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Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


The Development Assistant is a part-time, non-exempt position responsible for providing coordination and support to the Senior Director of Development for activities relating to SPARC fundraising and donor relations.  The primary focus will be to execute mass solicitations, provide administrative support to the development staff and volunteers, and participate in fundraising activities including donor stewardship and cultivation, direct mail appeals, and special events.


20-25 hours per week (Monday-Friday: 9am-1pm or 1pm-5pm)


  • Provide calendaring and correspondence support to the Senior Director of Development
  • Handle all administrative details associated with Development Committee meetings (e.g. prepare and distribute notices, agendas, minutes, etc.).
  • Enter and track incoming donations via Salesforce CRM database
  • Prepare and send appropriate tax documentation and acknowledgement letters to donors
  • Maintain foundation, corporation and individual donor files
  • Prepare and communicate regular fundraising and development related database reports
  • Continually maintain, update and improve the consistency of database records and donor files
  • Respond to donor inquiries and requests by phone, email, and in person
  • Maintain and update the grants calendar
  • Prepare mailing lists in accordance with the annual giving segmentation strategy
  • Work with the Director of Marketing and external vendors such as graphic artists, printers and mail-houses to coordinate solicitation material production and mailing logistics
  • Assist in coordination of VIP, sponsor, and honored guest seating for annual LIVE ART performance
  • Work with external vendors such as caterers, off-site venues, event invitations, and event managers to coordinate special fundraising events
  • Maintain guest lists, gather and prepare registration materials, and other duties as assigned for fund-raising events.
  • Assemble media and donor kits for events and meetings
  • Be a representative of SPARC’s Core Values
  • Maintain a professional yet fun atmosphere
  • Other duties as assigned by the Senior Director of Development


  • Percentage of donations processed and acknowledged within 24 to 48 hours
  • Success in maintaining accuracy of database records
  • Accuracy of fundraising reports
  • Success in coordinating the production of direct mail appeals
  • Success in maintaining donor files
  • Accuracy of financial transactions, ticketing, and meeting preparation



  • Positive attitude. Our team succeeds when all members have a can-do spirit, are fun to be around, and do not complain, make excuses, or gossip.
  • Self-starter, self-manager. We need someone who takes initiative, anticipates needs, and gets things done on time.
  • Detail oriented. There are many moving pieces in SPARC, and we need someone who makes complex things seem simple.
  • Positive communicator. We want someone who can be counted on to focus on the positive, inspire the team, and value his/her colleagues.
  • Trustworthy. Our team and constituents need to be able to count on the confidentiality, follow-through, and responsiveness of the person in this role.
  • Decisive. Though senior leadership is always available to support you with sensitive problems, we need someone comfortable making decisions and judgment calls.
  • Adaptive. We need someone who is able to handle unexpected situations in stride, and who is prepared and capable to step in for a member of his/her team at a moment’s notice.
  • Committed to excellence. We give our students, families, faculty, and the community a “wow experience” with SPARC at every opportunity.


  • Education: Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Experience: Minimum three years’ experience in an administrative position, preferably in a non-profit development office.
  • Technical: Advanced skills with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) database (preferably Salesforce), Microsoft Office including Excel, and Microsoft Outlook email, calendaring, and contacts management software
  • Ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Possess a car, valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record.


Please submit the following materials to SPARC@sparconline.org:

  • Cover letter and resume
  • Writing samples
  • Contact information for personal and professional references


The School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community — a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation — is committed to the most fundamental principles of equality of opportunity and human dignity. SPARC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, military or veteran status, political beliefs, or status with regard to public assistance.

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