Development Associate, Academic Initiatives

Brown University

Job Description:

The Development Associate provides comprehensive fundraising and high-level administrative support for development efforts including those administered on behalf of 2+ academic initiatives managed by two Academic Initiatives Directors of Development (for a total of 4+ initiatives in the Associate’s portfolio). The Associate manages various aspects of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for the respective academic areas for which their two Directors of Development serve as Advancement liaisons.  These include: managing major gift pipelines; providing updated information about programs and funding opportunities to fundraisers for cultivation and proposal development; tracking and reporting on prospect-related interactions and events involving relevant program directors; facilitating regular gift reports and analyses about fundraising; and maintaining a repository of proposals to advance Campaign fundraising priorities. In collaboration with donor stewardship and prospect managers, the Associate helps to ensure appropriate stewardship activities on behalf of the program directors.  In collaboration with the several respective academic areas for which their two Directors of Development serve as Advancement liaisons, the Associate helps manage volunteer committees, particularly President’s Advisory Councils.

This position provides an advanced level of direct support to two Academic Initiatives Directors of Development. Using knowledge of donor interest and university priorities, this position advances strategy development and donor engagement in coordination with the Directors of Development by drafting plans, briefings, and high-level correspondence, as well as reviewing and tracking stewardship.

This position handles the following tasks, which include but are not limited to meeting/travel arrangements, proposal pipeline maintenance, event support, as well as technical and logistical support to two Directors of Development. This position is also responsible for most information technology tasks and functions in support of the two Directors of Development.

Brown University is committed to advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. Brown University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in a related field such as fundraising, higher education, nonprofits, sales, customer service, volunteer management, and/or marketing.

Required Qualifications

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability with computer software programs including but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, and Google Drive; use of Microsoft Office, specifically Excel and Word
  • Strong project/time management skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in a higher education, fundraising, or non-profit setting
  • Knowledge of Blackbaud

Job Competencies

  • Demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB), including experience/ability to identify and emphasize diverse perspectives in programming, communications, and strategy.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Must be detail-oriented and can handle and complete multiple projects concurrently
  • Must have a degree of computer proficiency and Information Management Skills to carry out the major responsibilities of this position.

Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter and resume with their application. All offers of employment are contingent upon a completed criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown.

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Development Associate, Academic Initiatives


Grade 8

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Hybrid Eligible

Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

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