Development Assistant - Northeast Region

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate with Experience



Application Deadline



259 West 30th Street
Suite 402
New York
New York
United States


Diabetes Research Institute Foundation

Development Assistant

Manhattan Office

The Development Assistant in the Manhattan office of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF) will be responsible for providing administrative support to Development and Event staff. The Development Assistant will interact not only with members of staff, but also with board members, committee members, donors, volunteers, vendors, and the general public. The Development Assistant will be required to attend/assist at fundraising events and perform other duties as assigned.



  • Serve as receptionist for visitors and callers
  • Arrange meetings/conference calls
  • Coordinate staff travel and calendars
  • Produce mass mailings and assemble information kits 
  • Purchase and organize office supplies
  • Reconcile invoices
  • Arrange for office services and handle maintenance issues
  • Troubleshoot office technology issues and coordinate with vendors
  • Photocopy, fax, scan, file

Donor Acknowledgements

  • Review weekly donor reports
  • Prepare acknowledgment communications

Donor Data

  • Process donations
  • Update Raiser’s Edge fundraising database

Special Events

  • Attend and assist at special events and offsite meetings; some of which occur on evenings and weekends
  • Assist with work leading up to events, including but not limited to:

*event webpage design and update

*creating PowerPoint/Media Loop presentations

*interacting with donors and volunteers

*registration and auction set-up   

Other duties as assigned.


  • One to two years experience in a non-profit fundraising organization
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and web browsers
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge is preferred
  • Ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours, as needed
  • Detail-oriented team player with a strong work ethic
  • Professional and positive attitude
  • Ability to communicate and interact effectively with internal and external constituencies
  • Ability to establish priorities, handle overlapping timelines, and meet deadlines effectively and efficiently
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Flexible, resourceful, and able to learn quickly
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic team environment
  • Physical ability to be on feet for extended periods of time (at events), standing, walking & carrying items and be able to be able to lift and move light- to moderately heavy objects
  • Experience in dealing with vendors, donors, and the general public


Medical/Dental/Vision, Term Life Insurance, Long-Term Disability

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

2-year degree

How To Apply

Please submit your resume with a thoughtful cover letter that indicates why you would be the best candidate for the job, to . No phone calls please.

The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer