Development Associate for Institutional Giving

Job Type

Full Time


Details: hourly paid, 35 hours a week



Application Deadline



201 East Capitol Street, SE
United States


The Folger Shakespeare Library, located in Washington, D.C., is seeking a Development Associate for Institutional Giving with professional grant writing experience to join its dynamic fundraising team. Working closely with the Senior Development Officer for Corporate and Foundation Relations, the Development Associate for Institutional Giving supports the fundraising efforts of the Folger by: preparing grant proposals and reports; researching prospective foundation and corporate sponsors; cultivating relationships with foundation grantmakers and corporate sponsor representatives; and entering donor and sponsorship information into the database. This is an excellent growth opportunity for an individual who is ready to own the grants calendar and lead the prospecting and renewals processes, with the guidance of a highly experienced and successful development team. Regular hours for this position are Monday-Friday, 8:45am-4:45pm, with occasional evening and weekend hours required for receptions and donor events. This position is full-time with excellent benefits.

Our ideal candidate will thrive in a fast-paced environment and be passionate about the Folger’s mission, visions, and values. Applicants for this position are required to have a B.A. and at least one year of experience writing grants in a professional environment. Candidates must have experience with writing letters and proposals, conducting industry and prospect research, working in fundraising databases, and institutional relations. This position requires the ability to work with a variety of people in a diverse organization to produce strong grant applications. Additional requirements include: outstanding verbal and written communication skills; strong attention to accuracy and detail; ability to work independently and self-start as part of a closely-woven development team; excellent skills in organization and time management; strong research skills; and knowledge of MS Office Suite. Knowledge of Tessitura, WealthEngine,, Foundation Directory Online, and HTML are highly desired. Familiarity with the NEH and NEA grant process is preferred.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and grant-writing sample. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. No phone calls please. The Folger is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


The Folger Shakespeare Library wants to attract and retain the highest quality staff. Accordingly, we are committed to providing a competitive benefits package, including: an extensive range of health, dental, life and disability insurance benefits; considerable retirement contributions through TIAA-CREF; educational assistance programs for staff members and their dependents; generous sick and annual leave; and other programs and services. You can find an overview of these benefits at the link below, and more detailed information will be provided during the recruitment process.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and grant-writing sample. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. No phone calls please.