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Executive Assistant to the CEO/President


RespectAbility is a new non-profit organization whose mission is to Fight stigmas and advance opportunities so that people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.


RespectAbility’s Chief Executive Office/President


RespectAbility’s Executive Assistant to the CEO/President is responsible for performing numerous functions to support the day-to-day work of the CEO/President, build board success, ensure smooth operation of general operations of the office and expand impact on work for people with disabilities.


  • Handles scheduling, travel, calendar, correspondence, faxes, emails, appointments and similar matters for the CEO/President
  • Assists with fundraising and prospect research
  • Maintains CEO/President’s timesheets, reconciles credit card charges and prepares expense reports as needed.
  • In coordination with RESPECTABILITY’s Development Associate, assists with setting up meetings for CEO/President with donors and donor prospects
  • Prepares and distributes RESPECTABILITY materials as needed
  • Coordinates preparation of monthly Board update and similar reports
  • Welcomes guests visiting CEO/President
  • Maintains the master office calendar of scheduled events, travel, etc.
  • Assists with logistics for conferences, events and trainings
  • Oversees various special projects assigned by the CEO/President
  • Oversees day-to-day administrative operations of the office, e.g. answering the telephone; processing incoming/outgoing mail; ordering office supplies, etc.
  • Handles travel arrangements, e.g. air and train reservations, ground transportation, lodging, etc. as needed for CEO/President and other staff.
  • Performs other duties as are appropriate for an Executive Assistant to the CEO/President.


  1. Must be able to effectively plan/manage workflow on multiple Respectability projects simultaneously and manage project details with limited supervision.
  2. Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment required.
  3. Upbeat, pleasant, and energetic with a “can-do” attitude required.
  4. Expert level of proficiency in Microsoft Office; Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Project Manager required. Must also have advanced level of experience with Adobe PDF.
  5. Experience setting up and utilizing calendars, presentation equipment, e.g. video projectors, overhead projectors, etc.
  6. Experience with the disability community and a commitment to opportunities for people with disabilities required.
  7. Fundraising and/or sales experience preferred. Must be detail-oriented.
  8. Willingness to work hard including very occasionally evenings and weekends.
  9. Preference given to bilingual English-Spanish.


Minimum of 3 years office experience; previous experience with integrated database management systems preferred.


Minimum of 4-year Bachelor’s degree preferred; will consider candidates with comparable work experience.

To apply send cover letter, salary requirements and resume to

Development Associate


RespectAbility is a new, energetic and results-driven nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and expanding opportunities for the one-in-five people with disabilities. We are involved with the Emmy-winning TV show Born This Way and have published more than 100 articles on disability issues. Our nonpartisan political work has been featured in a special segment on PBS NewsHour and on page one of The New York Times and Washington Post. Likewise, our work on criminal justice has been featured on PBS NewsHour. Our website is understands we are a stronger community when we live up to our values – when we are welcoming, diverse, moral and respect one another. We work with entertainment, policy makers, educators, self-advocates, nonprofits, employers, faith-based organizations, philanthropists, journalists and online media to reshape the attitudes of American society so people with disabilities can more fully participate in and contribute to society.

Led by people with disabilities and those who love them, we know that people with disabilities and their families have the same hopes and dreams as everyone else, even if they face different challenges.

We do not lobby; we educate. Our free tools and factual resources inform so people with disabilities can achieve the education, training, jobs, security and good health that everyone needs and deserves.

Position Reports To: RespectAbility’s Chief Executive Officer


RespectAbility’s Development ASSOCIATE/Grant Writer/Prospect Researcher will work with the organization’s CEO, team and board to generate contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations for RespectAbility’s work to fight stigmas and advance opportunities for people with disabilities. Founded in 2013, we are a small and growing organization with a goal of growing our budget from $1 million to $4 million so we can have the impact needed on behalf of people with disabilities.


