Development Associate

Development Associate
Organization Name: 
Society for Science & the Public
Job Description: 

The Development Associate will work within the Advancement department under the Director of Institutional Giving and provide support of annual fundraising efforts, including initiatives to generate revenue and additional types of support from institutions including corporations, foundations, Society alumni, and other entities.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Participate in institutional donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities.
  • Research and support major gifts and general sponsorship efforts, including:
    • Assist with creating of prospect lists and grant deadlines calendar.
    • Enter data into Raiser’s Edge fundraising database including gifts, prospect information and appeal and mailing solicitation coding.
    • Assist with research of donors, corporate and foundation prospects and develop prospect profiles.
  • Research and assemble materials for internal and external meetings; coordinate with staff to maintain and update electronic and print files (when appropriate).
  • Prepare donor and member giving reports as necessary.
  • Assist with direct mail production including acquisition, renewals and acknowledgements.
  • Communicate with customer service team; troubleshoot issues as needed.


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge database or comparable donor management software.
  • Proficiency/familiarity with Adobe Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, etc.) HTML preferred, though not required.
  • Familiarity with prospect research tools (Wealth Engine or similar) preferred, though not required.
  • High attention to detail and demonstrated proactive and strategic approach to daily tasks.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with others as a team, to multi-task and to be a self-starter.


  • Shall report to the Director of Institutional Giving.


  • Excellent attention to detail and high standard of work output.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • High level of professionalism and time management skills.
  • Proficiency in software and computer skills to include Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and diagramming software.
  • Proficient with Internet searches.
  • Ability to interpret and follow SSP business rules and practices.

Supervisory Responsibility

  • There are no supervisory responsibilities as a Development Associate.

Work Environment

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in an office setting.

Physical Demands

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and fingers to operate a computer and other office equipment.

Position Type and Expected Hours

  • This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday during normal office hours of the Society. Occasional travel to the science competitions and other events is necessary in this position.

Required Education and Experience

  • 1-2 years’ experience in development/fundraising or similar atmosphere.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter with salary requirements and resume to No phone calls please.

About Society for Science & the Public

Society for Science & the Public (Society) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. Our vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement; to inform, educate, and inspire. We do this work through our award-winning Science News media group and world-class science competitions: the Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS), the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), and Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars). Intel ISEF and Broadcom MASTERS begin at local, regional, state, and national fairs that affiliate with the Society to participate. This network includes more than 400 science fairs representing more than 70 countries, regions, and territories.

The Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Society for Science & the Public is committed to equal employment opportunity. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, the Society does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis, including but not limited to: veteran status, race, color, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identify or expression, ancestry, national origin, disability, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, age and/or any other categories protected by the laws of the United States or the District of Columbia.