Development Associate

  • Full-time

Company Description

Blue Water Baltimore's mission is to restore the quality of Baltimore's rivers, streams and

Harbor to foster a healthy environment, a strong economy, and thriving communities. Blue Water Baltimore is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that accomplishes a wide range of work and partners with diverse organizations and community stakeholders to reach its restoration, greening, and advocacy goals.

Our team is small, close-knit, and committed to the wellbeing and happiness of one another. Our workplace is flexible, casual, and fun. As an organization and individually, we are committed to creating an inclusive environment. Read more at 

Job Description

Position Purpose & Focus

The Development Associate is responsible for helping meet organization-wide goals for cultivating and engaging donors through annual fund activities including appeal campaigns, workplace giving, social media, and events. They will assist in planning and lead execution of smaller fundraising and “friend-raising” events throughout the year, online campaigns such as Giving Tuesday, third-party and peer-to-peer fundraising events and campaigns. They will support the donor stewardship cycle for all donors, including gift entry and acknowledgement. They will ensure that donor data is accurate and is entered in the database in a timely manner. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Annual Fund Management (50%) 

  • Manage annual development communication projects including solicitation and stewardship 
  • Develop and execute plans for solicitation campaigns (e-mail, social media and direct mail) 
  • Collaborate with marketing and communications staff to create and deploy content and manage audience lists 
  • Conduct ongoing evaluation of digital communications to ensure that the organization is best utilizing resources and taking advantage of available opportunities 
  • Collaborate on corporate relationship management activities with Director of Development 
  • Other tasks in consultation with Director of Development 

Donor Relations (30%) 

  • Lead gift entry for all charitable contributions, including receipt of checks and database maintenance 
  • Maintain accurate donor records in Salesforce database for both individuals and organizations 
  • Serve as primary steward for donor acknowledgements  
  • Support the Director of Development and marketing staff in producing stewardship reports 
  • Other tasks in consultation with Director of Development 
  • Fundraising Events (20%) 

  • With Director of Development and Institutional Giving Manager, lead planning and execution of fundraising events 
  • Plan and execute third-party and peer-to-peer fundraising activities including partnering with businesses  
  • Support the ongoing evaluation of event-based fundraising to ensure that the organization is best utilizing resources and taking advantage of available opportunities 
  • Support sponsor volunteer events as needed 
  • Other tasks in consultation with Director of Development 


Qualifications | Competencies & Success Factors

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

  • Foundational understanding of annual fund/direct response development concepts 
  • Minimum of two years of successful fundraising experience  
  • Clear, precise written communication skills for a variety of audiences 
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills and willingness to provide and receive feedback 
  • Ability to work effectively and independently within a collaborative team environment 
  • Experience working with a donor management database, preferably Salesforce 
  • Ability to work some nights and occasional weekends. 
  • Proficiency with Google Suite/Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint or comparable programs 

Competencies & Success Factors

  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving.
  • Oral/Written Communications.
  • Teamwork/Collaboration.
  • Leadership.
  • Professionalism/Work Ethic.
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills


Additional Information

A 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 position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Equal Opportunity & Diversity

BWB prohibits discrimination of employment, promotion, compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, sex (including marital and parental status), religion, age, disability,  actual or perceived gender identity or expression, weight, personal appearance, family responsibilities, genetic information, economic status,  genetic information, veteran’s status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. BWB is an equal opportunity employer and will comply with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination in employment

BWB’s equal opportunity policy covers all programs, services, policies, and procedures of BWB, including opportunity for employment and treatment as a BWB employee, as well as opportunities for vendors to contract with BWB

Salary Range: 

$45,000 - $50,000