Development Associate - Foundations
Union of Concerned Scientists - Cambridge, MA

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Development Associate - Foundations
Development Department
Union of Concerned Scientists
Cambridge, MA Office

The Position
Supervised by the Director of Foundation Relations, the Development Associate-Foundations serves as the primary administrative coordinator and researcher for the foundations team. This person is part of a five-person support team for the development department, and will participate in a robust cross-training program providing opportunities to hone skills outside the purview of this position description, which may include: event management, direct mail, annual report, donor relations, social media and other areas of interest.

Responsibilities
  • Provide overall coordination of the administrative systems of the foundations team. Manage, track, edit, update and distribute all foundations reports to appropriate staff. Coordinate agendas, scheduling, and logistics for foundation team meetings, monthly grants meeting, meetings with program directors, and foundation site visits.
  • Proofread and assist with preparation of foundation proposals and reports. In coordination with foundation officers, draft foundation correspondence, proposal executive summaries, and progress reports
  • Research and identify foundation prospects, assist with survey of foundations active in UCS issue areas, track current trends in foundation giving, and make recommendations for prospect priorities and follow up research.
  • Provide concise and timely background research to prepare Chief Development Officer, President, program directors, and others for foundation contacts and to inform foundation ask and cultivation strategies.
  • Manage the processing of grant agreements and foundation gifts. Maintain the quality and accuracy of foundation records in Raiser's Edge.
  • Develop and maintain familiarity with UCS areas of work.
  • Perform other related functions as directed.
Qualifications and experience
Position requires strong organizational, communication, writing, and problem-solving skills, as well as the ability to coordinate effectively across many areas of the organization. Proofreading experience and knowledge of databases, spreadsheets, search engines, and data management are required. Must be attentive to detail and able to manage multiple tasks in a deadline driven environment. Ability to work independently as well as part of a team is important.

Bachelor's degree required. Requires two to four years of relevant experience in administrative and customer service settings. At least two years of development and donor-relations experience preferred. At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS's Cambridge office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is in the high $30,000s. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment, and is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff andto broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org

About UCS

The Union of Concerned Scientists puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet's most pressing problems. Joining with citizens across the country, we combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.

What began as acollaboration between students and faculty members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969 is now an alliance of more than 400,000 citizens and scientists. UCS members are people from all walks of life: parents and businesspeople, biologists and physicists, teachers and students. Our members understand that scientific analysis—not political calculations or corporate hype—should guide our efforts to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices. Our experts work on some of the most complex and daunting problems in our history: stemming the tide of global warming, finding sustainable ways to feed, power and transport ourselves, and reducing the threat of catastrophic war. Our achievements over the decades show that thoughtful action based on the best available science can help safeguard our future and the future of our planet.

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