Development Associate, Major Gifts

New York, NY

Overview of AJWS

American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is the leading Jewish organization working to pursue justice and fight poverty in the developing world. By supporting hundreds of social change organizations in 19 countries, we respond to the most pressing issues of our time—from disasters, genocide and hunger, to the persecution of women and minorities worldwide. With Jewish values and a global reach, AJWS is making a difference in millions of lives and bringing a more just and equitable world closer for all.

Job Summary

The Development Associate is a vital member of a fast-paced, high-energy Major Gifts team in New York. The Development Associate provides crucial administrative support in order to ensure outstanding stewardship for donors and prospects and efficient and effective operations for the Major Gifts team. The Development Associate will report to the Director of Major Gifts and support the Associate Director for Major Gifts and the Associate Director for Planned Giving. This position is non-exempt.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Support the Major Gifts team with logistics for travel, donor meetings, and other preparation as needed;
  • Provide donor database support, including queries and reports, data entry, and donor research;
  • Provide support in creating donor solicitation letters, newsletters, correspondence (merging and proofing);
  • Create and organize constituent lists for events, direct mail and personal appeals to major donors and prospects;
  • Support Major Gifts team in developing and implementing small cultivation events to more deeply engage supporters and donors;
  • Work closely with the Major Gifts team to manage event timelines, deadlines, outreach and vendor contracts;
  • Coordinate and submit requests for event invitations and promotional materials (including printed collateral and digital media) via the Communications Department;
  • Plan, organize and coordinate set-up of event materials, food and beverage catering, and any other supplies or equipment;


  • Bachelors degree (or equivalent) and 2-3 years of related experience required
  • Thorough knowledge and proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
  • Previous experience with Raiser’s Edge, Sales Force or a similar database preferred
  • Superior written communications skills, time management and organizational skills
  • Comfort learning and using a variety of online technologies and applications
  • Ability to self-start and work independently
  • Ability to handle multiple complex projects
  • Availability to work occasional nights and weekends for special events
  • Strong interest and commitment to global human rights
  • Professional, enthusiastic, flexible attitude and demeanor
  • Previous events-planning experience and NGO/nonprofit-sector experience preferred

Additional Considerations:

People of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, trans and gender non-conforming people; women; and differently abled people are encouraged to apply. We also encourage applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual and cultural backgrounds.

Authorization to work in the US is required.

How to Apply:

For immediate consideration, apply below.

Applications submitted without a resume and personalized cover letter will not be considered.

We thank you for your interest in career opportunities with AJWS. Due to high volume, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.