Development Associate

Organization: Atlantic-Midwest Province of the School Sisters of Notre Dame
Office Location: 6401 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21212
Classification: Full-time, Salaried/Exempt
Reports to: Director of Development

The Organization
The School Sisters of Notre Dame are members of an international congregation of women religious, which was founded in Bavaria in 1833. The first sisters arrived in North America in 1847. The School Sisters of Notre Dame, now living and ministering on five continents, have their Generalate in Rome, Italy. Their mission is to proclaim the good news, directing their entire lives toward that oneness for which Jesus Christ was sent.

The Atlantic-Midwest Province is one of the ten units in the international congregation. School Sisters from this province minister in Canada, England, Italy, South Sudan and the United States, with administrative and health care centers in Baltimore, MD, Chicago, IL, Waterdown, ON and Wilton, CT.

Position Summary
The Development Associate is a member of the development team, which is responsible for fundraising activities and building meaningful relationships throughout the Province.

Under the supervision of the Director of Development [DOD], the Development Associate will conduct prospect research, perform donor relation tasks and oversee day-to-day development operations in the Baltimore Office.


Primary Duties

Prospect research

Conducts research, prepares for solicitation and follow-up:

  • Research and gather information on individuals, corporations, and foundations to determine funding potential to support Province
  • Record all prospect data in Raiser’s Edge and assist with execution of moves management strategies.
  • Prepare donor profiles (briefs), which include biographical, financial and historical giving information; potential for philanthropic support; areas of interest and affiliations.
  • Create proposal documents for institutional funders: including cover letters, requests for funding, brochures, and funding lists.
  • Prepare talking points and pitch
  • Conduct follow-up communications: oversee appropriate acknowledgements to the prospect; make sure that appropriate parties [leadership, staff] are briefed on meeting/solicitation.


Donor Relations

  • With supervision of Director of Development, maintain relationship with donors through calls and organized visits that may include the DOD and/or an SSND.
  • Raiser’s Edge Database: input data and generate query and report, as needed and in coordination with Database Coordinator.
  • Process and acknowledge charitable gifts for events, mailings, as needed.
  • Oversee organization and implementation of Donor Celebrations and fundraising events;
  • Support OktoberFest raffle volunteer committee,
  • Administer the Tree of Life program.
  • Assist with planned giving program/marketing, as requested by DOD.


  • Correspond with various departments regarding development projects/tasks
  • Assist DOD with fundraising administration and leadership logistics as needed including setting meeting schedules, developing meeting agendas, maintaining minutes of internal meetings, and other general management tasks.
  • Review and submit invoices for payment.


  • College degree required; Masters or CRFE designation a plus.
  • Minimum of five years of fund-raising experience in Greater Maryland/Washington, DC area.
  • Broad knowledge of the principles of fundraising – able to participate in all aspects of the gift cycle: (1) prospect research of current and potential donors; (2) donor cultivation strategies; (3) moves management (4) preparation of solicitation materials; (5) personalized ongoing donor stewardship.
  •  Demonstrated leadership and the ability to successfully to multi-task and implement new initiatives.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit; a self-starter with ability to work independently and as member of fast-paced development team.
  • Ability to serve as trainer to leadership and colleagues.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, sophisticated interpersonal and relationship-building skills; strong organization and management skills.
  • Ability to collaborate with others and create unity in working with donors, volunteers, sisters, staff and colleagues.
  • Competent with Microsoft Office Suite and Raisers Edge.
  • Ability to travel distances in the US; attend off-site conferences and meetings.
  • Ability to distinguish and honor confidentiality and communicate information, as needed.
  • Experience with religious life and organizations a plus.

Application Process

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary history to