Job Description


Position Title: Development Specialist

Reports To: North Dakota Senior Development Manager

Grade Level 4

Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm                      Exemption Classification: Non-Exempt                       Location: Fargo, ND


The Alzheimer’s Association’s mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.  The Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research.  We are the largest private funder of Alzheimer research and the premier source of information and support for the more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and their 15 million families and caregivers.  The Alzheimer’s Association has been recognized as a top large nonprofit to work for annually from 2010 by The NonProfit Times, the leading information provider for the nonprofit sector.


The development specialist is part of a team that raises funds to support the Alzheimer’s Association’s vision, mission and programs and services. This position coordinates the logistical details of the North Dakota Walks to End Alzheimer’s® in collaboration with volunteers, as well as assists with other North Dakota fundraising initiatives.


Walk to End Alzheimer’s:

  • Manage volunteers to coordinate successful overall day-of logistics for the Walk to End Alzheimer's
  • Support other Walk committee members and assist with volunteer recruitment and stewardship
  • Provide meeting support to Walk to End Alzheimer’s committee meetings as needed
  • Help create and manage training materials for volunteers; help pre-train event day-of volunteers
  • Participate in Walk data reporting and queries as needed (e.g., stewardship calls)
  • Provide customer service for team captains and fulfill material requests
  • Assist with the cultivation, motivation, stewardship and recognition efforts of our donors and volunteers 
  • Travel to all Walk locations in ND to establish and cultivate strong committee relationships

General Development / Special Events:

  • Assist the Senior Development Manager, ND with fundraising initiatives, events and projects as needed, including The Longest Day and Giving Hearts Day
  • Represent the Association at designated benefit events
  • Respond to general donor inquiries/information requests, donation calls and process donations
  • Assist with donor cultivation, stewardship and recognition efforts

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or 1-3 years of relevant work experience 
  • Understanding of development and fundraising programs preferred
  • Professional experience in a nonprofit fundraising setting preferred
  • Experience working with volunteers preferred
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with attention to detail
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Ability to memorize, diagnose and solve problems
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines with flexibility and good humor
  • Willingness to work on evenings and weekends if necessary
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle.  Must be in possession of a valid driver’s license and insurance
  • Ability to sit for long periods of time and move about to retrieve files
  • Persons from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Ability to occasionally lift 25 pounds, bend and stoop
  • Ability to receive and visit clients


The Development Specialist will be expected to be proficient with:

  • Personal computer
  • Multi-line telephone, Conference phone
  • Photocopier, Fax machine
  • Microsoft Suite and Google Suite: Mail, Calendar, Docs and Hangout

This job profile in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the job holder. He/she will be required to follow any other instructions or perform any other duties as requested by his/her supervisor or manager. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of job duties. Essential elements may change when necessary.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and we appreciate your interest in the Alzheimer’s Association.  




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