AVDA is a nonprofit organization that has served the Houston community for 40 years. Our mission is to end family violence by advocating for the safety and self-determination of victims- promoting accountability for abusers and fostering a community response to abuse. AVDA is dedicated to providing multilingual, transformational, life-saving services to survivors of abuse and their families.

We are currently seeking to hire a Senior Development Associate. In this role, you will play an important role by participating in all fundraising activities including donor and public relations, grant proposals, direct mail appeals, and special events. In addition, you will provide research and support to the Chief Marketing and Development Officer and Chief Executive Officer. In addition, you will interface with key AVDA volunteers in leadership roles for the organization as well as interact with members of the AVDA Board of Directors. As a key member of the Development team, you will be tasked with handling multiple projects that are often-time deadline and budget driven. The selected candidate will be a self-starter, motivated and able to clearly and effectively communicate. This is a full-time, non-exempt role and the salary range is $65,000 to $70,000.


Assist with drafting solicitation letters, grant requests, and other correspondence related to fundraising or development efforts

Support AVDA on fundraising and cultivation events, specifically the two annual fundraisers and annual appeal mailing

Serve as liaison on development projects with vendors by obtaining bids, requesting proposals and comparing estimates

Ability to design invitations, mastheads, mailers, flyers and other print collateral

Assist with preparation and coordination of materials, as requested/required for program audits by funders (liaise with Program Directors and CEO for successful preparation of and completion of audit)

Spearhead and coordinate the annual United Way Kick Off Campaign for the agency

Serve as primary point of contact for the coordination of AVDA’s Camp Carefree including developing application, coordinating transportation, reviewing contract with the camp and coordination of details leading up to and during the weekend

Serve as the primary point of contact for on-boarding and recruiting agency volunteers, working with Program Directors to find meaningful engagement opportunities

Assist with development of social media graphics for Instagram and Facebook

Manage and oversee Young Friends of AVDA group

Assist by compiling data for board of directors meetings, including Development reports and revenue updates

Conduct research on prospective corporations, foundations, individuals, and government entities

Prepare outcomes assessment to funders

Manage donor records and donations processed through eTapestry, AVDA’s donor management database

Manage and track foundation deadlines and applications. Assist with grant writing and proposal submission

Maintain corporation and individual donor files, input donor data, log financial contributions

Review key performance indicators/dashboard metrics monthly, analyze outcomes

Maintain Board of Directors’ personnel files (track annual training requirements, attendance, updated Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Agreements)

Create and maintain schedule related to grant-required training of AVDA Board of Directors

Attend Board meetings, provide coordination of meeting materials, take meeting minutes and circulate post-meeting for approval


Bachelor’s degree in a related field

Two to three years development experience or experience in related industry such as advancement, communications, marketing or public relations

Proficient in Adobe Illustrator or other graphic design software

Database management experience

Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to present information concisely and effectively

Ability to organize work and flexibility to adjust to shifting priorities

Able to work independently, prioritize tasks, and make good decisions

High degree of integrity handling confidential and sensitive information

Positive, confident, and results-oriented professional with a service-oriented spirit

Ability to work in the evening with advance notice provided by AVDA, as required, for special events

Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as some experience working with fundraising database/management software

Bilingual in English and Spanish, is preferred

Previous project management or office management experience is preferred


Qualified candidates may submit their resume via email to: amcguire@myebs.com.