Development Associate


THE POSITION: Development Associate

REPORTS TO: Development Director






CEH protects people from toxic chemicals by working with communities, consumers, workers, government, and the private sector to demand and support business practices that are safe for public health and the environment.


All people live, work, learn, and play in healthy environments.


The Center for Environmental Health (“CEH”) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that protects people from toxic chemicals and promotes business practices that are safe for public health and the environment. We stop corporations from exposing people to toxic chemicals, collaborate with responsible businesses and industry leaders, and are committed to inclusive, community-led solutions that address environmental injustices in low-income communities of color.


CEH is an organization of committed, science-driven advocates who work together to keep short-sighted business interests from harming people in the name of profit. We are proud of our work and achieve big wins for people’s health. The organizational culture is one of entrepreneurism and thoughtfully assessed risk taking. CEH believes that to protect the health of all people, we must address the disproportionate health effects of toxic chemicals caused by systemic racism and other social injustices. The movement to eliminate dangerous chemicals must move forward in partnership with Environmental Justice, Reproductive Justice, and other related movements working to address the pressing social justice issues of our day. CEH’s headquarters are in Oakland, and we have a small office in North Carolina’s Triangle Area. This position is located in the Oakland office.

Commitment to JEDI

At CEH, striving for justice, diversity, equity and inclusion (“JEDI”) for all is critical to our mission and values. We know that having a team that is diverse in race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, ability, sexual orientation, age, background, and opinions — and fostering inclusion among that team — is core to achieving our organizational goals. CEH strives to recruit talent from a diverse pool of candidates and ensure that those professionals it hires are sufficiently supported so that they flourish. The organization wants everyone to not only have a seat at the table, but to know that their presence and input makes the organization stronger.

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This is a full-time, exempt position. The Development Associate is primarily responsible for maintaining the donor database, managing gift entry and acknowledgements, sending printed and digital appeals, preparing for events and donor meetings, and generating reports for the Development team and Board.

Position Type: 1.0 FTE, Exempt

Start date: Accepting applications until April 9th with a target start date of May 3rd 

Reports to: Director of Development

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The Development Associate joins a four-person Development team and will be responsible for:

Database Management
  • Conduct data entry, maintain the donor database (Salesforce), and ensure its accuracy and integrity. 
  • Create dashboards and reports on key performance indicators (KPIs) to evaluate performance and inform team strategy. 
  • Manage online donation software and track automation into Salesforce.
  • Update and maintain Salesforce handbook.
  • Support Institutional Giving Team with their data management needs.
Individual Donor Support
  • Coordinate donor appeals and stewardship including printing, compiling, and mailing.
  • Coordinate e-appeals and monthly giving and track all analytics.
  • Conduct prospect research in partnership with the Development Manager, including wealth screening, and prepare donor profiles for major gift officers.
  • Ensure accurate gift entry, appropriate acknowledgement of all donations, and approval of all matching gift requests.
  • Ensure CEH is able to receive payments electronically whenever possible 
  • Assist in scheduling and preparing for visits with current and prospective donors.
  • Assist with maintenance of development webpages.
  • Assist with the creation of the annual report.
Institutional Giving Support
  • Conduct prospect research in partnership with the Grants Manager.
  • Assist in scheduling and preparing for visits with current and prospective funders.
  • Conduct the grant acknowledgement process.
  • File management and gift tracking in Salesforce.
  • Coordinate events (currently virtual events) in partnership with the Development Director and the Development Manager.
  • Assist with logistics of virtual events, including managing RSVPs, email communications with attendees, and day-of technical support to the team
  • Assist with logistics for in-person events (when allowed), including vendor arrangements, A/V services, entertainment, registration process, and day-of-event logistics.
  • Coordinate sponsorships including solicitation forms, payments, acknowledgements, and marketing packages.
Administration and Operations
  • Collaborate with the Director of Finance and Operations and the Development Manager to ensure all gifts and pledges are properly recorded in the general ledger.
  • Take notes during meetings and manage agendas.
  • Maintain digital and hard copy files.
  • Coordinate tasks for the Development Work Study student.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Candidate Qualifications/Experience

The successful candidate will share the following qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent 
  • Meticulous attention to detail 
  • Ability to work independently and strength in multi-tasking, goal setting, and workload prioritization
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Positive and creative—willing to take risks and try innovative new ideas
  • Respectful of the sensitive and confidential nature of donor-related information and materials
  • Research skills, including a natural curiosity and tenacity for thorough research
  • Ability to thrive in a team environment and work collaboratively
  • Self-motivated to learn increasingly complex skills, including new technology
  • Professional approach to internal and external stakeholders
  • Approach challenges and opportunities with a positive attitude
  • Comfort with new technology and proficiency with Excel, Word, Outlook, WordPress, Sharepoint and/or Google Suite
  • Some database experience preferred (experience with Salesforce or similar donor database a plus) 
  • Some office experience preferred
What to expect from CEH
  • Salary range: $45,000 to $55,000
  • Full benefits, including 401k match (up to 5% of salary), health insurance, vacation, sick time, and paid holiday.
  • A team with a sense of justice and a sense of humor 
  • A low-ego, high-performance, all-for-one-and-one-for-all culture and flexible work environment.
Working Conditions and Job Setting
  • Physical ability to type (or use voice keyboarding software) and use a computer is essential.
  • Infrequent periodic lifting of up to 20 pounds is required.

Applying for this job

Write/gather the following materials and send in a single PDF:  

  • Cover letter 
  • Resume 
  • Name, affiliation, and contact information for three references 

Please merge these documents into a single PDF whose file name includes your surname and “Development Associate.” Then email it to: with the subject line: Development Associate.

We acknowledge receipt of all employment applications, and when we decide a candidate is no longer in the running, we inform her/him promptly.  (Note: this sometimes can take a while.)

We will accept applications until April 9, 2021.

CEH is an equal opportunity employer. As an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, it considers applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity or expression, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, age, ability, personal appearance, family responsibilities or national origin.