Development Fellow

U.S. Soccer Foundation
The U.S. Soccer Foundation is a national leader in providing youth development through sports. The Foundation uses soccer as a platform to help children living in underserved communities develop healthy, active lifestyles and learn important life skills that we all need to become productive adults.

Our core programs include: Soccer for Success, an innovative after-school program that provides structured physical activity, nutrition education and coach-based mentoring; and Safe Places to Play, a field-building and enhancement program that gives kids safe and accessible areas to play our game.


Position Title: Development Fellow
Reports To: Senior Major Gifts Officer

This position presents a unique opportunity to work hands-on in a dynamic, rapidly changing setting, with a team committed to engaging donors from all walks of life to support the expansion goals of the U.S. Soccer Foundation and its programs. It is ideal for a self-starter who is detail-oriented and embraces new technologies and collaboration, and who is an excellent communicator and team player.

The Development Fellow will be a critical part of a four-person development team — including VP of Philanthropy, Senior Major Gifts Officer, Stewardship Officer and Development Associate — working to meet an ambitious fundraising goal by soliciting contributions from individuals, corporations and other organizations. S/he will conduct many aspects of administration for the team, including researching prospects, tracking moves, drafting thank you notes and meeting requests, creating Power Point presentations, entering data into Salesforce, running reports, and producing outreach lists for specific campaigns. The position requires strong research, management, writing and proofreading skills, as well as a thorough understanding of fundraising moves management.

The Development Fellow will maintain a regular schedule of individualized major donor communications; produce communications to make certain all donors understand the impact of their gifts. The ideal candidate will also be well-versed on fundraising database maintenance (ideally Salesforce) and have the ability to create various reports to support the organization’s fundraising efforts. S/he works closely with the Vice President on tracking the organization’s progress toward meeting ambitious annual fundraising goals. Responsibilities also include event planning, logistics, interaction with donors, and drafting correspondence, promotional material, proposals and reports.


A partial list of job responsibilities includes:
•    Conduct, report, and archive prospect research on individuals, and corporations that could be good candidates for solicitation.
•    Prepare pre-meeting briefings for the VP and the President & CEO.
•    Track moves management toward goals, including action to follow up on meetings and events.
•    Help develop materials that present a compelling case for becoming a donor
•    Draft reports, proposals and other correspondence as needed.
•    Edit—and oversee moves management on—reports, proposals and correspondence being drafted by colleagues.
•    Organize and maintain donor records on current and prospective donors, using sales force
•    As needed, provide support in organizing events designed to steward and expand the pool of supporters.
•    Commitment to advancing the mission of the U.S. Soccer Foundation.
•    Other duties as assigned.

Our ideal candidate’s background and experience will include the following:
•    Bachelor’s degree
•    A minimum of 1 to 2 years of development/fundraising experience.
•    Knowledge of fundraising principles and practices, preferably in a non-profit environment.
•    Knowledge of and experience with Salesforce a definite plus.
•    A team player willing to “roll up his/her sleeves” is key.
•    Capacity to be flexible and creative in the face of challenges.
•    Experience building and maintaining a fundraising data base, preferably in Salesforce.
•    Excellent research skills.
•    Detail-oriented, with exceptional organizational skills.
•    Superb writing, editing and verbal communications skills. Able to prepare accurate and persuasive proposals with strict adherence to funders’ guidelines.
•    Ability to follow instructions and ask clarifying questions.
•    Ability to take initiative and work independently as well as with a team.
•    Ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
•    Ability to maintain confidentiality.
•    Excellent attention to detail. Organized and process-oriented.


To apply for this position, send a cover letter, writing samples and resume to jobs@ussoccerfoundation.org, subject line “Development Fellow”. For more information, visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org. The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s headquarters are located in Washington, D.C.
Please, no phone calls.

Our Partners

  • adidas

    adidas, the Foundation's Safe Places to Play - Mini-Pitch Partner, supports providing children in underserved communities with safe play spaces nationwide. adidas strives to be the globally leading and most popular sporting goods brand. Dedicated to innovation,  adidas embraces creativity and seeks to be socially responsible in all facets of its brand. For more information, please visit adidas.com.

  • APT

    APT (Advanced Polymer Technology), the Foundation’s Partner for Acrylic Coating Products, is a global leader in high performance sports surfaces. APT provides people around the world with safe, reliable, performance enhancing surfaces. APT’s Laykold Masters acrylic surfacing system will be the official surface of an estimated 500 mini-pitches. For more information on APT, please visit www.sportsbyapt.com.

  • AstroTurf

    For athletes and soccer enthusiasts, AstroTurf® is redefining how synthetic soccer fields are built and perform. The brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of clubs, high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf’s LigaTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety. To learn more, visit the company’s recently redesigned website, www.astroturf.com/soccer. - See more at: https://ussoccerfoundation.org/article/astroturf-partners-with-the-u.s.-soccer-foundation-as-a-national-partner-for-field-building-program#sthash.FL8E8bAM.dpuf

  • Brock

    Brock is the U.S. Soccer Foundation's preferred shock pad products supplier. Providing safe places to play is at the core of what Brock USA does as a company. Brock PowerBase/YSR, PowerBase/PRO, and ShockPad/SERIES artificial turf shock pads have revolutionized an industry to provide better impact absorption and performance for fields to help reduce concussions and other injuries. By partnering with the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Brock hopes to make America’s artificial turf fields the safest places to play for children. Brock's shock pads are also the only product in the artificial turf industry to be Cradle-to-Cradle certified, so they're not only thinking about a child’s well-being today, but their futures as well. For more information, please visit www.BrockUSA.com