  • Work with team to create, cultivate, empower and support our first-ever board-level development committee. This includes helping to recruit and cultivate new board members with high integrity, commitment and fundraising/donor capacity.
  • Prepare and oversee major gift solicitations, grant applications and reports, information packets, background materials and research to present to potential and existing major funders.
  • Design and implement a development and outreach and reporting program infrastructure that includes a donor and contact tracking database, donor communications calendar and evaluation and reporting systems.
  • Work with our administrator to process gifts and pledges, handle data entry and donor record maintenance.
  • Lead the production of special letters, gift acknowledgments and other communications with donors.
  • Manage young leadership fellows who are working with this department.
  • Create and oversee organization of fundraising events including luncheon presentations and parlor meetings.
  • Work closely with grant writing consultants


  • Strong commitment to the mission and vision of the organization, including diversity, equality and opportunity for people of all backgrounds and abilities.
  • Commitment to people with disabilities/disability issues.
  • Ability to work with CEO, board and team to identify, research and connect with potential funding sources – especially high net worth philanthropists and major foundations.
  • Talented, detail oriented and highly motivated and honest professional with proven fundraising success.
  • Excellent writing and communications skills including grammar and spelling.
  • Minimum of three years of development/administration/organizing/grant writing and major gifts outreach experience required.
  • Experience with data entry and database management required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability and willingness to work flexibly in a fast-paced, fast-growing, dynamic nonprofit environment.
  • Team player who is upbeat and excited to work in a new, growing and mission-driven organization.
  • ETAP skills a big plus.
  • Sense of Humor and Irony.

To apply please send your resume, cover letter and salary/payment requirements to

RespectAbility provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, RespectAbility complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


Four young professionals - a white woman, a Black man, a Black woman and a white man - dressed professionally in suits standing in front of the fence in front of the White House

National Leadership Program participants standing in front of the White House

The National Leadership Program is for young leaders who are committed to disability issues and plan to go into careers in public policy, advocacy, communications, fundraising, nonprofit management or faith-based inclusion. The program enables participants to gain skills and contacts while making a positive difference for people with disabilities. We are seeking creative, results-driven individuals who want to achieve breakthrough results while getting hands-on experience. The Fellowship is for college and graduate students, as well as recent graduates.

The National Leadership Program has three cohorts of Fellows – fall, spring and summer – for a total of at least 24 Fellows.We now are accepting applications for Spring 2018, which allows for flexible dates between January 2 and May 25, 2018 for a minimum of nine weeks. Applications for Summer 2018 also are open. The dates for Summer 2018 are June 4 – August 10, 2018, with room for flexibility.

Our National Leadership Program enables young leaders to gain critical skills, contacts and experiences necessary to be accepted into graduate school or help create pathways that lead to careers in public policy, media or advocacy. This program is fully accessible for people with disabilities and offers full-time in-house job coaching, skills development, networking opportunities, assistive technology and personal care support. People with and without disabilities are encouraged to apply, but applicants must have a strong commitment to fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities.

There are opportunities for both paid and unpaid Fellowships. Unpaid Fellows receive a monthly transportation stipend. Lunch is provided daily for all Fellows.

RespectAbility is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action employer. Persons with disabilities and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.



      • Excellent communication and organizational skills are strongly preferred, and Fellows should exhibit leadership skills to complete their own projects.
      • Strong preference for college juniors and above.
      • Commit for a minimum of nine weeks.
      • Hours are 9-5. Summer Fellows are required to work a minimum of 35 hours per week and Spring/Fall Fellows should be able to work at least 20 hours a week, though 40 hours per week is preferred.
      • There is no tuition cost to do the Fellowship, and unpaid Fellows will be awarded $300 a month as a transportation reimbursement.
      • The Fellowship takes place in Rockville, Maryland. The office is a short distance from the White Flint Metro Station on the Red Line.
      • Your cover letter must explain why this Fellowship in particular is of interest to you and why you believe you have the skills, focus and independent drive to make a positive difference in your time with us at RespectAbility.

Fill out the linked Google Doc Form and send your resume and cover letter to Ben Spangenberg and to apply for any of our National Leadership Program opportunities! If you are applying for a paid Fellowship, explain in your cover letter how you can advance diversity and intersectionality issues.

RespectAbility staff, fellows and board member smiling in a posed photograph. Three men and four women standing behind three men in wheelchairs. All are dressed formally in suits.

RespectAbility Staff and Fellows with Board Member Jonathan Murray, creator and executive producer of Born This Way

RespectAbility provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, RespectAbility complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


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Rockville, MD 20852
Office Number: 202-517-6272


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