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Development Associate

Reports to: MWA Executive Director

Classification: Temporary, Part-time (contract)

MWA Mission

The Musconetcong Watershed Association (MWA), incorporate as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in 1992, is committed to protecting and improving the quality of the Musconetcong River Watershed, including its natural and cultural resources, through public education and awareness programs, water quality monitoring, promotion of sustainable land management practices, and community involvement.

Job Purpose

The MWA is seeking the assistance of an experienced development professional to increase revenue from individual donors and institutional funders. As a top priority, this position will work with the Communications Coordinator, the Development Committee of the Board of Directors and the Executive Director to critically evaluate, and develop strategies to enhance, our annual fund campaign, with special focus on individual donor prospecting, stewardship and solicitation. This position will develop/design communications materials to acquire, retain and grow individual donor support. S/he will prepare a calendar of engagement/solicitation opportunities, ensure donor records are up-to-date, and support staff and Board to implement planned activities. In addition, the Development Associate will research and evaluate opportunities for new grant funding.

Duties and Responsibilities

Support for the Annual Fund Campaign

  • Conduct preliminary research on prospective corporate and individual donors.

  • Develop and implement, with Board support, a corporate annual sponsorship program.

  • Analyze MWA’s current donor base and identify candidates for a Leadership Annual Giving Program.

  • Plan, conduct and analyze a donor survey to identify donor interests and priorities, and signal opportunities for deeper engagement with potential major donors.

  • Plan, implement, and oversee a comprehensive giving program for individual gifts, including, one-time, event, major, sustainer (monthly), in-kind, and planned giving donors.

  • Leverage and recommend involvement of the Executive Director, Board of Directors and staff, to initiate and maintain major donor and prospective major donor relationships.

  • Support training for volunteers in fundraising procedures and practices.

  • Consult in planning events led by the Development Committee, with an eye to using these engagement opportunities to cultivate current and prospective donors.

  • Track and report relationship management activity using CRM system; create and present reports and analytics about MWA’s donors and prospects to staff and Board of Directors.

  • Write, edit, design communications and collateral materials that appeal to donors and potential donors.

  • Solicit donations of goods and services to support annual fundraising appeals and events.

Support for Institutional Fundraising

  • Conduct research to identify and compile a list of potential institutional funders.

  • Synthesize and distribute to staff relevant grant-funding opportunities; facilitate consideration of these opportunities and identification of the grant-writing lead and team for opportunities that will be pursued.

  • Assist grant-writing teams to assemble proposals to meet submission deadline.


  • Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management, business/marketing, communications, private sector fundraising or related discipline.

  • 2-4 years of experience performing a variety of the essential job functions, preferably in a nonprofit setting.

  • Commitment to MWA’s mission.

  • Strong listening, speaking and writing skills; ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing.

  • Proven experience in developing and executing successful direct mail and email campaigns.

  • Ability to organize and prioritize work.

  • Ability to work independently with little supervision.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Able to manage time effectively and meet deadlines; work independently and coordinate with other MWA staff as appropriate.

  • Cultural sensitivity and commitment to principles of diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite and database management experience – Donor Perfect preferred.

Special Requirements

  • Flexible schedule; weekend and some evening work required.

  • Requires use of personal cell phone and vehicle; job-related mileage reimbursed.

Conditions of Service

  • This position is budgeted at 22.5 hours per week.

  • The duration of the assignment is date of hire through 12/15/2021 (approximately 11 months), with possibility of extension based on funding.

  • Monthly remuneration for this contract is $2,450. 

To apply: Applicants should send their resume and a thoughtful cover letter outlining their fit for the role as a single PDF document to Please use “Development Associate – Your Name” as the subject line. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered. The deadline for the submission of applications is 1/8/2021. (Late applications will not be considered).

The Musconetcong Watershed association is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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Musconetcong Watershed Association

10 Maple Avenue, P.O. Box 113

Asbury, NJ 08802

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The Musconetcong Watershed Association (MWA) is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and improving the quality of the Musconetcong River and its Watershed, including its natural and cultural resources.

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