Assistant, NSO Corporate & Foundation Relations

Washington D.C.
Mar 02, 2017
Apr 06, 2017
Full Time

The Assistant works with one Assistant Manager and a Manager in soliciting corporate, foundation, and government support for the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), and, where appropriate, related Kennedy Center programs. The Assistant will draft correspondence, grant applications, sponsorship materials and other materials; conduct corporate and foundation research; and maintain a large donor database.  The Assistant will help provide donor stewardship for all corporate, foundation, and government donors, which includes benefit fulfillment, maintaining donor listings and sponsorship credits, and maintaining donor contact information.

The Assistant must be able to exercise discretion in order to prioritize assignments and work under significant pressure, as many projects are time sensitive, involving concurrent deadlines and donor interaction. An eagerness to communicate and problem solve with a positive attitude is essential.

Routinely arrives at work on time everyday prepared to do the work of the day.  Ability to differentiate and achieve high value work versus low value work.  Demonstrates a positive can-do attitude in all work and meets deadlines with quality work products. Works to build productive relationships throughout the organization.

Duties and Responsibilities:

10%                Provide proactive customer service to current corporate, foundation and government donors to the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO). This includes: (a) interacting via phone and email with new and current donors to ensure that they are aware of the benefits available to them; (b) managing donor ticketing needs; and (c) managing signage and recognition approval process between donor and the Kennedy Center’s Marketing and Press Departments.

20%                Identify, cultivate, and solicit current and prospective donors/sponsors at all levels, helping to ensure their continued interest in and goodwill toward the Kennedy Center and the NSO.

10%                Research funding prospects and create research briefings for Kennedy Center senior staff and Board members.

15%                Prepare fundraising proposals and ensure fulfillment of sponsor/donor benefits for NSO programs.

10%                Prepare detailed final reports for contributors; includes the gathering and submission of financial information and budgets.

10%                Utilize and maintain the Tessitura database and other systems in tracking solicitations and donor information.

15%                Manage and update the credit memo spreadsheet to ensure proper recognition for donors. Work directly with the Kennedy Center’s marketing department to create on-site signage.

10%                Process gifts to NSO: write/generate acknowledgement letters, tax receipts and membership cards, assemble copies for files.


  • Bachelor's degree is required. An advanced degree in a related field is beneficial.
  • Minimum 1-2 years of development of related experience required.
  • Working knowledge of the performing arts is preferred.

Minimum Skills and/or Knowledge Required:

  • The incumbent must have the ability and confidence to work without close supervision, to foresee development needs, and to generate work for this position and for others supportive of this position including an intern.
  • This position requires superior organizational and interpersonal skills and written and verbal communications.
  • Fundraising efforts are conducted for multiple programs and events simultaneously, and the incumbent must be able to prioritize and manage many varied and time-sensitive tasks.
  • Creativity and an excellent command of the English language are critical to identifying funding sources and matching their interests to projects, and to communicating persuasively, both in person and in writing, the need for funding.
  • A professional and cordial demeanor, tact, and diplomacy are imperative as the candidate is regularly in contact with people at all levels of society and business including Kennedy Center leadership, high level volunteers, major donors and prospects, and other Center personnel.


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a world premiere performing arts organization and our nation’s cultural center. Diversity is a critical component of our mission, vision, and values. Our staff exhibits a wide variety of perspectives and experiences which enable us to foster and strengthen an environment of diversity and inclusion.

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