United Friends of the Children

Advancement Assistant

Employment type
Full Time
22 days ago
Los Angeles, CA

Job Title – Advancement Assistant
Reports to – Chief Advancement Officer/ Vice President, Advancement

Organization Overview

United Friends of the Children empowers current and former foster youth on their journey to self-sufficiency through service-enriched education and housing programs, advocacy, and consistent relationships with a community of people who care.

UFC has been an integral part of the Los Angeles foster care community since our founding by Nancy M. Daly in 1979. Our early advocacy efforts helped establish the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and pass the Foster Care Independence Act. Innovations in direct services span from co-founding the first transitional housing program in the nation for former foster youth to the creation of an 11-year education support continuum that follows foster youth from the seventh grade through the completion of a bachelor’s degree.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Chief Advancement Officer, the Advancement Assistant will provide support to the Chief Advancement Officer on all ongoing projects in the Advancement Department. Projects will include, but are not limited to, supporting the Advancement team’s manager-level staff, assisting with UFC events, working in collaboration with the Advancement Team to maximize UFC’s exposure in Los Angeles, and managing donor connections. The individual in this position will be responsible for ensuring that UFC’s front office delivers a professional and welcoming first impression at all times.

From Monday – Friday, the Development Assistant will work from UFC’s downtown office. Some weekend and evening work is required throughout the year as needed and at major events.

Duties and responsibilities


  • Provide administrative assistance to the Advancement Department and Chief Advancement Officer
  • Assist with the coordination and production of UFC mailings
  • Organize and maintain development records, office files and other materials as necessary
  • Receive, process and record successful execution of grant agreements (public and private)
  • Assist with general digital media needs, requests and campaigns

Stewardship, Donor Management & Fundraising

  • Process donations and prepare donor correspondence within 24 hours of receipt
  • Create monthly fundraising reports and other database reports as needed
  • Conduct research on donors and prospective individual, corporate and foundation partners
  • Provide excellent customer service to donors and other constituents

Special Events & Community Outreach

  • Assist with Manager, Special Events and New Initiatives and Events Consultant in all aspects of planning, organizing, and executing UFC fundraising events
  • Support Manager, Corporate and Community Relations in outreach and volunteer activities as needed.
  • Maintain accurate and current Advancement database records, including donor acknowledgements, tax receipts, and grant information


  • Additional duties as assigned

General Responsibilities

  • Act as a role model within the organization to uphold and implement UFC’s organizational values:
  • Embrace program evaluation that leads to excellence and impact
  • Build effective and empowering partnerships with the youth, community and each other
  • Create a fun and exciting environment that inspires learning and innovation
  • Communicate openly, honestly and with humility across all groups
  • Work together as one organization

Required Qualifications

  • B.A. degree in a relevant field
  • Minimum of two years of experience as an administrative assistant or customer service position
  • Ability to handle confidential donor/constituency information with sensitivity and integrity
  • Ability to successfully manage the completion of multiple projects simultaneously, often with shifting priorities, while working under direct supervision or independently
  • Demonstrated ability to be creative, flexible and well-organized
  • Exemplary verbal/written communication skills are required
  • Exceptional responsiveness, both by phone and email
  • MS Office and database experience
  • Availability for occasional nights and weekends
  • Reliable personal automobile

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in a development department of a non-profit organization
  • Competency in design programs In Design, Illustrator or Photoshop
  • Experience with Salesforce
To apply

To apply, submit resume and cover letter, including three to five tweet-length bullet points highlighting your most relevant accomplishments or experience, to job [email protected]. Please note position title in the subject line.