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Development Associate for Schools & Programs

The New School
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 8, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Education, Education Administration & Leadership, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Human Development & Family Sciences
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Only applicants who apply via the following link will be considered for the position:   The New School seeks a Development Associate for Schools and Programs to support DAE operations across the university. This position provides administrative support to 3-5 senior development professionals responsible for major gifts fundraising for the 5 Schools of The New School and some selected programs within the university.  The position reports to one of the Assistant Vice Presidents who is responsible for prioritizing and assigning tasks to the Development Associate.  The primary tasks include—though are not limited to—responding to daily queries from alumni, parents, friends and internal campus partners; ongoing data entry of senior fundraisers’ and institutional leaders’ interactions with donors and potential donors; logistical support for Board of Governors’ meetings and similar events; occasional special projects; and frequent collaborative work on a broad array of administrative matters with DAE colleagues and other campus partners.   The New School is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and particularly seeks applications from members of underrepresented groups, as well as candidates who share this commitment.   Responsibilities:   
  • Manage spectrum of constituent communications ranging from Deans’ acknowledgement letters  and personalized correspondence from senior fundraisers and institutional leaders, to custom proposals, tailored reports,  and communications with the Boards of Governors. 
  • Manage data entry for senior fundraisers including donor outreach, correspondence,  meetings, and proposals into the DAE database (currently Banner) under the guidance and direction of  Development Research.
  • Support multiple fundraisers and coordinate with academic partners across the university,  especially the Dean’s offices for the various schools, providing timely and courteous customer service to both internal and external constituents.
  • Maintain complex calendars for each assigned senior fundraiser noting signature events, key meetings, communications, and travel; coordinate meeting and visit setups as necessary. 
  • Prepare development briefings by gathering relevant research on individual donors, organizations or potential supporters in coordination with Development Research, Alumni Engagement, and Institutional Giving for dissemination to Development staff, School deans and colleagues, and university leadership including President, Provost and members of the Board of Trustees.. 
  • Provide assistance in the creation, management, and implementation of donor lists, including but not limited to prospect research and moves management. 
  • Provide support in a project management role through proactively organizing and preparing for  board meetings and signature events in coordination with  Special Events teams across the university.  Tasks include management of the guest list, venue, catering, audio/visual  requirements, agendas, and other materials as needed. 
  • Collaborate on planning and executing creative strategies for cultivating, soliciting, and  stewarding donors and potential supporters in consultation with Development and Alumni Engagement colleagues,  university administrators, faculty, Trustees, and other volunteers as appropriate. 
  • Coordinate gift in kind donation requests with donors and academic partners.  
  • Perform  other duties as assigned. 


The New School is committed to creating and maintaining an environment that promises diversity and tolerance in all areas of employment, education and access to its educational, artistic or cultural programs and activities. The New School does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex or gender (including actual or perceived gender identity or expression or transgender status), sexual orientation, sexual and other reproductive health decisions, pregnancy, religion, religious practices, mental or physical disability, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, veteran status, marital or partnership status, or any other legally protected status.   Minimum Qualifications:  
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Exceptional organizational, verbal, and written communication skills. 
  • Minimum of three years in a professional office setting, ideally assisting fundraisers at a senior  level in higher education. 
  • Appreciation for the higher education setting and interest in fundraising around innovative  educational initiatives that foster student success, creativity, and exceptional teaching. 
  • A strong work ethic and motivation to assist fundraisers in meeting ambitious  fundraising goals. 
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and discretion with sensitive and confidential information.
  • An entrepreneurial, solutions-oriented disposition with the ability to prioritize tasks; anticipate and  embrace change; acquire and use new skills; and creatively address challenging tasks.
  • Exceptional collaboration and interpersonal skills, and the ability to engage well with a wide diversity of internal and external constituents. 
  • Demonstrated ability to confidently establish credibility with stakeholders at all levels.
  • Eager to work with ethnically, culturally, and socially diverse constituencies. 
  • Some evenings and weekend hours required. 
  • Strong technology skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Ability to adhere to university COVID-19 policy and requirements


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