Development Associate

2 weeks ago
Job ID
New York
Employee Classification
Institutional Advancement
Position Type
Regular Full-Time


Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, founded in 1976 and named for an eminent Supreme Court Justice, is now firmly established as an international and national leader in legal education. The School’s curriculum balances rigorous scholarship and research with experiential learning opportunities which include extensive clinical programs. Given its prime location in the heart of NYC’s Greenwich Village, Cardozo also offers a vibrant learning environment, with significant opportunities for students to gain legal experience through internships and summer positions with a broad array of legal employers.


The University offers an excellent compensation package, and a broad range of employee benefit plans, including immediate participation in the University’s retirement plan. Staff members are typically eligible for four weeks paid vacation each year and a shuttle to nearby subway locations.


The Position:


Responsible for providing the foundation and focused, professional, proactive, and logistical support to all aspects of the fundraising effort and to the Associate Dean of IA, the Director of Annual Giving, the Associate Director of IA. The Development Associate oversees and executes IA events, is the point person and responsible for gift processing (including entry/acknowledgment/receipt); Convio management module maintenance, donor relations projects.


  • The DA will be responsible for creating, updating, maintaining the local databases, systems, software, and master files including Banner/OBIEE and all department records. Gathers information; formats and produces timely and accurate reports for distribution. Responsibility for manipulating databases and software. Designs reporting methodology. Creates new databases when needed
  • Oversees the Cardozo Institutional Advancement communications processes. The DA is responsible for creating an array of different correspondence and acknowledgements of gifts to donors and prospective donors, in accordance with scheduled distribution guidelines. Determines/identifies appropriate correspondence for distribution. The DA also is responsible for speaking to donors to clarify any confusion and/or special feature of gift
  • The DA manages the gift program. She/he is responsible for the effective and timely processing for all aspects of the department’s gift program (gifts and pledges). Responsible for ensuring that University policy and procedures for handling and processing donor records are followed, and for the correct allocation/disposition of donations (totaling to millions of dollars). Is responsible for, determines and assigns the proper classification, coding, and categorization of gifts/pledges, and determining the assignment of soft or hard credit to gifts and pledges. Responsible for maintenance of the gift log and responsible for oversight of the daily Activity Digest which tracks online giving.
  • The DA is responsible for managing/overseeing special events including working with vendors, and planning and implementing the details and logistics for events: including meetings, receptions, conferences, and fundraising/donor relations events. Some events include: Dean’s Speaker Series, Parents Brunch. Responsibilities include but not confined to: the production of invitations/brochures (design/edit/layout/proofing); all work with all vendors; participating in strategy sessions to target/communicate to donors; participating in strategy sessions to plan/execute events; negotiating pricing/procedures with vendors
  • DA is responsible for donor relations projects including managing the donor scholarship project, the pledge reminder project, special annual fund solicitations, commencement award projects, etc.
  • DA is the IA point person for all Public Service Auction functions that are contributed to by the IA office
  • DA is in continual contact with donors and constituents whether it be following up on a gift, inviting a constituent to an event, negotiating a possible question or problem on the part of the donor/constituent and, with lower end and younger donors, doing solicitations
  • The DA conducts donor prospect research by identifying and employing methods of contact, developing and recommending strategies for engagement, and creating focused materials, to identify and cultivate individual and foundation donors. Responsible for research of current donor’s giving history and/or new donor’s giving potential. Identifies new donors
  • The DA serves as a contact point for the Assoc Dean (and department) with board members, donors, foundations, Cardozo and Yeshiva administration, faculty, students, and as such, be able to exercise independent judgment and discretion in handling issues directly or determining alternate actions
  • Responsible for Convio donation management module maintenance


Experience and Educational Background:

  • Bachelor's Degree and 2-3 years’ experience is required

Skills and Competencies:

  • Fluent in Excel, Microsoft Access, Outlook, MS Word, database management. PowerPoint is helpful as is Photoshop. Experience in graphic design is helpful
  • Excellent writing, communication, organizational and time management skills
  • Collaborative and enthusiastic team player
  • Ability to manage multiple projects


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