Development Relations Associate

The Priority Center is seeking a full-time Development Relations Associate.

The Development Relations Associate will achieve annual revenue goals by executing growth strategies with a special focus on pursuing annual giving strategies.

  • Developing and nurturing of the 100 individuals identified within the portfolio created; as well as
  • Church and club/organization engagement through presentations, volunteerism and outreach.

This Role will work to facilitate the annual backpack campaign and holiday campaigns.  Also responsible for Gifts In-Kind procurement as programs express needs.

The incumbent must work cross-functionally to leverage and enhance donor and prospect engagement, utilize the donor data base, and manage total portfolio to achieve fundraising goals. Creating strong tracking and analytics through our CRM software of volunteers, GIK, and Annual Giving will be critical.

Minimum of 2 years working in fund development department for a nonprofit organization and fundraising.


**The Priority Center also offers a 9/80 work week schedule which allows for one day off every two weeks (equivalent to having an additional 26 days off per year!)**

Key Responsibilities and Essential Functions:

Develops, plans, coordinates, implements, and tracks all fundraising activities for individuals, actively soliciting donors and community resources.

Programs include Individual and Annual Giving, beneficiary special events, (movie night, prayer breakfast, golf tournaments beneficiary events) and special projects, as well as peer-to-peer fundraising efforts, (Athletic Challenge, Ragnar Race).

Provide support to Families Helping Families and Project Backpack Campaigns. Establish a solid GIK program and resource development network.  Build a solid GIK Bank of new contacts. Non-signature events.

This is a hands-on position requiring fundamental and personal work in every area of responsibility. Requires working out in the community, speaking to churches and service clubs about the opportunity for engagement in volunteerism and financial investment in the center.



  1. Solicit donations of $5 and up to $1,000 from individual prospects who embrace the Center’s Mission.
  2. Manage relationships with approximately 50 prospective supporters of the Center.
  3. Create a Resource Development GIK Bank of Contacts and structure.
  4. Design and implement and/or maintain a structured peer-to-peer fundraising program as an aspect of the Center’s overall program and for economic resource development.
  5. Build a strong bench of volunteers for organization events and activities that is managed and tracked monthly with analytics.
  6. Steward the portfolio of donors regularly with weekly and monthly touchpoints or meetings.
  7. Create four quarterly newsletters for volunteers  and recognize them at the spirit of volunteerism event hosted by One OC.
  8. Create a Strong Volunteer Program: cultivate, nurture, track and retain and appreciate.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Formulate prospect strategies and participate in direct cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and recognition of donor activity.
  • Work as part of the development team as a strong, positive and highly professional presence in the community.
  • Collect post-event evaluations and results to assess the status of key donors and volunteers.


Account Management:

  • The Development Relations Associate will work with the Director of Special Events and Chief Development Officer to set and execute long-term, cross-functional strategic plans to fundraise – achieving portfolio goals. Plans should include benchmark milestones on financial results, relationship development goals, year-round engagement, and donor stewardship processes.
  • Establish and maintain a qualified fundraising pipeline, focused on achieving stretch goals to support enhanced revenue streams.
  • Oversee, plan, and execute annual fundraising initiatives to achieve revenue goals.
  • Create and execute targeted plans to reach fundraising goals for key accounts.
  • Participate in other departmental and organizational opportunities and initiatives as requested


Experience/Position Requirements:

  • Position is hybrid.  3 days a week in office possibly more around events. (TWTH in the office)
  • Organization has a 9/80 schedule (9 hours a day and has every other Friday off).
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing or non-profit management or related field ideal
  • Two to three years of non-profit fundraising experience preferred.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Possess strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Canva, social media platforms, share point, Outlook, CRM Software.
  • Delivers effective individual and group presentations which are powerful and impactful to drive financial support of The Center – great public speaker.
  • Skilled in developing key relationships with individuals while building rapport quickly to deliver results.
  • Demonstrate sense of urgency, ability to independently determine priorities, maintain activity on a number of projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, yet independently and act innovatively and embrace change.
  • Self-motivated and able to thrive in a fast-paced, complex, goal-oriented, team environment.
  • Sound judgment, discretion and commitment. Maintain confidentiality and a high degree of accuracy in donor records


Professional Core Competencies Required:

  • Mission Focused: Creates real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities. This drives performance and professional motivations.
  • Relationship Oriented: Places people before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.
  • Collaborator (Includes teamwork and communication): Understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial & human) through meaningful engagement. Strong supporter of a team environment.
  • Results Driven: Dedicates efforts to shared and measurable financial and non-financial goals for the common good; creating, resourcing, scaling and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact.
  • Brand Steward: Understands role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.


Working Conditions:

  • Working environment is mostly indoor, reasonably clean, well-lit and ventilated
  • Ability to sit for great lengths of time
  • Generally little or no probability of injury or health impairments
  • Requires little or no physical effort involving intermittent standing, sitting or walking while performing duties, occasional lifting up to 10 lbs.



This is a full time, exempt position with a salary ranging from $55,000 to $60,000 annually.


To Apply:

Interested applicants please submit completed HR Employment Application and current resume to [email protected].