A public garden & cultural center

Development Associate

The Development Associate is an integral part of the Development Team, working on and supporting all aspects of Wave Hill’s fundraising and stewardship initiatives and special events. 


Job Responsibilities

  • Provide excellent administrative support to the Executive Director, the Development Director and entire Development team.
  • Respond to donor inquiries, draft personalized correspondence and prepare acknowledgment letters.
  • Conduct research on individuals, foundations and corporate prospects, and prepare donor profiles.
  • Coordinate email and social media fundraising appeals and campaigns.
  • Support Development staff by coordinating and executing various mailings, including, but not limited to, benefit and special-event invitations and appeal mailings.
  • Maintain and update donor information in Altru database, including financial and biographical information, and generate queries for various fundraising initiatives.   
  • Prepare materials for the Board of Directors meetings and Board minute books.
  • Assist with correspondence for institutional donors, including acknowledgment letters, proposals and reports.
  • Work with the Finance Office to help prepare the annual audit.
  • Provide administrative support for all donor events, including tracking financial contributions and tickets, and generating door lists, placecards and nametags.
  • Coordinate logistics for donor meetings, luncheons and other special events.
  • Supervise interns and volunteers as needed.
  • Provide general office assistance, such as ordering supplies, entering data and filing and sorting mail.
  • Serve as back-up for Membership Associate.
  • Related duties as needed.


  • College degree required with a minimum  of one year of development experience
  • Excellent communication skills, as well as superior proof-reading skills 
  • Ability to work effectively in a team, as well as independently
  • Strong computer skills: Microsoft Word and Excel proficiency required demonstrable Raiser’s Edge or Altru database experience required
  • Strong telephone, customer-service and interpersonal skills required
  • Well-organized, responsible, dependable and detail-oriented individual

Salary & Benefits
Competitive salary and excellent benefits package. 

To Apply
Send resume, cover letter and writing samples in a single PDF document to careers@wavehill.org. Please state Development Associate in the subject line.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled, and only those receiving an interview will be contacted. 

Wave Hill is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive environment for all employees.

No phone calls, please.


May 2019