Development Associate


Program: Development

Reporting to: Development Manager

Full-Time, Exempt

Salary Range: $60,000-$65,000

Location: New York (This is a hybrid work space)

Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Human Rights seeks a Development Associate to support our grant proposals, donor relations, and prospecting efforts.

About the Development Team

The work of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is possible thanks to a dynamic, multi-source model of revenue, supported by an endowment, individual giving (largely driven by board and leadership council support), events (such as our annual Ripple of Hope gala and Compass Investor Conference(s)), and institutional support.


  • Assist with prospecting, creating confidential donor briefs and developing outreach strategies;

  • Aid in updating our Salesforce database with current donor information and latest outreach, and producing reports;

  • Assist Development Manager in drafting and editing funding proposals for RFKHR programs;

  • Assist in the development of collateral material for fundraising purposes;

  • Manage execution of MOVES management through donor development and cultivation strategies and its automation in SF;

  • Assist with monitoring and and updating evaluation systems with the latest impact updates;

  • Liaise with members of each of our programmatic (at all levels) as needed;

  • Support Director of Development Operations in donor stewardship program;

  • Support in overseeing marathon events;

  • Work with the Communications Department to support donor outreach;

  • Support our Finance lead with documentation materials as needed for auditing purposes;

  • Assist in our online auction research, conduct follow-up and public relations of acquired lots;

  • Support event fundraising as needed, including mailings, follow-up phone calls and donor research;

  • Assist with other tasks and activities as needed, including but not limited to mailings and conducting phone calls;

  • All new staff will undergo an introductory period of three (3) months as a training and learning period;

  • Do your part in keeping our operations running smoothly - tracking your hours and submitting timecards in a timely manner.


  • At least one year experience and/or interest in prospecting, soliciting, fundraising, grant writing, data management, writing, campaigns (communications, engagement drives, or fundraising), and the nonprofit sector;

  • Awareness and interest in current events and issues relating to human rights around the world;

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Excel;

  • Demonstrated experience working on online platforms such as Zoom and Google Suite;

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;

  • Demonstrated research skills suitable for varied audiences;

  • Attention to detail, you’re able to scope out errors and willing to fix mistakes;

  • Time management, you have the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at once;

  • Flexible, patient, and ability to stay gracious under pressure;

  • High level of integrity and discretion in handling confidential information;

  • Innovative thinking, willingness to voice your opinions, and a strong work ethic are essential;

  • Teamwork, you are able to build positive relationships with your colleagues and are willing to help others;

  • Inclusive, you’re excited to work with people who have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives from your own.

Preferred but not required qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience working with a CRM system, such as Salesforce;

  • Experience working in fundraising and other events with NGO leaders.

Benefits and other Perks:

  • Flexibility and independence to help manage your work and home life: Staff have the ability to work from home or telecommute (post-COVID). During the pandemic, staff have a $500 remote supplies fund they have access to help create a more functional and comfortable work from home environment.

  • RFKHR values your health: RFK Human Rights covers 100% of individual-only costs of our platinum medical, dental, vision benefits, and subsidizes the cost for dependent coverage.

  • RFKHR understands the importance of financial planning and saving:
    • An automatic contribution of 7% of your salary after your first year of employment.

    • A College Saveup/Loan PayDown program with an automatic $200/monthly contribution for any current loans or future loans.

    • An automatic monthly cell phone & internet speed stipend of $125/monthly to offset any phone & internet expenses.

    • Employees receive a $1,000 benefits card each calendar year to use towards food and home & life purchases to help support work from home needs.

  • RFKHR values your growth: RFK Human Rights provides an annual $2,000 professional development stipend to all full-time staff to use towards any courses, conferences, or training that would further one's professional learning and development. As well as professional development days/hours to complete these courses.

  • RFKHR loves to celebrate human rights advocates and our hard work! We do so by hosting award ceremonies, galas, summer outings, holiday parties, potlucks, domestic and international staff retreats, and spur-of-the-moment social outings.

How to Apply:

  • Submit your resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample to with “Your Name + Development Associate” in the subject heading. For example “Jane Doe + Development Associate”.

  • In your cover letter please include how you heard about this role and why you’re interested in this position.

  • Ideal writing samples will focus on a social issue of your choice.

No phone calls please. RFK Human Rights will contact qualified candidates directly.

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer and believes we are stronger and more effective by working internally and externally with people of all abilities, diverse backgrounds, and a range of perspectives, particularly those who have historically been marginalized or underrepresented. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We do not discriminate in our hiring practices and in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seek a diverse applicant pool.