Elevate Resource Utilization and Streamline Processes and Technologies

Movement Strategy Center is seeking a Development Assistant to leverage and refine existing processes and technologies to enable more efficient movement of resource to and from MSC. The Development Assistant will work as part of the Advancement team, and will report to the Director of Institutional Giving.


The Development Assistant is responsible for supporting the Development Team and some Philanthropic Services functions. They will leverage and refine existing processes and technologies to enable more efficient movement of resources to and from MSC. The Development Assistant will work as part of the Advancement team, and will report to the Director of Institutional Giving.


Founded in 2001, Movement Strategy Center over the last two decades has been a social and environmental justice incubator, serving as a movement hub both housing visionaries and emergent networks, and providing core intermediary functions to advance ecosystem-wide impact: resourcing a robust and maturing ecosystem of leaders, networks, and projects, and offering core infrastructure support through fiscal sponsorship and philanthropic services.

In recent years, MSC’s in-house incubation efforts have focused on cross-sector movement building to cultivate the power necessary to accelerate a Just Transition from a world of domination, extraction, and violence, where the few live at the expense of the many – to a world of interdependence, liberation and resilience, where the many govern for the benefit of all. MSC centers Black, Indigenous, and people of color intergenerational systems leaders and networks that are committed to transformation and boldly leaning into the future and whose communities are most impacted by extraction, domination, and violence.

MSC understands that transformative movements change the way we think, our structures and systems, the way we live, and even who we are. We recognize that we are whole people, and whole communities, and because the issues and problems we face are interconnected, our systemic solutions and movements must be interconnected as well. The way we achieve our goals and with whom are just as important as our outcomes.


  • Schedule and coordinate logistics for calls and meetings.
  • Attend meetings as necessary, take notes, and schedule follow-up tasks.
  • Maintain the organization of files in team’s shared Google Drive and other organizational platforms to ensure quick and easy access to information.
  • Liaise with other administrative support positions within the Advancement team and organization to ensure effective and efficient cross-departmental coordination.
  • Assist with individual and institutional prospect research.
  • Support the preparation of appeals, proposals, briefings, presentations and other collateral materials, liaising with Communications on the development of digital and print communications as needed.
  • Activate stewardship protocols and provide assistance in the development and dissemination of donor communications, gift acknowledgements, mailings and reports.
  • Track grant application and reporting deadlines, prepare draft templates, collect internal data, and support staff in completing and uploading proposals and reports.
  • Document all phases and activities in the moves management process and grantseeking cycles in Netsuite. Pull donor/gift reports to inform weekly reviews, analyses, and strategic planning.
  • Follow strict donor confidentiality and maintain security of all donor records.
  • Maintain up-to-date records on grant portals, charity informational sites, and other online accounts.
  • Process applications, draft fund agreements and provide technical support to users of the Donor Advised Fund (DAF) portal.
  • Assist in the preparation, logistics and execution of cultivation, education and stewardship activities and events. Maintain a calendar of events for the development team in coordination with Advancement and other relevant departments.
  • Provide logistical support for convenings of fundraising advisory volunteers, schedule meetings, compile materials for review, record meeting notes and document and support execution of action plans.
  • Maintain and track data measuring stewardship efforts, donor giving metrics and grantseeking performance; report results on a regular basis to Advancement team, and create high level data reports for MSC’s Board, Senior Leadership Team and advisory committees.


Standard days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily schedule is flexible within the proximity of this time frame/ employee’s timezone, and will be decided in consultation with supervisor.


No significant travel expected.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


  • Passion for MSC’s mission, vision, and organizational values.
  • Understands and values social justice – including racial and gender equity as an organizational operating principle – and is committed to continued learning on issues related to race, gender, equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Excellent analytical and project management skills, proofreading experience, and strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent notetaking skills with keen ability to extract essential information and summarize succinctly.
  • Ability to nimbly adjust priorities, positively receive feedback, and manage multiple projects simultaneously while working collaboratively.
  • Comfort with remote work software and a tech-centric approach to work (we use Google Drive, Airtable, Bill.com, DocuSign, Foundant, Netsuite, Slack and Zoom).
  • Experience using a race, class, gender, and decolonization lens in verbal and written communications desired.
  • Experience working with a development/advancement team desired.


  • Annual compensation is offered between $60,000.00 – $70,000

  • MSC’s 100% FTE benefits package includes:

    • 20 days vacation leave per year (requires 90 day waiting period before accrual);

    • 13 standard holidays and 2 personal days per year;

    • 12 sick days per year;

    • 1 week paid MSC family and medical leave after one year of service; an additional week of paid leave for each additional year of service, up to 4 weeks;

    • Medical, vision, dental for employees and dependents (requires 30 day waiting period and a per paycheck employee contribution);

    • 100% employer sponsored basic life, short-term and long-term disability insurance coverage;

    • Access to a 403b retirement plan.

    • Access to FSA and Commuter Benefits.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
Movement Strategy Center is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions.

Applicants with Disabilities:
Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

People with a criminal record are encouraged to apply.

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