Based in the New York metro area, Pursuit is an innovative social impact organization whose mission is to close the opportunity gap in America by changing how we think about workforce development. Each year, our programs build pathways to lucrative, long-term tech careers for hundreds of diverse, low-income, high-potential adults. We do so by providing supportive training as well as solutions to systemic barriers in workforce development. On average, Fellows increase their income from $18,000 to nearly $90,000, and work at over 300 companies, including Citi, Uber, and Amazon.

We are One Big Team

The passionate and collaborative team at Pursuit gives its all to achieve our mission. And it’s not just staff. We work with employer partners that love hiring our Fellows because they are so well prepared, ranging from big financial firms to scrappy startups, and everything in between. We also activate and engage thousands of volunteers that come from all areas of the tech industry and beyond. 

Reports to: Director of Institutional Giving & Relations

As a Business Development Associate you will: 

  • Identify, thoroughly research, and draft detailed briefings new prospective foundation and corporate leads. For corporate leads this includes mapping out relationships, departments, and cross-functional objectives within each firm.
  • Maintain accurate and timely records of development data such as individual donors, institutional funders, prospects, and giving data; communication with them; tasks and associated deadlines
  • Ensure materials include sales sheets, pitch decks, web pages, and foundation attachments are accurate and up to date 
  • Draft communications and outreach materials on behalf of the Director of Institutional Giving and Relations, as well as the CEO 
  • Utilize Salesforce to generate reports, dashboards that track progress toward annual fundraising goals and generate contact lists
  • Schedule meetings, prepare agendas, and take notes at both internal and external meetings, monitor general inboxes and forward or respond accordingly
  • Assist with site visits, and org-wide events as needed  
  • Attend informational webinars and professional development seminars on best practices
  • Assist with project-specific work or campaigns as needed 

What you need to be considered for Business Development Associate role: 

  • Very reliable, strong initiative and drive, demonstrates ownership over one’s work, excellent interpersonal skills, clear writing, and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to work well in a team setting, showing respect for all, emotional maturity, and joy
  • Ability to see a project through to completion and receive and act upon constructive feedback
  • A passion for working toward contributing to making systemic change for marginalized communities
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic start-up/entrepreneurial environment.
  • Available to work the occasional evening
  • 1-2 years working in a professional office environment preferred

Where you’ll work: 

  • Hybrid/Long Island City, NY 
  • Staff will be working on site in our Long Island City Office 2 days/week beginning in March 2023.

Pursuit offers

  • Great culture where transparency, respect, teamwork, and kindness are valued
  • Competitive compensation in base, plus bonus and a full benefits package
  • Unlimited PTO and an all-Pursuit week-long holiday the last week of December


$45,000 - $60,000

The range above is for the expectations as laid out in the job description, however we are often open to a wide variety of profiles, and recognize that the person we hire may be less experienced (or more senior) than this job description as posted.  If that ends up being the case, the updated salary range will be communicated with you as a candidate.

Pursuit values diversity: 

Our team has a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, and we value the richness that diversity brings to our organization. We welcome new perspectives and affirm that all employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, age, familial or marital status, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuit is an equal opportunity employer.

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