Development Assistant (Part Time)

Intelligence Squared U.S.
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Jul 30

Position description

A non-partisan, non-profit organization, Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) addresses a fundamental problem in America: the extreme polarization of our nation and our politics. Our mission is to restore critical thinking, facts, reason, and civility to public discourse. Through a series of Oxford-style debates, IQ2US provides a critical forum for balanced and intelligent discussion of issues ranging from domestic and foreign policy to cultural trends and technological innovations. IQ2US debates are recorded in front of a live audience and distributed through public radio, podcast, and a number of digital streaming platforms. 


Reporting to the Manager of Editorial Operations, the Development Assistant will manage the daily operations of the Development Department as well as provide administrative support for communications initiatives around fundraising and donor engagement. This position will play a critical role in oversight of the Friends of Intelligence Squared U.S. program as well as in supporting engagement and cultivation events throughout the year. The ideal candidate is passionate about promoting civic discourse and reasoned debate and able to effectively communicate the organization’s mission to existing and prospective donors.


This part-time, consultant position will require a minimum of two days per week in IQ2US office. In addition, the Development Assistant will be expected to attend live evening debates and development events held in New York City. Graduate students are welcome to apply. 


  • In coordination with the Manager of Editorial Operations, manage the daily operations of the Development Department and provide administrative and strategic support on all ongoing fundraising and donor cultivation efforts 
  •  Process and track all incoming donations, grants, and payments and maintain the organization’s fundraising database 
  •  Produce bi-weekly fundraising reports for internal use  
  • Draft correspondence and communications with donors, including gift acknowledgment letters, updates, thank you letters, invitations, and solicitations 
  •  Manage the annual fundraising calendar 
  • Provide administrative support for all Board and Advisory Council meetings 
  • Conduct research on current and prospective donors to determine their philanthropic interests and capacity 
  •  Work on special projects as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • Strong proofreading skills, accuracy, and attention to detail
  • Strong commitment to promoting balanced public discourse and seeking intellectually respectable arguments on both sides of a given debate 
  •  The ability to work independently, multi-task, and meet deadlines
  •  Must thrive under deadline pressure and simultaneously manage multiple priorities 


  •  Compensation commensurate with experience
  • Midtown Manhattan office location

Application instructions

Submit your resume with a cover letter to Shea O’Meara at [email protected] with the subject line “Development Assistant – Your Name.” 

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