Kids in the Spotlight,

Fund Development Associate: Part-Time Writer/Researcher

3 months ago
Employment type
Los Angeles

Job Title: Fund Development Associate
Reports to: Fund Developer
Location: 145 S Glenoaks Blvd Ste 124, Burbank, CA
EEO Code: 13-1131
Hours: 20/week

Kids In The Spotlight, Inc. (KITS) seeks a Fund Development Associate to join its Fund Development unit. Fund Development plays a critical fundraising, communications, and program development role in the organization. Fund Development is charged with identifying and accessing diverse resources (private, government, and individual), researching best practices to support the agency’s agenda and initiatives, and supporting the design and development of new program opportunities, asset mapping, strategic planning, and public-facing communication including media, marketing, and public relations.

KITS helps foster youth heal and grow from trauma through the power of storytelling and filmmaking. In the KITS Script-to-Screen program, Black and Latinx foster youth from across Los Angeles County write, star in, and cast their own short films. The films are directed by industry professionals and showcased for the public at the annual KITS Film Awards, our version of the Academy Awards, giving validation to young artists in foster care.
The Fund Development Associate will play a vital role in expanding Fund Development’s bench strength to allow for more effective and impactful efforts. Serving in this newly created position is a unique opportunity to become an essential team member in a growing Los Angeles community-based organization.

We are looking for a self-starting, flexible, focused, and culturally savvy professional with strong writing, reporting, analysis, copy editing, and research skills who is comfortable working in a small team. The right person will have had at least three years of demonstrated success in a professional field related to program development in underserved communities, investigative journalism, and/or communications.

Scope of Position:

Program and Fund Development

  • Support the Fund Developer in the preparation of proposals for new and continuing funding. This may include coordinating the preparation, assemblage, appropriate documentation, research, interviews, analysis, writing, proofreading, and editing.
  • Maintain and strengthen the grant and individual donor tracking systems.
  • Write project reports for grant funders.
  • Support individual donor campaigns, including major gifts campaigns and direct mailings.
  • Collaborate with the Fund Developer to identify programmatic and funding needs, and research and share potential best practices and innovative strategies that address those needs.
  • Assist in preparing written materials for site visits / donor meetings and events such as KITS’ annual event, other fundraisers, and community festivals.
  • Outline grant award deliverables and communicate them to the KITS team for execution.

Strategic Planning and Public Relations

  • Assist in developing and updating communications materials (e-blasts, PowerPoint presentations, handouts, web articles, press releases, and social media) to share current information, enhance institution image, and encourage common branding within the organization.
  • Help cultivate and maintain relationships with sectorial and news media to inspire and educate targeted and general audiences.
  • Other duties may be assigned as needed.

Required Skills and Experiences

  • Extensive business writing or news reporting experience
  • Strong research and fact-checking skills; Google savvy
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Curiosity / lifelong learner
  • Ability to give and accept feedback
  • Ability to communicate effectively in real time while working remotely with colleagues
  • At least three years of high-quality performance work with increasingly greater responsibility in a professional career focused on program development, news media, marketing and media, or related field

Desirable Skills

  • Activism experience
  • Nonprofit leadership / business entrepreneurship experience
  • Visual arts, media arts, or design experience
  • Youth development experience
  • Spanish / English bilingual

Working Conditions / Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job: Requires the ability to exert a small amount of physical effort in sedentary to light work involving moving from one area to another; requires sufficient hand/eye coordination to perform repetitive movements. Work is typically performed in an indoor office environment.

The environment is oriented to public service and subject to constant work interruptions. Employees may work under the stress of continual public and/or inter-departmental contact and work with volunteers, while adhering to tight timelines.

Schedules are flexible. Employees are invited to negotiate their desk hours with the Chief Operating Officer, with the largest portion of their availability on weekdays between the hours of 9am and 6pm.

Compensation: $31.5K annually. Benefits package includes paid holidays, vacation, personal, sick days.

Interviews are ongoing, with an anticipated start date in March 2022.

Kids In The Spotlight, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply

To be considered for the position, interested applicants should send the following:

  • Cover letter that describes how your experience, knowledge, and skills are a good fit for the position
  • Resume detailing relevant experience
  • Three references with telephone and email contact info

Please email the application materials described above as PDF attachments to Fund Developer Megan Hobza at

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Applications accepted Friday, February 18 through Friday, March 18, 2022.