Development Associate



Salary Range: $48,000 – $72,000

Location: Washington, D.C.

Reporting Structure: This role reports to the Director of Development

Job Classification: Full-time, exempt

  • Think creatively and strategically to identify, research and cultivate new corporate, foundation and individual prospects and funding opportunities to create incremental revenue growth
  • Assist with cultivation and stewardship projects such as gift processing, outreach communications, prospect profiles, and donor giving histories
  • Assist with APIA Scholars’ grant proposal writing and submission process and collaborate with staff in the strategic development of proposals and follow up with pending proposals
  • Execute data requests across teams to support reporting, prospecting, and partner presentations
  • Coordinate logistics and material preparation for partner presentations and briefings
  • Oversee Funder Pipeline
    • Manage a portfolio of funders including Employee Resource Groups, groups, associations, and small dollar individual giving
    • Assist with developing approaches to engage prospects and steward relationships with existing donors
    • Assist with the scheduling, production and dissemination of solicitations, event attendees, and other supporters
    • Oversee tracking and implementation of marketing and engagement deliverables for partners and ongoing website updates in partnership with Marketing/Communications Team
  • Support collaboration among the Research and Policy, Marketing/Communications, Scholarships, and Programs staff to ensure the success of collaborative APIA Scholars initiatives
  • Support the Development Team with any and all of the administrative tasks to achieve the Development Team’s fiscal year’s goals
  • Undertake other duties and responsibilities that are assigned


    • Minimum 0-2 years of related work experience.
    • Associate’s degree minimum. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
    • Demonstrated awareness and understanding of Asian American and Pacific Islander cultures and experiences, and the issues affecting these communities.
    • Ability to provide excellent customer service.
    • Flexibility and the ability to multi-task and prioritize competing deadlines.
    • Perform work with accuracy, attention to detail, and confidentiality.
    • Strong organizational, time-management, and multi-tasking skills.
    • Strong interpersonal skills, cultural competency, and the ability to work independently and in team settings.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to tailor messaging to a variety of diverse stakeholders/constituents.
    • Comfortability using Microsoft Office suite, Google Suite, Zoom and other virtual meeting platforms.

    Please submit the following materials to this application by our priority deadline of September 19 for consideration:

    1. Resume
    2. A cover letter (1-page max) answering the following questions:
      1. Why are you interested in working as a part of APIA Scholars?
      2. What previous experience do you have that will allow you to be successful in this role


What We Offer

The salary for this position is commensurate with experience. APIA Scholars provides a comprehensive benefits package including health, vision, dental, 401k, life insurance, and generous paid leave including 15 vacation days, 10 PTO/flex days, federal holidays, and an additional one-week winter closure. At APIA Scholars we believe together we can make an impact. Diversity and inclusion powers that impact. We strive to create a sense of belonging by embracing our differences. We are an organization where everyone is valued, heard, and appreciated. APIA Scholars encourages applicants from historically marginalized populations to consider our team as your next opportunity for change. We are committed to equal employment opportunity and advancement regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, gender expression, or Veteran status.

About APIA Scholars

What was founded in 2003 as a scholarship fund has transformed over the past two decades into a leading national organization serving the unique needs of Asian and Pacific Islander (APIA) students through holistic college to career programming, research, and higher education convenings. As we enter our 20th Anniversary year in 2023, our focus on Scholars – and their authentic leadership development – remains at the core of our mission and vision. However, we know that our best efforts to uplift future APIA students will only be realized if we, as a national APIA voice for higher education equity, leverage our resources, partnerships, and networks to also address the systems that continue to preclude APIAs from success on their journey.

APIA Scholars’ mission is supported through five core strategies: college access, student success, career development, building knowledge, and scaling systems. Through this approach we promote APIA inclusion, equity, and representation on the individual, institutional, and societal level. With a growing Alumni community of 7,500+ Scholars, over 160 eligible Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) serving over 40% of all APIA undergraduate students, and the fastest growing racial or ethnic group in the country of 25 million and growing, APIA Scholars is positioned to educate, elevate, and empower a diverse community that reflects the country’s increasingly diverse future.