Assistant, Individual Giving & Campaigns

Washington D.C.
May 03, 2018
Jun 07, 2018
Full Time

The Kennedy Center is the nation’s performing arts center and living memorial to President John F. Kennedy. Located on the banks of the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., the Center presents more than 2,000 performances each year across all genres, and is also home to artistic affiliates Washington National Opera and National Symphony Orchestra. The Center reaches millions of students, teachers, and families each year through its local and national school and community partnerships, as well as performances and experiences for young audiences. In 2019, The REACH—the first expansion in the Center’s nearly 50-year history—will open, creating a 21st century arts campus which promotes both formal and informal artistic interactions, and ensures all visitors to the Center can have meaningful artistic interactions, whether on stage or behind the scenes.

The Individual Giving & Campaigns team seeks an organized and motivated individual to join our growing team in support of The REACH. The Assistant, Individual Giving & Campaigns assists the Assistant Managers of Individual Giving & Campaigns and Director of Individual Campaigns & Planned Giving in the planning, coordination, and execution of the Capital Campaign.  This includes research, cultivation, and tracking of prospects and current donors, as well as general Campaign and event logistics and administration.  The incumbent manages his/her time efficiently, anticipates the needs of the Assistant Managers and Director, and regularly takes initiative to advance campaign strategies.

Provide support to the Assistant Managers of Individual Giving & Campaigns, Director of Individual Campaigns & Planned Giving, and Vice President of Individual Giving for all Capital Campaign tasks and related initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities:

40%    Maintain all Campaign systems & processes, including:

  • Completing gift entry forms
  • Updating and maintaining the Tessitura database and other tracking systems
  • Ensuring accuracy of all invoicing and contributions
  • Reviewing and updating donor recognition across multiple mediums
  • Managing office resources and collateral materials

30%    Draft correspondence, such as solicitations, acknowledgments, tax receipts, and follow up materials

20%    Prepare donor and strategy research projects in support of Campaign goals, including scheduling of internal and external travel, meetings, and events

10%    Respond to inquiries from prospects and Campaign donors


  • Bachelor’s degree required.  An advanced degree in a related field is beneficial.
  • Minimum one to two years development or related experience required.
  • Working knowledge of the performing arts is preferred.

Minimum Skills and/or Knowledge Required

  • Superior and professional organizational, written and verbal communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills.
  • Self-starter with the confidence to work without close supervision, foresee development needs, and the ability to work independently on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Careful attention to detail and awareness of standard accounting procedures.
  • A clear understanding of the Kennedy Center mission, and an understanding of the ways in which a fundraising operation works within a large and complex institution.
  • Ability to deftly manage many relationships and personality types - both internal among staff members, and external among constituents.
  • Experience with Tessitura is preferred, but any exposure to research tools is ideal.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a world premier 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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