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 with a primary focus on racial justice. For the last 50 years, the Committee has been on the cutting edge of civil rights advocacy in the region bringing precedent setting litigation to address discrimination. Our work focuses on injustices in housing, employment, the criminal legal system, education, public accommodations, and civil rights of immigrants. We partner with individuals and communities facing discrimination and with the legal community to achieve justice. The Committee’s staff is unionized with the National Organization of Legal Service Workers Local #2320, UAW. This position is within the bargaining unit. For more information on the Washington Lawyers’ Committee, please go to www.washlaw.org.


The Development Associate will be a member of the Development Team and is the primary administrative and technical person on the Committee’s donor records database (Raiser’s Edge NXT) and case management system database (Legal Server). Among other tasks, the Development Associate will:

  • Conduct the data entry and processing of all donor pledges, gifts, contributions, and acknowledgments.
  • Work effectively with finance to record and reconcile contributions.
  • Ensure the data hygiene of donor, newsletter, and communications constituents.
  • Provide ongoing training and user-friendly policy and ‘help’ materials to relevant staff on donor database.
  • Produce reports to support development, communications, and litigation/program strategies and funding.
  • Update and maintain website in collaboration with communications and development team, as well as monitor general inboxes from the website.
  • Stay up to date on best practices in database technology and in the Committee’s donor databases. Identify opportunities for improved practices and procedures.
  • Work collaboratively with staff to make sure our databases meet program needs.
  • Provide support as needed on all development functions.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and qualifications:

  • 1 – 2 years direct experience working with relational database. Experience with a donor database CRM in a nonprofit environment strongly preferred, preferably Raiser’s Edge NXT, with experience including use of analytic tools, queries, and report. Comparable database experience and fluency considered;
  • Demonstrated awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations;
  • Able to contribute to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture that encourages and celebrates differences;
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to thrive in fast-paced environment while balancing multiple priorities;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Self-starter and excellent team player; and
  • Experience working in a non-profit environment and with attorneys is a plus.

Applicants with lived experience in communities historically under-resourced and marginalized due to race, class, gender, disability, etc. are encouraged to apply.


Based upon Washington Lawyers’ Committee pay scale, attached. Credit given for prior relevant experience. Generous leave and employer-funded benefits.

Attached is the job posting that includes the full description and salary scale. See here.


Please email a letter detailing your interest, a resume, and brief writing sample to: wlcjobs@washlaw.org. Please place “[your name] – Development Associate” in the subject line.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled. 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, or gender identity or expression.

This position is a hybrid position with three core days required to physically be in the office located in Washington, D.C. and up to two days of telework. We will be participating in-person when it is necessary to provide the highest quality legal services to our clients and the most effective advocacy.


Related Content