  • CHA

    CHA Sports, the Foundation's Supplier for Soccer Facility Design and Planning Services, provides community partners with expertise in soccer facility design. CHA Sport's full service approach allows the company to build world-class projects without breaking budgets. For more information, please visit chacompanies.com

  • Hunter

    Hunter Industries, the Foundation's National Partner for Irrigation Equipment, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of irrigation equipment for turf, landscape and soccer fields.  Hunter Industries' focus is on landscape irrigation with a significant part of its business centering on the proper care and maintenance of sports turf. For more information, please visit hunterindustries.com. Please contact Lynda Wightman, 406-273-3073, lynda.wightman@hunterindustries.com with any questions regarding the U.S. Soccer Foundation's grants program.

  • Kwik Goal

    Kwik Goal, the Foundation’s Official Supplier for goals, seating, boundary equipment, training equipment and coaching accessories, will be supporting a variety of Foundation programs and initiatives including: Soccer for Success, National Training and the Safe Places to Play program. Over thirty years ago, Kwik Goal was founded on the revolutionary concept of providing transportable goals for coaches at all age levels. Since that time, Kwik Goal has continued to focus on helping coaches and soccer programs create safe and dynamic learning environments by supplying high quality, safety tested soccer goals, field equipment and training equipment to the domestic and international market. For more information, please visit Kwikgoal.com.

  • Musco

    Musco Lighting, the Foundation's National Partner for Sports Lighting, has specialized in the design and manufacture of athletic field lighting for over 35 years.  Musco’s newest innovation, Light-Structure GreenTM, offers significant advantages for your budget and the environment — operating costs are cut in half, spill light is reduced by 50%, and 100% of your maintenance costs are covered for 25 years. To request your free copy of Sports Lighting: Answers to 7 Common Questions, please visit www.musco.com. Please contact Mike Shindler at mike.shindler@musco.com with any questions regarding the U.S. Soccer Foundation's grants program.

  • Nike

    NIKE, Inc., the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s National Partner for Athletic Apparel, supports the Foundation and its programs by providing Nike apparel to kids in underserved communities. Nike believes in the power of sport to unlock human potential and is committed to providing access to sport and physical activity  for kids to help set them up for success for life. For more information, please visit http://about.nike.com/pages/community-impact

  • SCORE Sports

    SCORE Sports, the preferred provider of shin guards to the Foundation’s Soccer for Success program, is a family-owned and operated business specializing in sports equipment, uniforms and apparel. SCORE is an industry leader and has been involved in the sports community for over 40 years. SCORE outfits athletes with high-quality uniforms that SCORE develops, designs and manufactures in the U.S. SCORE takes pride in working with various non-profit groups and causes to give back to athletes who may need some extra support to play the game they love. SCORE is environmentally cautious with the materials it uses for its products and does its part in minimizing our environmental footprint. SCORE proudly offers a wide variety of products to provide customers with a one-stop shop for all your soccer needs. For more information, please visit scoresports.com.

  • Soccer.com

    Soccer.com, the Foundation's National Partner for Soccer Equipment and Uniforms, was founded in 1984 to provide high quality soccer gear at reasonable prices through its nationally circulated catalog. Soccer.com embodies a passion for the game that extends to the people who play, coach and support soccer. For more information, please visit soccer.com.

  • Sport Court

    Sport Court®, the Foundation's Supplier for Futsal Surfaces, has been the industry leader in modular athletic flooring for over 30 years. With more than 50,000 installations worldwide, and the largest and most experienced network of authorized dealers, Sport Court® delivers innovative, durable, high-performance solutions for a variety of sports and activities. For more information, please visit sportcourt.com. Please contact Joel McCausland at jmccausland@sportcourt.com for any questions regarding the U.S. Soccer Foundation's grants program.

  • TGI Worldwide

    TGI Worldwide, the Foundation’s National Partner for Visual Branding (Signage, Event Décor, Pageantry, Sponsorship Activation), Perimeter Field Board Systems, Creative Services and Event Operations is proud to support a variety of initiatives and programs throughout the United States. Headquartered in the U.S., TGI is an internationally recognized sports marketing company delivering high profile Visual Branding, Live Event Management, LED, and cutting edge Digital Sports Applications to enrich the experience at major events and deliver commercial impact for sponsors and partners. The company has a 20-year history in providing its various solutions for many top-tier domestic and international events, organizations, teams and companies, with proven success and turn-key solutions across 1000+ events, 160+ cities and 50+ countries globally.

    For more information on our services, please visit www.worldwidetgi.com or contact Mike Squire at msquire@worldwidetgi.com / Phone: 312-371-5852.

  • World Soccer Shop

    Launched in 2001, World Soccer Shop is an online soccer retailer based in Birmingham, Alabama. It carries one of the world’s widest selections of officially-licensed products from the sport’s top brands and teams. World Soccer Shop is passionate about soccer and endeavors to spread the beautiful game around the world, especially to those in areas of need. For more information, please visit www.worldsoccershop.com.

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