Senior Development Associate

Senior Development Associate

Senior Development Associate

Senior Development Associate

March 18, 2024
Washington, DC
Position type
Experience (minimum)
2-5 Years
Education (minimum)
Travel required?
Not specified
Base salary (minimum)
$50,000 - 60,000



Established more than 80 years ago on the core conviction that freedom flourishes in democratic nations where governments are accountable to their people, Freedom House is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that works to defend and expand freedom globally to help secure a world where all are free. Around the world, repressive regimes are preventing billions of people from exercising their fundamental rights. We identify and analyze threats to freedom, mobilize decision makers to respond to those threats and seize opportunities for progress, and support activists and organizations working to defend and expand freedom. We are dedicated to ensuring that the United States serves as a positive model of democratic practice at home and a consistent champion of freedom globally. By gathering authoritative data and leveraging our global networks, Freedom House is an unwavering beacon in protecting human rights and promoting democratic governance.

All Freedom House employees possess a deep and unwavering commitment to nonpartisanship, with a sustained dedication to the mission of Freedom House. We have a strong work ethic and a keen desire for both personal and professional development. The team is also dedicated to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace where everyone feels a sense of belonging.


The Senior Development Associate will primarily support Freedom House’s fundraising with institutional donors, though will assist with all aspects of the development office, which is responsible for securing and sustaining financial support from a range of individuals, foundations, and businesses. This position reports to the Sr. Development Officer, Institutional Giving.


  • Conduct research using fundraising databases, news searches, and other tools to produce briefings for fundraisers and executive staff in preparation for donor and prospect meetings.
  • Contribute to proposals and donor reports, and draft donor-centric communications like project updates, acknowledgement letters, and other correspondence.
  • Support fundraising and prospect management activities for the Development team utilizing Salesforce, the organization’s donor database.
  • Support the operations and project management needs of the development office.
  • Assist with the organization’s corporate and individual donor and prospects, as needed.
  • Work with development and executive teams, consultants, and vendors to plan, implement and staff donor events like the annual awards dinner, receptions, briefings and other engagement opportunities.
  • Maintain general awareness of and interest in the programs and activities of Freedom House, and a commitment to the organization’s mission. Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent experience.


  • 2-5 years of experience in a nonprofit development department, a grantmaking organization, or in private sector business development
  • Familiarity with prospect research, fundraising processes, effective solicitations and database management.
  • Prefer candidates with experience in or commitment to democracy promotion, human rights, or international affairs.

Technical Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong ability to communicate effectively and persuasively in English, both verbally and in writing.
  • Superb attention to detail, with consistent production of timely, error-free work.
  • Skilled in research and applying strong analytical skills to provide profiles and briefings to development team and president.
  • Strong capability to take on additional tasks when required, work independently, and highly motivated to take the initiative to constantly improve systems and processes. Self-disciplined, action-oriented style.
  • Prior experience with Salesforce or other customer relationship management database. Knowledge of MS Office is required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including effectively interacting with people with a wide range of political and social views. Skilled at establishing trusted partnerships throughout organization and using expert judgment when dealing with internal and external constituents.
  • Exercise discretion in maintaining and managing highly-confidential information.
  • Strong ability to plan, organize, and prioritize under pressure to meet tight deadlines.


  • Freedom House established core values are belonging, collaboration, excellence, integrity, and respect. Through these values we prioritize creating a supportive and inclusive environment, emphasize collective efforts for success, are dedicated to high-quality impactful work, uphold trust through courage and honesty, and treat everyone with dignity while appreciating their unique contributions.
  • Diversity makes our work stronger. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Diverse backgrounds relevant to the countries in which we have programming are a welcome asset.
  • Applicants should complete our online application form and to submit a resume and a cover letter that outlines interests and qualifications for this position.
  • Candidates must possess authorization to work in the United States independent from Freedom House sponsorship.


  • Salaries are commensurate with experience and based on pay grades that prioritize equity across the organization. Salary range is between $55,000 to $67,000 annualized, dependent upon experience.
  • We are consistently working to retain and attract top talent to contribute to our continual growth. We are proud to offer an excellent benefits package including:
    • Multiple medical plans, dental, and vision insurance available on the first date of hire.
    • 403(b) Retirement Plan with up to a 10% employer match.
    • $1,500 yearly professional development reimbursement for work-related trainings courses or memberships directly related to employee’s position.
    • Generous Leave Programs
      • Annual paid time off that grows with your employment: 15 days for 0-2 years, 20 days for 3-5 years, 25 days for 6+ years. Director level and above start at 25 days.
      • Sick Leave: 10 days per year, unlimited roll over year to year.
      • 14 paid holidays with the ability to float the day later within the same calendar year.
      • Parental leave: 20 days paid.
      • Bereavement: 3 days paid.
      • Jury duty: 30 days paid.
    • Flexible, hybrid work culture with slow down weeks and “no meeting Fridays”.
    • Supply annual allocation benefit: $210 for the purchase of home office equipment.
    • Mental health and well-being services through KonTerra Group.
    • Free gym at the DC office.
    • Short-term and long-term disability.
    • Supplemental/Voluntary life insurance.
    • Employee assistance program.


  • Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting or remote work.
  • May require long hours including evenings and weekends to complete tasks.
  • Travel to some countries, for business or in some cases personal reasons, while a Freedom House employee, may not be advisable or even possible due to high security risks.
  • Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Freedom House is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

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