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Develpment Associate

Development | Washington, DC | Full Time

Job Description

About us:

One Common Unity (OCU) breaks cycles of violence and builds compassionate, healthy communities through the transformative power of music, arts, and peace education. Founded in 2000 following a string of school shootings in Washington, DC, OCU is a collaborative effort between educators, artists, and health practitioners dedicated to preventing violence and improving life outcomes for youth and families. Currently based in 23 schools throughout Washington, DC, we train the next generation of youth leaders in social emotional literacy, arts expression, and conflict transformation and support them to create positive social change and healing in their communities. Over the past 19 years, we have impacted over 32,500 youth and families, trained over 11,500 teachers, hosted over 81 public concerts and performances, and recently were awarded the Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in the Humanities.

This position reports and works closely with the Development Director. The Development Associate will work to assist with all tasks that will support the organization’s development efforts and expand the organization’s impact. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Grant writing: 

  • Assist with grant process, including grant research, writing, and copy-editing;

  • Draft LOIs, grant applications, budgets, and grant attachments;

  • Develop and manage timelines for grant writing to ensure development goals are met  and critical fundraising processes are carried out in a timely manner;

  • Support the development of corporate sponsorships and garner corporate support for projects and programs.

Individual Giving:

  • Support the Development Director in individual donor cultivation, communication and retention efforts;

  • Support direct mail and email fundraising campaigns as needed;

  • Issue donor receipts as needed.

Database Management: 

  • Manage utilization and integration of Salesforce;

  • Use CRM system to track and report on fundraising goals.


  • Work with the Board Fundraising Committee, Leadership Council, and development staff to organize and carry out fundraising events; 

  • Alongside Operations Manager, manage Development Interns and Fellows; 

  • Other as needed. 

Desired Qualifications:     

  • Associates Degree/Bachelor's Degree with a focus on development or a relevant subject preferred;

  • A commitment to and understanding of One Common Unity’s mission, including an understanding of the role that education and the arts can play in social change;

  • A commitment to social justice, racial justice, experience with cultural humility, and comfort working with people from diverse backgrounds/different from oneself;

  • Outstanding interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills;

  • Attention to detail;

  • Willingness to learn about foundation grantmaking and government contracting processes;

  • Ability to integrate feedback from multiple stakeholders;

  • Proven ability to establish and maintain effective and collaborative connections with individuals from diverse backgrounds including colleagues, community members, volunteers, program participants, and donors;

  • Personal qualities of emotional maturity, humility, strong work ethic, and a roll-up-my-sleeves attitude;

  • Familiarity with database systems and online social networks; experience with Salesforce and Mailchimp a plus.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation is commensurate with experience. OCU offers a competitive benefits package with health, dental and vision coverage, EAP service, HSA/FSA, retirement benefits after first year, paid holidays and vacation.

Physical Requirement of the Job

Depending on COVID guidelines, this position may be onsite or remote.*  The environmental factors and/or physical requirements of this position include the following: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to have ordinary ambulatory skills sufficient to visit other locations; and the ability to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, and manipulate (lift, carry, move) light to medium weights of 10-50 pounds. Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp, and visual acuity to use a keyboard. The employee frequently is required to be in one position for long periods of screen use, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear both in person and over devices.  The employee interacts in close spaces and frequently with other workers, vendors, and clients.  The position works in an office environment with artificial light and air.

One Common Unity is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from people of color, women, differently-abled, LGBTQIA, and other groups that have historically been subject to discrimination.

*This position is temporarily remote due to COVID-19.*