Posting: Development Associate - The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

April 23, 2021

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants [USCRI] is seeking a Development Associate - see link and description below

Development Associate



Dearborn, MI

Requisition ID: 1497


The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) supports people who have lost or left their homes. For over 100 years, the unwavering commitment of our leadership, team, network of service providers, and advocates has helped redirect the destiny of countless vulnerable lives. In neighborhoods, in Washington, and around the world, we break down barriers and demand justice for refugees and immigrants as they successfully integrate into new communities. We provide essential social and legal services to rebuild productive lives, turning tragedy into prosperity. We are a purpose driven organization with a mission to protect the rights and address the needs of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide and supporting their transition to a dignified life. To learn more about our work, please visit our website at


The Development Associate (DA) position supports the revenue growth and diversification of resources for the USCRI Detroit field office. The DA is responsible for cultivating, promoting, and stewarding all donors at the field office through project/proposal development, grant-writing and reporting to foundations, corporations, and cultivates, stewards and retains individual donors through a moves management process. The position reports to the Vice President for Strategic Development and works in close coordination with the Detroit Field Officer Director and USCRI Development headquarters staff. The ideal candidate will be flexible with strong interpersonal skills, open to taking on varied responsibilities, and a self-starter.


Under the direction of the Vice President of Strategic Development and in close consultation with the Detroit Field Office Director, and HQ Development staff, develops, recommends, and executes a strategy for prospecting, retaining, and growing foundation funding and donor contributions, in alignment with industry best practices, USCRI’s mission and goals, and national/global events and news;

Engages and builds a portfolio of local foundations and business sector representatives on opportunities to partner and support USCRI;

Researches and applies for funding opportunities from various sources, including government (federal, state, and local), foundations and corporations;

Writes, revises and submits funding proposals and reports on behalf of the field office, in collaboration with Finance and Program staff, working closely with the Vice President for Strategic Development and the Development team to ensure quality of all proposals and reports;

Manages gift processing, including management of monetary and in-kind gift acceptance, and coordinates with Development and Finance staff to ensure timely acknowledgement, proper entry and tracking of gifts, and accuracy of donor records;

Maintains and build relationships with major donors in alignment with the USCRI Development Department practices to ensure donor loyalty and solicit increased giving;

Enhances agency efforts to solicit in-kind donations through volunteers and other community support;

Plans, implement and tracks progress of approved agency events, including outreach, community engagement, and fundraising events;

Supports marketing and communications activities to promote agency events and activities; and

Other responsibilities as assigned by supervisor.

All of the above duties and responsibilities are essential job functions subject to reasonable accommodation. All job duties indicated is not to be an exhaustive statement and other job-related duties may be assigned as required by the supervisor(s).


Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university;

Minimum of three years of demonstrated experience in grant writing; project and budget design; and drafting needs assessments and program outcomes. Must have a demonstrated track record of writing successfully funded grant proposals (federal and non-federal) and successfully identifying public and private funding sources;

Demonstrated experience in donor engagement and fundraising campaigns, including experience in asking for donations;

Comfort with direct donor interaction is essential;

Ability to conduct research, gather data, analyze information, and prepare effective, accurate and timely reports;

Highly effective communication skills, strong partnership skills;

Self-starter with ability to work well in a team, juggle multiple priorities, and meet tight deadlines;

Excellent writing, editing, and computer skills required, including knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and Adobe Acrobat;

Experience with development applications and software (e.g., DonorPefect, Stripe, SalesForce, GrantsHub) preferred; and

Demonstrated support of USCRI’s values by exhibiting respect for others, maintenance of confidential information and an appreciation of a multicultural workplace.

Foreign language skills (Arabic, Spanish, etc) a plus, but not required.


Satisfactory completion of USCRI’s Orientation and Training;

Complete additional training as identified by supervisor or Human Resources.


Use of manual dexterity, tactile, visual, and audio acuity

Use of repetitive motion, prolonged periods of sitting and standing, and sustained visual and mental applications and demands;

Occasional lifting (up to 25 pounds), bending, pulling, and carrying; and

Quantitative/mathematical ability (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, standard measurements).

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Please submit a resume, cover letter describing your interest and qualifications and writing sample with your online application.

References will be required at time of the final interview.

No telephone calls please. Position will remain open until filled.


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