Washington State

Are you interested in fundraising and data management for the benefit of Washington’s environment and our communities? Do you like to work collaboratively to implement projects and analyze information to help shape future strategies? If yes, then this could be the job for you. This is a great opportunity for someone with some fundraising and/or data management experience and who is eager to learn more.

Position Summary

The Development and Data Associate is a shared position between Washington Environmental Council (WEC) and Washington Conservation Voters (WCV). The Development and Data Associate is an integral part of the Development Team. This person implements our annual direct mail and online campaigns to bring in new donors, renew existing donors and grow the base of support among donors giving less than $1,000 annually. They lead the Development Team processes in the Salesforce database, supports organizational use of the database, and work to streamline systems and data management to ensure database ease of use and accurate reporting. This position is supervised by the Development Manager. Given the current pandemic we are working remotely and foresee doing so through at least the summer of 2021. Our teams have access to a variety of online tools and systems that support working remotely. Eventually we foresee a return to our office in downtown Seattle where this position will be based.

Who we are

Washington Environmental Council (WEC) is a nonprofit, statewide advocacy organization. For over 50 years, WEC has brought people together to solve Washington’s most critical environmental issues. WEC builds power for the environmental movement by building partnerships, mobilizing the public, connecting voters to decision makers, and taking legal action. Our mission is to protect, restore, and sustain Washington’s environment for all.

Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) ensures Washington’s decision makers keep our environment protected, healthy, and vibrant. Over the last 35 years, we have elected environmental champions, held our elected leaders to the highest standard, and built statewide momentum for environmental campaigns through innovative voter outreach efforts and community organizing.  WCV is committed to making sure all people in Washington State have a healthy environment and a strong, sustainable economy.

By effectively combining the policy know-how of WEC with the political know-how of WCV, we have reshaped how environmental protection is achieved in Washington. With one shared CEO, our organizations work in partnership as each pursues its unique mission. Combined, we have a staff of 35+ and work in a LEED-certified building in downtown Seattle with a view of Elliott Bay. Given the current pandemic, we are working remotely and plan to do so through at least the summer of 2021, and will return to work in the office in a modified manner (TBD). Our teams have access to a variety of online tools and systems that support working remotely.

We offer competitive salaries, good benefits, and the opportunity to make a difference. We are committed to a diverse, socially just, and welcoming work environment and people of color, people with varying abilities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are especially encouraged to apply. We continue to advance the application of a racial equity lens to our work, and are led by a CEO who is a woman of color.


Manage Membership Program

  • To achieve membership revenue goals, work with the Development Manager and Content Manager to implement and evaluate an annual mail and online giving strategy that solicits, retains, cultivates, and acknowledges donors who give less than $1,000 annually.
  • Monitor and assess performance of mail and online giving programs in a timely manner and adjust as needed; prepare reports to managers and others on progress, trends, and results.
  • Lead efforts around the recruitment, retention, and management of monthly donors.
  • Working with the Communications team and Development Manager, evaluate fundraising performance as it relates to list growth efforts to enable development success.
  • Strive for a positive donor experience by evaluating and optimizing online giving pages, forms, auto responders and database functions, and manage credit card and gift processing systems to quickly resolve issues.  
  • Manage the thank you process, which includes regularly updating the content for donor thank you letters to make sure they are accurate, welcoming, and reflect our current work. Ensure the Admin Associate has all of the needed information to produce donor acknowledgment letters in a timely fashion.
  • Be the WEC representative for Earthshare Washington activities and ensure documentation and needed paperwork for Earthshare is submitted in a timely fashion.

Database Management and Development Systems

  • Build and maintain tools and strategies with support from the Data Systems Manager to improve database ease of use for the Development Team and broader organization.
  • Assist with organizational data hygiene, troubleshoot database issues, and take on database projects as directed by the Data Systems Manager.
  • Lead Development team-wide data management, data assessment, and reporting to inform current performance and future strategies. 
  • Serve as back-up for gift entry and gift acknowledgment processing during busy periods of the year for the Development and Administrative teams.
  • Develop and keep up to date database and systems documentation that allow others to quickly adopt development team database practices.
  • Assist the Donor Relations Director and Development Manager in the identification of prospective donors and the cultivation of current donors through giving patterns and donor research.
  • Assist with foundation research including the identification of connections between our organizations and foundations.
  • Serve as the development team representative to the Organizational Excellence team; take on related projects and other activities as needed and with approval from the Development Manager.

Support other Development Team Activities and Organizational Goals:

  • Support other development team activities (smaller events, major donor briefings, grant functions, etc) under direction of the Development Manager.
  • Assist with WEC/WCV fundraising events, as needed.
  • Track and order in office development supplies including postcards, letterhead, and envelopes.
  • Engage in and implement WEC & WCV’s racial equity and environmental justice work, including participating in one of our Racial Equity Teams.

Required Skills

  • 1+ year of experience in managing data in a relational contact database platform, Salesforce preferred. Volunteer or internship experience applies.
  • Some experience working with or on a fundraising team, paid or volunteer.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and timelines simultaneously and meet deadlines while working across teams and at all levels of the organization.
  • Can work effectively across teams to ensure effective, coordinated, and efficient processes.
  • Ability to handle sensitive information in a discrete and confidential manner. 
  • Ability to use data tools and build reports that assess fundraising performance.
  • High levels of attention to accuracy and detail.
  • Curiosity around improving systems and solving problems.
  • Strong commitment to racial equity, environmental justice, and anti-racism.

Desired Skills

  • Associate’s Degree (or commensurate experience)
  • Good interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Familiarity with a range of digital fundraising tools (giving forms, credit card processing, email management)
  • Experience using prospect research tools (Wealth Engine, iWave)
  • Ability to create visual representations of data (Microsoft platforms, Salesforce, Tableau, etc)
  • Experience using Microsoft Office and GoogleDocs suite of tools

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full time, exempt position with a salary range of $42K to $49K depending on experience. We also offer a generous benefits package including 100% employer paid medical and dental insurance, 401k plan and organizational match of up to 3% of your annual salary, access to a Flexible Spending Account, three weeks paid vacation to start, paid sick leave, ten paid holidays per year, an Employee Assistance Program, and a wellness benefit. If you work for seven consecutive years you are eligible for an eight week paid sabbatical. We welcome new and diverse people to a great team who together shape environmental protection in Washington.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and a resume that include your professional and/or lived experiences that apply to this position here. No phone calls or mailed applications please. The deadline for applications for this position is Friday, May 7, 2021.

Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters are equal opportunity employers committed to dismantling structural racism and creating a welcoming work environment. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are especially encouraged to apply.