Development Assistant
The Education Trust - Washington, DC

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The Education Trust, one of Washingtonian magazine’s 50 Great Places to Work and recently named one of the three most effective education organizations on Capitol Hill , seeks a Development Assistant to support a growing development function and team at The Education Trust. Reporting to the Managing Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships, the Development Assistant will serve as an integral member of the development team, helping to support our existing development efforts and providing the assistance needed to increase and diversify our fundraising portfolio. In addition to supporting foundation, corporate, and individual fundraising efforts, this individual will assist with planning special events and meetings, most notably our national conference, where there are many opportunities to engage existing and prospective funders. The successful candidate will be able to manage a range of administrative and organizational tasks with enthusiasm and flexibility. This individual must possess exceptional organizational, task management, and verbal and written communication skills, all while maintaining a high level of accuracy and professionalism.

Major Responsibilities

The Development Assistant’s responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
  • Complete weekly prospecting and research reports.
  • Maintain development systems to ensure timely completion of proposals, reports, and general follow-up with existing and prospective donors.
  • Assist with donor engagement efforts, including writing acknowledgment letters, scheduling donor meetings and calls, and helping to send our quarterly donor newsletter.
  • Track prospect, exhibitor, and sponsor correspondence for our national conference, maintaining a record of our outreach efforts and progress.
  • Support exhibitor relations efforts for national conference, researching and identifying prospective exhibitors and assisting with exhibitor correspondence, registration, etc.
  • Support tri-annual board of director’s meetings at the Ed Trust’s offices, including on-site support on the morning of each board meeting.
  • As a member of the development team, work to promote a culture of development across the organization.
  • Provide support for fundraising events and other tasks based on the needs of our growing development function.
Qualifications and Experience

We are looking for a combination of the following qualifications and experience:
  • Two years experience in development and fundraising.
  • Superb organizational and time management skills and a flexible self-starter.
  • Overall professionalism and excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Outlook); experience with on-line donor management tools is a plus.
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize effectively.
  • Willingness to learn and an interest in improving the educational experiences and outcomes for low-income students and students of color.
  • A proven team player who eagerly embraces new challenges with enthusiasm and good humor.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Education Trust offers a comprehensive benefits package.