Development Assistant (Fundraising)

Washington Institute for Near East Policy
  • Location
    West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Feb 25

Position description

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy is a nonpartisan think tank focused on advancing a balanced and realistic understanding of American interests in the Middle East. We are currently looking for a full-time Development Assistant to assist our Southeast/Midwest Regional Director based in West Palm Beach, Florida. 


  • Provide administrative support to the Southeast/Midwest Regional Director such as booking travel, completing expense reports, draft correspondences, preparing background information on prospective donors or current trustees and other administrative duties as needed
  • Utilize fundraising database Raiser's Edge to maintain regional database including data entry, running reports and queries, tracking event attendance, maintaining donor records
  • Support donor relations through direct and indirect means (phone calls, emails, mailings, etc.).
  • Identify and conduct research on prospective donors as well as outreach and follow-up, including mailing prospect kits and scheduling meetings
  • Coordinate and manage speaking engagements between Institute fellows and trustees in the Southeast/Midwest region, including preparing materials, booking scholar travel and hotels, maintaining RSVPS, and working with event locations regarding ordering food, registration and logistics of event
  • Conduct foundation research, write foundation reports and grant proposals. Track multi-year gifts for renewals
  • Utilize events platform CVENT to create invitations for events
  • Work with DC-based communications teams for scheduling and creating event invitations, marketing materials, etc.
  • Orchestrate quarterly billing campaigns for donors and trustees in the Southeast/Midwest region and interact with various levels of Institute donors for payment collection
  • Work with Regional Director and outside staff to assist in special events
  • Work with National Development Department in DC to facilitate donor needs/requests, including close work with Development Operations Manager and other Development Assistants based both in DC and other regions
  • Assist with board meeting preparation
  • Assist chairman, president, other board members and regional director with Institute duties in the Southeast/Midwest region




  • BA/BS in development, communications, business or related field preferred
  • Strong administrative support skills
  • Well-developed customer service orientation
  • Ability to work effectively in teams and across organizational lines
  • Ability to work remotely and independently 
  • Self-motivated, adept at multi-tasking and prioritizing work
  • Experience using Microsoft Office suite
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strength at building and maintaining relationships
  • Strong attention to detail and follow-through
  • Interest in the mission of The Institute and the Middle East region
  • Experience with Raiser's Edge, CVENT helpful, but not required
  • Self-starter and ability to work independently
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong organizational skills and propensity for planning and logistics

The Washington Institute offers its full-time employees a generous benefits package, including health, dental and vision insurance, life and disability insurance, generous paid time off, and a retirement savings program. 

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Application instructions

To Apply:   Please submit your resume, cover letter and salary requirements for consideration.

The Washington Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

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