Development Associate

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Cambridge in America
New York, NY
Published 29 days ago


The Development Associate is responsible for project-based needs for the Cambridge in America (CAm) fundraising team. The team consists of two principal gifts fundraisers, four geographically divided general fundraisers, and two planned giving team members who raise funds for the University of Cambridge priorities and all College based priorities. The Development Associate will coordinate specific fundraising activities with colleagues across CAm and will work in collaboration with Cambridge University Development and Alumni Relations (CUDAR) and all College fundraising staff on behalf of CAm.

Essential functions

Project Management

  • Develop thorough knowledge of team’s needs to provide proactive, efficient, and expedient resources and support
  • Via monthly reporting to team, keep team members fully appraised of progress toward targets and metrics
  • Collaborate with CUDAR and Colleges to summarize priority fundraising projects and disseminate information with team, including proactive collection and organization of fundraising collateral Manage pre-event/post-event follow-up, which includes but is not limited to:

Liaising with fundraising and events are met and communicated, both before

and after event.    

Ensure prospect/invitation/attendee lists are accurate, and update

database accordingly

     Oversee post event follow up with fundraising team, ensuring all attendees

and non-attendees receive communications and pertinent materials. Ensure

these details added to database.

  • Schedule internal team meetings, and team meetings with CUDAR, Colleges, and other Cambridge-affiliated entities
  • Support the writing and editing of proposals for philanthropic support as needed
  • Manage and oversee additional fundraising related projects as they arise and are identified by team members.

Prospect Data Management

  • Working at the direction of the fundraising team members, conducts: in-depth connection mapping; employment verification; contact updating; and related prospect detail discovery for corporations, foundations, and individual prospects as needed.
  • Maintain and update prospect lists. Produces clear and concise reports.
  • Work closely with all teams to maintain database integrity and perform routine prospect data clean-up.
  • Track fundraising activities in database for US prospects managed by CUDAR.
  • Provide database and administrative support to Senior Director of Development and Director of Development and Regional Strategy.
  • Proactive management of fundraising projects as assigned.

Work environment

  • Ability to comfortably work in an open area with background noise.

Education and experience

  • Bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum of three to four years of fundraising related experience, preferably at an elite institution of higher education
  • Extensive working knowledge PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of advancement software

Candidate requirements

  • Results-oriented and agile with multiple work products, with strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability for excellent project management from inception to completion and follow-up
  • Exhibit excellent judgment, have strong interpersonal skills, and be able to work cooperatively and communicate in a professional manner with Board members and Regional Committee Members, prospective donors, high-level volunteers, and members at all levels in the University and the Colleges
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Capacity to develop trust and maintain highly collegial and collaborative working relationships among Board members, Regional Committee members, the fundraising team, CAm staff, and colleagues
  • A high degree of professionalism, including the demonstrated ability to manage responsibilities with accountability, flexibility, integrity, tact, and positive approach
  • Ability to work occasional nights and weekends for events
  • An interest in Collegiate Cambridge and the UK

Other duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Affirmative Action/EEO statement

CAm is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to complying with all federal, state, and local equal employment opportunity (“EEO”) laws.  CAm prohibits discrimination against employees and applicants for employment because of the individual’s race or color, religion or creed, alienage or citizenship status, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, marital status, familial status, domestic partnership status, genetic information or predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, arrest or pre-employment conviction record, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Please note that the Cambridge in America office is currently utilizing a hybrid work model. This is not a 100% remote position.







The Development Associate is responsible for project-based needs for the Cambridge in America (CAm) fundraising team. The team consists of two principal gifts fundraisers, four geographically divided general…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


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