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13 Jul 2022

Full-Time Development Associate

jobsatfuse – Posted by jobsatfuse Seattle, Washington, United States

Job Description

Development Associate


Do you think Washington should lead the nation with smart, progressive policies that build a just society and an economy that works for all of us? Do you want to help build a political climate that supports and demands bold progressive leadership? 


So do we – and we are looking for a talented Development Associate to help us make it happen!  



Fuse is hiring a Development Associate to help strengthen and grow our organization, and to support innovative election and issue campaigns aimed at engaging more people in our democracy and advancing progressive change in Washington. The Development Associate is a critical position in our fundraising program that helps make our strategic organizing and communications campaigns possible. 


The Development Associate will be responsible for assisting in the overall operations of the development department at Fuse. This includes assisting with small and mid-level donor management, fundraising, event planning, marketing, and communications to donors. Applicants should be ambitious, innovative, and have passion for results. The goal of this position is to strengthen and grow our programs to build a more progressive political landscape in Washington State. 



  • Lead the strategy development, planning, logistics, fundraising, marketing, and outreach for a series of fundraising and donor stewardship events and/or online fundraising campaigns across the state
  • Manage and grow a thriving monthly donor program
  • Develop and implement creative strategies for maintaining and growing small and mid-level donor base
  • Call Fuse donors and prospects to solicit donations, provide updates, and invite them to Fuse events
  • Support strategies to steward and retain donors through personal phone calls and emails
  • Maintain database, tracking, and acknowledgement systems 
  • Help research prospective funders and donors 
  • Keep informed on “best practices” in the fundraising field and recommend improvements for Fuse’s development department
  • Support organizational development strategies, including advancing Fuse’s racial equity goals 



Work, volunteer, academic, and life experience are all acceptable

  • Successful event planning and project management experience
  • Demonstrated ability to meet or exceed goals consistently and execute effectively against a strategy
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and collaborative 
  • Experience soliciting donors by phone, email, or in-person
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Ability to thrive in an open office with a fast-paced, campaign-style work environment.
  • Personal passion for undoing institutional racism and advancing social, environmental, and economic justice 
  • Excellent listening and people skills 
  • Excellent phone communications skills 
  • Experience building long-term relationships with volunteers or donors
  • Experience managing a database or CRMs 



None of these skills or experiences are required for an applicant to be competitive. 

  • Experience working in nonprofits or on issue or electoral campaigns
  • Knowledge of c3 and c4 nonprofit entities



This is a salaried position with a range of $57,000 to $62,000 per year, depending on experience. We provide excellent benefits including medical, dental, and vision coverage, company-matched retirement savings, ORCA transit pass, generous vacation time, and a flexible work environment with opportunities for professional development. Fuse has a strong team environment with great coworkers and a vibrant organizational culture. 



If this sounds like the job for you, please email a cover letter, resume, and three references to with the subject heading “Development Associate.” This position will be open until filled. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 


Please send all questions regarding this position to No phone calls, please.


Fuse Washington is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex are particularly urged to apply.



Fuse Washington ( is the state’s largest progressive organization – people creating change online, on the ground, and on issues that matter. 


Our goals at Fuse are to help progressives win more often and give ordinary people a strong voice in politics. We aim to provide organizing and communications power that helps progressives win today and tomorrow on critical issues and electoral campaigns while strengthening the foundation for increased success over time. There are four basic strategies we use to help win campaigns and build long-term progressive success:

  • Organizing: We mobilize grassroots activists online and offline, build councils of local leaders in key areas that drive the state’s balance of power, and we organize political donors. We also organize coalitions when leveraging collaboration is critical to a campaign’s success and Fuse is strategically well-positioned to do so.
  • Communications: We deliver stories and messages that move people through new media and the news media, and we train others in the progressive community to communicate more effectively as well. We also produce high-quality research to support targeted campaigns and understand our opponents.
  • Increasing accountability and promoting leadership: We hold decision-makers’ feet to the fire when they let voters down, and we back leaders who fuel progress.
  • Targeting the obstacles to progress: Our highest priority is to solve the political problems that hold everyone back.

Fuse has several strengths as an organization that fuel our work:

  • A culture of innovation and creativity: we always aim to be an innovation engine and a game-changer.
  • Long-term timeline and a focus on movement and capacity building: our strategies are designed to build long-term power for progressives in Washington while also delivering short-term results.
  • Speed and nimbleness: we possess a dynamic flexibility to tackle urgent challenges and capitalize on opportunities.

How to Apply

HOW TO APPLY If this sounds like the job for you, please email a cover letter, resume, and three references to with the subject heading “Development Associate.” This position will be open until filled. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: development, Fundraising, and nonprofit. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

Job expires in 66 days.

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