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Advancement Assistant

Deadline to apply: October 15, 2021

Advancement Assistant

The Henry L. Stimson Center Stimson seeks a dynamic and highly motivated individual to join our team as a full-time Advancement Assistant. Reporting to the Associate Director of Advancement, the position is an integral member of the Advancement team with a primary focus on helping the organization in building and maintaining a diverse organizational and programmatic funding base. Tasks range from supporting prospect research efforts to assisting in grant proposal and reporting processes to maintaining an accurate organizational pipeline. The Advancement Assistant also provides support for donor cultivation and Board stewardship.

The Stimson Center is a nonpartisan policy research center working to solve the world’s greatest threats to security and prosperity. Think of a modern global challenge: refugee flows, arms trafficking, terrorism. These threats cannot be resolved by a single government, individual, or business. Stimson’s award-winning research serves as a roadmap to address borderless threats through collective action. Our formula is simple: we gather the brightest people to think beyond soundbites, create solutions, and make those solutions reality. We follow the credo of one of history’s leading statesman, Henry L. Stimson in taking, “pragmatic steps toward ideal objectives.” We are practical in our approach and independent in our analysis. Our innovative ideas change the world.

The Advancement Assistant is responsible for three main areas of work: 1 managing program-based development; 2 supporting the Advancement team in the execution of broad organizational fundraising goals; and 3 providing general administrative and event support, as needed.

Responsibilities Include:

Provide administrative support to the Advancement team, including the Vice President for Advancement and Associate Director of Advancement;
Assist in Salesforce database and grant calendar management, including data entry and monitoring upcoming deadlines;
Support programmatic grant proposal and reporting processes;
Support programmatic and institutional prospect research;
Support relationship management and donor stewardship with Board Members, Advisory Councils, individual donors, and Foundations;
Support organizational fundraising campaigns;
Support the development and production of fundraising communications materials;
Work closely with program, finance, and administrative staff to support proposal submissions and reports; and
Support other development initiatives, as needed.
Skills and Experience:


Superior organizational skills and attention to detail;
Strong communication skills;
Excellent writing skills;
Customer service focus with strong interpersonal skills;
Ability to work independently, take initiative, and think creatively to solve problems;
Ability to juggle multiple priorities; and
Interest in and/or background in international relations, U.S. foreign policy, or related issue area.

Experience working in a non-profit fundraising environment experience with think tanks or academic institutions preferred;
Experience working specifically in grants management, Board support, individual giving, and/or organizational management;
Working knowledge of Salesforce;
Prior fundraising experience in a think tank, research or academic institution; and
Grant writing/editing experience.
Education & Work Experience:


Bachelor’s Degree and
2-5 years of work experience in a similar or complementary role.
To Apply: Submit cover letter and resume in a single PDF document.

Stimson is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates, supports, and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable laws.


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