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Development Assistant

Reston, Virginia

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Immediate

Salary will be based on experience and previous salary history.

Mission

Young America’s Foundation (YAF) is committed to ensuring that increasing numbers of young Americans understand and are inspired by the ideas of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values.

Reports To

Deputy Director of Development

Job Summary

The development assistant is an administrative member of the Young America’s Foundation’s Development Team which includes staff at the Foundation’s National Headquarters in Reston, Virginia, and the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara.

The development assistant will work in close collaboration with the deputy director of development and vice president & chief of staff at Young America’s Foundation to assist the overall development team to achieve the fundraising goals of the organization. The development assistant will assist in donor research, drafting proposals, event coordination, managing schedules, and creating and coordinating communications with donors.

Responsibilities

  • Assist behind-the-scenes in the management of relationships with donors
  • Initiate regular written letters and communications with donors
  • Develop appropriate cultivation strategies in consultation with the deputy director of development (correspondence, event participation, etc.)
  • Move donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation
  • Prepare written reports and proposals for private foundations and individual supporters when necessary
  • Maintain a proposal calendar and ensure timely delivery of written materials
  • Answer phone calls from donors as necessary
  • Manage administrative tasks, including mailings and updating donor files
  • Report the status and progress of donors as needed
  • Work with the overall development team to ensure supporter events reach the maximum financial potential for Young America’s Foundation
  • Visit with supporters alongside other development colleagues
  • Provide development team colleagues with the administrative support as needed

Specific physical demands that relate directly to the essential job duties and responsibilities include: 

  • Frequently moves boxes and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds for various office and special events needs
  • The ability to move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc., and occasionally to move safely over uneven terrain or in confined spaces

Requirements

 

Ideal Experience:

  • A minimum of one year of experience in relationship building and client engagement
  • Experience navigating a database, such as Salesforce
  • A successful track record of personally identifying and cultivating donors
  • Experience with managing tight timelines and schedules
  • Understanding of and willingness to embrace the “moves management” system of donor-centered, relationship building fundraising
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, specifically report writing
  • Previous involvement with YAF as a student
  • Experience in or willingness to learn basic graphic design programs to create proposals and reports for donors

 

Personal Qualities:

  • Committed to and enthusiastic about Young America’s Foundation’s mission and programs
  • Self-motivated, self-starter, resourceful, and flexible
  • Ability to understand the needs and interests of donors in order to develop donor centered relationships between the donor and the Foundation
  • Committed to ongoing education and training in the development field
  • Associate or bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills and phone skills
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work and work independently
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and acute attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and organize projects
  • Passion, enthusiasm, focus, creativity, and a positive outlook

This job description is representative of the expectations of the position described. Additional duties, reporting relationships, and/or position criteria may be assigned. YAF reserves the right to revise this job description at any time.

This is an in-office position based at YAF’s national headquarters in Reston, Virginia.

Email a cover letter, resume outlining the requirements, professional references, and salary history to:
Tom Robinson, Deputy Director of Development
Young America’s Foundation
[email protected]
800-USA-1776

*Incomplete applications (i.e., those suggesting references upon request) will not be considered.

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only complete and direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

 

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About Us

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