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Development Associate, Non-profit Education Related

Phi Beta Kappa Society
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Feb 24, 2024

REPORTING TO: Secretary (CEO) and Associate Secretary (COO)


Position Summary

The Phi Beta Kappa Society seeks a dynamic, highly motivated, early-career development professional to enhance our fundraising team as Development Associate. The Development Associate, a re-defined position within the organization, will assist in expanding Phi Beta Kappa’s development efforts and supporting the organization’s fundraising strategy to help meet the financial objectives and growing needs of the Society. In this role, the Development Associate will provide operational support for individual, corporate, and foundation fundraising efforts; help identify goals and carry out strategies identified by senior leaders; and take on additional responsibilities as our goals and capacity expand, contributing to their professional growth within our expanding fundraising team. Join us in this transformative phase as we approach our 250th anniversary and work together to elevate Phi Beta Kappa's impact on members, volunteers, and stakeholders.



  • Plan, develop, and execute strategies to secure private support for the Society’s ongoing and long-term financial needs
  • Collaborate with CEO, COO and senior staff to help create and execute fundraising priorities for the Society
  • Draft fundraising materials, including letters to current and prospective donors, individualized proposals, briefing memos, talking points, and other preparatory or follow-up correspondence
  • Prepare gift agreements, reports, and on-going direct contact with donors
  • Conduct research on prospective individual, corporate, and foundation donors
  • Develop, track and maintain ongoing relationships with significant donors and prospects, through research and data analysis
  • Coordinate and carry out the annual giving program, including gift processing, data management, and preparation of correspondence and other customized communications
  • Maintain the annual fundraising calendar and organize the pipeline of prospective donors to ensure timely activity and progress toward goals
  • Develop and maintain systems to ensure accuracy of donor records in member database to track donor contacts, gifts, and other information; and to develop and assemble regular reports on donor activity, giving histories, and fundraising progress
  • Support other development efforts, including direct mail, e-appeal fundraising, web pages, and digital outreach
  • Coordinate and organize meetings, travel and other donor-related efforts (including special events) in support of development
  • Execute other duties as assigned related to fundraising and development projects, as well as general support of Society events and outreach


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • A minimum of three years’ development/fundraising experience involving identification and cultivation of individual donors
  • Experience managing and prioritizing a schedule of activities for senior staff, board members, or key volunteers preferred
  • Strong attention to detail and demonstrated excellence in organizational and time management skills
  • Strong communication skills, including ability to write well and speak persuasively about the value of liberal arts and sciences and inclusive excellence and the importance of freedom of inquiry and academic freedom as a whole
  • Ability to work both collaboratively with a team and to function independently
  • Demonstrated experience working with relevant databases and tools such as iMIS, Informz, Donor Search, Raiser’s Edge, and Salesforce


Preferred Qualifications

  • Four or more years’ development/fundraising experience in the nonprofit sector that includes annual giving programs, planned giving and/or capital campaigns
  • Knowledge of fundraising context for cultural organizations, higher education, and/or membership organizations
  • Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity, equity, and inclusion and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment
  • Interest in growing into director role as development expands
  • Phi Beta Kappa membership


Salary will be $75,000 to $90,000 dependent on experience. The Phi Beta Kappa Society offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and retirement benefits, and is located in the heart of Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C.  Remote or hybrid work may be considered for exceptional candidates. To apply, please send resume, cover letter and a short sample of professional writing to Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until a successful applicant is found.


About Phi Beta Kappa

Since its founding in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa has celebrated excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and championed freedom of thought. As America’s most prestigious academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa is uniquely equipped to advocate for the value of liberal arts and sciences education and to seek support for its mission-driven work from over 600,000 members nationwide. More information at


The Phi Beta Kappa Society is an equal opportunity employer.


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