Los Angeles

Development & Operations Coordinator (Part-Time)

Candidate Profile & Core Values

Spark seeks a Part-Time Development and Operations Coordinator for our Los Angeles Region.

Successful candidates will demonstrate exceptional relationship building, communication, and project management skills, fluency in innovative thinking, and a make-it-work mentality with a desire to learn a broad range of skills needed to be a successful social change sector leader. Candidates will also embody Spark’s Core Values: being a student and a mentor, working with passion and compassion, committing to collaboration and diversity, aiming high and true, and trusting/respecting each relationship.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development & Operations Coordinator will support development-related work for the Los Angeles office, including: grant writing and reporting, supporting the cultivation of donor prospects, donor stewardship, oversight of development operations, and supporting Spark Los Angeles communications and external-facing brand. The Development & Operations Coordinator should have a strong work ethic and be results-oriented, collaborative, highly organized, detail-oriented, customer-focused, and able to excel in a fast-paced environment.


  • 1-2 years grant writing experience preferred, but not required;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Relevant fundraising or marketing experience and campaign experience welcomed;
  • Results-focused, highly organized self-starter who works effectively in teams and independently;
  • Ability to confidently manage a high-volume, deadline-driven workload with poise and optimism;
  • Sound judgment to troubleshoot challenges independently while also demonstrating resourcefulness to source additional support when warranted;
  • Exemplary time management and organization skills; analytical skills a plus;
  • Proficiency in Google and Microsoft products (e.g. Drive, Docs, Sheets, Word, and Excel), and managing donor databases (specifically Salesforce experience a plus);
  • Legally eligible to work in the United States; no sponsorship provided.
  • In addition, to be successful as a member of the Spark team in this role, you will:
    • Be an independent, results-focused, highly-organized self-starter;
    • Have a strong desire to impact an up-and-coming nonprofit organization;
    • Thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment, operating with a results-orientation and exceptional attention to detail;
    • Have a proactive personality; no work is ‘beneath’ you and you are eager to serve others, rolling up your sleeves when necessary;
    • Demonstrate mature judgment, with a high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness;
    • Have a sense of humor, even under stress;
    • Be comfortable giving and receiving honest, constructive feedback;
    • Value relationships and accountability, empowering others to achieve superior results.


Core Responsibilities

Foundation Relations & Grant Writing

  • Manage Foundation process, including prospecting, grant writing, and stewardship, leveraging Spark’s Salesforce database and guiding the efforts of the Executive Director.
  • Write all grant proposals and reports, successfully positioning Spark for nuanced funding opportunities and driving increased growth year-over-year.
  • Support in managing relationships with portfolio of foundations.
  • Lead prospecting efforts to thoughtfully and strategically identify new funding opportunities. 

Communications & Stewardship

  • Create unique and customized collateral for presentations, stewardship, and other communications, including anticipating needs and creating new support materials.
  • Maintain external facing brand, including website, social media, and similar projects.
  • Partner with program team to generate ongoing impact content promoting the organization.
  • Manage and execute comprehensive stewardship plan, including coordination and planning of site visits, prospect meetings, and donor appreciation initiatives.
  • Support Regional Boards by preparing meeting materials and assisting the Executive Director with additional stewardship and follow up as needed.

Development Operations & Event Support

  • Manage development data in Salesforce, ensuring accurate records and leveraging the tool for stewardship, reporting, and data-driven decision making.
  • Conduct prospect research and analysis in support of Development efforts.
  • Support the execution of Spark’s annual signature events, Share Your Spark and Spark the Summer
  • Manage incoming / outgoing mail
  • Manage office – staff workspace, equipment, keys, office / program supplies and serve as point of contact for building management requests
  • Manage vendors and processing invoices
  • Organize / maintain effective information filing and retrieval system (Drive, Dropbox)

Compensation & Benefits

  • Salary: $20-$25 per hour for 15-20 hours per week, commensurate with experience

  • Learning Benefits: Spark highly values staff’s personal learning pursuits. Priority is placed on opportunities to pursue your choice of professional training opportunities, including workshops, conferences, and more.

  • Non-Monetary Compensation: The opportunity to be an integral member of an energetic, innovative, hard-working team, within an organization that has the potential to significantly change the trajectory of middle-school education.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with a target start date of September 2, 2019. Apply here and select “Development & Operations Coordinator LA PT”


Spark is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, and evaluate all candidates based on merit; we strongly encourage and seek qualified applications from underrepresented groups.

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At Spark we believe that building a diverse team is essential to fulfilling our mission, and we are commited to creating an inclusive and equitable workplace where everyone can bring their whole selves to work and thrive.

With this goal in mind, we respectfully request the following demographic information in order to track our talent recruitment and hiring outcomes. We invite applicants to self-identify this information based on a short list of options. We recognize that questions that ask respondents to check boxes inherently do not capture the complexity of identity; however, we hope that the options represent an earnest attempt to collect data at scale while also respecting all identities. We ask that in participating you select the option that most closely aligns with how you self-identify. 

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