Development Associate

Durham, North Carolina, United States · Business Department · 001


Development Associate

Student U is a college-access and success organization that believes all students in Durham have the ability to succeed. However, as a result of structural racism, poverty and other systemic injustices, we acknowledge that first-generation college-bound students face significant personal and institutional obstacles to educational success. We want to change the odds for children in our community.

We believe that a Durham where all children can succeed is possible. We believe that our students and the children in our community are the most powerful tool that our community can leverage to realize that vision. We believe that Student U’s role in creating a Durham where all children can succeed is in expanding the educational opportunities available to our students, so that they may unlock their full potential and be the advocates for change within our community. In order to make this dream a reality, Student U creates a pipeline of services to support students from middle school through college. By providing direct services during out-of-school time and advocating for students and families within schools, we ensure our students develop the academic skills and personal well-being needed to succeed in their post-secondary choices and beyond.

Employees at Student U believe all students can achieve greatness. Together, through intentional staff collaboration and community partnerships, we work tirelessly to make the fearless dreams of our students come true.

Position Purpose and Value:

With the advancement team along with the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director, raise $3 million in revenues each year while developing and implementing a multi-year strategy for expanding the network of friends and investors of Student U. Ensure all components of development operations align with Student U’s Core Values and Advancement Philosophy.




An ideal candidate will make a significant impact on Student U. After one year, the incumbent will be able to identify specific, significant personal contributions to the overall implementation of Student U’s advancement activities. Candidates should have some direct experience in event planning and/or relationship management. Demonstrated interest in working within a non-profit or in the field of education is preferred. Candidates must believe that all students can succeed and be willing to grow and develop with the organization as Student U strives to realize its ambitious goals.

Values, Personality Traits, and Competencies:


Benefits and Salary:

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity:

Student U is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to our mission. Student U does not discriminate in any way including, but not limited to discrimination by age, gender, disability, race, nationality, sexuality, gender identification, and gender expression.

To Apply:

Please apply ONLINE. A complete application will include résumé, cover letter, and two professional references (including one from your current place of employment). Only complete applications will be considered.Preference will be given to applications received by Friday, December 1, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Elena Dalsimer, Business Assistant, at

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