Development Associate

Development & Communications · Portland, Oregon
Department Development & Communications
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level
Compensation $44,000-$51,500 annually

Title:                       Business Development Associate   

Status:                   Regular, non-exempt position

Reports to:             Senior Business Development Manager

Location:                Remote in U.S. or Hybrid in Portland, OR

Hours:                    Full time

Starting Salary:      $44,000-$51,500 annually

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Forth is a fast-growing nonprofit with a mission to electrify transportation by bringing people together to create solutions that reduce pollution and barriers to access. Founded in the Pacific Northwest, we now work nationwide. We envision a world where clean and equitable transportation systems move everyone and everything, and we work with diverse stakeholders to build lasting programs and policy models. Learn more on our website.


The Business Development Associate is primarily responsible for supporting the fundraising and business development efforts that help Forth secure the financial support it needs to carry out its mission and grow its impact. As part of the fundraising team, the Business Development Associate helps with data entry into Salesforce, coordinates activities between Business Development Managers and internal and external stakeholders, ensures that documents are properly stored, assists with tracking the progress of fundraising and business development projects, and assumes responsibility for special projects under the direction of the Senior Business Development Manager.


The successful candidate will be a highly motivated, efficient, accurate, organized person who is committed to actively working to develop and grow their skills further, manage many competing assignments and deadlines, and assist where needed at this growing, dynamic organization. We seek candidates who are enthusiastic about electric mobility, comfortable working with diverse partners, and who share our commitment to racial diversity, equity and inclusion.



Department Coordination (75%)

  • Coordinate activities between the Development & Communications Director, Senior Business Development Manager, the Business Development Manager, and internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ensure that final documents are properly stored into Forth’s Development file system.
  • Assist with tracking the progress of fundraising and business development projects.
  • Ensure that data, final contracts, acknowledgment letters, and other documents are properly circulated, signed, delivered, filed, and entered into Salesforce in a timely fashion.
  • Assist with identifying process improvements within the Business Development team to ensure efficiency, streamline efforts, and improve proactive coordination with other Forth teams using project management software, Salesforce, Google Drive, and Dropbox.

Market Discovery (25%)

  • Keep informed of industry trends, and advise other team members of potential fundraising prospects when appropriate.
  • Under the direction of the Senior Business Development Manager, periodically assume responsibility for special projects, particularly ones that align with the Business Development Associate’s career interests and the team’s needs.


Other responsibilities as required.





  • A passion for Forth’s mission and values.
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion, understanding of key concepts, and desire to grow your knowledge in this area.
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in a professional office environment.
  • Demonstrated self-motivation and ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to accurately and efficiently manage and prioritize many competing day-to-day assignments and deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Competency with using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, or equivalent Google applications, as well as with using Gmail, Google Calendar, and Zoom, or similar applications.
  • Experience with CRM applications such as Salesforce or Raiser’s Edge.



  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Experience working for a nonprofit organization with a mission-driven staff and board.
  • Interest in local government, electric utilities, the electric vehicle field, transportation, or related fields.



Starting salary range is $44,000-$51,500, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include four weeks paid vacation annually, fully paid health, dental, and vision insurance for the employee and all dependents, and an employer retirement contribution after six months (no match required). We also provide access to electric vehicles for business use, a professional development budget, an Employee Assistance Program, and a flexible working schedule.




To ensure full consideration, please apply by August 26, 2022, by submitting your resume and cover letter through our Careers Page. We will continue accepting applications after this date, but cannot ensure all will be reviewed. All candidates will be notified once we have made a hiring decision.


Forth values a diverse workforce. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQI(+) community are strongly encouraged to apply. Forth believes an equitable and inclusive work environment and a diverse, empowered team are key to achieving our mission. We are looking for candidates who can expand our culture, challenge business as usual, and bring their whole selves to work. We strive to provide those candidates with an equitable and accessible recruitment process. If we can offer accommodations for you in the recruitment process or you have feedback on how to make our recruitment more accessible, please contact


Forth is now requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. If you join Forth’s team, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination to Human Resources within 30 days of hire. Forth will consider requests for exemptions from the vaccination requirement for medical and religious reasons.

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  • Location
    Portland, Oregon
  • Department
    Development & Communications
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $44,000-$51,500 annually