The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), the nation’s food and health watchdog, works to improve the food environment for all. CSPI led efforts to win passage of many state and local policies to improve school food, remove sugary drinks from children’s menus, and require calorie labeling on chain restaurant menus. Those successes led to sweeping national policies—such as: 

  • Nutrition Labeling and Education Act which put Nutrition Facts Label on most packaged foods;
  • Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which set 21st Century standards for school foods;
  • Food Safety Modernization Act, which gave authority to the FDA to recall contaminated foods; and
  • Food Allergen Consumer Protection Act, which requires clear labeling of foods containing leading allergens.

We are searching for a highly organized Development Coordinator to provide research, administrative and logistical support for CSPI’s mid-level and major gift fundraising programs. The ideal candidate will bring strategic prioritization skills, professionalism, and a collaborative spirit to the Development team. This role reports to the Individual Gifts Officer who manages the mid-level and planned giving programs and works closely with other development staff and senior leadership. You will be the connective tissue within the Development department, ensuring things don’t slip through the cracks. The preferred location of the position is CSPI’s DC office, but consideration will be given to remote candidates. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide administrative support to department including managing routine correspondence, email alerts to donors, filing, proofreading, and scheduling appointments, and travel.
  • Serve as a customer service representative providing assistance with donations, subscriptions, and gift subscriptions for donors in the mid-level, major donors, and planned giving programs. 
  • Manage gift acknowledgement process for donors in the mid-level, major donors, and planned giving programs. Update and distribute welcome packets as needed.   
  • Support Development team members with the timely and professional outreach and solicitation of donors.
  • Coordinate the production of mailings and fundraising appeals to major donors and other funders, including the monthly newsletter mailing.
  • Maintain Development department calendar of activities, including donor mailings, foundation deadlines, letters of inquiry, applications, proposals, reports, and staff travel.
  • Assist the Individual Gifts Officer in managing the department’s donor database to ensure records are accurate and complete. 
  • Assist in preparation of regular updates to donors, internal and external reports, and proposals to possible funding sources.
  • Prepare weekly deposits; work with Finance department to ensure correct tracking and allocation of donations; and generate revenue reports as needed.
  • Assist in research of individual donors and foundation prospects.
  • Maintain the Development department policy and procedures manual.
  • Help plan and organize development‐related events and fundraising meetings.
  • Assist with other department projects, as needed.


  • Experience working in a professional office environment and previous administrative experience; meticulous attention to detail; and strong organizational skills.
  • At least one year of fundraising and development experience highly desirable.
  • Experience in direct communications with donors or clients preferred, but training will be provided.
  • Understanding of systems and database management.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; and strong research skills.
  • Professional, diplomatic, and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast‐paced environment with multiple priorities and frequent deadlines and solve problems independently.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Discretion and mature judgment in handling sensitive and confidential information.
  • Computer proficiency with MS Office including Word and Excel; working knowledge of CRM systems desirable; and interest in learning new ways to use technology to improve or develop workflow systems to enhance efficiency of donor outreach programs. 
  • Interest in CSPI’s mission and public interest commitment.


The salary range is $47,000-$53,000, based on experience. CSPI offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes: 3 weeks of annual vacation leave; additional paid holiday leave between December 24 and January 1; 8 weeks of paid parental leave; excellent medical and dental insurance with CSPI paying a significant portion of employee and dependent premiums; and a 3% employer match contribution to the retirement plan after one year of service.

To Apply

Please utilize CSPI's Paylocity Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to apply for the Development Coordinator position. You are required to submit a resume and cover letter indicating relevant experience and interest (incomplete applications will not be considered).

Development Coordinator

Application deadline is June 23, 2021.

CSPI is committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspective, and skills and encourage people of diverse ages, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, disabilities, religions, races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, work, and life experiences to apply.