LA Compost,

Development and Memberships Associate

14 days ago
Employment type
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

LA Compost restores lost connections to the soil and one another. Cooperatively with a diverse network of partners within LA County, LA Compost co-creates spaces for local compost access and engagement, restorative practices, and community empowerment. We support a healthy transition where food is never wasted, but returned to the soil for the next cycle of life.

LA Compost recognizes that the root cause of environmental destruction is a disassociation with the natural world, and seeks to restore individual and community connections to the soil that feeds us all. LA Compost’s objectives include the development of community-based composting systems for food scrap collection, compost education, creation and use. Our community level systems strive to keep the valuable resource of compost soil amendment local, especially within Los Angeles neighborhoods most vulnerable to climate change.

About this job

The Development and Membership Associate will support implementation of LA Compost’s fundraising efforts to further the organization’s mission and vision. Reporting to the Development Manager, the Development and Membership Associate will serve as the organization’s administrative and coordination support for grant, reporting, individual donor and Community Compost Cooperative (Compost Co-op) member stewardship and development.

Through guidance and collaboration with the Development Manager and Communications and Outreach Manager, the Development and Memberships Associate will support the management and maintenance of the organization’s customer relations platform (CRM) for individual donors and Compost Co-op members, internal grant management system, conduct internal research regarding foundation, grant, and corporate partner prospects, support development communications, and collaborate with the Development Manager to cultivate individual donors, close and submit reporting on gifts, grants and contract awards.

Roles & responsibilities

Grants, Foundations and Contract Management Support [50%]

  • Support the drafting, editing and submission of grant proposals and reports for foundation and government contract funders.
  • Support coordination of new funder relationships with foundations, individual donors and public entities including but not limited to Empower LA Neighborhood Councils and LA City Council Districts.
  • Manage, update and organize all donor data, process checks, donor acknowledgement email letters, and maintain meticulous records for good donor stewardship and auditing purposes.

Individual Donor Management and Fundraising Campaign Support [20%]

  • Plan and co-coordinate annual giving programs such as LA Compost’s Spring Individual Giving Campaign to make giving accessible for individuals and local businesses.
  • Support the Development Manager and collaborating staff members to cultivate relationships with and build a network of donors. This includes researching prospective donors, developing talking points, drafting correspondence, & participating in meetings with donors.
  • Support event planning logistics, individual donor strategy and day-of event coordination with Development Manager, Communications staff and other key staff for three fundraising campaigns per year. This includes a Fall Annual Gratitude Party Event, Giving Tuesday Appeal, and a Spring Individual Giving Campaign.
  • Track and report results of appeals and special campaigns, adjusting strategies as needed with support from collaborating staff members and staff teams.
  • Collaborate with the Communications team to design and produce fundraising-related marketing material, including but not limited to: appeal letters, request decks, brochures, and annual reports.
  • Collaborate with the Development Manager and Communications team to ensure that inspiring stories from LA Compost community participants reach current and prospective donors.
  • Design and coordinate acknowledgement letters for individual and corporate gifts and pledges.
  • Support Development Manager and Communications staff to implement EveryAction CRM software and collect, maintain, and update donor and prospective donor information.

Compost Co-op Member Stewardship and CRM Management [25%]

  • Manage the organization’s EveryAction CRM platform to field communications, provide co-op and organization updates to Compost Co-op members across the Los Angeles County region.
  • Generate engagement data and reports to share with LA Compost internal administrative staff team as requested.

Additional Responsibilities [5%]

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of all LA Compost programs and activities to communicate the organization’s mission, vision, and funding needs.
  • Conduct site visits across LA Compost locations to gain institutional knowledge and familiarity with staff, partner and composting site relationships.
  • Participate in select meetings with staff and board, including supporting with facilitation and note taking.


  • Any combination of formal education, paid work experience, and unpaid/volunteer experience, will be considered to meet the following:
  • Passionate individual with a background and interest in racial and environmental justice, education, and/or community building.
  • Must demonstrate strong organization, written, and oral communication skills and maintain confidentiality with regard to donor relations at all times
  • A minimum of 1-2 years fundraising experience strongly preferred
  • Proficiency building systems and managing projects
  • Experience with, fundraising, individual donor programs, and/or annual giving programs.
  • Proficiency with using CRMs (EveryAction or a donor base equivalent) strongly preferred.
  • Strong writing and editing experience.
  • Strong time management skills: self-motivated with accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Proficiency with Google Workspace and Notion platforms.
  • Desire and ability to work in a remote environment.
  • Access to a personal computer and internet access in a remote environment.
  • Willing to learn from mistakes, receive constructive feedback, and give feedback to others.
  • Commitment to building a culture of mutual accountability, liberation, and respect.
  • Experience in building networks, whether through fundraising or community organizing, is a plus.

To apply

To apply, please submit an application to with an email heading in the following format: Your Name_Development and Memberships Associate Position. Please include the following in your application:


Cover letter summarizing qualifications and how this position can support your interests

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until we find the right candidate.

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