Development Associate

Part-time position – 20 hours (Benefit eligible position)

Our Mission:  The Federation for Children with Special Needs provides information, support, and assistance to all families, especially those with children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities.  We are committed to listening to and learning from families, as well as, encouraging full participation in community life by all people, especially those with disabilities.

Job Summary:

The Development Associate position is responsible for providing professional support and performing administrative duties for the Development Office. This individual will be a vital part of the Development Team also providing support in the areas of fundraising events, data entry, and database management.


Essential Job Functions:                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

  • Work closely with the Development Director to support organizational fundraising events which include an annual Gala. This will include securing in-kind donations, coordinating sponsorship mailings, overall management of the Gala silent auction, attending event Committee meetings as needed, working with event volunteers, preparing guest/registration lists, day of event support, and coordination of post-event gift acknowledgments.
  • Responsible for the Stewardship program, ensuring that proper gift acknowledgments are completed for all gifts in a timely fashion.
  • Complete Development mailings including the Annual Appeal and coordinate all post appeal gift acknowledgments.
  • Provide support for annual Conference planning and coordination (including coordination of Conference Exhibitors).
  • Perform data entry of donor gifts into the donor database (currently Bloomerang) and maintain the accuracy of data in the system.
  • Prepare all gift acknowledgments and complete them with accuracy and in a timely manner.
  • Monitor online donations and enter information in the fundraising database.
  • Collaborate with the Communications Coordinator on social media and other Development communications as required.
  • Provide administrative support by answering phones, handling department correspondence, tracking and maintaining Development office supplies, and other general office duties.  Assists with backup coverage for Office Administrator.
  • Meet regularly with supervisor/team and work collaboratively with all staff.  Participates in Federation staff meetings and Visions of Community Conference (VOC).
  • Perform other tasks and assume other responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Prior experience with the administrative tasks of fundraising and event planning.

Prior experience using fundraising software preferred (Bloomerang or other CRM software).

  • Ability to work on multiple projects, take initiative, adjust quickly to shifting priorities, and exercise good judgment.
  • Proofreading skills, good verbal and written communication skills are required.  Organizational skills and the ability to work independently, prioritize, and meet deadlines.
  • Detail-oriented. Excellent computer skills and advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint.  Knowledge of WordPress, social media, and electronic communications is a plus.
  • High energy and passion for the mission of the Federation for Children with Special Needs.
  • Able to work remotely or in the office and a willingness to work some weekday evenings or weekend days, when necessary.


Please Note:  This is a part-time position, 20 hours per week, and is eligible for employee benefits as outlined in FCSN personnel policies.

To Apply:
Send your resume and cover letter to FCSN Human Resources by email to:; or by mail to: Federation for Children with Special Needs, Attn: HR, 529 Main Street, Suite 1M3, Boston, MA 02129

The Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN) embraces the diversity of our staff and is committed to increasing the diversity of our organization.  As an EEO employer, FCSN is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and candidates for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other legally protected status or designation.   Also, we welcome parents of children with special needs or those with a disability to apply!