Development Associate

About the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs works to create legal, economic and social equity through litigation, client and public education and public policy advocacy. While we fight discrimination against all people, we recognize the central role that current and historic race discrimination plays in sustaining inequity and recognize the critical importance of identifying, exposing, combatting and dismantling the systems that sustain racial oppression. We partner with individuals and communities facing discrimination and with the legal community to achieve justice.

General Job Description

The Development Associate is a member of the Development & Communications Team and plays a critical role in securing institutional funding for existing and new program initiatives, as well as unrestricted support of the organization. The Associate reports to the Director of Development & Communications and will work closely with staff across the organization.  The ideal candidate is a grant writing and management professional with superior analytic and communications skills who can learn quickly, has great attention to detail, is a self-starter, and works collaboratively.


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Three years’ successful and progressively responsible experience in grant proposal writing and management
  • Experience securing and managing grants from private funders required; government grant-writing experience desirable
  • Excellent organizational and data management skills, process orientation, and financial literacy
  • Successful experience working in and managing cross-functional teams on deadline-driven projects
  • Demonstrated track record of taking initiative, effective problem solving, and good judgment
  • Superior written and oral communications skills

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter describing in detail her or his experience and qualifications to Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit a writing sample. Please note: Phone calls and direct emails will not be accepted. Applications without cover letters will not be reviewed.

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs is an equal opportunity employer. Diversity is an essential component of the Committee, and we encourage all qualified persons to apply. Applicants are accorded an equal opportunity for selection without regard to actual or perceived race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibility, personal appearance, matriculation, or political affiliation.

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