Development Assistant

Reports to:  Manager of Special Events and Volunteer Engagement (the “Manager”)

Supervises:  Interns and volunteers

The mission of Inspirica (formerly St. Luke’s LifeWorks) is to break the cycle of homelessness by helping people achieve – and maintain – permanent housing and stability in their lives. We are one of the largest providers of services to the homeless in Connecticut. Each night, we house 350 people (over 1,000 individuals per year, including 250 children). Our residential facilities include emergency shelters, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, and deeply affordable housing. We serve individuals across the spectrum of the homeless, including single men, single women, families, people with mental illness, and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Inspirica is one of only a few organizations nationally that is able to address both the physical component of homelessness (residential services) and its underlying root causes (support services) on a single, powerful, end-to-end platform. In addition to housing, we provide vocational training, workforce education, job placement, housing placement, job & housing retention support, children's services, early childhood & parenting services, case management, and more. We further collaborate with a vast array of external partners to provide medical/dental care, mental health care, and substance abuse treatment.

We are a results oriented organization with a caring professional staff and dedicated volunteers who believe in individual human potential, personal accountability, and mutual respect.


Position Overview

This is a position within the Development team with two primary responsibilities: (1) provide key assistance with special events; and (2) support and facilitate the successful operation of Inspirica’s extensive volunteer program.

The Development Assistant will also provide critical assistance to the Development Department in the areas of database management, annual appeal mailings, and donor recognition (stewardship).  As time permits, the Development Assistant will prepare draft grant applications and funder reports.

Specific job duties include, but are not limited to:


Special Events:

  • Help manage volunteers for all special events, including recruiting, communications, training, and day-of implementation for the below large-scale events held annually:

    • Spring Soiree (April) – Inspirica’s annual fundraiser, attended by 250+ community and business leaders;

    • Walk-a-Thon (October) – a 150-200 person walk-a-thon to stamp out homelessness;

    • Thanksgiving Drive and Giveaway (November) – a holiday drive and giveaway that supports over 700 families in need; and

    • Holiday Gift Collection (December) – a toy drive that fulfills the holiday wishes of nearly 3,000 children served by 30+ non-profits and social services agencies in greater Fairfield County.

  • Assist the Manager with all facets of the Holiday Gift Collection (HGC), including:

    • Planning, preparation, and day-to-day operation

    • Development of mailings and solicitations for HGC

    • Sustaining and growing the HGC event committee while ensuring every volunteer has a positive and meaningful experience 

  • Develop and implement a plan to convert one-time volunteers to long-term volunteers across different Inspirica programs

  • Assist the Manager of Special Events and Volunteer Engagement with planning and execution of the Spring Soiree and all other special events



  • Assist with requests for volunteer activities and work with Inspirica staff to ensure that volunteers have meaningful work across the organization’s programs and administrative offices

  • Assist with outreach to encourage participation in individual and group volunteer activities

  • Help execute strategies to recruit and place volunteers with the right skills within Inspirica’s programs and administrative offices

  • Help implement an orientation program for volunteers,  to increase their understanding of the organization, its clients, its services, and the role and responsibilities of volunteers

  • Work closely with the Manager to ensure that volunteers receive appropriate training and supervision and to address volunteer issues and concerns

  • Help prepare for and assist with the execution of volunteers’ workdays

  • Track and document all volunteer activities and in-kind donations

  • Monitor volunteer satisfaction and suggest program improvements

  • Help manage in-kind donations to Inspirica

  • With the Manager, serve as an ambassador for the organization in the volunteer community


General Department Support:

  • Assist with data entry, including preparation and distribution of annual appeal letters, gift acknowledgment, general donor stewardship, and specific data and other projects as assigned by the Director of Development

  • Support other activities of the Development Department as needed, including grant writing and reporting as time allows



  • Passion for Inspirica’s mission to break the cycle of homelessness

  • Flexible, creative problem solver with a can-do attitude

  • Excellent organization and time-management skills with impeccable attention to detail

  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment

  • Ability to be flexible and handle multiple priorities under tight time constraints

  • Ability to work evenings and/or weekends as needed for events

  • Bachelor’s degree required

  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge preferred

Candidates should submit resume, cover letter, and writing sample by e-mail to the below email address, with “Development Assistant” in the subject line:

Inspirica is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including age, race, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, veteran status, the presence of a non-job related handicap, or any other legally protected status.