Development Associate

Development · Miami, Florida
Department Development
Employment Type Regular, Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced


The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison to identify and nurture the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts, and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. Through a wide range of annual programs, performances, and partnerships with some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions, YoungArts aspires to create a strong community of alumni and a platform for a lifetime of encouragement, opportunity and support.   

YoungArts’ signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12 from across the United States. Selected through a blind adjudication process, YoungArts winners receive valuable support, including financial awards of up to $10,000, professional development and educational experiences working with renowned mentors—such as Debbie Allen, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Frank Gehry, Wynton Marsalis, José Parlá, Jeanine Tesori, Mickalene Thomas and Salman Rushdie—and performance and exhibition opportunities at some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), The Museum of Modern Art (New York) and New World Center (Miami). Additionally, YoungArts winners are eligible for nomination as U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students who exemplify academic and artistic excellence. 

YoungArts winners become part of a thousands-strong alumni network of artists, which offers them additional professional opportunities throughout their careers. YoungArts alumni who have gone on to become leading professionals in their fields include actresses Viola Davis, Anna Gunn, Zuzanna Szadkowski and Kerry Washington; Broadway stars Raúl Esparza, Billy Porter, Andrew Rannells and Tony Yazbeck; recording artists Josh Groban, Judith Hill and Chris Young; Metropolitan Opera star Eric Owens; musicians Terence Blanchard, Gerald Clayton, Jennifer Koh and Elizabeth Roe; choreographers Camille A. Brown and Desmond Richardson; visual artists Daniel Arsham and Hernan Bas; internationally acclaimed multimedia artist Doug Aitken; New York Times bestselling author Sam Lipsyte; and Academy Award winners Doug Blush and Tarell Alvin McCraney.

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General Summary of Duties:

The Development Associate reports to the Director of Development and is responsible for the administrative support of the department’s fundraising activities. The Associate will assist with donor relations as well as the department’s internal and cross-departmental systems and processes.

The successful candidate will be a detail-oriented, proactive problem solver with experience working on a fast-paced and dynamic fundraising team. Meticulous attention to detail, strong organizational, time management and communication skills are a must. Availability to work some evenings and weekends on event days is required. 

Essential and Other Responsibilities: (perform other duties as assigned)

Vice President Support: Fundraising and Administrative

  • Provide administrative and data tracking support to the Vice President around board of trustee and major gift fundraising effort
  • Track actions for major gift donors and prospects in the Raiser’s Edge donor database
  • Support the Vice President’s donor cultivation and stewardship efforts
  • Draft personalized letters and emails and remarks
  • Coordinate bimonthly Development Committee Chair calls including scheduling, agendas and recaps
  • Assist with scheduling of, and preparation for, internal and external meetings and calls
  • Manage the Vice President’s credit card and expense tracking

Fundraising and Stewardship Strategy Support

  • Manage the administrative processes for the solicitation and closing of gifts, including proposal and agreement creation, agreement execution by all parties, gift booking, invoicing, and donor follow-up
  • Serve as the project manager and primary copywriter for proposals and gift agreements
  • Manage the donor deliverable tracking process for approved activations
  • Support the interdepartmental and post-event prospective donor moves management process via data and meeting management
  • Assist with proactive prospective donor identification, research and biography preparation
  • Provide support for donor stewardship communications and gifting
  • Assist with the creation of annual partnership and donor recap books

Qualifications and Experience Requirements:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. 

  • Experience in data and project management
  • Experience working in non-profit development
  • Demonstrated professionalism in a fast-paced environment
  • Proactive, precise, organized and detail-oriented team player
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines with attention to quality
  • Excels in interacting with donors and other external constituents
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software, including Outlook, Excel and Word 
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) skills
  • Strong copywriting and proofing skills 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in all business matters
  • Ability to work longer hours as needed
  • Bachelor's degree preferred 

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  • Location
    Miami, Florida
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    Regular, Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience