Development Assistant

Job Type

Full Time




2537 Broadway
New York
United States


Symphony Space, the multi-disciplinary performing arts center at 95th St & Broadway in New York City, seeks a highly motivated and dynamic Development Assistant. Reporting to the Director of Development, this position works closely with all members of the staff to coordinate and implement a variety of fundraising activities. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting in building relationships with Symphony Space members by serving as a point of contact
  • Receiving, processing, tracking, and assisting in the acknowledgment of all donations
  • Preparing reports to track development goals
  • Assisting in the production and implementation of all printed and electronic fundraising communications, including season brochure, appeal, and gala direct mailings as well as website, email marketing, and social media messaging
  • Managing membership renewal e-mails and letters
  • Maintaining donor database, donor mailing lists and donor files
  • Assisting in the coordination and execution of all cultivation, stewardship, and fundraising events, including an annual gala
  • Maintaining department budget, manage vendor relations and payments
  • Supporting the operations of the department as a whole

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a minimum of two years of administrative experience, excellent customer service skills, and a passion for the arts. Additional essential characteristics include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Superb attention to detail and highly organized
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Flexibility on evening and weekend hours as needed
  • Ability to take initiative, problem-solve, and master new technologies
  • Track record as an enthusiastic, collaborative, dependable team player
  • Ability to handle a high volume of work and complete tasks efficiently and accurately
  • Familiarity with database management
  • Strong computer skills, including MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Experience with CRM database software and MailChimp/dotMailer preferred

Symphony Space is a multi-disciplinary performing arts center where bold programming, presented in a uniquely warm and welcoming environment, forges indelible relationships between artists and audiences. Our fundamental mission is to connect art, ideas, and community through our programs and our commitment to literacy and education through the arts. On our New York City stages, through our national broadcasts, and in the classrooms and communities we serve throughout the country, we foster access to the arts through all the disciplines. Our embrace of the audience and the arts is wide, and the experience of our audience is deep and enriched.

Symphony Space is an equal opportunity employer.


We offer a competitive salary and a benefit package that includes health insurance; life and long term disability insurance, flexible spending plan; annuity plan; and three (3) weeks’ vacation. Website:

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please email your resume, salary requirements, and two (2) writing samples to Brenda Murad, Director of Development at No phone calls, please.