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Development Associate 

About the Organization Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA, Canine Companions is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs, and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. The result is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship.  
Location Southeast Regional Center - Orlando, FLA  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
About the Region

The Southeast Region of Canine Companions for Independence has been making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities since 1989. The Southeast Region Training Center, an 8-acre campus, opened on Independence Day, July 4, 2000, and serves the states of Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. The campus, named in recognition of Anheuser-Busch/SeaWorld's million dollar gift, consists of four buildings with a total of 32,000 square feet. It is a state-of-the-art facility where training, education and caring come together.


Schedule Information Work schedule includes weekends, and evenings (heaviest during the Spring and Fall) 

Salary Range Salary DOE. Canine Companions for Independence offers benefits including Med., Dental, Vision, 403b w/ match, Life Insurance, and various disability long term care benefits.  


This position works closely with the Senior Development Director in the identification, solicitation and development of community, local and regional fundraising sources by managing a regional portfolio of grant opportunities and maintenance of a donor stewardship plan.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned as needed:

  • Development/Grant Writing
    • Work with the Senior Development Director and other staff to identify and develop strategies around foundation funding for special projects or capital needs.
    • Research, identify and qualify local and regional grant resources.
    • Prepare and submit grants to coincide with funding source guidelines.
    • Track grants and prepare and submit any follow up documentation and grant reports.
    • Manage a grant calendar that includes current, pending and potential for new funding.
    • Build relationships with foundations to better understand how we can partner for additional funding.

  • Information Management
    • Create and manage the donor stewardship plan. Prepare and coordinate donor acknowledgement correspondence.
    • Assist with the research and preparation of donor profiles.
    • Create and run reports from the donor database and provide database troubleshooting and training to staff.
    • Assist with tracking development related expenses for the purposes of annual budgeting and periodic financial reports.

  • Other Development Activities
    • Assist in the development of an annual master calendar; maintain/update calendar as needed.
    • Assist in prospecting and researching new donors, including individuals, foundation, and corporations. Maintain and create development reports and analysis.

  • Be accountable not only for direct responsibilities outlined in this job description but also to serve fellow staff and other constituents with whom position interacts. Ensure actions and communications are honest and transparent.
Position Requirements


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; able to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive grant proposals. Strong editing skills.
  • Able to use computerized programs such as database, data processing, design/presentation software and other communication and event software programs.
  • Able to network, motivate and work with volunteers and clientele.
  • Able to perform several tasks concurrently, time management and organizational skills.
  • Able to complete necessary paperwork and meet deadlines.
  • Able to network and perform public speaking and demonstrations
  • Knowledge and understanding of event revenue and expense budgets.

EXPERIENCE: Prior development experience that includes knowledge of basic fundraising and research techniques, fundraising strategies and informational sources and prospect research preferred. Experience with proposal/grant writing and institutional donors preferred. Must have experience using computer database and software programs (Word, Outlook, Excel).

EDUCATION: College graduate preferred

EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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