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Rockefeller University Development Assistant I, Donor Relations in New York, New York

Organization Overview

The Development Program provides in excess of $50 million in private support annually toward the mission of The Rockefeller University, which is to improve the understanding of life for the benefit of humanity. Working with the Board of Trustees and volunteer groups, including The Rockefeller University Council, the Committee on Trust and Estate Plans, and the Women and Science and Parents and Science Initiatives, the Development Office oversees all private fund-raising at the University, including annual, capital, and endowment campaigns.


The Development Assistant will provide key staff support for donor relations, as a member of a small team responsible for university benefactors, including members of The Rockefeller University Council (RUC). Working closely with the Senior Director and Director of The Rockefeller University Council initiative, the Development Assistant will assist in all aspects of the annual giving program and in the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of prospects, donors, and volunteers. As part of a highly collaborative team of development professionals, the Development Assistant will play a key role in the management of high-profile annual fundraising events such as the Celebrating Science Benefit, and other cultivation, recognition, and outreach programs.


  • Assist in management of a portfolio of 130+ high-level Council members, including maintaining membership records, handling gift tracking, and producing correspondence from draft to final stages, among other duties.

  • Produce and track fundraising appeals to the Council, University Associates, non-volunteer donors, and prospects, as well as special appeals for support of critical research areas and other university initiatives.

  • Work with the digital communications team to produce e-invitations, bi-weekly Calendar of Events for donors, and to keep website content current.

  • Manage varied aspects of university fundraising events, including lectures, dinners, site visits, as well as outreach programs—this includes scheduling, maintaining project timelines, processing registrations, coordinating venue and speaker logistics, and liaising with graphic design team(s), university departments, and outside vendors.

  • Contribute to the development of program content, including event topics, titles, and graphics to enhance the appeal of cultivation events, and produce high-quality print and digital communications related to fundraising events.

  • Create and maintain database records for donors, prospects, and events in Blackbaud CRM, run and format reports, and ensure accuracy of data.

  • Performs related duties & responsibilities as assigned/requested.


Must have excellent organization and communication skills (both verbal and written) and professional demeanor, exceptional attention to detail, and be capable of multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment. Ability to work as a member of a highly collaborative office, be responsive to feedback, and produce time-sensitive materials is essential. Must have the discretion to handle confidential information. Proficiency in computer platforms, including MS Office Suite, and databases required.

The Rockefeller University is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans

Compensation Range: Min

USD $48,000.00/Yr.

Compensation Range: Max

USD $55,000.00/Yr.

Job Locations US-NY-New York

Category Development/Events/Writer/Grants Management

Position Type Regular Full-Time