, Hourly position for an individual interested in learning about nonprofit development operations, including grant writing, fundraising, communications, and other administrative tasks. Qualified candidates will be considered in the Greater Boston, Mass. and Greater Portland, Maine areas.

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Ensure accuracy and consistency of grant and funder info in the Chelsea Collaborative’s development database
  • Process gifts and update donor records as needed
  • Prepare fundraising reports
  • Manage a calendar of upcoming deadlines for grants, reports, and other items
  • Draft proposals, funder reports, and other correspondence, as requested
  • Manage grant submissions through online web portals, email, or mail
  • Assist with prospect research to identify and pursue new funding sources
  • Maintain accurate and updated electronic and paper files
  • Send timely thank you notes and other correspondence to donors and others
  • Assist with online marketing through email blasts, website updates, and social media
  • Support with special events such as our annual gala and funder site visits
  • Other tasks as assigned


  • Superb organizational skills and detail-orientation with demonstrated interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills;
  • Strong work ethic with comfort in a small, fast-paced, team-orientated work environment;
  • Must be technology savvy, with proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite; website editing applications; social media and email marketing platforms;
  • Familiarity with donor management systems a plus;
  • Administrative support experience required; Experience in nonprofit development preferred.


This is a contract position, paid hourly at a competitive rate, depending on experience.

To apply

Email resume and cover letter to Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Priority will be given to applicants who apply by June 15, 2017.