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Development Associate
Literacy Connects in Tucson, Arizona
 
 
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Date Posted 05/20/2021
Category
Admin-Development and Fund Raising
Philanthropy-Administrative-Non-profit
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

Literacy Connects is a volunteer-driven Tucson nonprofit serving over 55,000 children and adults
annually through literacy and arts programming. As the premier literacy hub of Southern AZ we connect
individuals and groups from across the community to work together for long-term social impact. While
each of our programs uses different delivery models to meet the mission, they are unified in achieving
transformational learning through joyous student-centered relationships and a strength-based
approach. We know that while building skills is critical, long-term success also depends on shifting
attitudes and behaviors. We believe that when people come to identify as learners, readers, writers,
creatives, and empowered citizens, their resilience increases along with opportunities to help
themselves and others.

ORGANIZATIONAL VALUES

The core values that influence our organizational direction are equity and social justice, creativity and
imagination, collaborative relationships, joy, and transformational learning. We are positive and
always try to work from a place of gratitude. We seek board, staff and volunteers who are passionate,
committed to the mission, and can embrace our core values.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Development Associate’s primary role is to assist the Development Team with the implementation
of Literacy Connects’ fundraising strategy. This includes researching and identifying funding
opportunities that align with our strategic vision, drafting letters of inquiry and proposals, creating
fundraising solicitations, tracking active and prospective donors and funders in Donor Perfect, and
providing general administrative support related to the organization’s development efforts. This
position will play a key role in garnering and sustaining the resources needed to advance our vision of a
literate community.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS 

Work collaboratively with Director of Development to ensure positive outcomes for donors in
the advancement of our fundraising goals 

Develop relationships with corporate and business partners, volunteers and individuals that will
lead to gifts 

With the support of a supervisor and other partners, execute the fundraising plans for one or
more areas of the development team. Focus on identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and
stewarding gift prospects within an assigned portfolio. 

Assist Grant Manager with soliciting grants from foundations and government agencies 

Draft content for fundraising appeals for individual giving and track progress 

Assist with corporate and business sponsorship 

Other duties as assigned


QUALIFICATIONS 

Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent combination of education and work experience 

Minimum 2 years of professional experience in fundraising and grant writing 

Excellent writer; ability to produce high-quality written content quickly 

Expert communicator; ability to communicate effectively at all levels of the organization and
with external stakeholders 

Extremely thorough and detail oriented; curious 

Intrinsically motivated and able to manage projects independently

COMPENSATION

This position will be .75 FTE (30 hrs/wk) with a salary of $30,000 annually based on education,
experience, and ASU Lodestar Non-Profit Salary Guidelines, and a competitive benefit package.

HOURS

Literacy Connects is open 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. Occasional weekend and evening hours
will be required. This position is currently requires both remote and in-person work.

TO APPLY

Interested candidates should submit a resume and a thoughtful cover letter outlining how your skills
and experience meet the qualifications of the position to HumanResources@literacyconnects.org

WEBSITE

www.literacyconnects.org

EQUITY, INCLUSTION AND DIVERSITY STATEMENT

As an organization that values equity and social justice, Literacy Connects strives to be a place where all
feel welcome, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status,
sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. We work to champion social justice
initiatives and advocate for our community, and to continue to grow as an organization and individuals.
It is our diverse community that makes us who we are, and we stand against any and all discrimination,
racism, and hatred.

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