Development Research Assistant - Part-Time, Contract position

Scope: Contract position, 10-15 hours per week

Location: Preference to a resident of Connecticut, but the position will be mainly remote

Pay: $20-30 per hour, depending on experience

Reports to: Director of Grants and Communications

Interacts Regularly: Development and Program Department Members

Purpose of Position:

The Development Research Assistant will play an integral role in providing research and administrative support to the development department at Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County. This position conducts prospect research and assists with communications with current and prospective donors.


  • Conduct research on prospective donors, including private foundations, individuals, corporate funders, and government grant prospects as directed by Development staff
  • Assist in assembling all required information for grant applications and reports, as well as drafting, editing, and submitting grants
  • Collaborate with Program and Development staff to ensure all necessary program data is collected and organized, including impact measurement and demographic data
  • Assist with organizing and producing necessary impact reports, fundraising appeals, and annual report
  • Provide administrative support as needed

 Education/Experience Required:

  • High School diploma or some college-level courses
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in a corporate or non-profit administrative role
  • Previous research experience with a strong track record of success in managing projects independently and in analyzing and synthesizing data
  • Strong skills with all Microsoft Office applications and familiarity with database platforms
  • Detail oriented with a demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment managing multiple tasks and meeting deadlines in a timely and accurate manner
  • Strong verbal, written, and organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated customer focus in dealing with a variety of constituents from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Self-motivated, confident, energetic, and creative
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team
  • Exhibits behavior that supports JAGFC’s mission, vision, and values
  • Commitment to professional development and continual learning


To conduct prospect research and assist with writing, editing, and submitting grant applications and reports. The goal is to increase foundation and corporate grant support for JAGFC’s mission.


  • Grant research: conduct research to find qualified new grant prospects
  • Grant awards: increase funding from existing and new prospects


  • Detail-oriented: attention to all details
  • Love of research: data-driven; self-motivated to discover new funding opportunities
  • Analytical skills: ability to synthesize and analyze information
  • Great communicator: excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to communicate with various audiences
  • Deadline-oriented: submit grants and reports in a timely manner
  • Organization and planning: organized, able to juggle multiple projects
  • Flexible, proactive, calm under pressure, enthusiastic


  • Passionate about JA and our mission
  • Friendly, open, trusting relationship with team
  • Commitment to professional development and continual learning

Please contact Laura Stern (lstern@jagfc.org) if you are interested in applying for this role.