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Development Volunteer

Position: Development Volunteer (Unpaid)
Reports to: Development Coordinator
Location: San Francisco, CA

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center (“Renaissance”) brings the power of entrepreneurship to under-resourced individuals, populations and communities. Our mission is to empower and increase the entrepreneurial capacities of socially and economically diverse women and men and thereby strengthen our communities through the creation of new businesses, new jobs and the promotion of financial self-sufficiency. Since our inception nearly 30 years ago, we have assisted over 23,500 low-to-moderate income individuals to start, grow and sustain more than 8,600 businesses and create Employment for over 12,000 additional residents.

The Development Volunteer will assist with administrative aspects of development activities, including our upcoming Annual Event in October 2014. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is interested in learning many aspects of non-profit development.  Working with the Development, Programs, and Marketing, Monitoring and Evaluations Teams, the Development Volunteer will also gain experience in event-planning, networking, donor stewardship, and database management.  S/He will also learn about entrepreneurship and the training and support services Renaissance provides to help low-income men and women to start and grow small businesses.

Projects will include:

  • Updating Salesforce donor database and files, including calendaring deadlines, logging donations, generating and mailing donor acknowledgment letters and emails.
  • Maintaining event guest lists, gather and preparing registration materials and other duties as assigned for the Annual Event.
  • Assembling donor solicitation packages for events, meetings and distribution (i.e. copying, filing, mailing, e-mailing).
  •  Maintaining and updating mailing lists.  
  • Conducting preliminary research on prospective corporate foundation and individual donors.

Volunteer Perks:
As a Renaissance volunteer, you will have access to our ongoing informational and educational sessions hosted by experts on a variety of topics related to entrepreneurship. You can visit this link to view the robust calendar of classes and workshops we offer. We can also offer work references and a ticket to our Annual Event for volunteers who complete the entire three month commitment.

Requirements for becoming a Development Volunteer:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • A 3-month commitment for approximately 15 hours per week.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • 2 years of office experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  •  Ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  •  Ability to organize and prioritize work.
An interest in learning more about the nonprofit sector or entrepreneurship would be also helpful for your success in the role.  Salesforce and/or database management (entry) experience would be ideal, but not required.

To Apply: 

Please send your resume and a short letter explaining your interests to Development Coordinator, Kathlyne Park:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Executive Associate

Position: Executive Associate

Reports to: CEO

Liaises with: Board of Directors and Program, Marketing, Development and Finance teams

Location: San Francisco, CA

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center ( is a Bay Area regional 501(c)3 nonprofit working to create sustainable economic development through small business ownership. Through our five Centers and offsite programs, we deliver high-quality business training and support services to socially and economically diverse men and women starting and growing microenterprises.

Renaissance is seeking an Executive Associate to provide high-level administrative support to Renaissance's CEO. The ideal candidate will be a seasoned administrative professional who has expertise in supporting the ED/CEO of a fast-paced and growing organization and is able to exercise discretion and independent judgment in assessing and prioritizing activities and flow in the central office. S/he has demonstrated ability to manage critical administrative aspects, allowing the CEO to optimize her time and organizational leadership. This position requires a highly organized, self-motivated person, who is responsible for assisting in the coordination of projects between the CEO and staff, the Board of Directors, donors, and community partners.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities



• Conserve CEO's time by reading, researching and routing correspondence, drafting letters and documents. Proofread memos and other documents for CEO.

• Answer calls for CEO; use judgment when routing calls and answering inquiries.

• Act as a liaison with other departments and outside contacts.

• Maintain CEO's appointment schedule by planning and scheduling a variety of meetings, teleconferences and travel, ensuring CEO's activities are running smoothly.

• Responsible for CEO office organization, filing, mailings and other support activities.

• Research, development of presentations and other efforts to support CEO's role in Bay Area microenterprise and economic development thought leadership.

• Maintain calendar of Renaissance program, events, and activities across the region.

• Assist in public outreach efforts, media events, donor events, and other types of meetings. Attend off-site meetings, networking events and tabling opportunities.

• Support the execution of Renaissance’s annual fundraising event; work with Development Director, Development Coordinator and event consultant; collaborate with program staff in client vendor cultivation; coordinate consultants and volunteers.

Board of Directors

• Coordinate and prepare for Board meetings, including scheduling, meeting arrangements, document distribution, and meeting follow-up.

• Compile documents, meeting minutes and other efforts to maintain communicative board.

• Maintain administrative momentum on projects and committees. Assist with Board fundraising and other major initiatives, including support of the Board Development Committee.

Skills and Qualifications

• Respect and enthusiasm for the importance of supporting the central office and communication, interaction and organizational culture in this administrative role

• Excellent organizational and time management abilities; strong attention to detail

• Demonstrated ability in working with individuals from diverse backgrounds

• Flexibility and comfort in a fast-paced, changing environment and community

• Ability to represent Renaissance at community events, during day, evening and weekends on occasion

• Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university, or an equivalent combination of skills and relevant experience

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to analyze, evaluate and clearly present written information and findings

• Initiative; ability to work independently

• Trustworthy, discreet and flexible

• High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), Photoshop proficiency a plus. Knowledge of standard office administrative practices/procedures

• At least five years' experience providing administrative support at the executive level, supporting an Executive Director and/or CEO

• Non-profit experience preferred; development experience a plus

Salary and Benefits: This full-time, non-exempt position includes a competitive salary based on experience with benefits that include medical and dental insurance, 401K, paid time off, and holidays.

Application Process: To apply, please send a cover letter (one page), resume (no more than two pages), and LinkedIn profile address (if available) to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please note “Executive Associate” in the subject line of your email. No telephone calls or personal inquiries please.

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity with respect to age, ancestry, color, ethnicity, gender, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, sexual orientation, veteran status and physical abilities.