Fundraising Research and Administrative Assoc
Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream
Washington, District of Columbia 20005

Job Description

About the Position

The Center’s Development (Fundraising) Team seeks a dynamic, flexible and detail-oriented professional to join our growing staff. Reporting to the Development Manager, the Fundraising Research and Administration Associate will play a critical role in supporting the organization by performing in-depth research on current and prospective individual, corporate, and foundation donors; helping to prepare decks, proposals, and other materials to share with donors; maintaining donor and prospect data in Salesforce (the Center’s CRM); assisting with events logistics and coordination; and conducting administrative work, such as scheduling and expense reports. The Fundraising Research and Administration Associate must be able to become fluent in the use of administrative and organizational technologies, including Salesforce, Concur, online prospect research tools, and Microsoft Excel. In addition, the Fundraising Research and Administration Associate must be well organized, able to manage multiple work streams, set priorities, be committed to diligent follow-up, and work with a high degree of accuracy. The Fundraising Research and Administration Associate will add immediate value to the fundraising team and to the broader mission of the Center.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform research on prospective and existing donors, including major gift donors, corporations, foundations, and low-level donors, to capture and analyze wealth, capacity, and donor interest areas.
    1. Utilize Internet and subscription research databases and resources to locate, analyze, interpret, organize, and distribute actionable information regarding financial capacity and philanthropic propensity
    2. Build local and national prospect lists and generate profiles in support of various campaigns, initiatives, events, and meetings
  • Synthesize and translate research into reports that inform donor meetings and prompt appropriate outreach and communication
  • Perform administrative tasks, including:
  1. Prepare expense reports and credit card reconciliations for the Development Team
  2. Schedule and coordinate both internal and external meetings for the Development team, including note-taking, creating action items, and following up on those action items
  3. Assist with electronic records and files
  • In collaboration with the Development Team and other colleagues, ensure complete, accurate, and timely updates of information maintained in Salesforce as it relates to biographical, business, research notes, and prospect management
  • In coordination with the Database Manager, regularly assist with data input, clean up, and reporting on donor activities, including revenue, prospect lists, and the Center’s membership program
  • Support Donor Events, including:
    1. Coordinate and assist with logistics for convenings and public events, including conducting background research, developing speaker prep materials, and supporting outreach to presenters and participants
    2. Prepare event materials, including folders and handouts, nametags and place cards, and other collateral
  • Keep abreast of the trends in philanthropy, charitable giving, and the central objectives of fundraising
  • In collaboration with others on the Development Team, help manage or co-manage interns, helping to set priorities, oversee projects, and ensure they are learning and contributing.
  • Pitch in with ad hoc tasks for the Development Team and other Center colleagues


  • Bachelor's degree
  • Work experience doing donor research, development, fundraising, or market research is preferred
  • Strong sense of curiosity and willingness to dedicate attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and proactively, take initiative, meet deadlines and work collaboratively in a fast-paced team environment
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, competing priorities, to solve problems and to meet challenging and changing deadlines
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Sound judgement, professionalism, and discretion, particularly in working with donor relationships
  • Commitment to the Center’s mission and vision
  • Able and willing to work evenings and weekends, if needed
  • Able and willing to relocate to Washington, DC
  • Able and willing to travel 3-4 times per year for work-related events
  • Successful completion of a security background check
  • Have necessary authorizations to work in the United States of America

About the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream

The Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Milken Institute, a, 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Santa Monica. The Center is headquartered in Washington, DC. Its mission is to make the American Dream an attainable reality for everyone. The mission of the parent, the Milken Institute, is to improve lives around the world by advancing innovative economic and policy solutions that create jobs, widen access to capital and enhance health. The Center offers an excellent benefit package including medical/dental, LTD, Life, Flex Spending Program, and a 403(b) tax-deferred retirement savings plan. E.O.E.

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Education Required:

4 Year Degree - BA

Salary Range:

$55,000.00 - $65,000.00

Employment/Position Type:

Full Time
Date Posted : 06/14/2022