Temporary Development Coordinator


Seattle Office

Columbia Legal Services is a legal advocacy organization that advances social, economic, and racial equity for people living in poverty. We hold government agencies, institutions, and other actors accountable to address the root causes of racism and their manifestation in unfair treatment and inequitable access to resources, power, and opportunities based on race. We focus on dismantling unfair systems of mass incarceration and immigration. We believe that communities should have a voice in the creation and implementation of the policies, laws, and legal systems that impact them.

We are committed to an environment of mutual respect, collaboration, and equal opportunity for all employees, and strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, people who have been affected by mass incarceration, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. We believe in building and sustaining an organization that is reflective of the communities we serve, and is diverse in work background, experience, education, race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, national origin, or sensory, mental and physical abilities. We believe that the resulting diversity is both a source of program strength and a matter of fundamental human fairness.

Columbia Legal Services seeks a part‐time, temporary Development Coordinator for a four‐month position. The hours range from 7‐10 hours per week. This position requires project management, clear communication skills, database management, event coordination and planning. This position reports to the Director of Operations, and works closely with an external Development Consultant and manages one part‐time intern.

Responsibilities include:

Work collectively with our partners and stakeholders to advance our resource development and outreach strategies.

Work with Development Consultant and Executive Director to continue major donor and prospect cultivation.

Coach and supervise the work of a part‐time development intern.

Annual event coordination and planning efforts, including sponsorship efforts and outreach via mail and email, as well as other event coordination and planning strategies.

Manage other event efforts, under direction of Development Consultant.

Partner with CLS staff on grant writing and submission.

Maintain fundraising database, and enter new data, following current practices around new record input, gift tracking and recognition and reporting.

Lead efforts around Give Big fundraising campaign under direction from Development Consultant.

Serve as liaison for Resource and Development Board Committee and lead monthly meetings under guidance from the Executive Director and Development Consultant

Develop material for mass email communication to constituency, in partnership with communication team and under the guidance of Development Consultant


The position requires excellent judgment, demonstrated commitment to racial, social, and economic justice, excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to effectively solve problems and work independently, and strong time‐management skills.

Commitment to social justice and sensitivity to people from diverse backgrounds ‐ all staff members are expected to strive to understand the values, cultures, and concerns of the client communities we serve.

Some experience with or exposure to nonprofit resource development, including annual giving, events management, grant writing, and public relations.

Ability to work independently while participating as an effective member of the office team, and to manage multiple deadlines and projects with minimal supervision.

Comfortable with technology and working knowledge and application of Microsoft Office Suite and Applications (Word, Office365, Excel, Outlook, Windows 7 and 10, Office365, SharePoint, and Skype for Business). Experience with fundraising software a plus.

Must handle issues with integrity and confidentiality, be patient and flexible, perform multiple tasks simultaneously, and meet demanding and competing deadlines.


This part‐time, temporary four‐month position is expected to work between 7 ‐ 10 hours per week. We offer relative flexibility with regards to location and hours. Salary is commensurate with years of experience and is expected to range from $20 ‐ $25 dollars per hour. This position is expected to last for four months, from March until July, and is not eligible for representation by Washington Legal Workers, our in‐house labor union.

To Apply

Send a cover letter and resume in PDF format to careers@columbialegal.org. Please make Temporary Development Coordinator your subject line. We accept applications on a rolling basis, with priority given to those received before February 12th. CLS will contact you only if we decide to pursue your application. If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application process, please contact the above email.