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Job Title: Corporate and Foundation Relations Assistant
Department: Development
Job Type: Full-Time, Regular
Duties:
The Assistant will work with an Assistant Manager and the Manager of Institutional Giving to develop and plan annual solicitation campaigns while working to build productive relationships throughout the Kennedy Center. Fundraising focuses include: the Kennedy Center’s Jazz season, Theater season, and major special events.

The Assistant must be able to exercise discretion in order to prioritize assignments and work under significant pressure, as many projects are time sensitive and involve concurrent deadlines and donor interaction. An eagerness to communicate and problem-solve with a positive attitude is essential.

Responsibilities Include:

Provide proactive customer service to current corporate, foundation and government donors to Kennedy Center. This includes: (a) interacting via phone and email with new and current donors to ensure that they are aware of the benefits available to them; (b) managing donor ticketing needs; and (c) managing signage and recognition approval process between donor and the Kennedy Center’s Marketing, Press and IT Departments.

Identify, cultivate, and solicit current and prospective donors/sponsors at all levels, helping to ensure their continued interest in and goodwill toward the Kennedy Center.

Research funding prospects for programs and for special events; create research briefs for Kennedy Center senior staff and Board members.

Prepare fundraising proposals and ensure fulfillment of proposed sponsor/donor benefits.

Prepare detailed final reports for contributors; includes the gathering and submission of financial information and budgets.

Follow-up with prospects about solicitations; answer questions and track progress.

Manage and update the credit memo spreadsheet to ensure proper recognition for donors. Work directly with the Kennedy Center’s marketing department and outside vendors to create on-site signage for programs and all special events.

Process gifts: write/generate acknowledgement letters, tax receipts and membership cards, assemble copies for files.

Utilize and maintain the Tessitura database and other systems in tracking solicitations and donor information.
Education/Experience/Skills
The candidate must have the ability and confidence to work without close supervision, to foresee development needs, and to generate work for this position and for others supportive of this position including an intern.This position requires superior organizational and interpersonal skills and written and verbal communications.Fundraising efforts are conducted for multiple programs and events simultaneously, and the incumbent must be able to prioritize and manage many varied and time-sensitive tasks.Creativity and an excellent command of the English language are critical to identifying funding sources and matching their interests to projects, and to communicating persuasively, both in person and in writing, the need for funding. A professional and cordial demeanor, tact, and diplomacy are imperative as the candidate is regularly in contact with people at all levels of society and business including Kennedy Center leadership, high level volunteers, major donors and prospects, and other Center personnel. Bachelor's degree is required.

To Apply:
Submit cover letter and resume including salary requirements. Telephone inquiries will not be accepted. Qualified minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. EOE