Partnership for Los Angeles Schools

Development Associate

Employment type
Full Time
about 2 months ago
Los Angeles, CA

POSITION: Development Associate

LOCATION: 1055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1850 Los Angeles, CA 90017

REPORTS TO: Development Director


The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools is a non-profit organization created in 2007 to transform historically under-served schools and serve as a scalable transformation model for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the State of California, and the nation. The Partnership dramatically accelerates achievement for students in the district’s highest-need schools by operating a network of 19 schools (15,000-student enrollment) in Boyle Heights, South LA, and Watts. The Partnership is one of the largest public school turnaround initiatives in the nation. Since the network was founded, Partnership schools have more than doubled their four-year graduation rate from 36% to 81% and have made gains every year on math and literacy assessments. The Partnership has also been a critical partner to LAUSD as an advocate for better policies and programs for high-need schools across the district. To learn more about the Partnership, please visit our website at


The Partnership is seeking a full-time, self-motivated and results-driven Development Associate to provide strategic support in its private and public fundraising efforts. The Development Associate will serve as a key member of the organization’s development team and work cooperatively to facilitate the process of soliciting grants and donations from foundations, corporations and individuals, and also support logistics for events and meetings related to fundraising and stewardship. The Development Associate reports directly to the Development Director.


  • The Development Associate’s key responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
  • Assist Development Manager and Director with the grant writing process, including providing links between program, finance and other administrative staff so that all grant applications are submitted accurately and efficiently
  • Research and prepare documentation on foundations, corporations and individuals that highlights their giving goals and strategies, and draws connections to Partnership programs
  • Prepare briefing materials and research for all fundraising-related meetings
  • Provide assistance with writing and proofreading grant application materials
  • Support the development of grant budgets and compile supplemental materials for grant applications, including organizational and school-site data and financial information
  • Draft copy and manage engaging fundraising campaigns to solicit individual donations
  • Update data system (Salesforce) with entry of all grant awards, proposals, and contact information of funders/prospects, and generate donor reports as needed
  • Maintain internal financial records to support Finance & Business Affairs team with financial reconciliation and preparation for annual audit
  • Prepare and submit grant agreements and award acknowledgement letters
  • Support grant report process, including drafting narrative copy, and collecting data and financial information
  • Maintain electronic files related to all aspects of the grants cycle, including: grant application materials, grant agreement and disbursement, correspondence with funders and program materials related to grants
  • Support logistics and management of fundraising events and meetings, including school visits, salons, and annual gala
  • Assist with maintenance of the fundraising-related portions of the Partnership website
  • Represent the Partnership with foundations, corporations and other nonprofits, as needed
  • Keep informed of “best practices” in the philanthropy field and recommend improvements to the Partnership’s grants management process and overall fundraising strategies
  • Provide additional support to the Development team, as needed or assigned


  • The ideal candidate will have:
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • 1-3 years of experience in a professional or educational setting
  • Experience in nonprofit or education sector a plus
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment; adaptable when managing multiple, shifting priorities; ease at managing competing demands and determining priorities independently
  • Proven ability to execute effectively against strategy and exceed goals consistently
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; able to communicate complex ideas simply and succinctly
  • Outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to work under pressure with a high degree of accuracy and limited direction
  • Strong computer and technology skills; proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; proficiency in database management system (specifically Salesforce) a plus
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other experienced professionals, teachers, parents, students, Board members and other stakeholders
  • Strong belief in the Partnership’s mission, approach, and core values
  • Reflective, life-long learner
  • California driver license, proof of auto insurance, reliable transportation


This is a year-round, fulltime position. Compensation will be commensurate with experience. The Partnership offers a competitive benefits package, including health, vision and dental insurance, and a 403(b) retirement program.

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