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The Development Assistant provides project coordination and support to the NPR Individual Giving Team.

Essential Duties

  • Provide administrative support to help fulfill the goals of the NPR Development Individual Giving program.
  • Serve as coordinator on maintaining station relations for NPR Development - participate in regular conference calls, act as a liaison to support the station communications and collaborative work, and staff any related activities.
  • Support the Prospects Manager's portfolio of prospects and donors to NPR through the moves management process.
  • Actively participate and support strategy development for donors, volunteers, and stations in the entire region.

  • Act as the liaison to the NPR Development Operations team by coordinating projects, and keeping constant communication, including:
    • With support from the NPR Special Events team, coordinate most cultivation and stewardship events; share responsibilities and provide the regional management for the execution of event plans; support the Special Events team during department-wide cultivation and stewardship events.
    • Work with the Manager of the Development Database to prepare a variety of prospect management, pipeline, and other progress reports as needed.
    • Work with the Development Writer to coordinate the development of custom proposals and reports.
  • Coordinate the gift renewal process for major annual gifts, including maintaining an updated renewal calendar, coding, list pulls and letter merging. Work with the Development Writer refresh the renewal letter quarterly; coordinate the gift acknowledgment process for non-trustees.
  • Pull accurate lists from donor database as needed for fundraising efforts; serve as back-up to Development Operations Coordinator in handling gift processing
  • Update and maintain donor records in Raiser's Edge including information related to moves management and prospect tracking. Organize and keep accurate electronic and paper files for donors.
  • Draft and edit letters and other correspondence to donors and trustees.
  • Handle requests for background briefings and prepare materials to support Prospect Managers with donor meetings.

Required Skills and Experience

Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

Required Skills:

  • Minimum of two years of related work experience, preferably in development.
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments, set priorities and meet short deadlines.
  • Must possess good judgment and exercise diplomacy in dealing with a variety of constituents.
  • Strong writing, proofreading and editing skills. Attention to detail is essential.
  • Ability to interact professionally with trustees, major donors, and senior staff with poise and discretion.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including an excellent telephone manner.
  • Demonstrated skill and knowledge of, or ability to learn quickly, the internal workings of NPR, as well as the technology tools available to the Development Office, including the fundraising database system, Raisers Edge, as well as Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Strong personal work ethic, collaborative, and results-oriented; combined with a sense of humor and perspective.
  • Must understand and appreciate NPR's mission.

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NPR offers a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including health and wellness benefits, retirement, and work/life balance programs, as well as opportunities for career growth and development.

NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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