Full Time - Development Associate

Dallas, TX

Readers 2 Leaders is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to helping all children in Dallas read at or above grade level. Our mission is to develop and grow the reading skills of Dallas children ages 3-10 so that they succeed in school, graduate and leave school prepared to live productive lives. 

We recognize that students who don't read on grade level by third grade are four times less likely to graduate high school, and we work to help all our students beat the odds. We operate Booktown Learning Center, home of our flagship After-School Program and community lending library. We also provide in- and after-school reading tutoring within Dallas ISD and charter school networks. 

Position Summary - Development Associate

Readers 2 Leaders seeks a full time Development Associate to help support our mission to develop and grow the reading skills of children in Dallas, ages 3-12 yrs. The Development Associate will assist the Development Director with all fundraising tasks.  The position requirements involve assistance with fundraising appeals and events, communications/marketing and donor relations.  Additionally, the Development Associate will be responsible for assisting the Director of Development and grant writer with grant writing and pipeline management, including research & prospecting.  Donor database (Bloomerang) management will also be an area of responsibility.

 Development Associate Responsibilities

  • Manage Readers 2 Leaders’ fundraising database, updating individual and organization records with pledges, gifts and stewardship information

  • Assist the Development Director and Office Manager in reconciling all actual and projected income on a monthly basis

  • Maintain all pledges, ensuring timely acknowledgement and, when necessary, provide pledge reminders

  • Ensure timely acknowledgement of all financial, in-kind donations and sponsorships and record communications in the database

  • Create reports related to ongoing fundraising work of Development Director and President & CEO

  • Assist Development Director with all donor appeals by generating and managing mailing lists, creating relevant donor reports, and tracking appeal giving

  • Manage the Communications Calendar by creating and soliciting relevant content from Readers 2 Leaders staff

  • Manage Readers 2 Leaders website, including quarterly reviews for accuracy and updating as needed based on staff, board and program changes

  • Coordinate with graphic designer and printer on all collateral for the Development Department and Readers 2 Leaders branding needs

  • Assist Development Director in coordinating yearly fundraisers to support Readers 2 Leaders’ growing needs by managing registration and all correspondence with event attendees, vendors and sponsors

  • Assist President & CEO, Development Director, and Readers 2 Leaders Board of Directors as they work to research , cultivate, recruit and schedule prospective donors for tours and other development activities

  • Execute  the current Readers 2 Leaders grants calendar, assisting the Development Director and Grant Writer with the timely submission of grant applications and reports

  • Research possible funding opportunities not currently present on Readers 2 Leaders’ grant calendar



  • Bachelor’s Degree (four year college or technical school) or at least 1 year experience in the social sector in a support staff role 

  • Experience with content creation, writing or general communications; preferred - for a donor audience

  • Knowledge/experience with numbers and financials (using spreadsheets)

  • Proficient in all Microsoft and Google Suite applications

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written

  • Excellent organization and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision 

  • Ability to manage multiple deadlines and work in a fast-paced environment

  • Dedicated personal vehicle for use in making deliveries, purchasing supplies and assisting with events

  • Commitment to racial equity and openness to learning about educational inequities and solutions 

  • Love of literacy and a passion for advocating on behalf of children 

  • Covid 19 vaccination required for employment


  • Experience in grant writing and management

  • Knowledge of Bloomerang or comparable donor database

Salary and Benefits 

  • $43,000 - $45,000 per year, commensurate with experience

  • Full-time employee health insurance premiums paid by R2L

  • Dental and vision plans available

  • Retirement plan

  • 25 days paid time off plus most holidays

  • Work from home on Fridays