Development Assistant, Temporary, Fall 2021

We are not currently accepting applications for this position.

ProPublica is seeking a self-motivated and detail-oriented professional as the temporary part-time development assistant from late October through Feb. 28, 2022. The assistant will have the opportunity to gain valuable fundraising experience from our small, collegial team while assisting the development manager with donations. The primary role of the temporary assistant is to process donations using Salesforce, Classy and other fundraising tools. They will also assist with donor communications, database projects, general administration for the development team and special projects as needed.


The ideal candidate will have experience in an office setting. The ability to take initiative, coordinate with others and follow through in a dynamic and highly confidential environment is a must. Excellent organizational ability demonstrated in meeting deadlines, setting priorities, maintaining data accuracy and working in a cooperative but self-directed manner is also critical. Database and communication skills are required, and fundraising experience is a plus. A demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office applications is preferred. While ProPublica will supply the necessary equipment for the duration of this project; the successful candidate must have the ability to work from our Soho office as well as remotely, including a secure internet connection.

ProPublica is dedicated to improving our newsroom, in part by better reflecting the people we cover. (Here is a breakdown of the ProPublica staff.) We’re committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages, and we are taking steps to meet that commitment. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.

We are looking for a temporary part-time assistant who will:

  • Process donations into Salesforce database from mail, third-party platforms and donor-advised funds, carefully tracking contact information and donation details;

  • Assist with donor communications, including troubleshooting email and phone queries from donors as well as assistance with the production of acknowledgment letters;

  • Assist with maintenance of Salesforce database including data hygiene; and

  • Provide general administrative support to the development staff, as needed.

The development assistant is a temporary, part-time, 20 hour/week position and does not include benefits. Required work will occur during typical weekday business hours. Exact schedule is flexible. The person filling this position will need to work both remotely and in person from our office (conditions permitting), where we adhere to strict health and safety guidelines. Proof of vaccination is required. The temporary development assistant position will begin around Oct. 25 and end around Feb. 28, 2022, with a possibility of extension as needed.

We know there are great candidates who may not fit into what we’ve described above or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

We will begin reviewing applications as we receive them, but we will continue to consider candidates as long as the posting remains live on our site.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.

No phone calls, please.

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