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Development Associate

The Council on Foreign Relations
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Jun 30, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Donor Relations, Administrative, Other Administrative
Other Fields, Research
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) relies on charitable contributions from individual, corporate, and institutional donors to help support its programs and launch new initiatives. Development’s fundraising efforts include a $10+ million Annual Fund program, a planned giving program, foundation grants, corporate support, major gifts, and various endowment programs. The Development Associate will work closely with the Council’s development team to help support a wide range of fundraising activities including individual and institutional outreach, reporting, and cultivation.

The major responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to):
  • Conduct foundation and individual donor research and help strategize approaches
  • Create briefing materials for CFR president and program staff for meetings with donors and prospects
  • Ensure timely and accurate grant reporting and prospect development by maintaining the calendar of grant deadlines, prospect profiles, and correspondence; preparing internal documents such as grant summary memos; and working with staff throughout the organization to ensure that submission and reporting deadlines and other requirements are met
  • Draft and edit grant reports to foundations and individuals
  • Assist with the development of comprehensive proposals and budgets for Council-wide initiatives
  • Produce acknowledgment letters for select institutional donors
  • Provide support for tracking, cultivating, and stewarding individual donors as needed, including working in-person events
  • Record and distribute the minutes of the weekly Funding Group meeting
  • Perform other administrative duties to support the Development Office as assigned, including but not limited to reviewing and editing a range of communications
  • Minimum one year of related experience in prospect research and grant management
  • Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent research, writing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Excellent interpersonal/communication skills and capacity to work with all levels of staff and management
  • Detail-oriented self-starter with the ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team
  • Prior experience working with budgets
  • Ability to work within deadlines while handling several projects at once
  • Outstanding professional judgment, discretion, and demeanor
  • High degree of proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and database management; Microsoft Dynamics database experience a plus
  • BA in international relations or related field with high academic credentials and interest in current foreign policy issues and/or nonprofit management and fundraising
About CFR

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is a leading nonprofit membership organization, research center, and publisher, with headquarters in New York, an office in Washington, DC, and programs nationwide. It is dedicated to increasing America's understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. CFR's 5,000+ members are leaders in international affairs and foreign policy. CFR also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent magazine on global issues, and provides up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on its award-winning website,

The Council on Foreign Relations offers a benefits package that is among the best offered by nonprofit institutions today, including an award-winning health and wellness program, an on-site fitness center, and generous leave policies and health insurance programs.

The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.

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