Taxpayers for Common Sense — Development and Operations Associate

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Taxpayers for Common Sense Published: October 19, 2016
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Founded in 1995, TCS is a 501(c) (3) nonpartisan budget watchdog that serves as an independent voice for American taxpayers. Our mission is to ensure that the federal government spends taxpayer dollars responsibly and operates within its means. At TCS, we believe that government waste costs more than just money. Misguided government subsidies do more harm than good by endangering public health, aggravating social and economic problems, and undermining true national security. We fight for a smart government that lives within its means. We believe in making decisions based on evidence and value, and doing so transparently. And we believe we have a right – and a duty – to demand excellence and accountability from our government.


The core strategy of TCS has remained the same throughout our history: we eschew ideology and work with individuals and organizations from all political perspectives in order to build support for common sense reforms. TCS works to transcend partisanship and attract the widest possible audience to help build something Americans can believe in: a government that inspires trust and makes more sense. TCS empowers the national and local media and citizen activists by providing them with the information, insight and necessary tools to help them report on and advocate for responsible spending priorities. Additional information about TCS and its work may be found at:

Job Description

The Development and Operations Associate will work closely with the President and the Development Director to continue to build TCS’ foundation and individual giving donor base. The Associate will support the President and Development Director on all development operations including deadline-driven proposals, solicitations, and reports to funders; regular cultivation of supporters; event and meeting planning; and board relationships.

Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Administrative and operations support

  • Provide general administrative support to the President, Development Director, and on occasion, other senior staff.
  • Provide logistics and organizing assistance in preparation of board meetings and other events.
  • Respond to general requests for information. Work with staff to develop proper responses.
  • Manage vendor relationships.
  • Serve as point person for supply ordering, equipment maintenance, and other office operations.
  • Work with President to manage onboarding process of new employees.
  • Help manage internal organizational reporting processes, including timesheets and program reports.
  • Assist President with scheduling and preparation for meetings and presentations, and with general correspondence.

Development and Fundraising

  • Manage the donor appeals process, including creating material, printing and mailing logistics.
  • Assist in and maintain donor and prospect records, individual donor solicitation calendar and call times.
  • Assist in managing the calendar of foundation communications.
  • Assist and coordinate (as needed) the writing and production of marketing materials including constituent communications, annual reports, e-newsletters, social media outreach, and web updates, coordinating with Communications staff as needed.
  • Manage donor files in constituent management system to ensure up-to-date donor and prospect information; manage and update Development files.
  • Manage the gift processing system to ensure timely donation and donor acknowledgements, accurate data entry, and financial reconciliation.
  • Ensure that TCS online and fundraising platforms are kept fresh and updated with current information.


General Requirements:

  • 2-5 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising or management, preferably for an advocacy group, or other non-profit organization, or political campaign.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, strong editorial and proof-reading skills, and high level of attention to detail. Strong phone skills.
  • Common sense, initiative, and problem solving skills.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Strong ability to track and juggle multiple tasks and priorities, and take ownership of projects.
  • Ability to collaborate, manage up, and work effectively with a wide range of personalities.
  • Experience with Salesforce or similar contact management systems is highly recommended but not required. Training will be provided.
  • Commitment to nonpartisan mission, sense of humor, willingness to both take direction and pitch in where needed, and good attitude.

This position is in the TCS office in Washington, DC. Competitive compensation commensurate with experience. Benefits include health, vision, dental insurance; Metro SmartTrip deferral; 403b investment plan available. Taxpayers for Common Sense is an equal opportunity employer.


To Apply: Send a cover letter with salary history, resume, a writing sample, to:, subject line “TCS Development and Operations Associate.” Please, no calls.



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