Development Associate

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CLS is seeking a Development Associate for its Center City Office. This is a full-time position, will report to the Development Director, and will work as a team member of the Development Unit to enhance the growth and success of CLS’s fundraising program.



Primary Responsibilities:

  • Maintain and continually update the donor database system used for soliciting, cultivating, and stewarding individual and institutional donors.
  • Receive, process, record, acknowledge, and report on gifts and pledges.
  • Use query and report functions to generate mailing lists, reports, and prospect profiles.
  • Use available research tools to create and enhance prospect and donor records.
  • Generate, edit, and print gift acknowledgement letters; manage signature and mailing processes.
  • Manage pledge recording, tracking, reminders, and reports.
  • Under the direction of the Development Director, support the logistics of the annual efforts to raise funds from law firms and individual donors.  Coordinate volunteer meetings and materials; record meeting notes; create and manage prospect portfolios; track and report results; serve as point person for mailing coordination.
  • Collaborate with the Development Director and Communications Director to create the Annual Appeal letters and email messages: help to identify topics; write and edit copy; participate in design development.
  • Support the Development Director in implementing activities of the young leaders’ organization, Justice Rising Advocates.  Coordinate volunteer meetings and materials; record meeting notes; coordinate event marketing and invitation process; coordinate event logistics and staffing; generate post-event reports.
  • Under the direction of the Development Director, execute logistic tasks for annual law firm breakfast and individual donor reception: coordinate invitation process; manage awards process; manage printed materials; support speakers; coordinate staffing; and carry out follow-up communications.
  • Manage the Development Calendar.

Additional Duties:

  • Make reminder and confirmation telephone calls to people participating in upcoming events.
  • Assist in planning and implementation of CLS ad hoc events.
  • Serve as liaison for annual charitable registration renewal process.
  • Process Development Unit mail, travel, and expense requests.


  • No formal supervision responsibility; responsible for one’s own work product and work within a unit performing similar functions.


  • Appropriately represent CLS on the telephone and in person at meetings and events
  • Create timely, accurate, complete reports on prospects, donors, and gifts
  • Create charts and graphs to illustrate aspects of giving and results
  • Be detail-oriented, thoughtful, reliable, and friendly
  • Self-edit and ask for help when appropriate


  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Two years of relevant work experience strongly preferred.
  • Proficient in MS Office, with emphasis on Word, Excel, and Publisher.
  • Preferred: experience with The Raiser’s Edge or similar CRM; knowledge of fundraising principles and tactics


  • Typical office setting with adequate lighting, heat, and ventilation.


  • Typically, the position will require some walking, standing, bending, kneeling, and carrying of items of moderate weight (no more than 20 lbs.)

Community Legal Services, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants of all diverse backgrounds to apply.  CLS, Inc. does not discriminate in the selection of employees on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, genetics, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status.  In addition to federal law requirements, CLS complies with all applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.  This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall and transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

About Us

Founded in 1966 by the Philadelphia Bar Association, Community Legal Services (CLS) has provided free civil legal assistance to more than one million low-income Philadelphians. Approximately 10,000 clients were represented by CLS in the past year. CLS assists clients when they face the threat of losing their homes, incomes, health care, and even their families. CLS attorneys and other staff provide a full range of legal services, from individual representation to administrative advocacy to class action litigation, as well as community education and social work. CLS is nationally recognized as a model legal services program.

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What to include in your application: Please include a cover letter expressing your interest in this position and the skills and abilities that make you a qualified candidate, an updated resume, and three professional references preferably from current or former supervisors. Community Legal Services values a diverse work environment and strongly encourages women, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ, people with disabilities, people who have experienced poverty or homelessness and people who have had prior contact with the juvenile, criminal, or child welfare systems to apply. CLS invites all applicants to include in their cover letter a statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice.

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