• Development Associate (Boston)

    Job Locations US-MA-Jamaica Plain Boston
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(5/29/2018 4:37 PM)
    Development / Fundraising
    Work Hours
    9:00am to 5:00pm, additional hours as needed
    Regular Full-Time
    Targeted Job Start Date
    Salary Range
    High $30K to Mid $40K, commensurate with experience
  • Overview & Benefits

    Bottom Line is dedicated to helping first-generation students from low-income backgrounds get into college, graduate from college, and go far in life.  Our vision is to dramatically transform urban communities by producing thousands of new career-ready college graduates.


    As one of the first college support organizations to focus on college completion, Bottom Line now produces best-in-class college graduation rates that eliminate the significant gap between first generation students from low-income backgrounds and their wealthier peers. We operate regional programs in Massachusetts, where we were founded in 1997, New York City and Chicago that collectively serve over 7,000 students. We plan to open two new sites in major urban areas and increase our footprint to over 10,000 students by 2020.


    Bottom Line focuses on students who have the desire and potential to earn a degree, but lack the support structures necessary to navigate the college application process, make a responsible school choice, succeed in college, and prepare for a meaningful career.


    Over the last 20 years, Bottom Line has developed a proven and proactive long-term, high-touch, high impact model.  Full-time, trained and specialized advisors leverage our DEAL model which addresses the four key areas that are most likely to lead to college success: Degree, Employability, Affordability, and Life.  Our relationship and results focused approach helps our students change their lives by gaining economic mobility through college selection, graduation, and career-readiness.


    At Bottom Line, we also have a strong commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  We aim to attract qualified candidates who hold these same values, and help us further recognize and celebrate the diversity among us. 


    When you join Bottom Line, you will find a rewarding, fast-paced, results-oriented environment. We build strong relationships with our students and with each other. We take our work seriously, and we know that a focus on data and metrics is integral to our continued success. Experts in our field, we are driven by our mission and we are extremely proud of the work we do.


    Bottom Line offers a comprehensive benefits package.



    For more information, please visit www.bottomline.org and



    Primary Responsibilities:


    Gift Processing – 10%

    • Ensure that all payments are accurately entered into Salesforce when received, that donors are acknowledged within 48 hours of receipt, and that deposits are made at least weekly. 
    • Work with National Finance Team to reconcile financials


    Administrative, Meetings & Event Support – 40%

    • Update donor contact information
    • Prepare mailings and other donor communications
    • With Executive Director and Managing Director of Development, coordinate Regional Advisory Board meetings, prepare Board packets, and provide other support as needed.  
    • Support the Manager of Events and Donor Engagement as needed with event preparation and planning, including registration.
    • Attend events and provide support with night-of logistics
    • Prepare donor packets
    • Proof and edit materials for grammar, spelling, voice and style, and to ensure adherence to brand and style guidelines
    • Help manage meetings and scheduling for Executive Director and Head of Development
    • Help create briefing documents and meeting notes


     Development Operations Support – 40%

    • Support grant application process for proposals and reports, including gathering supporting materials, and submitting proposals and reports
    • Prepare some grant applications for the review of the Director of Grants and Proposals.


    Prospect Research – 20%

    • Perform prospect research on prospective individual and institutional donors
    • Represent the Bottom Line brand in a positive light, and take actions to increase brand awareness throughout the community


    Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without advanced notice.



    • 1 – 2 years of work experience
    • Experience with databases, Salesforce preferred
    • The ability to make a minimum of a two-year commitment
    • Demonstrated commitment to Bottom Line’s mission, vision, and core values
    • Demonstrated proficiency and/or growth potential in our core competencies (please see below)
    • Bachelor’s degree and work authorization required


    • Experience on a fundraising team
    • Proficiency with Salesforce, Constant Contact, Adobe Creative Suite/Cloud



    All employees are expected to demonstrate continued growth within our seven core competencies.


    Competencies provide Bottom Line with a way to define, in behavioral terms, what it is that people need to do to produce the results that the organization desires, in a way that is in keeping with its culture.  Bottom Line defines a competency as a cluster of related knowledge, skills and attitudes that affects a major part of one’s job that correlates with performance on the job, that can be measured against well-accepted standards, and that can be improved via training and development. 


    • Relationships: Identifies opportunities and takes action to build and maintain meaningful and collaborative connections with various stakeholders
    • Results: Produces quality outcomes; compiles and analyzes data to drive future plans; uses creative solutions
    • Communication: Effectively articulates information in a clear, concise and timely manner to a wide range of stakeholders
    • Inclusiveness: Helps to create an environment that respects and values the identities and cultures of all colleagues and students we serve
    • Talent Development: Effectively assesses one’s own, and others’, strengths and areas for improvement
    • Agility: Demonstrates adaptability and openness to shifting priorities, needs of stakeholders, and organizational changes
    • Planning: Effectively and efficiently uses resources (time, materials, technology) in order to create, meet, and assess goals


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