Development Assistant
The Conservation Law Foundation - Boston, MA

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Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) seeks a development assistant to provide critical support to CLF's comprehensive development program. Candidates should have some experience in development and/or with providing administrative support in an office setting. This position joins a five member development team charged with raising over $5.4 million in the current fiscal year and will report to the vice president of development. This is a full time non-exempt position based in Boston, MA.

  • Record all gifts in Raiser's Edge database and track acknowledgements of all gifts; produce standard acknowledgements for general members;
  • Provide outstanding customer service for phone inquiries to the development office; support CLF Board members, staff, donors and members as they interact with the department;
  • Maintain donor files and update biographical information in the database; other data entry as needed;
  • Coordinate in-house production and mailing of solicitation letters and other projects;
  • Run standard financial reports on weekly and monthly basis; work with manager of development operations to ensure accurate gift and financial reporting, prepare other donor relations communications as necessary;
  • Help maintain and update the development portion of the website;
  • Manage monthly and annual administrative tasks such as expense reports and updates to professional memberships and subscriptions;
  • Provide assistance to the director of foundation relations in administering proper assembly and timely mailing of all foundation proposals, reports and other administrative functions as needed; drafting acknowledgements; and, tracking proposal and reporting deadlines;
  • Travel occasionally to staff development events, such as receptions, dinners, and lectures;
  • Schedule internal and external meetings; assist with details in a proactive manner;
  • Provide assistance the vice president for development and vice president for communications as needed;
  • Perform other administrative duties as needed.
  • Bachelor's degree required, as well as 1-2 years of development experience and/or demonstrated experience providing administrative support in an office setting;
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, ability to take initiative, solve problems, assess priorities and manage a variety of activities in a fast-paced environment;
  • Strong written and oral communications skills, attention to details and comfortable with deadlines;
  • Strong customer service skills;
  • Able to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Comfort using fundraising and communications software (CLF uses Raiser's Edge and Convio) as well Microsoft Office suite;
  • Willingness to travel to state offices within New England with occasional nighttime and weekend work;
  • An understanding of environmental issues and a background in environmental studies or advocacy are a plus;
  • Good sense of humor.
Salary and Benefits

CLF offers a competitive salary, an extensive benefits plan, and an open and accepting work environment where differences are highly respected.
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Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) protects New England's environment for the benefit of all people. A non-profit, member-supported organization, CLF uses the law, science and the market to solve the region's most challenging environmental problems from climate change to ocean conservation to transportation. Every day, CLF advocates stand up for New Englanders—in state houses, court houses and board rooms, regulatory hearings and community gatherings—to forge innovative paths to environmental progress and economic prosperity for all in our region. To that end, CLF works with communities of color, and also communities that are economically or otherwise disadvantaged, which often suffer disproportionately the impacts of environmental degradation. CLF is committed to representing New England's diversity in our staff, volunteers, boards and membership and creating a positive, inclusive workplace culture where all can thrive.

About this company
Founded in 1966, CLF is a member-supported organization with offices in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.