Development Associate for Major Gifts

Job Type

Full Time




201 East Capitol Street, SE
United States


The Folger Shakespeare Library, located in Washington, D.C., is seeking a Development Associate for Major Gifts to join a dynamic fundraising team. The Development Associate for Major Gifts (DAMG) plays an important role in the fundraising and stewardship efforts of the Folger, and works closely with the Senior Development team and the Chief Advancement Officer. The DAMG will assist with fundraising efforts that include the capital campaign, planned giving efforts, the annual gala, and other major gift programs. Duties include but are not limited to: researching and sourcing prospects; helping to prepare, analyze, and enhance both profiles and reports; tracking attendance for cultivation events; entering and updating donor and prospect information into the database; preparing acknowledgments and pledge reminders; and assisting with the maintenance of web pages for the gala and planned giving programs. Regular hours for this position are 8:45am to 4:45pm with occasional evenings and weekend hours for events. This is a full time position with excellent benefits. 


Applicants for this position are required to have a B.A. and at least one year of experience in development or fundraising, preferably in a cultural institution. Experience with donor/prospect research, databases, and data entry, is required. Necessary skills include: excellent research skills, business writing, data entry, organization, and time management skills; strong interpersonal communication; superb attention to accuracy and detail. Successful candidates will have a strong sense of curiosity, and be comfortable communicating with donors at events, on the phone, and/or via letters and email. Must be able to handle confidential constituent information with discretion. Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook is required. Knowledge of donor databases is needed, with a preference for experience with Tessitura, WealthEngine, and/or Lexis-Nexis. Working knowledge of email messaging systems such as WordFly and basic HTML is desirable but not required. The ideal candidate will be able to successfully manage multiple, and sometimes conflicting, priorities with ease, work well as an independent contributor to team projects, and thrive in a fast paced and deadline driven environment. 



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 and resume. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. No phone calls please. The Folger is an Equal Opportunity Employer.