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Development & Special Events Fellow (Summer 2018)

Alexandria VA

NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia (an independent state affiliate of NARAL Pro-Choice America) is dedicated to building and sustaining a constituency that uses the state-level political process to guarantee reproductive freedom for all, including family planning, sexuality education, maternal health care, and safe, legal abortion. NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia is a grassroots 501(c)(4) organization, with a 501(c)(3) Foundation arm and a political action committee (PAC).

Position: The Development & Special Events Fellow will work with the Development Director on efforts to communicate with our membership and secure the resources needed to pursue our mission of protecting and expanding reproductive choice in Virginia. The Fellow will be primarily responsible for processing donor contributions and sending acknowledgement letters, donor research and organization, assisting in communications with supporters, and in the execution of fundraising events and other outreach activities.


The Fellow will gain experience necessary for working in non-profit development and first-hand knowledge of pro-choice messaging, advocacy, and activism. In addition to development tasks, the Fellow will have opportunities to contribute to NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia’s communication and program efforts.


  • Work with staff to research donor prospects, improve donor database information and organization, and assist with management of donor outreach calendar.
  • Participate in the planning and execution of house parties, happy hours, and other special events to engage members and raise funds.
  • Process donor contributions in our database and create donor acknowledgement letters, watching for trends in giving and opportunities for special follow-up.
  • Assist with member communication through email alerts and publications such as annual report.
  • Various office and administrative activities as necessary, such as assisting with donor mailings.

Desired Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate for this Fellowship is a current student or recent graduate with dedication to reproductive rights and health issues and/or interest in learning about the development operations of a non-profit advocacy organization.
  • Support and enthusiasm for NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia's mission to defend and expand the full range of reproductive rights and health care options for folks, including abortion, birth control, sex education, bearing healthy children, and adoption. Knowledge of current reproductive rights issues and experience with pro-choice or reproductive justice activism is ideal.
  • Strong writer, researcher and editor familiar with Microsoft Office.
  • Experience with website/blog management, social media platforms, desktop publishing, image editing, or other computer skills are a plus, but not required.
  • Experience with donor databases or other systems for tracking and communicating with donors and activists.
  • Activist, political, and/or non-profit experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and a professional demeanor.
  • Strong attention to detail, organizational skills, and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work well both independently and in cooperative decision-making settings.


Fellowship details/requirements: Exact time frame can be flexible, but the ideal candidate will be available 25-32 hours per week for 10 weeks between June and mid-August 2018. The majority of Fellowship activities will take place at our office in Old Town Alexandria (Metrorail and Metrobus accessible) during office hours (9am-5pm, Mon-Fri), but options for doing some work remotely may also available. There will also be some night and weekend events where the Fellow will be needed.

Compensation: A semester stipend of $2500 - $3200 will be provided based on the numbers of hours worked per week, and we will work with students to receive academic credit, if applicable.

How to Apply: To apply, please send cover letter and résumé to the attention of Development Director Stephanie Fewsmith at apply[at] with subject line "Development and Special Events Fellow - [Your Name]." Please address your qualifications and your commitment to reproductive rights, health, and justice in your cover letter. Attach your cover letter and resume as one PDF document. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled.

Posted March 12, 2018

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