Development Associate

First Presbyterian Church of Dallas
October 18, 2023
1835 Young Street, Dallas, Texas
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The Development Associate will be part of the Development and Communications team of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas (FPC Dallas) which manages communications for the church, FPC Dallas Foundation, FPC Day School, The Stewpot, and Encore Park and development efforts for all entities apart from The Stewpot. The position will report to the Sr. Dir. of Development and Communications of FPC Dallas.

Essential Functions 

  • Assume overall responsibility for the timeliness, accuracy, and upkeep of the donations and gift acknowledgment systems for all entities for which the office has responsibility, including database management, mail merging, letter writing, summarizing of deposits, working the with Finance Office to reconcile all donations with the donor system, accurate record-keeping, and appropriate stewardship of gifts.
  • Continually seek to improve systems, update donor and volunteer records, and provide clerical assistance for mailings.
  • Maintain a checklist of financial statements needed from the Finance office to ensure that accurate records are available at all times.
  • Assist in fundraising efforts, particularly with respect to the fundraising databases for each entity. Assist in the development of new programs, initiatives, and general fundraising operations.
  • Manage donor/church member inquiries and communication/correspondence.
  • Assist with pulling lists and preparation for mailings.
  • Communicate with appropriate personnel to ensure that accurate recordkeeping and procedures are maintained.
  • Develop verbiage for thank you letters and other correspondence as required.
  • Communicate directly with donors/church members, as needed.
  • Assist with the planning and execution of events during and outside normal working hours.
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm for the mission, the clients, volunteers, and staff.
  • Support the department in communications and with all stakeholders.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Core Competencies 

Team Orientation: Demonstrates interest, skills, and success in team environments; promotes group goals ahead of personal agendas; steps up to offer self as a resource to other members of the team; understands and supports the importance of teamwork; shares credit for success with others; takes responsibility for his or her part in team failures.

Attention to Detail:   Consistently attends to the many small pieces which must be assembled into an organized whole; follows up on missing or out of balance items; resolves unanswered questions needed to address a problem; keeps the larger picture in mind while tending to the smallest of details. 

Self-Management and Self-Development: Sets appropriate personal work objectives, measures own progress, identifies personal gaps in knowledge, understanding, and skill; undertakes appropriate activities to develop needed skills; seeks regular feedback on performance; knows personal strengths and weaknesses, is sensitive to changing personal and organizational requirements and changes accordingly.

Time Management: Is able and willing to focus time on tasks that contribute to organizational goals; uses time effectively and efficiently; values time and respects the time of others; concentrates his/her efforts on the most important priorities; can appropriately balance priorities.

Communication: Is able to deliver a message clearly, articulately and with appropriate emotion in a variety of settings; demonstrates communication styles appropriate to the situation at hand; adjusts the message, without losing the essence of the message, depending upon the circumstance and the listener; is able to write clearly and succinctly; employs correct grammar, punctuation, and patterns of speech; clearly delivers message in a tone appropriate to the context.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, or associate’s degree with equivalent training or relevant experience in business or not-for-profit organizations.
  • Experience working and communicating effectively with donors and constituents.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Excellent database management (Bloomerang preferred) and donor research skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Teams.
  • Comfort interfacing with the Finance Office as required.


This description contains the information and facts considered necessary to describe and evaluate the duties of this position fairly and equitably. It should not be considered an exhaustive description of all the work requirements to be performed but indicates the kinds of duties and levels of responsibility required by the position. The Senior Director of Development and Communications may add or remove responsibilities as occasion may require.

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