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Development Department Administrator

Posted on: February 13, 2023

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Job description

The Public Interest Network seeks an Administrative Assistant to work with our Development team. We are looking for a smart, committed, and detail-oriented candidate to join our team to assist in managing donor prospects, cultivation and events, handle administrative tasks and aid in long-term planning for the Development Department. This position requires excellent administrative skills, judgment and discretion and the ability to oversee significant projects.

At The Public Interest Network, we take a principled, pragmatic approach in our work. We connect big ideas to concrete policy changes that improve the quality of our environment and people’s lives. We’re transpartisan — we want to reach everyone who might agree with us from across the political spectrum. We value dialogue over polarization. We are clear about what our mission is, and we stick to it. We invest in people and strategies that deliver results — we are advocates, lobbyists, campaigners, litigators, policy researchers and grassroots organizers. And we have a 40+ year history of organizing people and decision-makers to make positive policy changes at the local, state, and federal level that have improved our environment, public health, and the quality of our lives.

In order to achieve these results, the groups in The Public Interest Network need a strong backup staff to provide the resources, guidance, and infrastructure it takes to make progress on these issues. The Development Department helps raise general support funds to bolster the critical work of our network’s program staff, and the Administrative Assistant will play an important role in supporting our fundraising work.

Job Description and Responsibilities

You will work as an integral part of the development team.. Representative responsibilities include:

  • Support major donor development: Assist the Development Director and other members  of the department in identifying and cultivating major donors, drafting and sending meeting requests, scheduling, calendaring, and note taking. Coordinate projects and schedules, create and maintain systems for tracking work, drive fundraising goals and maintain departmental files and records. Help to raise brand and organizational awareness and visibility. 
  • Communications: Coordinate internal communication between staff including internal email updates, conference calls, and meetings. Similarly, coordinate external communications with donor prospects, influencers and advisors. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are a must.
  • Event Logistics: The Development Department hosts several cultivation events, briefings, webinars, house parties, and/or coordinates with program staff and other departments to do the same. The Assistant to the Development Director will assist with the logistics of these events, planning and organizing.


Applicants must be: goal-driven, sharp, very detail-oriented and extremely organized; interested in supporting the fundraising infrastructure that provides the financial resources that enables organizers and advocates to create social and political change; creative; flexible and able to work as part of a team. Top candidates will be driven by the idea of building the development department and a non-profit organization, have an outstanding work ethic, and the discretion to manage confidential and/or sensitive information. Candidates must be able to make a two-year commitment to the position.

Things To Know When You Apply

Why take a job with The Public Interest Network? Here are 10 reasons:

The Public Interest Network operates and supports organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world and a strategic approach to social change. Visit for things you should know about our network when you apply.

If hired, the Assistant to the Development Director will work for the Fund For Public Interest, an organization within The Public Interest Network.

Fund for the Public Interest is an equal opportunity employer, and will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.  

 COVID-19: We take COVID-19 safety very seriously. Employees must follow our COVID safety protocols and be fully vaccinated and boostered. Accommodations are provided to the extent required by law.



The Public Interest Network

Job category

Employment type
Full Time

0+ years

$32,000 – $37,000

Start date

Apply by June 30, 2023