May 15, 2019

Development Associate, Corporations and Foundations

  • Room to Read
Full-Time Business Development

Job Description

Position Overview:

The Development Associate, Corporations and Foundations will play an integral role in helping Room to Read meet its annual goal of raising approximately $17 million from global partners including corporate and foundation donors through cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of global relationships. The position is based in either San Francisco or New York City, and reports to the Manager, Global Business Development, based in San Francisco, and will include work with development staff in North America and Room to Read’s international offices.  We are looking for a dynamic, motivated, team player who is committed to our cause and has a track record of delivering results. 


Duties & Responsibilities:

Financial Goals and Business Development

  • Raise at least $1 million per year from companies and foundations giving primarily $50,000 or more each year.
  • Support North America team on business development in key markets, such as the East Coast of North America.
  • Manage and steward existing foundation and corporate donors.   
  • Support corporate and foundation fundraising growth in other global markets.
  • Coordinate with international office staff to support corporate and foundation relationships globally. 

Other Responsibilities

  • Represent Room to Read by speaking at conferences and attending fundraising events and donor cultivation meetings.
  • Collaborate with other relationship managers globally on key accounts to ensure global coordination.
  • Contribute to global business development strategy across all markets.
  • Independently, or in collaboration with the Grants and Publications team, write, edit and/or coordinate clear, compelling written materials including concept notes, letters of inquiry, proposals, presentations, reports, and additional materials as needed.
  • Work closely with Finance Department to ensure budgets and financial reports are appropriately represented.
  • Work closely with the Programs team to craft innovative, unique funding proposals when required by the donor.
  • Stay current with organizational strategies and operational plans in order to present accurate funding opportunities to donors.
  • Maintain current donor records in Salesforce.
  • Other duties as necessary.



  • Proven track record of obtaining corporate and foundation funding in the $50,000 to $100,000 gift range
  • Excellent writing, editing, verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Demonstrated understanding of organizational financial reports as well as project and program budgets
  • Strong cross-cultural communications skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Legally eligible to work in the United States; no sponsorship provided
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of relevant work experience (nonprofit or client relationship management)


Global Office - Main - San Francisco / Global Office - New York

To be successful at Room to Read, you will also: 

  • Have passion for our mission and a strong desire to impact a dynamic nonprofit organization 
  • Be a proactive and innovative thinker who achieves results and creates positive change
  • Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness  
  • Embrace diversity and a commitment to collaboration 
  • Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment 

Room to Read is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds. EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled


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