Development Associate, Special Events

Momentum for Health
San Jose


Momentum for Health is one of the largest nonprofit providers of behavioral health services in Santa Clara County. Each year, we serve 4,000 adults and youth living with a mental illness. Our comprehensive programs and services include prevention and early intervention, adult and transitional age youth (14 to 24) outpatient services, employment services, day rehabilitation, addiction treatment services, residential treatment, supported housing, and a volunteer program. In addition, Momentum works to reduce and eliminate stigma that surrounds mental illness and behavioral health care through a community relations program that promotes education, diversity, and collaboration.


The Development Associate will oversee the success of all special events, with particular emphasis on Momentum’s two signature fundraising events, the Annual Golf Benefit Tournament and the Shining Stars gala including overseeing the agency’s volunteer program. This person will lead event committees and Momentum colleagues in producing both in-person and virtual events that raise funds, awareness, and friends for the organization. They will seek out new event and engagement opportunities as appropriate. Successful individual will be creative, outgoing, and detail-oriented, with solid project management skills. This position will be remote as needed for as long as the pandemic requires, but will ultimately become an onsite or partial remote role once it is safe to do so.

Salary Range: $50,000-$60,000 per year

**Mon-Fri 9am-5pm**


    1. The Development Associate will be the primary person responsible for coordinating both the Annual Benefit Golf Tournament and the Shining Stars gala (with the support of the rest of the Development team). Both events may be either in-person or virtual depending on public health guidelines. Duties include:
      1. Facilitate and support event committees in planning and executing the event vision. Work closely with board members and volunteers to strategize how to maximize both fundraising revenue and attendees’ engagement and connection to the mission.
      2. Identify, hire, and manage all event vendors, facilities, and registration systems.
      3. Track event pledges, registrations, and attendance. Oversee all aspects of back end processes for event management.
      4. Monitor and keep track of both expenses and revenues for events. Collaborate with Momentum’s Finance Department to ensure all revenues and expenses are recorded and up-to-date for both departments.
    2. The Development Associate will also plan smaller events throughout the year to promote donor and/or community engagement, publicity, etc. Events may be either in person or virtual. Duties include:
      1. Plan and facilitate events as needs arise.
      2. Seek out opportunities for new events as appropriate. Look for creative ways to engage with donors and the community both in person and virtually.
    3. The Development Associate will also be responsible for managing Momentum’s volunteer program. We currently have a small number of individuals who have committed to helping in specific programs on a long-term basis, and we will begin recruiting new volunteers as soon as COVID restrictions are removed. Duties include:
      1. Maintain relationships with existing volunteers through regular communication and check-ins. Ensure their needs are being met and that they are being used effectively.
      2. Coordinate with internal stakeholders to update volunteer needs on a regular basis.
      3. When the situation allows, begin recruiting for new volunteers as needed.
      4. Work with internal stakeholders to develop a thoughtful volunteer program vision and a formal orientation process.


    1. Attend and participate in staff, program, agency and community meetings, as required, requested or assigned.


    The ideal candidate will be someone who is motivated, curious, and people-oriented. Three to five years’ experience in a development/fundraising role is preferred. We are looking for someone with the following qualities:

    1. Demonstrated experience planning and managing events, especially fundraising events. (E)
    2. Knowledge and understanding of fundraising best practices. (E)
    3. Experience working with volunteers, especially volunteer committees. (D)
    4. Knowledge of and skill in word processing, data entry and data analysis, as well as demonstrated computer aptitude and experience. (E)
    5. Proven problem-solving skills and abilities. (E)
    6. Ability to manage multiple tasks and demands. (E)
    7. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. (E)
    8. Excellent interpersonal skills. (E)
    9. Ability to engage and communicate effectively. (E)
    10. Demonstrated ability to:
      1. Work independently and in a small team environment; (E)
      2. Engage and communicate effectively with others in both verbal and written English; (E)
      3. Employ tact and diplomacy, exercise good judgment, and act calmly in emergency situations; (E)
      4. Work effectively with persons differing in value systems, ethnicity, cultural backgrounds, language capabilities and disabilities. (E)
    11. Exhibit exemplary customer service, compassion, and care in the execution of all duties and interactions. (E)
    12. Possess a valid California Driver License, with access to a reliable vehicle or for driving an Agency vehicle, current proof of auto liability insurance, and a documented clean DMV. (D)
    13. Physical requirements needed to perform the essential functions of this job in day-to-day performance of the duties of this position, with or without accommodation:
      1. Hearing and talking on telephone and in person (over 2/3 of the workday); (E)
      2. Standing, walking, sitting, pinching and finger flexion are required (over 2/3 of the workday); (E)
      3. Balancing, climbing and crawling are generally not required.