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The Development Assistant works alongside fundraisers, university colleagues and external constituents to develop, support, and maintain programs and activities consistent with securing philanthropic support for the University.  Primary responsibilities include: preparing materials for fundraiser prospect visits, making travel arrangements, completing transmittal forms for pledges and gifts received, filing visit reports in Blackbaud, drafting gift acknowledgments, and requesting research and pulling additional donor or prospect information from various systems.  Done well, these tasks assist fundraisers in identifying the most desirable prospects and donors.

Development Assistants also support the work associated with external constituents’ visits to campus, meetings and special events, often interfacing with the Programs and Events team, to maximize event effectiveness within budgetary guidelines.  Given the extensive independent contact with external constituents including alumni and parent volunteers, donors, and university officials, this position requires strong interpersonal and organizational skills with attention to detail and accuracy; excellent oral and written communications skills; and complete discretion regarding the handling and storing of confidential data.