Esperanza Community Housing Corporation

Development Associate

Employment type
about 1 month ago
Los Angeles

Esperanza Community Housing Corporation (Esperanza) was founded in 1989 to address displacement and housing insecurity.  Esperanza Community Housing Corporation is a social justice non-profit in South Central Los Angeles that achieves long-term, comprehensive community development.  We recognize that Indigenous, Black and Latino immigrant communities are disproportionately impacted by historical oppression, health disparities, disinvestment and displacement.  Therefore, we develop and preserve affordable housing; elevate health equity and access to care; mobilize for environmental justice; create and protect local economic opportunities; expand engagement in arts and culture; and advocate for policies protecting human rights.  Esperanza works collaboratively to strengthen South Los Angeles.  In all of our actions, Esperanza builds hope with the community.

Job Description: The Development Associate, under the supervision of the Development Director, will support the fund development team in designing, implementing, and guiding a successful and comprehensive fundraising program to financially support the organization’s mission.  The primary goal of the Development Associate will be increasing revenue through new funding sources from grants and sponsorships.  Other responsibilities include assisting with donor solicitation and supporting fundraising events.


Grant Writing: (65%)

  • Research, prepare, write, submit, and manage new grant applications to foundation, corporate, and government funding sources which includes assembling and updating required attachments for a successful submission.
  • Work with appropriate program staff to share relevant information (eligibility, timeline, type and amount of funding/match, allowable expenditures, etc.) and gather information needed to develop compelling proposals.
  • Ensure quality, accuracy, and completeness of all submitted grant applications (well researched, well-written, well-documented, with a well-developed budget).
  • Take on special assignments to support increased funding for the organization’s coalition work such as collaborative efforts in environmental justice advocacy.
  • Submit 3-4 proposals each month in a timely manner.
  • Conduct prospect research to expand grant pipeline.
  • Contact and follow up leads with granting organizations and agencies.
  • Support and ensure timely reporting.
  • Solve problems effectively, efficiently, and creatively.
  • Utilize sound judgment and maintain strict confidentiality.


Donor Solicitation, Events, Communications: (30%)

  • Assist with identifying, cultivating, and personally soliciting new, current, and lapsed donors.
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of fundraising events.     
  • Support the oversight and management of Esperanza’s website and social media accounts.
  • Represent Esperanza at meetings, speaking engagements, or other events as needed.


General and Administrative: (5%)

  • Send out donor thank you letters.
  • Provide administrative support and other duties as needed.



  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree with at least 2-3 years work experience in grant writing and fundraising
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully identifying, applying, and receiving grants
  • Excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent project management and follow-up skills
  • Strong research, analysis, and reporting skills
  • Strong attention to detail and highly organized
  • Ability to manage multiple grant proposals, projects, and meet deadlines
  • Passion for social justice work and understanding of Esperanza’s mission, vision, and values
  • Knowledge of South Central and South LA community and nonprofit landscape preferred
  • Experience with, and knowledge of, multi-ethnic and underserved communities
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Drive, with SharePoint a plus
  • Bilingual English/Spanish a plus


Compensation: This is a full-time (40 hours/week) staff position with a salary range of $55,000-$65,000 and a comprehensive benefits package.  Our office is currently working responsively remotely due to the pandemic.

To apply

Email a cover letter, resume, 2-3 references, and 2 writing samples to [email protected] with subject line: Development Associate