Work with THEI

Job Opening: Development Associate,
Tennessee Higher Education in Prison Initiative

Tennessee Higher Education in Prison Initiative (THEI) seeks a full-time Development Associate. The
position will be based at the THEI office in Nashville with occasional trips across the state to our program
sites. Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Development Associate will work closely with
the THEI Operations team, points of contact at THEI funding agencies, and members of the THEI
community of support to grow the THEI fundraising portfolio and diversify THEI revenue streams. The
Development Associate will be instrumental in the planning of two THEI annual fundraising events, and
will also manage communication with the THEI donorbase. The Development Associate will build and
nurture relationships with students on both sides of the bars to help THEI scholars refine their voices for

The ideal candidate can start before June 1, 2020. Priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate a
strong commitment to providing service to at-risk populations and understand the mission of THEI to be
located within a larger social-justice movement. Further, we seek applicants who have experience with
community engagement and fundraising; flexibility with work hours including the ability to work some
nights and weekends; excellent organizational and time management skills; and a strong commitment to
breaking cycles of poverty and incarceration. Finally, the ideal candidate must have a reliable car, and be
comfortable working in a prison and collaborating with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated
individuals. We encourage folks who have been impacted by the criminal-justice system to consider

The position is a full-time exempt position. The salary range is $50,000-$58,000 per year, plus full
medical/dental insurance, a monthly wellness stipend, retirement funds and generous paid
leave/holidays. The review of applications will begin immediately.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with 1-3 years’ experience in development, communications, or a related field.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Drive and social-media platforms

  • Facebook/Twitter/Instagram. Knowledge of donor-management software a plus.

  • The ability to collect, organize and manage data.

  • Strong attention to detail.

  • Timeliness around email correspondence.

  • Investment in relationship-building and passion for creating partnerships.

  • Energy for creative problem solving.

  • Professional demeanor whether speaking to others in person, over the phone, via email or through letters.

  • Ability to self-direct as well as work well under supervision.

  • Commitment to self-care.

THEI is an equal-opportunity employer; all applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status. Interested applicants should submit cover letter and resume to with “Development Associate” in the subject line.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Fundraising Events

    • Provide support to THEI leadership, board members, alumni and volunteers during fundraising campaigns and events.

    • Assist with the creation and finalization of guest lists.

    • Create and submit reports to THEI Executive Director that describe the progress and effectiveness of fundraising events and campaigns.

    • Manage the planning and launch of two major annual fundraising events.

  • Donor Engagement and Management

    • Refine and manage THEI donor database. Maintain the accuracy and integrity of the database by ensuring that all information is kept current and up to date.

    • Troubleshoot database issues.

    • Keep in regular contact with donors.

    • Produce and send acknowledgement of donations to donors and granting agencies.

    • Mails flyers and other correspondence to potential donors, volunteers and guests in order to inform them of events and activities.

  • Grant Management

    • Maintain THEI Grants Calendar. Catalog reporting requirements and manage reporting.

    • Assist in scheduling meetings with prospective funders.

    • Research potential funding sources; create reports on these potential sources for THEI Leadership Team.

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