Development Assistant Opening

August 18, 2010

Development Assistant
Washington Project for the Arts

Job Description:

The Development Assistant will work with the Executive Director and staff of a vibrant contemporary
arts organization to assist with the management of broad based funding initiatives including individual
giving campaigns, grant writing and research, corporate funding and sponsorship packaging, board
relations, and special events. The Development Assistant must have strong communication and
interpersonal skills, be detail-oriented and flexible, and have experience with the Washington-area
funding community.

Specific Responsibilities:

Research and prepare grant proposals to foundations, corporations, and government agencies.

Manage grant calendar to ensure all reporting requirements and submission deadlines are met.

Provide administrative support for the Major Gifts Initiative: track donors, manage follow up with

Manage the Individual Giving Annual Campaign with the Executive Director; develop an approach for a
systemized annual giving campaign for individual donors and tracking donors.

Serve as main point of administrative support for the annual Art Auction Gala - oversee all aspects of the
auction to support the WPA Art Auction Committee, the WPA Auction Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator,
Board of Directors, and staff.

Work with the Executive Director to develop an overall fundraising plan to develop approaches for
broadening the funder base.

Serve as contact point for Board of Trustees; preparing materials for Board meetings, tracking Board pledges

Attend and provide support for major fundraising events


Bachelors degree and 1-2 years of experience in developing and implementing successful fundraising
programs or related experience in grants or corporate management and a basic understanding of database
systems are required. Marketing/public relations experience related to promoting fundraising programs and
knowledge of and experience working with the Washington DC metro area donor community a plus.

The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal, communication (oral and written), and team-
building skills; a proven ability to administer programs in a non-profit organization; ability to work
independently; willingness to work occasional evenings for events. Strong planning and analytical skills,
coupled with an adventurous spirit and an affinity for contemporary art, are a plus.

Salary commensurate with experience. Includes health insurance, vacation.

How to Apply:

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and writing sample with DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT in the subject
line to Lisa Gold at No phone calls please.