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Development Associate

Department: Development
Location: New York, NY


HIAS seeks a Development Associate to provide development operations support. Reporting to the Development Operations & Communications Manager, they use HIAS’ information management systems, including Raiser’s Edge, to drive forward HIAS’ fundraising and engagement activities.  

The Development Associate possesses excellent data management skills and assists in fostering and maintaining HIAS’ relationships with individual donors, foundations, corporations and other stakeholders. 

Note, this is a union position based in our New York City office. 


  • Enters and updates donor data. 

  • Processes contributions to the organization from individuals, foundations, corporations and Federations. 

  • Supports acknowledgment process and prepares thank-you letters to donors, ensuring that well written, accurate and timely acknowledgments are produced for every donation. 

  • Responds to constituents seeking help with or information about HIAS programs, donations, volunteerism, events and other activities. 

  • Provides administrative support to the Development team. 

  • Maintains files and records. 

  • Performs other duties as assigned. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field preferred. 

  • 1-2 years of experience in a nonprofit fundraising/development environment.  

  • Must be detail-oriented and highly organized, with the ability to perform multiple tasks quickly and accurately. 

  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office (especially Word and Excel). 

  • Knowledge of data management systems, particularly Raiser’s Edge. 

  • Excellent writing, proofreading and editing skills. 

  • Ability to navigate and collaborate with a diverse workforce across all levels of the organization. 


We are committed to a fair and respectful hiring process, and we do our absolute best to respond to every applicant. We prioritize communication and transparency with all candidates, even those who are not moving forward. Here’s a snapshot of our hiring process: 

Step 1: Submit your application! 

Step 2: Phone screen with a HIAS recruiter. 

Step 3: Video interview with the hiring manager. 

Step 4: Video interview with a panel of HIAS employees. 

Step 5: Online reference check with SkillSurvey. 

Step 6: Offer and background check with Shield Screening. 

Step 7: Start your professional journey with HIAS! 

Note: Some of our hiring processes may vary, and not all candidates will advance to each step. 


Over one hundred years ago, the Jewish community founded HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) in New York City, the immigrant gateway to America. Supporting Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in Eastern Europe, our founders were guided by the traditions, texts, and history of the Jewish people – a history of oppression, displacement, and diaspora. HIAS has since helped generations of Jews facing violence because of who they were, and HIAS remains committed to helping Jewish refugees anywhere in the world. Today, our clients at HIAS come from diverse faiths, ethnicities, and backgrounds, as do our staff. We bring our experience, history, and values to our work across five continents, ensuring that refugees today receive the vital services and opportunities they need to thrive.  

HIAS is a learning community, committed to diversity and inclusion. We do our work with integrity, accountability, transparency, and a commitment to the highest ethical standards. We seek employees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to join our teams located in the United States and across the globe. People who identify as BIPOC, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community, and people with lived experiences of forced displacement or immigration are all encouraged to apply. We are committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects our vision, mission, and values. 


HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety, and opportunity. 


Drawing on our Jewish values and history, HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives. 


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