Development Associate, Legal Aid Society, Part-time, Louisville KY 40202



Purpose of job:  To develop the Legal Aid Society’s grants plan, which includes strategic planning, researching potential funding sources, cultivating relationships with potential funders, maintaining a calendar of funding sources, writing grant proposals, and submitting grant progress reports.  In coordination with the Development Director, the Development Associate also provides support on other development projects as needed.    Work Environment: Work is performed in the office setting and in the community. Reports to the Development Director or other designated supervisor.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Create and implement Legal Aid’s annual grants plan.  Secure sufficient funding to meet budget goals.  Evaluate effectiveness of organization’s current grants plan and proposal quality.
  2. Develop and maintain relationships with funders and other parties who have the ability to assist Legal Aid accomplish its mission.
  3. Provide Development Director with fundraising support as needed.
  4. Foster teamwork, cooperation, continuous improvement and results‐oriented outcomes through work on fundraising projects with staff.
  5. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  1. Bachelor’s degree from accredited four‐year college or university or equivalent work experience.
  2. Dedication to mission of pursuing justice for people living in poverty.
  3. Fundamental understanding of fundraising principles and grant‐writing process.
  4. Effective oral and written communications skills and ability to convey Legal Aid mission and goals in a clear and effective manner.
  5. Familiarity with donor databases preferred.
  6. Ability to manage workload in a systematic manner, multi‐task, and manage tight deadlines.
  7. Ability to treat confidential information appropriately.
  8. Skills to complete a sufficient volume of work based on division of priorities.
  9. Proactive thinker.  Identifies problems and defines central issues, evaluates options, and proposes solutions.
  10. Ability to work independently and manage several projects at a time with little direction.
  11. Diligent attention to detail.
  12. Ability to effectively work with colleagues at various levels, contribute to a harmonious work atmosphere, display interest in assisting other employees.
  13. Proficiency in Microsoft environment, electronic mail, and World Wide Web research.
  14. Must be able to operate a motor vehicle, hold a valid driver’s license, and be able to be insured under the Legal Aid Society auto insurance policy.

Physical Requirements: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, controls or equipment; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The physical demands described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Other:   The statements contained in this job description reflect general details necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility.  It should not be considered an all‐inclusive listing of work requirements.  Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or to otherwise balance the workload.  Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Melissa Foster at the Legal Aid Society (416 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., Suite 300, Louisville, KY 40202) or to

Melissa Foster                    
Executive Assistant
Legal Aid Society
416 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 614-3102 DID
(502) 614-3702 Fax

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