Development Associate

Development Associate

January 22, 2024

Development Associate

Organizational Profile

Juma Ventures (Juma) strives to break the cycle of poverty by paving the way to work, education, and financial capability for youth across America. Founded in 1993 with a single Ben & Jerry’s Shop in San Francisco, Juma’s initial business venture, a social enterprise, was designed to give homeless youth the training and job experience they needed to transition from living on the streets to enjoying a stable adulthood. Since then, Juma has become a nationally recognized youth development organization focused on employment, financial capability, and career-supportive services.

Today, Juma operates over 20 concession businesses and employs 500+ youth annually at major sports and entertainment venues across the United States (Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle). As the country’s largest youth-run social enterprise, Juma has employed more than 10,000 low-income youth who have earned $13 million in wages, saved $6.4 million for post-secondary education, and generated $40 million in enterprise revenue to continue advancing our mission.

Our strong leadership, dedicated staff, and committed funding partners have led to numerous awards, including the National Youth Employment Coalition’s PEPNet Award for Promising and Effective Practices, the National Organization of the Year from the Social Enterprise Alliance, and the winner of the Social Impact Exchange ‘Scaling Business Plan’ competition for our national expansion efforts. In recent years, 97% of youth participants indicated they would “recommend Juma to a friend,” likewise, our most recent staff satisfaction rate was 97%.

Juma is looking for great people who share our passion for working with youth and using business as a tool for sustainable social impact. Our workplace is supportive, open, inclusive, relevant, and focused on youth, empowerment, dedication, and respect. Our four core values of Youth First, Stronger Together, Respect & Appreciation, and Integrity & Transparency are embedded in our work.

Position Description

Juma Ventures (Juma), an award-winning youth workforce development nonprofit organization, seeks a Development Associate to provide administrative leadership and support to its National Development Team.

The Development Associate will, individually and in partnership with team members, ensure the effective operations of the National Development Team and support a wide array of activities, including Juma’s Individual Giving and Event strategies and the Engagement and Communications strategy for the National Board of Directors. The Development Associate will also provide administrative support to Juma Executive Team members.

The Development Associate role is designed to be an introduction to non-profit fund development. The role is an excellent opportunity for a candidate looking to explore and build a career in nonprofit administration, management and operations, fund development, strategy building and execution, communications, and marketing. The successful candidates will work independently and collaboratively while demonstrating creativity, resourcefulness, flexibility, professionalism, and outstanding organization and communication skills.

Duties and Responsibilities

National Board Engagement  (25% of the time)

  • In partnership with the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Development Officer, lead the planning, coordination, and execution of Juma’s National Board of Director meetings. This includes:
    • Managing the Board of Directors Calendar, inclusive of scheduling Committee and National Board meetings
    • Supporting the Executive and Leadership Teams in creating an agenda and preparing for each National Board meeting
    • Creating the National Board Meeting Packet and Meeting Deck
    • Keeping minutes at each Board meeting and working with the Board Secretary to review and approve the minutes
    • Setting up for each Board Meeting, including confirming a meeting venue and coordinating technology needs

Individual Giving and Event Strategies (25% of the time)

  • In partnership with the Chief Development Officer, the Individual Giving Manager, the Development Operations Manager, and the Community Engagement Coordinator, support a wide array of activities associated with Juma’s Individual Giving and Event Strategies. This includes:
    • Recording donations and maintaining updated records related to Individual Giving and Events, including tracking in-kind gifts
    • Communicating with donors, inclusive of National Board members as needed, in a professional and timely manner and recording all communications
    • Pulling accurate donor reports from Juma’s Development Database
    • Drafting, reviewing, and sending all of Juma’s donation tax acknowledgment letters
    • Completing the monthly Individual Giving Contributed Revenue Report
    • Creating event work plans and trackers and keeping them up to date
    • Managing and tracking event guest lists and being a point of contact for guests
    • Being a robust ambassador for Juma’s work and impact during events
    • Supporting event activities such as venue walk-throughs and loading and unloading

Executive Team Support and Coordination (20% of the time)

  • In partnership with the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Development Officer, and the Executive Director of Corporate Partnerships and Marketing, complete a wide array of administrative tasks supporting these leaders’ fund development work. This includes:
    • Scheduling funder meetings and supporting calendar coordination
    • Conducting funder research
    • Creating funder meeting collateral, packets, and decks
    • Preparing for monthly department meetings
    • Arranging and coordinating fund development-related travel
    • Coordinating credit card expenses and ongoing reporting

Communications (15% of the time)

  • In partnership with the Chief Development Officer, the Executive Director of Corporate Partnerships and Marketing, and the Individual Giving Manager, support the drafting and editing of department communications such as the end-of-the-year campaign and events collateral, including invitations and the printed program. This includes:
    • Copy editing for grammar, spelling, and punctuation
    • Revising and fact-checking content
    • Making layout and stylistic suggestions and edits in line with Juma’s style and branding guidelines

General Administration (15% of the time)

  • In partnership with the Chief Development Officer, Development Operations Manager, and Finance Team, support a wide array of tasks to ensure the effective and successful operations of the National Development Team. This includes:
    • Overseeing the Development Team Drive and ongoing subscriptions and memberships
    • Opening and scanning mail
    • Maintaining inventory and ordering supplies as needed
    • Organizing team socials and community-building activities


  • Previous experience (0 to 3 years) with or a strong desire to work in the nonprofit field is preferred
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively while demonstrating creativity, resourcefulness, flexibility, and professionalism
  • Outstanding organization and written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and established deadlines
  • Proficiency in Salesforce (or other CRM Systems such as Raiser’s Edge) is a plus but not required
  • An advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging practices
  • Demonstrated knowledge and respect for youth development principles and youth leadership and culture
  • Members of underrepresented communities, including those identifying as people of color/bicultural, LGBTQ+, and those with lived experiences in the foster care or juvenile justice systems, are especially encouraged to apply

Job Details

Reports to: Chief Development Officer

Job Location: San Francisco, California

Salary: $60,000-$65,000

Classification: Full-time, non-exempt, with some nights and weekends per business needs

Hours/Week: 40 hours

Hybrid Work Environment: Juma maintains a hybrid work environment. The Development Associate will be expected to work out of the organization’s San Francisco office three days per week.

Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

Benefits Include: Employee benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, a 403B plan, and a significant paid time-off package.

Please submit the following to

  • A thoughtful cover letter outlining your interest in the position and how your experience or professional goals align with the above requirements and Juma’s mission
  • Current resume
  • A general writing sample of your choice
  • Salary requirements

Due to the volume of responses, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.