Development Assistant
United States · Remote
Mid-level · Full time
Posted 2 years ago

About Project Drawdown

The World’s Leading Resource for Climate Solutions

Project Drawdown is a nonprofit organization that seeks to help the world reach “Drawdown”— the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline. Since the 2017 publication of the New York Times bestseller Drawdown, the organization has emerged as a leading resource for information and insight about climate solutions. Cities, universities, corporations, philanthropies, policymakers, communities, educators, activists, and more turn to Project Drawdown, as they look to advance effective climate action. We aim to support the growing constellation of efforts to move climate solutions forward and move the world toward Drawdown—as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible.

See The Drawdown Review—2020 and Climate Solutions 101 for the latest updates to our work.

Position Summary

Project Drawdown is seeking a new Development Assistant – an organized go-getter who can help support the fundraising efforts required to raise $5M-6M annually.

As a growing organization with a big mission, we’re seeking someone who can help us implement a new CRM database, systems of tracking and reporting, identify new prospective funders, and organize logistics for varied fundraising efforts. This person will also provide essential support to our Board of Directors.

The Development Assistant will report to the Director of Development at Project Drawdown.

Project Drawdown welcomes people of all backgrounds, identities, and beliefs to join us in helping the world reach Drawdown quickly, safely, and equitably. We are a 100% remote organization based in the U.S. Candidates currently authorized to work in the United States (U.S. Citizens, green card holders, and work visa holders), who reside anywhere within the U.S. may apply.    

Essential Responsibilities

The Development Assistant will focus on the following responsibilities:


  • Assist Director of Development in implementing a new CRM database
  • Manage CRM database to ensure records are kept clean and accurate
  • Process donations and work with Director of Operations on reconciliation needs
  • Manage tracking and reporting fundraising data

Stewardship and Research

  • Provide ongoing research on individual, foundation, and corporate prospects
  • Manage and ensure proper acknowledgement, recognition, and stewardship of annual fund and mid-level donors
  • Support efforts to update donors on their critical support of our work
  • Develop and maintain reporting calendar for funders


  • Manage planning and logistics for intimate fundraising events
  • Schedule strategic development meetings and meetings with funders, to include internal and external stakeholders

Board Support

  • Make all necessary arrangements for board meetings; ensuring responsive communication, action, and follow-up
  • Create board reports and related information relevant to board meetings in a timely and thoughtful manner
  • Support efforts to update board members on important advancements in our work throughout the year 

Education and/or Experience

The ideal candidate will possess a combination of the following education and/or equivalent experience: 

  • 3+ years experience working in the nonprofit sector, ideally on a Development team
  • Experience and comfort working with high profile individuals
  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in nonprofit management, communications, marketing, public relations, or a related field.
  • Background in climate or sustainability preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The qualifications listed here are necessary to perform this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • Well-organized with strong follow-thorough skills
  • Self-motivated, team player with strong collaboration skills
  • Ability to manage time and multiple tasks efficiently
  • Strong computing skills and proficiency with both Google Apps and Microsoft Office, and other modern cloud-based tools and donor management databases / CRMs
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
  • Sound judgment and discretion in handling confidential and sensitive matters

This position may include occasional travel within the United States.


As with all positions at Project Drawdown, this will be 100% remote. Employees can work anywhere within the United States. Candidates currently authorized to work in the United States (US Citizens, green card holders, and work visa holders), who reside anywhere within the US may apply.


This is a full-time position with benefits. The salary range for this position is $60,000-75,000 / year. In addition, Project Drawdown provides exceptional benefits, including generous time off, health insurance and matching 401k. We will share compensation package details with candidates we invite into our interview process.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete our online application form here
All candidates will need to upload a cover letter, their most recent resume, as well as work samples as described below:

  • Cover letter that creatively communicates your background and fit for this role.
  • Resume detailing your professional and educational background.
  • Portfolio of 2-3 work samples for the following prompts:
    • A sample that showcases your organizational skills
    • A sample that showcases your communication skills
    • A third sample of your choosing that demonstrates your experience and skills

Applications will be reviewed beginning January 4th, 2022. The application process may be closed at any point after that date.

Project Drawdown
Project Drawdown consists of a book, an open-source database, and a digital platform that quantify the impact of climate solutions
Size:  11-50 employees
Year Founded:  2014
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