About Run for Something  

Run for Something recruits and supports young progressives running for down-ballot offices in the United States. Since launching in 2017, we’ve recruited 116,000+ young people who want to run, and we’ve endorsed over 2,200 candidates across all 50 states + DC. We’ve elected 640 candidates across 48 states – 56% are women, 58% are BIPOC, and 21% are LGBTQIA+. and all are under the age of 40. Our alumni have meaningfully and intentionally made life better for millions of Americans across the country. We are a high-reaching, hungry team changing the face of politics in America. Learn more about our work in this clip.

The Run for Something network includes Run for Something (a 527 non-federal PAC), Run for Something Action Fund (a 501c4), and Run for Something Civics (a newly launched, non-partisan 501c3).

We have ambitious plans for 2022 and beyond. Read about them in our Strategic Plan.

We highly encourage all job applicants to visit our Careers page to learn about our work environment, values, compensation and benefits policies, interview process, and more. The priority deadline for applications is August 14.


Position Summary 

Position Name: Development Associate

Reporting Structure: This role reports to the Development Director

Location: Remote (U.S.)

Job Classification: Full Time, Exempt


Essential Duties: 

The primary responsibilities include administrative support, prospect research and cultivation, and stewardship.


Position Summary: 

Run for Something is currently hiring for a Development Associate. In this role, you will report to the Development Director. Your primary responsibilities are threefold. First, you will be responsible for providing administrative support to the Development Team as they seek to meet ambitious fundraising goals. Second, you help to grow and formalize our prospect research program. Third, you will assist the Development Team in stewardship of our existing donors.



The Development Associate will help RFS accomplish our strategic imperatives via:

Administrative Support (60% of time)

  • Lead on donor data management in our donor database (NGP)
  • Assist Development Director withmoving donors along the pipeline, from identification to closing donations to stewardship, as well as tracking reporting deadlines
  • Assist with internal Development Team needs, such as expense tracking, travel planning, and events support
  • Help coordinate fundraising trips, including by assisting with data management, prospecting, outreach, and prepping travel briefs and materials for trips and donor meetings for co-executive directors and other leadership team members Prospect

Research & Cultivation (20% of time)

  • Prepare accurate research on prospects and donors; assemble materials for cultivation and solicitation visits or calls
    In consultation with the Development Director, develop a system for prospecting our own donor database for upgrading existing donors as well as finding new top prospects for outreach

Stewardship (20% of time)

  • Manage donor acknowledgement process, ensuring timely thank you’s to our donors
  • Arrange calls, webinars, and other stewardship opportunities for donors and advisors
  • Assist with the writing and editing of appeals, acknowledgements, donor updates, reports, and proposals


Key Goals 

  • Support a fast-growing Development Team as we seek to meet ambitious fundraising goals
  • Develop positive relationships with RFS donors and ensure they feel good about their support and role in the organization
  • Grow and develop as an early-career political and nonprofit fundraiser



  • 1-2 year of professional experience, ideally in a nonprofit, political, or customer-facing position. If you’re a retail worker who’s passionate about politics and volunteered for a campaign or cause, your experience meets what we’re looking for!
  • At least 1 cycle of political experience (can include volunteer time)
  • A demonstrated interest in fundraising
  • Experience working in database software (NGP preferred), online research, and Google Suite
  • Excellent writing skills, with the ability to quickly and professionally prepare or proofread development materials (thank you notes, 1-pagers, proposals, reports, etc.).
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in and contribute to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment
  • Ability to demonstrate Run for Something’s organizational values: Bold & Fearless; Open & Honest; Supportive & Respectful; Progressive & Diverse; Long-term & Strategic.
  • Ability to work independently for extended periods of time in a remote environment
  • Strong commitment to the Run for Something mission


Plus Qualifications

  • Professional experience in a progressive nonprofit and/or political campaign is valued
  • Volunteer or professional experience fundraising for a 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 527 PAC, or political campaign
  • Experience using NGP Database Software
  • Familiarity with the progressive fundraising space


Run for Something is committed to building teams that reflect the diversity of our candidates, and to building equitable and inclusive environments that fully leverage the skills, potential, and unique perspectives of our employees. We strongly encourage applications from members of marginalized communities who have been disproportionately affected by lack of representation in elected office, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color, women, and the LGBTQIA+ and disabled communities. Learn more about our commitment here.

In order to prioritize the health and safety of our employees, all Run for Something employees are required to provide proof of COVID vaccination. Run for Something will discuss reasonable accommodations with employees who may be unable to receive a vaccine due to disability, the advice of a medical provider, or sincerely held religious beliefs.


Work Environment 

Run for Something is (and always has been and will be) a remote office environment; you will collaborate with colleagues who are based across the United States. You should be prepared to either work from home or a location of your choosing.

When it is safe to do so, this position will require attendance at approximately 2 all-staff events per year, which may include overnight travel. As this person grows in their role, there may be the opportunity to staff the Co-Executive Directors on fundraising trips as the pandemic allows.  This position requires the ability to work core hours, Monday through Thursday. This position will require some nights and weekends work approximately 6 times a year.

Learn more about what it’s like to work at Run for Something at our Careers page.


Essential Physical Requirements 

  • As this is a remote position, the person in this position must be able to communicate with colleagues and partners via phone, including conference and video calls, as well as written communication such as Slack and email.
  • The position requires the ability to work on a computer for all or part of the work day.
  • The position requires the ability to attend events which may encompass all or part of the work day.
  • This position may include travel, as described above.


Compensation & Benefits 

Salary for this position is set at $72,600. In order to counter pay inequality and uphold internal parity, salaries are non-negotiable for new and current employees. Run for Something salary bands for a given staff level are benchmarked to the 75th percentile for our sector, and all new employees are paid at the entry point of those bands. Employees then have the opportunity to progress through current salary bands through annual cost of living increases and performance-based pay increases, and into new salary bands through promotions.

Learn more about our compensation policy here.


Benefits at Run for Something include:

  • Four Day Work Week (learn more here)
  • Unlimited Paid Time Off policy
  • Platinum Medical Insurance (100% of premium covered for employees; 50% of premium covered for dependents)
  • Dental and Vision Insurance (99.9% of premium covered for both employees and dependents)
  • Professional Development Stipend
  • Treat Yourself Stipend ($500 a year to do something that brings you joy)
  • Equipment Stipend
  • 401k
  • Work from Home Stipend
  • Cell Phone/Internet Stipend
  • 12 weeks paid family leave
  • Paid Sabbatical (after 3 years of service to RFS
  • ~ Four weeks in organization-wide holiday closures, including a two-week winter break
  • Flexible, remote work environment


To Apply

We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, with priority review given to earlier applications. The priority deadline for applications is August 14. Learn more about our interview process here.


No phone calls, emails, or social media inquiries, please. Due to the volume of applications, we are unable to respond to individual inquiries. We know that applying to jobs is difficult, and we do our best to alert every applicant as to their status in the process. However, be aware that you may not receive a response from us until after the application deadline has passed.


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