Development Associate

Development Associate

Title: Development Associate

Department: Center for Advancing the American Dream          

Location: Washington, DC 

About the Center for Advancing the American Dream   

In 2022, the Center for Advancing the American Dream will open its doors to millions of visitors from around the world. Steps from the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue, facing the historic U.S. Treasury Building, the Center will be housed in historic bank buildings on the National Historic Register and will attract a broad cross-section of visitors to our nation’s capital.  School children, museum-goers and history buffs, young and old, will be introduced via the Center to the most innovative leaders in education, science, government and business from around the world.   In 2021, millions more visitors will also be able to enter the Center’s “virtual doors” when it launches an online collection of American dream films, podcasts, educational curricula, and other resources.

The Center’s mission is twofold:  to tell the dynamic story of the American Dream, replete with its historical challenges and personal triumphs; and to secure the Dream for future generations by convening and galvanizing thought leaders, government officials, philanthropists and others dedicated to making the Dream an attainable reality for all, not only in America, but throughout the world.   The Center for Advancing the American Dream will combine active learning experiences, exhibitions, online programming, competitions, performances, speakers and colloquia, all designed to inspire informed, constructive, nonpartisan dialogue focused on four pillars supporting the American Dream: education and the educator, public health and medical research, entrepreneurs and innovation, and economic freedom and access to capital.

About The Position       

The Development Associate will report directly to the Center’s Director of Development.  Key components of the Development Associate position include the tracking of donor and prospect relationships and communication; maintaining appropriate records of all donations; researching and identifying potential sources of individual, foundation, and corporate donations; overseeing the execution of donor newsletters; organizing fundraising events; and performing donor analysis and creating and submitting related reports.    

This Associate will be the first hire as the Director begins to build the Center’s Development Team.  The Center needs to raise hundreds of millions of dollars over the next few years to support the innovative programming, research, and action initiatives that are envisioned.  A dynamic and effective Development Team will be essential to the Center’s success.  

Position Objectives

  • Administer and maximize the usage of CAAD’s fundraising database and Salesforce NPSP, including coordinating data entry and reporting from the databases.
  • Manage donation processing and ensure appropriate and timely acknowledgements.  
  • Perform research on potential, prospective, and existing donors.
  • Assist with the stewardship of major donors and their interaction with senior leadership and Board members.
  • Assist with creating fundraising proposals and grant requests to individuals, corporations and foundations, and ensuring all deadlines and reporting requirements are met.
  • Communicate directly with donors and prospects, as directed.
  • Prepare both internal and external presentations and reports.
  • Draft and oversee execution of mass donor emails and mailings (e.g. newsletters).
  • Manage cultivation events, including tracking invitations and replies, coordinating with vendors, and following up with attendees.  May include the need to travel.


  • Four-year college degree required
  • Minimum of 3 to 5 years of professional experience
  • Excellent computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience and proficiency with fundraising database platforms, such as Salesforce NPSP
  • Experience preparing presentations as well as progress reports
  • Demonstrated ability to support the cultivation and stewardship of major donors
  • Experience working with senior management or Board members
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong eye for details and focus on quality control
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to set priorities; meet deadlines; and work with high degree of accuracy
  • Must be able to multi-task and handle problems quickly and efficiently
  • Personal attitude that includes being outgoing, action-oriented, and flexible
  • Sound judgment, professionalism, and discretion 
  • Successful completion of a security background check

Please submit a cover letter and resume - all applications materials should be attached as PDF files.  Any application that does not include both a cover letter and a resume saved as PDFs will be rejected.

Note:  We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor visas at this time. Being authorized to work in the U.S. is a precondition of employment.   The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.