Development Assistant

Date Posted: 5/4/2018
Organization: Center for Reproductive Rights
Location: New York, NY

Application Deadline: Until position has been filled

Salary: Competitive

Description of Organization:
Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 170 diverse professionals. Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan. The Center’s game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage. It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in more than 55 countries. To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to

Position Responsibilities:
The Role: The Development Assistant will report directly to the Senior Director of Development and is primarily responsible for providing a high level of administrative and organizational support to the Chief Development Officer, the Senior Director of Development and the Director of Pro Bono Services, including detailed calendar management, supporting donor and pro bono partner engagement including gifts processing, development and maintenance of systems, and liaising with the Office of the President and the Board of Directors. RESPONSIBILTIES: Provide high level strategic and logistical support to the Chief Development Officer, Senior Director of Development and Director of Pro Bono Services with travel, calendar support, meeting logistics and prep, and support for donor and pro bono partner interactions; Support the Chief Development Officer and the Development team in providing individualized support to Board members for their participation in fundraising efforts. Provide administrative support for major donor gift processing and acknowledgements; Update donor records in Raiser's Edge (i.e. contact info, solicitation codes, actions); Respond to donor emails/phone inquiries and requests; Provide administrative support for donor mailings and donor briefings/conference calls; Assist with meeting preparation and handle meeting logistics and coordination; Support the Chief Development Officer in managing the Development Committee; Serve as a liaison between the Development team and Office of the President in tracking the President's major donor solicitation and cultivation efforts; and Update and maintain pro bono tracking and data and contact management systems; and Provide general administrative support to the department as needed.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree required; Preference for 1-2 years of experience as an assistant in a not-for profit organization or law firm; Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint and familiarity with Raiser's Edge or other database system; Flexibility and ability to adapt to shifting duties while maintaining focus and follow-through and the ability to work professionally in a fast-paced environment; Excellent organizational and time-management skills, with attention to detail, accuracy and pacing; Excellent oral and written communication skills; Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, with capacity to receive and accept constructive feedback, take initiative and be pro-active, and demonstrate solid problem-solving skills; and High level of discretion and sensitivity to donor confidentiality issues. CRITICAL POSITION BEHAVIORS: Initiative: Effectively responds to pressure or crisis situations and acts professionally. Uses resources well. Follows through on ideas, assignments and open issues. Must possess a “can-do” and “will-do” attitude. Flexibility/Adaptability: Ability to adapt to and work effectively within a variety of situations and with various individuals and groups. Understanding and appreciating different and opposing perspectives, adapting one’s approach as the requirements of a situation change. “Out of the box” thinking is a plus. Energy Level: High energy level and enthusiasm for the position. Independent Worker/Thinker: Must have the ability to work independently and in a team setting. Confident: Must possess and exhibit a level of confidence in themselves and his/her work, but be able to take direction and criticism professionally. Results Oriented: Ability to achieve results and complete assignments in a timely manner.

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HOW TO APPLY: Please click on the link below to apply. A cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references must be included in your application to be considered for this role. It is encouraged to include these application materials as attachments. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications will be reviewed on rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage people from all groups and communities to apply.


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