Development Assistant, Partnerships & Business Development (NYC) - New York, NY

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Team Overview

The Partnerships & Business Development (PBD) team designs innovative philanthropic partnerships with corporations and foundations. This team is responsible for generating $31 million in classroom project funding, often through award-winning cause marketing campaigns with partners such as Chase, Kia, Sonic Drive-In, J.Crew, Groupon, and the NFL.

Position Description

The Development Assistant will support the development efforts of a five-person team, and report to the Senior Director for the PBD Team, East. Core responsibilities are as follows:

Partnership Administration and Project Management:
  • Administer our managed giving programs for corporate and foundation funders including – Project Funding, Double Your Impact, Almost Home, Gift Cards, Employee Giving
  • Create and maintain partnership records in our customer relations database,, including contact and relationship records and logging of ongoing email, call and meeting notes
  • Provide general support to the PBD team including mailing invitations, copying and assembling meeting materials, maintaining marketing materials, and assistance with event planning
  • C ompile data on current partnership results and impact
  • R esearch corporate and foundation prospects and assist with compiling materials for pitch meetings
Grants Management and Reporting:
  • Spend out grant funds
  • Write and assemble compelling emails, proposals, and grants for foundations and corporations
  • Analyze and present data for grants, media requests, or internal meetings
Position Qualifications

The right candidate is motivated by our mission and entrepreneurial, goals-driven culture. We seek a team player who is:
  • A college graduate with up to two years of work experience (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required)
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented, and excels in managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • A quick learner who is driven by results, and excited to work on a fast-paced team with aggressive growth plans
  • A problem-solver with a customer-service orientation and strong analytical skills
  • A strong verbal and written communicator
  • Capable of working well in a process-heavy environment, and adaptable to change
  • Comfortable with tasks relating to administration and office management
  • Adept with Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel, and eager to learn new software and technology
  • Experience with Salesforce a plus, but not required
  • Eager to take on challenges with a sense of humor. Bonus points given to kickball players, karaoke singers and Colbert Report watchers!

This is a part-time, temporary position with a time commitment of 20-30 hours/week (schedule is flexible). Compensation is $15 per hour. The position is for an immediate start and is based in’s national office in midtown Manhattan.

To Apply

Please apply online by submitting ONE attachment with a resume and cover letter indicating how you learned of the position, addressed to Kirk Smiley, Senior Director, East Region. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No calls, please. is an equal opportunity employer committed to developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds. We enthusiastically encourage diverse applicants to apply for this and all of our positions! - 20 months ago - save job
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