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Development Fellow 

Reports to: Director of Major Gifts  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Location Capital Area Food Bank - DC  
About the Organization It is an exciting time at the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) as we continue to undertake our mission of providing good, nutritious food today and food to enable brighter futures. On an annual basis CAFB distributes about 40 million meals worth of food through a network of hundreds of partners across the DMV. We know that creating long term solutions to food security requires more than meals. It requires education, training, and collaboration across the public, private and social service ecosystems. We are seeking people with strong ideas and a passion to come together to address the complex interrelated issues of food security, poverty, and equity. We are expanding in multiple ways: providing food for today and addressing the root causes of hunger by partnering with organizations that provide critical services like job training programs, health care and education. Food has the power to transform lives and move everyone forward. Find out how on our website at Let us discuss how food is at the center of everyone's healthy life!


Fellows will have the opportunity to gain a strong understanding of the issues surrounding food insecurity in the DMV Area. While working with experts in the field, fellows will get an in-depth look into various programs and approaches that are being deployed directly by the Food Bank and indirectly through partners to address the issue of food insecurity both in the short and longer term. Fellows are a vital part of the Capital Area Food Bank, the largest organization in the Washington metro area working to address food insecurity issues, because together we can solve hunger.

The Development Fellow will work closely with the Director of Major Gifts and other key fundraising staff. They will be responsible for assisting with donor research and support of other important cultivation and stewardship activities amongst the fundraising team. This role will work to find, review, analyze and summarize individuals and contacts that should be interested in CAFBs mission and work, with an eye towards strategic engagement and possible long-term supporters. The Fellow will be trained on our Sales Force donor database and will learn fundraising best practices from the individual and institutional giving teams. The ideal candidate is a highly organized, a motivated self-starter, and able to work well with multiple individuals on several projects each quarter.

Position Requirements

Essential Functions:

  • Construct research profiles on current donors, prospects and new qualified prospects from the tools provided.  Note any alignments to their personal and professional background to our mission and programs for the purpose of strategy and developing appropriate action items.
  • Review print and online materials on prospects, summarizing relevant details in a donor profile.
  • Draft fundraising communications to be used in major donor outreach and stewardship
  • Assist in project managing donor engagement initiatives
  • Assist in any preparations for donor meetings
  • Data entry of new prospects information and upload any new information gleaned on current contacts in Sales Force database
  • Support Salesforce pipeline management
  • Support the development team during special events, tours, receptions and volunteer events
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Requirements:

  • Time frame: Rolling, six month maximum
  • College junior/senior, graduate students, or recent college graduates
  • Highly organized and efficient; with the ability to prioritize and get things done on schedule and work under pressure to meet deadlines;
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team;
  • Demonstrated initiative and creativity; and
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and respect for priorities and work pressures of colleagues
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient in Excel, Word, Power Point and Outlook
  • Commitment to understanding and supporting CAFB’s mission, and an ability to build and run events that highlight the organization’s work.
  • Organizational skills and ability to manage and drive multiple projects and priorities at once, often with tight deadlines
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Team-oriented, and ability to work with different types of people both across and outside of the organization to manage logistics and solve problems
  • Experience with donor databases like Sales Force (preferred)

Physical requirements:

  • Physical activities involve sitting for 80% of the work day.
  • Occasionally lifts office supplies up to 15 pounds.
  • Ability to travel to sites, on occasion, throughout the metropolitan area.
EOE Statement Capital Area Food Bank welcomes and supports a diverse and inclusive work environment. We are committed to equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment and for all our employees. CAFB makes employment decisions based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, personal appearance, military status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation, educational status, unemployment status, place of residence or business, source of income, reproductive health decision making or any other characteristic protected by law. Additionally, harassment or discrimination based on these characteristics will not be tolerated at CAFB. To perform the essential functions of this position, reasonable accommodations are available to qualified individuals with disabilities.  

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