Development Associate, AmeriCorps VISTA

Development Associate, AmeriCorps VISTA
Site Name: 826 Valencia
Assignment Area: Development
Location: San Francisco, CA
Hours: 40 hours/week Monday-Friday, with evenings and weekends as required
Dates: mid-August 2018 – mid-August 2019
To apply, please fill out this short form, and email a cover letter, résumé, and a relevant writing sample to with the subject line: Development Associate. This position is open until filled.

The Fund Development VISTA will be a key player in building and expanding our development systems. The person in this position will: Write grants, identify new prospects, use data to expand fundraising opportunities, maintain database tracking for donors and organizational funders, ensure donors are systematically and regularly appreciated by skillful use of data systems, write donor acknowledgement letters, and contribute information and insights into donor engagement plans and approaches for donor expansion and sustainability.


  • Record and track supporter gifts, relationships, and key strategies in Salesforce
  • Lead stewardship processes surrounding donor acknowledgments and archiving
  • Support grant-writing and research for new and existing prospects, though efforts will focus largely on our expansion to our third Center in Mission Bay
  • Analyze metrics across programs to inform grant reports and proposals
  • Garner in-kind resources to support the organization’s mission and free programs
  • Engage volunteers and key stakeholders at development-related events and activities
  • Maintain calendars, deadlines, and internal database systems for all donors and organizational funders to secure and renew funds
  • Create bridges of communication between staff across the organization to maintain a deep understanding of the work
  • Other duties as assigned


  • High School diploma or equivalent, Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Prior work or volunteer experience within an office setting


  • Must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the United States.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks in a variety of areas. Flexibility is a must
  • Detail-oriented
  • Adaptable in times of change, particularly as they relate to seasonal priorities
  • Ability and interest in working with a culturally diverse population and a variety of stakeholders and audiences
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Strong interest in engaging with the core fundraising work of a growing nonprofit


  • Fluent written and spoken English
  • Strong interpersonal skills, especially as it pertains to collaboration and supporting the work of several leaders at once
  • Prior work or volunteer experience within a development or fundraising team in a nonprofit setting
  • Some experience using Salesforce or similar (Blackbaud, Raiser’s Edge, etc.)


The Fund Development Associate position is headquartered out of 826 Valencia’s Tenderloin Center at 180 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA.


  • AmeriCorps Service Year Benefits through VISTA
  • Monthly stipend paid to full-time members throughout the term of service
  • Education Award of $5,645 granted upon completion of service and usable for college, trade school, or other educational expenses or a cash stipend of $1,500 upon successful completion of service term
  • Current Student Loan Deferment or Loan Forbearance, if applicable
  • Emergency Health Benefit for Individual
  • Relocation Reimbursement of up to $550, if moving over 50 miles for the project
  • Excellent childcare assistance (to qualifying members), paid to an eligible provider of your choice

*In 2017-18, the stipend for VISTAs in San Francisco was approximately $22,000 for the year. The 2018-19 stipend will be comparable, and we’ll be announcing the official amount in the coming weeks. Your stipend will be subject to federal, state, and city taxes.

As an organization committed to encouraging youth in their creative expression, personal growth, and academic success, 826 Valencia recognizes the importance of diversity at all levels and in all aspects of our work. In order to build and maintain the safe, supportive environment in which great leaps of learning occur, we commit to inclusion: We will not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, nationality, marital status, English fluency, parental status, military service or disability.