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Development Associate

Do you believe the STEM community brings a valuable perspective to challenges faced by cities, counties, and states? Engineers & Scientists Acting Locally seeks to inspire, encourage, and empower people in STEM to be active civic participants. We are a dedicated group of volunteers working to help our fellow members of the STEM community more effectively engage with their local communities and governments. And we would be thrilled to have you join our ranks.

ESAL is looking for 1-2 volunteer development associates to support our Development Director to implement a fundraising strategy co-developed between ESAL and a consulting group. We are seeking volunteers who enjoy grant writing, grant management, individual giving campaign development, relationship management, and/or presenting about our mission. 

As an ESAL Development Associate, you will:

  • Develop and populate a prospect tracking system informed by our fundraising strategy
  • Assist with tracking development trends and identifying relevant fundraising strategies
  • Assist with grant writing and relationship building
  • Contribute to grant reporting for existing grants
  • Contribute to communications and marketing materials which support fundraising efforts
  • Work remotely under the guidance of the Development Director and Managing Director
  • Contribute ~5-10 hr/month of your time to do the above
  • Make at least a 6 month commitment to volunteering with ESAL

In return, by volunteering with ESAL you will gain the opportunity to:

  • Develop or deepen development and fundraising skills
  • Contribute to ESAL’s growth and implementation of our first organizational strategic plan 
  • Demonstrate a concrete commitment to science policy and community engagement
  • Broaden your knowledge of community engagement, local science issues, and science-policy interfacing
  • Network with engineers and scientists across the country who are passionate about engaging with their communities
  • Work with ESAL leadership - a dedicated team of engineers and scientists with deep experience in public policy
  • Influence and shape a growing, high-profile science policy and engagement organization
If you are interested in helping us change how engineers and scientists think about policy engagement, please contact us with a paragraph describing your interest and a link to a bio or an attached resume at
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