Development Coordinator

Washington, D.C.

This job description is intended to convey information essential to understand the scope of the position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, or responsibilities associated with the position.

The Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (BISC) seeks a full-time motivated and proactive self-starter to support the Development Director and organizational fundraising activities. The ideal candidate will have at least two years of working on development teams especially in the progressive and social justice movements as well as experience working across teams.

The Development Coordinator will work on a wide range of development related tasks including coordinating development and fundraising related meetings, researching funders, and preparing materials for meetings with donors, including developing pitch decks. This person will also play a critical role in maintaining the funder database and tracking funder follow up among other responsibilities. Additionally, this person will understand the important connection between development and program work and work closely with the operations and finance team. Must be organized, self-motivated, and an excellent communicator.

BISC is a mission and values-driven organization that recruits and seeks to retain a staff committed to excellence by providing a work environment that is flexible, fairly- compensated, respectful, and fun.

Location: The position will be based at BISC headquarters in Washington D.C., currently due to COVID-19, all staff is working remotely. This position will require occasional travel for staff retreats and the annual Road Ahead conference. This is a full-time position that reports to the Development Director.

Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating any development related meetings and follow up for the executive director
  • Supporting meeting/conference call preparation, logistics, and follow-up including;
    • Ensuring that all follow up from the Executive Director and Development Director’s meetings is completed and documented in a timely manner
    • Reporting out content from ED’s funder calls and meetings to the Development Team
  • Coordinating funder correspondence including preparing and sending donor acknowledgments and regular communications and updates to funders;
  • Conducting donor research as directed by the Development Director;
  • Supporting funder events as well as funder and sponsor engagement at our annual Road Ahead conference;
  • Creating and editing fundraising related presentations for the Executive Director and the Development Director;
  • Working with Development Director to draft fundraising materials including concept notes, one-pagers, and repurposing organizational documents for current and potential donors; and
  • Maintaining, updating, and taking ownership of the organizational & funder database

Additional responsibilities:

  • Aid in implementation of BISC’s 5-year strategic plan focused on changing culture, centering directly impacted communities, capacity building, convening, and internal continuity and growth;
  • Represent BISC by attending meetings and convenings of stakeholders and partners;
  • Work with organizational leaders to deepen BISC’s racial equity work, both internally and in the field;
  • Support other BISC and BISC Foundation projects and activities as needed; and
  • Assist with the planning and execution of BISC’s annual conference.


  • 2 to 3 years of relevant experience
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and follow-through on job responsibilities
  • Sound judgment and discretion
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, including, an ability to balance competing priorities, complex situations, and tight deadlines
  • Ability to work independently on assigned tasks as well as to accept direction on given assignments
  • Intermediate to advanced mastery of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Experience working with content relationship management (CRM) systems and donor databases

We seek candidates who are:

  • Collaborative: You know that building true partnerships takes time, trust, and transparency. You understand the complexities of coalition work, including the inherent race, power, and privilege dynamics often present, and can address them. You also are collaborative with your co-workers: willingly sharing information and tasks to get a job done.
  • Results and evaluation driven: You show relentless commitment to meeting a high bar and a history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles. You are receptive to feedback and know that evaluating and re-adjusting is critical to long term learning.
  • Organized and flexible: You have a plan, but you can quickly adapt when needed. You understand the plan is better when you collaborate with those around you.
  • Effective interpersonal skills: You have a proven ability to communicate effectively with different personalities to move projects forward.
  • Strong time management skills: You can balance many projects at once and prioritize accordingly.
  • Movement Focused: You have a demonstrated commitment to social, economic, and racial justice.

Salary & Benefits

  • $50,000-60,000 per year
  • 100% Medical insurance for family paid for by employer
  • Dental insurance
  • Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment coverage
  • Paid vacation
  • Sick leave
  • Generous 401(k) plan with employer contribution

To apply:  Submit cover letter, resume, and 3 references through BambooHR.  Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled.

About BISC

BISC’s mission is to strengthen democracy by implementing a national progressive strategy for ballot measures rooted in building state-based power.

The Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (BISC), a 501(c)(4) organization, is the only progressive organization that works across many policy, organizing, and political organizations, with local, state, and national leaders to analyze and support the ballot measure landscape.

We believe direct democracy can be a tool for liberation. We leverage ballot measures across the United States as part of a larger movement to strengthen democracy, center people of color, queer, low-income, immigrant, indigenous and other marginalized communities, move towards racial equity, build and transform power, and galvanize a new progressive base. In February 2020, we launched our strategic framework to help move towards our vision of building a world where all people are fully liberated, live with dignity and thrive so that equity and justice prevail.

We lead by supporting the use of ballot measures as a tool for transformational impact, not just in a measure’s outcomes, but at every stage of the ballot measure process—from policy development, signature gathering, civic engagement, the campaign itself, implementation and beyond. We believe in movement building and empowerment, bringing communities into the work and leaving lasting infrastructure for continued social change.

We know that success isn’t just defined by getting 50% + 1 of the vote. If we’re serious about building a more equitable world, we also must consider who’s driving the change and whether it will have a transformational impact on the people and communities who have been pushed to the margins for too long.

We achieve impact through training the field and developing leaders, convening state and national leaders and funders in a co-created strategy that results in transformative wins, leading innovative research and providing assistance to support ballot measures as a tool to build long term power.

BISC’s Racial Equity Stance

At the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, we work to transform our country into one that is equitable and just. In our work, we strive to challenge structural racism, and center the people most impacted. BISC works with commitment to racial equity inside our organization in our operations and management processes, and externally through our research, training and organizing work with ballot-measure campaigns, partners and funders.

EEO Policy

BISC follows an Equal Employment Opportunity Policy and employs personnel without regard to race, ethnic or religious background, descent or nationality, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy), gender identification, disability, marital status, age, height, weight, or military service. This policy applies to employment, internships, internal promotions, training, opportunities for advancement, terminations, relationships with vendors, use of contractors and consultants and in dealing with the general public.