Development Associate

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
Connecticut, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Aug 20, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Donor Relations
Employment Type
Full Time

Development Associate



The Development Associate plays a key role in the team’s day-to-day operations and provides administrative support to the AVP Development and Senior Philanthropy Officer. He/she assists in improving the various systems that support the fundraising team in achieving established revenue targets and serves to extend their reach and effectiveness by contributing to donor stewardship, interacting with donors, tracking notable gifts from unassigned donors, and conducting preliminary research to help build a pipeline of new major gift donor prospects.

He/she provides high-level administrative and project management support to the Gaylord Development Office and all fundraising efforts while taking independent initiative with effective collaboration and problem solving across all departments within the organization. Requires the ability to frame problems and identify the necessary steps to complete projects such that they allow for successful fundraising and prospect management.  

 Experience and Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree required with two to five years of successful fundraising experience relevant to the responsibilities. 
  • Experience in healthcare and/or hospitals is highly desired. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, attention to detail and a high level of organization is essential.
  • High level of professionalism and time management capacities required. 
  • Proficiency in MS Office and project management software.
  • Understanding of campaigns, gift migration, stewardship and cultivation plans.  
  • Collaborative team player, flexible, resourceful. 
  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of formulas and geometry.
  • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.



Gaylord's Development Executive Assistant - Program Coordinator is responsible for directly supporting the Chief Development Officer (CDO) and the AVP of Development Operations & Campaign Initiatives. This key administrative role will coordinate operations within the development team, managing logistics, technology for presentations and events, and a wide range of internal and external communications. The position requires initiative, critical thinking, and independent decision-making skills. The professional in this position must be forward thinking and a proactive member of the organization who can assist all development staff members. This position is based on site at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, CT and will need to be responsive to (CDO) when occasionally needed during nontraditional work hours.  


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience 
  • Proven project management expertise 
  • Exceptional communications skills; understanding of all social media platforms 
  • Self-direction and ability to prioritize a high volume of work 
  • Demonstrated organizational and research abilities 
  • Advanced proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and database management
  • Experience with Raisers Edge/Blackbaud a plus
  • Supporting work samples will be requested

Monday-Friday- Full time


The Leadership Gifts Officer works independently and as part of the Development team to secure annual, unrestricted gifts and build the pipeline of future major gift donors to Gaylord Hospital. Through phone calls, personal visits, and other meaningful interactions, the Officer will identify and qualify new prospects; cultivate, solicit and close gifts between $1,000 - $50,000; and steward annual leadership donors. The Leadership Gifts Officer will also serve as a conduit for building engagement and interest in supporting Gaylord through philanthropic dollars.  He/She is responsible for increasing participation and financial support of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare.  This position will create and sustain relationships with the goal of expanding the prospect pool of qualified donors at the mid and upper level gift bands.  

Experience & qualifications:

·    Bachelor's degree and a minimum of four years of successful fundraising experience.

·    Proven capabilities working with donors or clients, including soliciting gifts, executing donor stewardship and cultivation strategies.

·    Demonstrates knowledge of the principles and practices associated with fundraising in higher education or medical center including direct mail, telephone solicitations, online giving and donor relations.

·    Focused and strategic thinker; able to customize outreach and communication to donors and new prospects.

·    Excellent writing, communications and interpersonal skills.

·    Ability to travel to donor meetings and events.

·    Experienced working with donors in a front-line/fundraising capacity.

·    Strong computer and analytical skills are required.

A results-oriented individual who is strong, collaborative and energetic with seasoned fundraising skills. 


A competitive salary, comprehensive benefits and other incentives offered!


For more information and to apply on-line, please visit our website at


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer – M/F/D/V



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