Development Assistant and Assistant to the CEO

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Compensation commensurate with experience



Application Deadline



29 Broadway,
4th floor
New York
United States


Founded in 1953, the Cancer Research Institute is dedicated to accelerating the discovery and development of immune-system based therapies to control and eventually cure all cancers. Guided by an expert Scientific Advisory Council, CRI invests in the most critical research, the development of promising new treatments, and unites the efforts of the field’s leaders worldwide. Through this work, CRI is transforming the paradigm of cancer therapy, enabling patients to live long, healthier lives free form the fear of cancer. The field of cancer immunology has made tangible progress in the past decade. The successful application of basic research knowledge to the clinic has resulted in tangible patient benefit. CRI’s sole focus on research (both in the laboratory and the clinic) will help to expand these treatment successes to more cancer patients throughout the next decade. The need and opportunity to provide a continuum of research funding has never been greater nor has it been poised to deliver more benefit. CRI is committed to meeting this research challenge by increasing our fundraising efforts with an intensified focus on individual giving.

Position Description

The development assistant/assistant to the CEO is a full-time employee who works collaboratively with and in support of the CEO and the development team. Key responsibilities will be to research and qualify donor prospects, including recording and maintaining pertinent information in CRI’s donor database, and support the Development Officer with cultivation and solicitation of high-net worth individuals in order to meet revenue goals. He or she will manage annual giving campaigns working collaboratively with the communications and marketing teams to craft both mail and digital appeals, coordinate with external print houses, acknowledge gifts, track responses, and analyze campaign performance. Additional responsibilities will be to provide high-level administrative support to the Institute’s Chief Executive Officer by managing her calendar, preparing correspondence, scheduling meetings and travel, and coordinating her interaction and communication with the Board of Trustees and other key constituents.


The person in this position will:

  • Perform prospect research and create prospect profiles that include biographical, career, financial, and philanthropic information and input and maintain this information in CRI’s Raiser’s Edge database
  • Analyze giving data and trends to identify new prospective major gift donors and work with the Development Officer to devise appropriate strategies to bring these individuals to solicitation and closure
  • Provide assistance to the Development Officer in the movement and tracking of prospects from identification through cultivation and solicitation
  • Help Development Officer to create targeted proposals that match donor interest with organizational need
  • Acknowledge and receipt all major gifts and craft personalized correspondence where appropriate.
  • Analyze campaign/appeal performances to drive appeal strategy
  • Assist in creating annual development budget
  • In conjunction with communications team:
  • Prepare and disseminate fundraising materials to significant donors and prospects, including relevant, timely program updates, articles of interest, proposals, and reports
  •  Concept design digital, direct-mail, and integrated fundraising campaigns to drive annual giving revenues
  •  Oversee the development of printed appeals and touch points for new and recurring donors to increase donor retention
  • Vet and manage relationships with mail houses
  • Attend and transcribe minutes for the quarterly meetings of the Board of Trustees
  • Manage executive calendar, travel, and meeting schedule
  • Perform other administrative and job related duties as requested


Candidates must possess:

  • exemplary written and oral communications skills
  • strong research and problem-solving abilities
  • impeccable attention to detail
  • a natural curiosity and enthusiasm
  • a strong team-orientation and willingness to work with others
  • ability to manage confidential information with discretion
  • experience managing multiple assignments and deadlines
  • excellent diplomacy and strong inter-personal skills
  • confidence and grace 
  • high energy and outgoing personality a commitment to the mission of the Cancer Research Institute
  • excellent database, word processing, and spreadsheet competence;
  • experience with Raiser’s Edge software is a plus


Excellent benefits including medical, dental, vacation and retirement savings plan.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please submit applications via email only. Send cover letter and resume; Adobe Acrobat format preferred. No phone calls please. Candidates invited to interview will be contacted.