Development Assistant for Events | Children's Law Center

Development Assistant for Events


Who We Are

At Children’s Law Center, everything we do is focused on one thing – delivering better client outcomes for kids and families in DC. Our staff are empowered to open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions. We encourage intellectual curiosity, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect.

Our greatest assets are our people. We strive to attract and cultivate a vibrant, creative, and diverse community.  We recognize that people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives fuel our ability to provide the best outcomes for our clients. Our staff drive Children’s Law Center’s mission with their leadership, result-orientated mindset, and commitment to cultural humility and centering the needs of our clients.   We are looking for an individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment, likes to be challenged, and values the opportunity to make a difference.

Children Law Center’s success depends on recruiting and retaining individuals who possess and value these attributes.

*Children’s Law Center is currently operating remotely. This position will work from home until the organization returns to the office.

Job Summary

The Development Assistant for Events is the project manager for all development-focused events, including the annual Helping Children Soar Benefit, our Thought Leadership event series, community conversations and the Holiday Hope Drive. The Development Assistant reports to the Director of Corporate and Individual Philanthropy.


The Development Assistant for events plays a key role in ensuring that we cultivate, solicit and steward donors effectively.  Specifically, the Development Assistant will:

Benefit Event Management

  • Implement the Helping Children Soar Benefit strategy as determined by the board and senior development team.
  • Manage and coordinate all aspects of the Helping Children Soar Benefit, including drafting and implementing a detailed workplan and ensuring that staff and volunteers are aware of and meet relevant deadlines.
  • Coordinate with all vendors.
  • Produce sponsorship materials and support the solicitation of gifts.
  • Manage invitation mail plan.
  • Oversee the compilation of the benefit pipeline and event ticket tracking.
  • Coordinate with the communications team on the production of benefit materials, writing and copy-editing event materials.
  • Coordinate staff roles and logistics for the night-of the event.
  • Build and maintain a portfolio of prospects and solicit where appropriate.


Thought Leadership/Community Conversation Event Management

  • Manage the development and implementation of an annual calendar of donor engagement events featuring topical speakers, aligning event goals with overall development goals and organizational mission.
  • Coordinate logistics for events, including acting as liaison to the host, coordinating with the Communications team and documenting lessons learned.
  • Compile donor materials for distribution at events.
  • Track RSVPs, attendance, and donor notes.


Holiday Hope Drive

  • Manage the annual Holiday Hope Drive.
  • Manage placement of donors with children participating in Hope Drive.
  • Facilitate corporate/law firm participation in Hope Drive in conjunction with Director of Corporate and Individual Philanthropy.
  • Strategically identify prospective financial donors and cultivate this portfolio throughout the year.


Other Events

  • Manage the logistics for all development events, including Children Can’t Wait Fund dinners, board retirement parties and other special programs.


Other Responsibilities

  • Brainstorm and lead event innovation (e.g., how to create and execute meaningful remote events).
  • Conduct annualized analysis of donor engagement event effectiveness and work with team to amend future plans accordingly.
  • Coordinate with the Communications team.
  • Help promote Children’s Law Center’s friends-asking-friends giving platform.
  • Research current and prospective donors.
  • Provide general support to the Development team.
  • Other tasks as assigned.



  • Previous event planning and fundraising experience (paid or voluntary).
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent organizational, time-management, interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
  • Excellent professional judgment and ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Proficient at managing multiple assignments through clear and direct communication.
  • Skilled at managing others through influence.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Ability to work efficiently, think creatively and problem-solve.
  • Works well in a dynamic and fast-changing environment.
  • Values self-reflection, open to feedback and implements relevant changes.
  • Commitment to social, economic and racial justice.
  • Commitment to understanding and respecting other cultural experiences and points of view and viewing individuals as the experts on their own culture and experience.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word and Excel.
  • Experience with fundraising (e.g., DonorPerfect, Raiser’s Edge), presentation (PowerPoint) and graphic/design (e.g., InDesign, Photoshop) software helpful.
  • Willingness and availability to work overtime, as necessary, for events and time-sensitive projects.


Education and Experience

  • 1-2 years of experience with development project management, event planning and/or fundraising.


Salary and Benefits

The starting salary for this position is $40,000 annually.  Children’s Law Center offers a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, and short- and long-term disability insurance; employer-provided retirement contributions; flexible spending plans; and vacation, sick, holiday, family and medical leave. Children’s Law Center is a 501(c)(3) organization.  Employees with federal student loan debt can apply for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.  For more information, go to

Application Instructions: 

To apply, please submit the following materials in one PDF file: cover letter, resume, writing sample and 3 professional references.  Please do not submit application materials as a .zip attachment if submitting by email.  Applications may be submitted via mail, fax, or email to: 


Children’s Law Center

Attn: Development Assistant for Events Hiring Committee

501 3rd Street NW

8th Floor

Washington, D.C. 20001

202.467.4949 (fax)


No telephone calls please.

Children’s Law Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunities for all applicants and existing employees.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to ancestry, age, color, disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law, ordinance, or regulation. We invite you to visit us here to learn more about our organization and our career opportunities (

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