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Development Assistant 
 
The Academy of American Poets, an eighty year-old nonprofit organization promoting poets and poetry, is seeking a full-time Development Assistant. This position reports to the Executive Director and helps execute the organization’s fundraising efforts, which includes a membership program, special events, and other revenue generating initiatives. Learn more about the Academy of American Poets by visiting Poets.org. Responsibilities of this position include: 
 
Membership:
 
  • Monitor annual membership program calendar 
  • Enter membership payments into donor database on a weekly basis 
  • Produce membership renewal and thank you letters on a weekly basis 
  • Coordinate mailings of special appeals and premiums with mail house several times per year 
  • Respond to email, mail, and phone inquiries from members on a daily basis 
  • Ensure all communication with members is timely and professional 
  • Assist with online membership campaigns, including working with consultants and generating and implementing new strategies 
  • Produce monthly financial reports, and other reports as needed 
 
Special Events:
 
  • Assist with annual fundraising event at Lincoln Center, including communicating with talent representatives; working with designer and printer to produce invitations, advertisements, and program book; coordinating invitation mailing; scheduling and participating in meetings with event planner; coordinating VIP ticketing and seating 
  • Assist with other special events as needed 
 
Other Fundraising and Related Work: 
 
  • Help write and produce an annual report 
  • Assist with grant proposal preparation as needed 
  • Conduct donor and grant research as needed 
  • Assist with Board communications and preparations for Board meetings as needed 
  • Coordinate the production of new membership premiums and webstore merchandise; work with designers and production houses; coordinate fulfillment of the webstore items; assist with promotion; assist with inquiries from webstore customers 
 
Qualifications and Experience: 
 
  • 1-2 years of nonprofit fundraising experience 
  • Proficiency with donor databases; Raisers Edge experience, a plus 
  • Proven track record of success in helping to organize special events and work with donors 
  • Impeccable communication skills, written and oral, and attention to details 
  • Customer service experience 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, a collaborative style, and a sense of humor 
  • Able to balance multiple projects 
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field 
  • A passion for contemporary poetry 
 
Interested candidates may email cover letters and resumes to: Jennifer Benka, Executive Director, Academy of American Poets, at jenbenka@poets.org. No calls please.