Development Assistant (P/T)

Make a difference in your community

Are you looking for work with a purpose? Do you care about building economic equity and resilient communities?
Come start an exciting career with Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV)!

About WEV

WEV (pronounced “weave”) is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating an equitable and just society through the economic empowerment of women. We are a purposeful, mission-driven organization with a passionate and engaged staff based in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, whose primary focus is supporting women-owned businesses and entrepreneurship. WEV is an Equal Opportunity Employer with team members working locally and remotely.


Become a Development Assistant for WEV

WEV’s Development team is responsible for raising philanthropic funds to help advance our mission. The Development Assistant serves as the backbone of the team by overseeing the varied administrative processes that support building and deepening WEV funder relations.

This role is a part-time (approx. 20 hours/week), non-exempt position based in WEV’s Santa Barbara office, with hybrid work opportunities.

This list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only of the tasks performed by this position and is not all-inclusive.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Responds to donor communications, such as answering phone and email inquiries.
  • Coordinates and write donor correspondence, including thank-you letters, pledge reminders, and invitations to special events.
  • Manages donor database software, including processing donations, building and updating reports, and reconciling contributions with WEV’s financial controller. Oversees special projects to improve data integrity.
  • Files donation-related paperwork and maintaining organized donor records.
  • Performs event and meeting administration, including identifying and reserving venues, arranging food and beverage, managing guestlist, event setup, etc.
  • Provides administrative support to Development staff and Development Committees.
  • Works with Development and Donor Relations Officer to ensure best practices are followed regarding gift processing, donor communications, receipting, and donor software management.
  • Performs special projects and other duties as assigned.
  • Provides general office administration (greet walk-ins, sort and stamp mail, order and maintain supplies, monitor equipment, etc).
  • Supports with Santa Barbara Community room reservations as required.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Energetic and enthusiastic with a consistently positive outlook
  • Creative and adaptable mindset, with a desire to seek out and implement best practices
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Minimum 1-2 years’ experience in an office environment with related experience
  • Ability to communicate professionally and tactfully with colleagues, volunteers, donors, and Board members of varying social and cultural backgrounds.
  • Strong writing, multi-tasking, organizational, and time management skills
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite and knowledge of Asana, Teams, and Zoom
  • Commitment to WEV’s mission
  • Willingness to travel as necessary throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties

Desired Skills & Qualifications:

  • Existing knowledge and connections with the Santa Barbara and/or Ventura County community.
  • Nonprofit database experience (ideally DonorPerfect)
  • Ability to adjust schedule to work early mornings, evenings, and weekends on occasion
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English), with excellent written and oral communication skills


Minimum: Associates degree
Preferred: Degree from four-year college


Physical Demands:

  • Lift and carry up to 25 pounds without assistance
  • Sit at a computer, typing for 60-80% of the time
  • Walking, standing, sitting for long periods of time



$24-$25/hour DOE.

Our working environment and company culture support flexibility and work-life balance. For part-time employees working 20 or more hours per week, WEV’s benefits package includes life insurance, wellness leave, and Simple IRA contribution.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.



To apply, click the button below. You will be asked to upload a resume and cover letter, which should be addressed to WEV’s Hiring Manager. In your cover letter, please describe any personal or professional experience with entrepreneurship, if applicable. No phone calls, please.