Sep 20, 2019

Job Announcement: Development Associate

Letterform Archive seeks a Development Associate to help steward its (incredibly generous and enthusiastic) community of donors and members.

We’re hiring!

This is a great opportunity for an up-and-coming fundraiser to gain first-hand experience in all stages of the fund development process.

Reporting to the director of development & operations, the development associate is responsible for coordinating the Archive’s membership program and fundraising campaigns, communications in support of fundraising efforts, and other collaborative duties to ensure the success of a small but quickly growing cultural institution.

An ideal candidate will have at least 2 years of experience in nonprofit fund development and be donor-oriented, a collaborative team player, and willing to tackle any task in a creative and dynamic environment.

About Us

Letterform Archive is a nonprofit center for inspiration, education, and community. We offer hands-on access to a curated collection of more than 50,000 items related to lettering, typography, calligraphy, and graphic design, spanning 2,000 years of history.

So far, we have welcomed more than 5,000 visitors from 30 countries to the Archive, including students, practitioners, and letterform admirers from every creative background. Some come with specific research ideas in mind, while others are simply looking for inspiration. Invariably, thanks to the breadth and accessibility of the collection, they stumble on something unexpected. Serendipity is key to the Archive experience.

In addition to hosting visits and public events, the Archive serves a global community through social media, an online archive featuring state-of-the-art photography, and a book program that draws from the collection as well as publishes new work from its contributors. We offer courses and workshops in type design, calligraphy, and typography. We also curate exhibitions of our holdings and organize lectures by visiting artists and designers.

As a close-knit team of typophiles, lettering lovers, graphic design fans, and book arts enthusiasts, everyone at the Archive — regardless of role — helps in some way to promote the collection, offering tours, assisting at events, and engaging with the design community at large.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Serve as primary point of contact for Archive members.
  • Manage the Archive’s CRM, including entering gifts and updating records.
  • Develop and oversee a timely and delightful membership and gift acknowledgement program.
  • Manage the fulfillment of existing member benefits and help to develop new benefits.
  • Plan and coordinate all communications with current and prospective members, including membership renewals and acquisition campaigns.
  • Develop creative promotional content and strategies for fundraising campaigns.
  • Collaborate with editorial and social media teams to secure and time content in the Archive’s newsletter, blog, and social media channels.
  • Work with the guest services team to create a strong visitor and member experience.
  • Assist with the development of and coordinate cultivation and stewardship events.
  • Prepare regular campaign and fundraising reports.
  • Research and analyze current and prospective individual, corporate, and foundation donors
  • Work closely with the director of development & operations to establish fundraising goals, campaign plans, and the Archive’s multi-year development plan.
  • Assist the director of development & operations with other projects as assigned, including those involving marketing, governance and board relations, finance, and operations.

Teamwide Responsibilities

  • Host introductory and research visits for individuals and groups; present on materials and publicize Archive programs, services and merchandise.
  • Be prepared to share the ways guests can have an impact on the sustainability of the Archive through time, money, or evangelism.

Physical Requirements

  • The development associate will frequently be required to sit and perform desk-based computer tasks and file or sort paperwork.
  • She/he/they may less frequently be required to lift or move items weighing up to 25 pounds; push and maneuver a fully-loaded book truck weighing up to 60 pounds; and stand, climb, balance, stretch, twist, kneel, stoop, bend, or crouch.
  • The Archive will provide reasonable accommodations to an employee with a disability who requires accommodations to perform the essential functions of her/his/their job.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2+ years of experience in nonprofit fund development or communications
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in the nonprofit sector
  • Passion for or expertise in an area of specialization appropriate to our collections (e.g., type, graphic design, book history, etc.)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Tech-savvy: experience using G Suite, macOS, and a nonprofit CRM

Ideal Characteristics

  • Friendly, welcoming, and customer service orientated
  • Curious and eager to learn
  • Team player and willing collabrator
  • Proactive and willing to tackle a varietyof projects, including new challenges
  • Flexibility and comfort in a rapidly changing environment

We value candidates whose skills and lived experience have prepared them to understand and uphold our core values, especially those of collaboration, hospitality, creativity, humility, and accessibility.

The Archive does not discriminate in employment or in offering educational services and programs on the basis of an individual’s race; color; religion; creed; ancestry; national origin; age; height; weight; hairstyle; sex; gender identity and/or expression; sexual orientation; marital status; sensory, mental, or physical disability; the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability; medical condition (cancer- or genetic-related); AIDS or AIDS-related condition; family and medical care leave; pregnancy disability leave; veteran status; or on any other bases prohibited by law.


As a small, collaborative team with many shared responsibilities, the Development Associate will be based out of the Archive’s offices in San Francisco. Candidates who do not live in the Bay Area are encouraged to apply if they are interested in relocating for this position.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt position. Annual salary is between $50,000 and $60,000 depending on candidate experience and qualifications.

Letterform Archive offers a competitive benefits package including:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Three weeks of paid time off and 10 paid holidays each year
  • Sick leave
  • 401(k) retirement plan
  • Pre-tax commuter benefit
  • Annual professional development budget
  • Free access to Archive workshops
  • Complimentary Archive membership

You will also be surrounded by (and able to interact to your heart’s content with) beautiful, meaningful materials from the Archive’s collection, and a diverse, interesting community of those who love letters and design. Your colleagues would be 14 people who are passionate about the organization and eager to share their enthusiasm through their work.

How to Apply

Please apply by submitting a résumé and cover letter explaining your interest in this position at by Friday, October 18, 2019.