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Development Associate

Organization: Weill Cornell Medicine
Date Posted: 6/1/2017
City: New York
Location: New York
Country: United States
Primary Category: Non-Profit
Type of Position: Full-Time

Description & Details
Position Summary

The Development Associate partners with and assists the Director of Planned Giving and Principal Gifts Officer in cultivation, management, and stewardship of prospects and donors, as well as the planning and execution of fundraising programs for capital campaigns, annual, and departmental funding priorities. 
Provides administrative support to the Director and PGO, including: calendars, expense reporting, briefings, and debriefs. Updates and maintains prospect records in the donor database, and assists with the coordination of prospect meetings, committee meetings, and events.

Position Activities

Manages prospects using fundraising software (BBEC) Maintains data integrity in various modules of the system.

Communicates with donors, volunteers, administrators and faculty to provide information, follow up on invitations and respond to inquiries. Uses judgment and discretion in sensitive communications. Participates in meetings for Individual Giving unit including weekly IGO and campaign meetings, as well as team meetings with supervisors.

Drafts materials for donors including proposals, budgets, special acknowledgments, invitations, and other correspondence. 

Serves as liaison to relevant medical departments/divisions on behalf of Director and PGO for matters such as gift allocations, transfers, donor relations, etc.

Meets with volunteers and faculty members, in concert with PGOs/Directors to discuss fundraising prospects and plan strategies. Handles prep and follow­up for these meetings and events.

In collaboration with Research Coordinators, identifies and conducts preliminary on research donor prospects and analyzes giving capacity using a variety of specialized tools for wealth screening and demographic analysis (WealthEngine, Nexis, Internet, etc.)

Assists with staffing special fundraising committees (which comprise VIPS, major donors and prospects) as related to particular departmental assignments. Drafts agendas, minutes, speaking points, and supporting materials for these meetings.

Coordinates various events including cultivation and stewardship events for donors and families, out­of­town events, recognition events, and large­scale cultivation events. Handles arrangements, briefing packages, travel arrangements and RSVPs. Liaison to EA’s Events team.

Maintains active knowledge of gift acceptance policies of Development Office, especially acceptance and crediting of non­usual gifts such as trusts, bequests, in­kind gifts, gifts of restricted stock, etc. Maintains knowledge of all WCM capital campaign priorities, including Needs List elements, dollar goals, raised against goal, programmatic information, and funds usage.

Provides customer service to donors and VIPs who use the medical center and obtains referrals, streamlines admissions assists with inquiries/complaints, refers and tracks billing problems, etc.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

Associate’s degree.

Familiarity with the general principles of development.

2-­3 years’ relevant experience.

Highly Desired Requirements

Bachelor’s degree or higher.

Knowledge of, and experience with, fundraising database programs such as 

BBEC, Raisers Edge, BENefactor.

2­3 years’ experience in fundraising in an academic/medical or capital campaign setting.

Skill and Abilities

Proven attention to detail and strong organizational abilities.

Demonstrated familiarity with the general principles of development.

Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Strong Microsoft Office skills (especially Word and Excel spreadsheets) and ability to work with a database.

Diplomatic and discreet.

No relocation assistance is provided for this position.
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


Weill Cornell Medicine is committed to excellence in patient care, scientific discovery and the education of future physicians in New York City and around the world. The doctors and scientists of Weill Cornell Medicine—faculty from Weill Cornell Medical College, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and Weill Cornell Physician Organization—are engaged in world-class clinical care and cutting-edge research that connect patients to the latest treatment innovations and prevention strategies. Located in the heart of the Upper East Side's scientific corridor, Weill Cornell Medicine's powerful network of collaborators extends to its parent university Cornell University; to Qatar, where an international campus offers a U.S. medical degree; and to programs in Tanzania, Haiti, Brazil, Austria and Turkey. Weill Cornell Medicine faculty provide comprehensive patient care at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens. Weill Cornell Medicine is also affiliated with Houston Methodist.

Primary Location-New York City
Organization-External Affairs/TIP
Overtime Status-Non-exempt
Number of Openings-1

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