Assistant Development Officer (Summer 2019)

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Thanks to a grant awarded by James Madison University’s undergraduate Grant Writing course in Fall 2018, with funding provided by the Learning By Giving Foundation, Way to Go is hiring a temporary, Summer 2019 Assistant Development Officer to assist with our fundraising and development efforts. Please see full job description below. Position only open to JMU rising seniors, recent JMU alumni, and current JMU graduate students.

James Madison University


Position:  Assistant Development Officer

General Information: Way to Go, a nonprofit organization, is accepting applications from James Madison University (JMU) rising seniors, recent alumni, or current graduate students for an Assistant Development Officer position to maintain existing funding sources, cultivate new and appropriate sources, and assist with program and client assessment and evaluation for expansion and program development.  This is a temporary, 12-week summer position beginning May 13, 2019 and ending August 2, 2019. This position is ideal for an individual pursuing a career in the non-profit or local government sector.

Mission: Way to Go empowers low-income, working households in Harrisonburg-Rockingham to improve their quality of life by assisting them with their transportation needs. Way to Go has been providing transportation services to low-income workers since 2005.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Attend grant writing/funding workshops and meetings with Way to Go partners for grant development
  • Assist in implementation and reporting of current, active grants
  • Assist with program assessment and evaluation
  • Strategically researches, identifies, and pursues foundation, government, and corporation grants and opportunities for sponsorship and underwriting for organizational programs and operations
  • Write and edit grant proposals; synthesize and align with funder priorities
  • Create and maintain a database of potential funding opportunities and deadlines
  • Works closely with the Executive Director to prepare strategy and briefing documents for meetings with foundations and corporations


  • Completion of university-level grant-writing course required
  • Strong written communication, editing, and grammar skills
  • Ability to work in a deadline-driven environment
  • Prior grant-writing experience is highly preferred
  • JMU rising senior, recent JMU alumni, or current JMU graduate student

Compensation: Assistant Development Officer will be provided with a $4,230.00 stipend. A laptop and office supplies for any necessary operations on a day-to-day basis will be provided.  Candidate will have dedicated office space at the Plecker Center for Community Philanthropy in downtown Harrisonburg.

How to Apply: Applications only received via Handshake; job reference ID: #2481358.
Cover letter, resume, copy of transcript showing completion of university-level grant-writing course, and list of three professional references required.

Deadline: Applications will be received through Friday, March 29 at 5pm.