The Center for Children & Youth Justice, founded in 2006 by Justice Bobbe J. Bridge (ret.), is committed to reforming Washington’s juvenile justice and child welfare systems. CCYJ leads communities, our state, and the nation in empowering children and youth, stabilizing families, and strengthening communities through meaningful and lasting reform. CCYJ identifies gaps in the system, researches, develops innovative and creative solutions, and ensures that policymakers integrate these system improvements into practices and procedures. CCYJ’s results are realized into state law, adopted as standing protocols by the courts, schools, and other partners; and they are developed into new interventions for at-risk, abused and/or neglected children and their families. CCYJ has succeeded in driving positive systems change for more than a decade. Following an extensive national search, our Board of Directors appointed our second President and CEO Rachel Sottile in late 2018. Our passionate staff is deeply committed to the youth for whom we advocate.

CCYJ seeks a Development Associate to support programmatic driven communications and philanthropic growth plans and strategies that will broaden organizational reach and deepen organizational impact. This is a highly collaborative role. The person in this role must seek out diversity and integrate the voices of those we serve into our programmatic and philanthropic outreach. The Development Associate plays a key role in ensuring that CCYJ fulfills its mission. This is a full-time position.


This position requires an ability to manage multiple priorities, assess opportunities, and manage time sensitive deliverables . The Development Associate must be an effective communicator, have excellent attention to detail, and be able to view the big picture, while also integrating the details of CCYJ’s strategic priorities, programming, and projects in our organizational communications. Duties and responsibilities are also subject to change by CCYJ as the needs of the organization and requirements of the job shift over time.

  • Acknowledges contributions and tracks relationships with donors. Prepares regular donor reports, to track progress of fundraising and are on target to meet revenue goals.
  • Schedules meetings, prepares agenda (with guidance), and takes meeting minutes. Coordinates with program staff in preparing content for donor, programmatic and organizational communications
  • Prepares social media calendar, as well as visual and written social content, and provides support for eblasts and e-newsletters.
  • Maintains fresh content on website, partner facing website, and on social media.
  • Tracks and measures communication effectiveness on various platforms to inform strategy.
  • Provides support for in-person and virtual events, including registering guests, tracking payments.
  • Work with colleagues to develop an integrated plan and process for growing events, communications, annual giving, and recurring donations.
  • In partnership with the Development Director and CEO, cultivate relationships with partners and donors, identifying strategic fundraising opportunities, including building new relationships with individual investors, corporate partners, and private foundations.



  • 3 to 5 years of demonstrated increasingly responsible experience in fundraising, nonprofit management, public policy, sales, communications, or other relevant field
  • A comparable combination of education and experience that can meet the criteria noted above.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people (board members, judges, attorneys) in a professional manner using tact, courtesy, and good judgment.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise discretion and maintain donor confidentiality.
  • Technologically savvy and knowledgeable including but not limited to platforms such as Microsoft Office Suite, Google Drive, Asana, Canva, Constant Contact, WordPress, and Bloomerang (or similar CRM).
  • Able to work in a team environment and has the courage to communicate openly and honestly.
  • Possess a growth mindset: the willingness to be coached and to develop to increase effectiveness, collaboration, and produce results.
  • High functioning sense of humor, humility, and emotional intelligence.
  • Foster a culture of integrity, service, adaptability, innovation, and responsibility.

CCYJ offers a benefits package that includes:

  • Medical/Vision/Dental.
  • CCYJ pays 100% of the employee premium for medical, dental, basic life, and both short‐term and long‐term disability. Employees pay the full cost to enroll dependents on medical and dental or to enroll in voluntary life.
  • Transportation Allowance
  • Paid Time Off: All regular employees scheduled to work 35 or more hours per week will be provided a bank of vacation time each calendar year, which can be used only for that calendar year. 20 days of vacation will be available for all full-time employees for use during the calendar year. Vacation for part time employees will be prorated, based on actual hours worked. Employees hired during the calendar year will be provided a pro-rated amount based on their hire date.
  • Sick Leave: All employees are eligible for sick and safe leave. Full time employees (40 hours per week) will be provided 12 days (96 hours) at the beginning of each calendar year, for use in that year. Employees working less than full time will receive a pro-rated bank, based on their anticipated work schedule for the year. Up to 40 hours of unused sick and safe leave can be carried over into the next calendar year.
  • Holiday Pay, and Floating Holiday Pay: Federal Holidays, Floating holidays (2 per year) are loaded at the beginning of each calendar year.
  • Sick and vacation PTO has no cash value upon exit of the company
  • In addition to sick and vacation PTO, CCYJ provides care time to promote personal and family well being on a monthly basis
  • CCYJ complies with all applicable leave laws in accordance with local, state, and federal requirements.

CCYJ’s Culture

  • We are committed to a diverse, fully self-expressed workforce, representing the communities in which we serve.
  • We are committed to examining our own internal structures, policies, and culture, identifying and eliminating those aspects that promulgate racism
  • Together we are transparent, accountable, respectful, and self-aware in order to foster belonging and a sense of community.
  • We operate with an innovative and leading-edge mindset.
  • We are purpose driven and laser sharp in the fulfillment of our mission.
  • Our staff embraces a growth mindset; our development is essential to expand and grow our impact for children and youth in WA.
  • We produce results, not reasons.
  • We (believe) anything is possible.
  • We believe everyone has something to contribute.
  • We believe everything happens out of your relationship with other people.
  • We are grounded in the premise that great ideas can come from anyone at any time.
  • We believe people up to big things are going to make big mistakes. We own them, learn from them, and move on.
  • We believe transparency is essential to a highly functioning organization.


Competitive salary commensurate with skills and experience. The salary range is $57,294-$68,437.


  • Seattle, Washington
  • Hybrid schedule

We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We value a diverse workforce.