Development Associate

Philadelphia 19144, Pennsylvania

JoB Description

This a shared position employed by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Historic Germantown. The Development Associate is responsible for the administration and smooth operation of activities related to fundraising for both organizations, including at the NSCDA/PA’s museum property, Stenton. The Development Associate will help to plan, implement, and administer fundraising for major strategic plan initiatives and help develop and implement an annual fundraising plan. In close cooperation with the NSCDA/PA and the Historic Germantown Development Committees and Executive Directors, s/he will identify and act on a wide variety of fundraising activities, including individual and major donor development, private foundation and corporate foundation solicitation (grants), and planned giving.

This position reports to the Executive Directors of Stenton and Historic Germantown / Development Committee Chairs


  • Provides administrative support for all fundraising activities, such as preparing Development Committee agendas and supporting materials, scheduling meetings, coordinating communications with donors, managing the membership program, and memorial gifts stewardship.
  • Assists the Development Committees and Executive Directors with the creation, implementation and monitoring of an annual fundraising plan and calendar.
  • Maintains the PastPerfect database for tracking and reporting/analysis purposes and assists with donor research, analysis and segmentation.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of donors. Identifies significant contributions, giving patterns and opportunities. Assists with the development of strategies to recruit new donors.
  • Researches foundation, government and corporate grant opportunities and works with staff to prepare grant applications and reports.
  • Coordinates mailings to members, annual appeal donors and prospects.
  • Prepares fundraising and campaign promotional materials.
  • Staffs special events as needed.

The ideal candidate for this position will possess a bachelor's degree, be detail oriented and have the ability to function diplomatically and cheerfully in a multi-task environment. Superior organizational skills and excellent written and oral communication are essential as well as experience in developing grant budgets and a working knowledge of donor database software. Campaign and successful grant writing experience, including donor identification and research, major gifts, planned gifts, public relations, board development and relations, and special events, are ideal. Must have knowledge of and proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and donor database management, ideally PastPerfect. Prefer candidates interested in historic preservation and the environment.

Permanent Full-Time Salaried with health care, retirement and leave package. This position will be based 20 hours per week at the NSCDA/PA, Stenton, and 20 hours per week at Historic Germantown.


To Apply: Send resume and cover letter to Meredith LaBoon, Site Administrator, at

Contact: Site Administrator Meredith LaBoon



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