Title: Development Assistant

Schedule: M-F 9-5pm

 Position Overview

The Development Assistant’s primary responsibility is to provide administrative support to the Development team. We are looking for a hard-working, enthusiastic, resourceful, aspirational professional looking to start their career in development.

Reports to: Director of Development

Supervisory Responsibilities: None


Job Summary



  • Schedules staff/team, volunteer, partner, and donor meetings
  • Takes minutes at staff meetings, team meetings, and board meetings as needed
  • Ensures timely distribution of acknowledgement letters and communication with donors
  • General correspondence including: thank you notes, donor acknowledgment letters, birthday card mailings, tributes, etc.
  • Assists with the production of the annual report
  • Provides support in the development of marketing materials
  • May be called upon to assist with special projects and assume responsibility for the development, administration, and promotion of specific projects, as requested
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Development



  • Maintains donor database, run reports, etc.
  • Provides support in the management of the organization’s website, including updating information
  • Maintains up-to-date communications lists with donors, volunteers, and community members


Annual Giving and Fundraising Appeals and Efforts

  • Assists the Director of Development with fund development and maintaining a strong communications strategy
  • Supports in the implementation of strategies to identify and cultivate new individual, corporate, and congregational donors
  • Gather information from various programs as requested for personalization of solicitation and other marketing materials
  • Manage all mailings for annual giving and spring appeal



  • Assists with event planning and management
  • Handle reservations, responds to incoming calls for information about events, maintains up-to-date guest lists for events
  • Coordinate the preparation and production for mailing of invitations, response cards, and other enclosures
  • Manage the set-up of tables and decorations for each event
  • Staff events
  • Coordinate staffing for volunteer gift-wrapping
  • Establish and maintain files on all events
  • Assist in arranging facilities, food service, decorations, audio visual, and other logistical arrangements
  • Solicits and negotiate in-kind gifts of product and service
  • Assists with post-event activities including tracking attendance



  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Some experience in nonprofit or related organizations preferred
  • Eager to learn and contribute to a small team
  • Creative and compelling storyteller
  • Resourceful and results driven
  • Observant and intuitive
  • Proactive and self-aware
  • Responsive to direction and feedback
  • Passion for literacy and lifelong learning
  • Ability to eloquently share Literacy Mid-South’s story
  • Familiarity with the Memphis community preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal skills required
  • Ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Self-motivated, organized, and able to meet deadlines
  • Available to work evenings and weekends if required
  • Must be able to lift 30lbs
  • Must be able to sit or stand for extended periods of time

To Apply: Please send your resume to info [at] literacymidsouth [dot] org.

We were the people who were not in the papers. 

We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. 

We lived in the gaps between the stories.

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale