Description and qualifications

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury (SCI) by advancing innovative research and improving quality of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis. Our mission can be summed up into four words, “Today’s Care. Tomorrow’s Cure.” which reflects the dual purpose set forth by Christopher and Dana to provide a continuum of hope for individuals living with paralysis worldwide

Since 1982, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation has been on the frontlines of pursuing the best and most promising spinal cord research. Over the past four decades, the Reeve Foundation has been leading the charge by funding some of the earliest discoveries in basic science and supporting a pipeline of innovation in the field. Today, thanks to the Reeve Foundation's persistence, neuroscientists around the world agree that repairing the damaged spinal cord is not a question of “if”, but a question of “when.”

To date, the Reeve Foundation has invested more than $140 million in labs around the globe to unite the brightest minds in the field and develop life-changing treatments that will move the Foundation closer to cures for SCI.

This is a terrific opportunity to join an important organization at an exciting time in its history. In its 40th anniversary year, under the leadership of CEO Margaret Goldberg, the Foundation has a newly formed and passionate senior team focused on pursuing every opportunity to enhance the health and quality of life for individuals living with paralysis by translating scientific breakthroughs into vital new therapies.

About the Role

Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Development Associate supports the national growth of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation fundraising and advancement efforts across the Development Department. The Development Associate assists in the project management of a variety of initiatives including events, individual giving (direct response through planned gifts) and institutional sponsorships. In coordination with the CDO, the Development Associate plays a key role in facilitating the cultivation and stewardship of the Foundation’s donors nationwide.

Overview of Responsibilities

The position reports to and works closely with the Chief Development Officer and serves as a staff liaison to the board’s Development Committee/efforts. The position works collaboratively with the Development and Marketing & Communication teams, and interfaces with external stakeholders:

  • Work across the Foundation to support the implementation of annual fundraising initiatives
  • Assist in the scheduling of department meetings; create and disseminate agendas and supporting material
  • Act as liaison between donors, board members and the CDO and CEO to ensure timely flow of information
  • Create and maintain project management tracking tools related to Departmental activities; Monitor and report on progress
  • Support the CEO & CDO in scheduling and coordinating meetings with major donors and other stakeholders
  • Contribute to and expand the donor database by tracking relationships, activities and touchpoints for major donors and prospects
  • Compile and disseminate meeting and event briefing materials on a timely basis
  • Facilitate communication & collaboration among development team members and with other Foundation departments
  • Provide onsite support at events and other gatherings
  • Serve as an active and collaborative member of the development team and an enthusiastic and informed ambassador for the Foundation
  • Perform job duties, interact with the community and coworkers and manage self in a manner consistent with, and in support of, the organization’s mission and core values

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 2-3 years of demonstrated experience in a development department or equivalent combination
  • Working knowledge of donor and prospect database management, especially Salesforce, Classy or like platforms.
  • Advanced skills with MS Office Suite
  • Experience coordinating/supporting special events

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience managing projects
  • Experience coordinating/supporting special events

Candidate should:

  • Be a team player with strong collaboration skills
  • Be capable of setting priorities, attending to details and providing follow-through to meet deadlines
  • Be able to articulate the case for support and interact with Board members, donors and a broad range of regional and national supporters
  • Have excellent oral, written and interpersonal communications
  • Demonstrate good listening skills with the ability to connect with people and establish rapport

Physical Demands/Office Environment:

This position is primarily a sedentary role but will have periods of physical activity. The person in this position may need to occasionally move about inside the office to liaise with internal staff, access files, office machinery and a copy machine/printer. As stated above, the position involves moderate travel. In addition, this person will need to be able to set up live events, including exhibit booths, stages for presenters and displays. They will need to be able to lift up to 20 lbs.


Approximately 10-15% travel required

The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily, with or without a reasonable accommodation. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

The Foundation is committed to providing a work environment free of harassment and discrimination that supports individual dignity and respect. Accordingly, the Foundation maintains a strict policy prohibiting sexual harassment, unlawful harassment and any type of discriminatory treatment because of any “Protected Characteristic”.

Send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]