Organization Overview

State Voices is a national network – built from the states up – that helps grassroots organizations win civic engagement victories and build long-term political power. Since 2008, we’ve been employing the principles of collective impact, building the capacity of partners with data analysis and shared resources, and strengthening our democracy by amplifying the voices of marginalized communities.

State Voices sustains a dynamic ecosystem of 23 state tables comprised of 784 partner organizations. We provide the organizations in our network with the data, tools, and support they need to help create a healthy and thriving democracy through a racial equity lens. We advance this work through three national programs: Civic Engagement (voter registration and turnout, issue advocacy and constituency engagement), Civic Access (voting rights and election administration) and Civic Representation (census and redistricting).

It’s our collective duty to end the systemic, relentless disenfranchisement targeting communities of color, young adults, LGBTQ people, and single women. That’s why State Voices works year-round to create a more accessible, inclusive, and representative democracy.

Position Overview

State Voices (SV) seeks a Senior Development Associate who is passionate about the development profession and in working to leverage the power of philanthropy to build justice and equity. The Senior Development Associate is responsible for helping to support the fundraising activities that generate an expected $5.5 million of an estimated $7.5M total budget for 2019. The Senior Associate reports to the Director of Development.

Primary Functions

  • Coordinate and track the grant proposal calendar and process for a growing portfolio of approximately 50 current funders and prospects.
  • Prepare summary analysis and briefing memos on Institutional prospects.
  • Draft superior grant materials, including letters of inquiry, proposals, program reports, and other grant content and budgets.
  • Prepare case statements, updates, and other briefing materials for individual donors and prospect.
  • Coordinate development and implementation of grassroots fundraising campaigns, including email appeals and direct mail.
  • Coordinate with program staff to ensure a match of fundraising initiatives and donor engagement opportunities.
  • Maintain all comprehensive donor and funder records in EveryAction CRM, and draft acknowledgements as needed.
  • Liaise with finance department on to ensure timely income reconciliation and shared updated income forecasts.
  • Provide editorial contribution in collaboration with the communications team.
  • Provide planning and on-site support for fundraising events.



The ideal candidate will possess many, if not all, of the following qualifications:

  • A genuine appreciation for and deep commitment to the mission of State Voices.
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated work within the fields of national civic engagement, racial equity, and progressive movement building.
  • A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 2-3 years of nonprofit development experience, including grantwriting.
  • Excellent writing skills, attention to detail, and a keen understanding of grammar.
  • Experience with grant writing and donor-centric communications.
  • High degree of professionalism, specific interest in fundraising, and the capacity and interest in high-level experience with senior management and major supporters, including foundations and individual donors.
  • Ability to communicate articulately and effectively both in person and in writing.
  • Creativity, resourcefulness, appropriate aggressiveness, and possessing an entrepreneurial and intellectual curiosity.

To Apply:

  • Send your resume, cover letter, and 1-2 development-related writing samples to: [email protected].
  • To ensure your submission is properly routed, use the subject line “Senior Development Associate”
  • No calls please.


State Voices is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.