Job Openings

Position: Development Associate

Organization: Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest

Organization Profile

Nebraska Appleseed is a nonprofit organization that fights for justice and opportunity for all. Appleseed takes a systemic approach to complex issues – such as children’s welfare, immigration policy, affordable health care, and poverty – and takes its work wherever it can do the most good, whether that’s at the courthouse, at the statehouse, or in the community. For more information visit

Position Summary

Nebraska Appleseed is seeking a full-time Development Associate to coordinate the organization’s individual giving and event fundraising efforts. The position is responsible for raising funds from individual contributors, building and strengthening relationships with donors, creating fundraising materials including thank-you letters, email and postal appeals, ensuring the integrity of donor records, providing administrative support to the development team, and other development related tasks as assigned. The position will also be responsible for planning and managing logistics for fundraising and supporter events including house parties, receptions, and the annual Good Apple Awards. The Development Associate will report to the Director of Development & Engagement but will work in a collaborative team environment with Appleseed’s Development Team, Communications Team, and Field Team.


  • Write and create fundraising materials including online and mail appeals, project proposals and reports, and other marketing or development copy as assigned.
  • Prepare and send timely thank you letters and receipts to donors.
  • Ensure accurate information is maintained and tracked in the donor database (CiviCRM) for individuals, organization, and event donors including donation history, contact information, acknowledgements, and communication preferences.
  • Produce and manage specialized mailing lists.
  • Plan and coordinate donor and supporter events including managing logistics, maintaining RSVP lists, managing vendors, assist in securing sponsorships, and other event duties.
  • Assist the Field Team and Development Team in connecting donors with ways to take action.
  • Assist and support a coordinated donor relations program to promote meaningful, donor-centric interactions between donors and Appleseed.
  • Keep current on fundraising best practices to ensure efficiency and effectiveness are maximized throughout the organization.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Development & Engagement.


  • Excellent communications skills (written, verbal, and active listening).
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work with a range of personalities and skill levels to produce high quality results.
  • Self-starter who can develop plans, manage multiple projects simultaneously with careful attention to detail and accuracy while adhering to deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Hard worker and able to work occasional evenings or weekends.
  • Supportive of Appleseed’s mission and able to communicate the value of the mission to supporters.
  • Background or experience in fundraising and working with nonprofit advocacy organizations is desirable. Prior fundraising or grant writing experience is a plus, but is not a requirement.
  • Proficient technology skills with Microsoft Office, Google Apps, and Mac OS.
  • Experience with Adobe InDesign is a plus.
  • Experience with Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) fundraising software is a plus.
  • Fluency in Spanish a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or 3 years experience in the nonprofit field preferred.

Salary and Benefits

Competitive nonprofit salary based on experience and benefits including health, vision, dental, 401(k), and vacation.

To Apply

Position is open until filled. Target start date is March 15, 2016. Please send a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample (fundraising proposal, persuasive writing, etc.), and list of three references via email to Elizabeth Hutchison at by Friday, February 5. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Hutchison at 402.438.8853.

Nebraska Appleseed is an equal opportunity employer; people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Nebraska Appleseed does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or handicap.

Get Involved With Nebraska Appleseed

There are many ways to get involved with Appleseed, and we welcome all passionate individuals who are interested in learning more about and becoming engaged in our work.

Fill out our volunteer form below or apply for an internship or clerkship and a staff member will be in touch with you about next steps towards joining us in the fight for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans.

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Internships & Clerkships

Nebraska Appleseed routinely has positions for interns and law clerks to help support our work. If you are interested in being a law clerk or intern please complete our electronic application form and attach a cover letter and resume. Apply online for Law Clerk, Intern, & Volunteer positions.


The Nebraska Appleseed Internship Program is a hands on way to learn about nonprofit and advocacy work in Nebraska.

Our internships are part time, unpaid positions (10-20 hours per week). Interns work within our programs to conduct research projects, assist with advocacy and public policy work, help with community outreach and education, and provide general office support.

Interns work directly under the supervision of a Nebraska Appleseed staff member in one of our four program areas (Immigrants and Communities, Economic Justice, Health Care Access, and Child Welfare).

We are currently hiring public interest interns for Fall 2015! Please fill out the online application below and attach a resume and cover letter to apply.

Law Clerks

A law clerk at Nebraska Appleseed is primarily responsible for general legal research within one of the organization’s discrete project areas and works under the supervision of a staff attorney or the Executive Director. Law clerks will do legal research, draft legal memos, draft policy briefs, provide litigation support, and participate in outreach events. Clerkships can be done for credit and are available to current law school students.

Available Positions

Online Application for Internships & Clerkships

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