Business Development Associate
Freedom House


Reports to: Business Development Specialist or Manager             

Direct Reports: N/A

Department: International Programs Division

Location: Washington, D.C



Freedom House is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to create a world where all are free. We inform the world about threats to freedom, mobilize global action, and support democracy’s defenders, especially those working in closed authoritarian societies. We are founded on the core conviction that freedom flourishes in democratic nations where governments are accountable to their people; the rule of law prevails; and freedoms are guaranteed.  Established 80 years ago to respond to the threats posed by fascism, we know there is no more powerful force for the development of human society than democracy. As the world experiences the 15th year of consecutive democratic decline, our work—and our partners carrying it out around the world—have never mattered more. 


Freedom House seeks a Business Development Associate (BDA) to assist with the management of the business development pipeline and support the development of proposals to public sector donors. The BDA will be involved in all phases of business development, including working with program and operations staff to identify, design, and submit proposals. Specifically, the BD will track and help to identify new opportunities, schedule meetings, document action items from meetings, coordinate and contribute to proposal efforts. In addition, the BDA will provide administrative and logistical support for the day-to-day operations of the Business Development Team. The BDA will be a member of the Business Development Team in the International Programs Division (IPD). The position is based in Washington, D.C.




Research and Analysis ~ 25%

  • Research and track public sector funding opportunities and maintain the business development pipeline.

  • Conduct desk research, gather data and materials for upcoming funding opportunities related to donor priorities, country context, partners, and competitors.


Proposal Process Management ~ 60%

  • Participate in key proposal development meetings, such as kick-off meetings, design sessions, and color reviews.

  • Support the drafting, review, and editing of sections or annexes of proposals, graphics production or non-technical pieces of the proposal, such as organizational charts.

  • Ensure the final proposals are properly edited and formatted in line with Freedom House style and branding policies and guidelines.

  • Support gathering, collation, and updating of job descriptions, resumes and bios, candidate sourcing, sharing qualifications of candidates with technical teams for feedback, and schedule and take notes during interviews for proposal recruitment assignments.

  • Contribute to business development systems, tools, and process improvement initiatives.


Administrative Support ~ 15%

  • Provide administrative support including support with scheduling, travel arrangements, file maintenance, purchase of office supplies, and expense reporting; schedule and arrange meetings and events, and liaise with internal and external contacts appropriately and under supervision; maintain files for easy access and retrieval; and assist with photocopying, scanning, faxing, filing, collating, and distributing documents.

  • Travel within U.S. and abroad as required.





  • Bachelor's degree in political science, international relations, or related field required.


  • A minimum of two years of professional experience, including internships, preferably in a non-profit organization or in the field of international development; experience in the area of democracy, human rights, and governance strongly preferred.

  • A minimum of two years of experience in business development and/or project management.

  • Knowledge of and commitment to the cause of advancing human rights and democracy.

  • Experience with and enthusiasm for working with databases and accuracy in reporting; experience with Airtable or similar software a plus.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including strong editing and writing skills.

  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work.

  • High level of attention to detail and ability to consistently produce timely and error-free work.

  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously, work well under pressure, and meet deadlines with diverse teams.

  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite, specifically Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.



  • Diversity makes our work stronger. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds—particularly Black, Indigenous, and people of color, individuals from the LGBTI+ community, and people living with disabilities—to apply. 

  • Candidates must possess authorization to work in the United States.

  • Freedom House provides a competitive benefits package, including a 403(b) retirement account with generous matching, commuter benefits, flexible hours, floating holidays, high employer contributions to medical, dental, and vision programs, basic and voluntary life and AD&D insurance, short- and long-term disability, flexible spending account, and more.

  • Salaries are commensurate with experience and based on pay grades that prioritize equity across the organization. Salary range is between $40,000 and $60,000/year, depending on experience.


Freedom House is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation to apply for a position with Freedom House, please call 202-227-4308 or email



Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter highlighting fit for the position and resume to with the subject line "Freedom House BD Associate.”