Assistant/Associate Development Officer

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Competitive and commensurate with experience.



Start Date:



420 East 79th Street
New York
United States


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Position Overview

Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts seeks an Assistant/Associate Development Officer to develop and implement a thriving mid-level individual donor relations program for donors under $1,000. The role will primarily focus on identifying and vetting mid-level prospects; planning cultivation and fundraising events to engage major donors, major donor prospects, and mid-level prospects; and soliciting and stewarding mid-level gifts. The Officer will also assist the Director of Development with meeting strict deadlines, developing major donors, and raising institutional funds.

The ideal candidate brings strategic thinking, tactful assertiveness, strong interpersonal skills, passion, and successful experience in individual donor relations, event management, and development communications writing to the role. This candidate will work with the Director of Development and Executive Director to manage donor touchpoints and projects across internal departments with strict timelines.

Roles and Expectations

The Assistant/Associate Development Officer is charged with helping to develop a robust and engaging program with our mid-level donor prospects—including alumni, their parents, and former faculty and staff—and to manage our annual development calendar. As a secondary focus, the Assistant/Associate Development Officer will assist the Director of Development with grant proposals, corporate solicitations and institutional fundraising.

The Officer will report to the Director of Development and will work closely with Usdan’s staff. The Officer will interface with our Board of Directors, particularly around alumni engagement and cultivation events. We are looking for a candidate with four years of experience handling significant development responsibilities, preferably, with a focus on alumni and individual donor relations, strong interpersonal and relationship skills, and sufficient working knowledge of various Development operations.

Travel is required between our New York City office and Long Island office. We expect the Officer to be primarily based in the New York City office during the off-season, from September through mid-June, and to be based in the Long Island office during our camp season, from mid-June through August. We expect the Officer will meet with alumni or convene events in New York City, Nassau and Suffolk Counties, southern Westchester County, New Jersey and Southern Connecticut.

Specific Duties

  • Working collaboratively with leadership, volunteers and other Usdan staff to develop and deepen engagement with Usdan alumni, their parents, former faculty and staff. In this capacity, we expect the Assistant/Associate Development Officer to assist in the cultivation and solicitation of contributions from these constituencies.
  • Planning and executing targeted cultivation and fundraising events for all constituencies. This includes: developing and managing an annual calendar of events, communications, and other development activities; helping create a celebratory event for Usdan’s 50th Anniversary in summer 2018; and evaluating outcomes of development events and activities.
  • Supporting the Director of Development in grant writing, corporate solicitations, and other development activities.
  • Managing small volunteer program, consisting mainly of current parents, grandparents, and alumni.
  • Upgrading and improving Usdan’s database and data management systems.
  • Developing profiles for major donor prospects and institutional prospects.

Experience and Qualities Sought

  • Passion for Usdan’s mission, goals and work.
  • An ability to work laterally and vertically with leaders and peers, and to encourage, support and enable others in an effective, respectful and inspirational manner.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in event planning, data management and raising money from alumni/alumni parents.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and a commitment to continuing education about best practices in alumni relations and fundraising.
  • A high degree of integrity and commitment to ethical fundraising standards.
  • Strategic thinking that is rooted in finding positive responses to challenges./
  • Superior verbal/written communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to direct others, including superiors, to get the job done.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

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