Development Associate, Institutional Giving

The Development Associate for Institutional Giving is a position established to meet the needs of the greatly expanding institutional giving operation within the Society. This position will provide support for all institutional giving fundraising activities, including institutional and family foundations, corporations, government agencies, associations and other entities. The Development Associate will work within the Advancement department under the Director of Institutional Giving.

The Society for Science & the Public is most well-known for our award-winning magazine, Science News, and our world class science research competitions: Regeneron Science Talent Search, Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and Broadcom MASTERS. Most recently, and for the past five years, we have focused on building our portfolio of Outreach and Equity programs. Our efforts in this area are already impacting millions of students at thousands of schools and education programs in all 50 states and globally.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Support the entire institutional giving cycle (identification, cultivation, solicitation, reporting and stewardship) across the organization, with an emphasis on identification and stewardship.
  • Assist in research of potential new institutional giving funders based on the Society’s needs.
  • Maintain an accurate calendar with all key institutional giving deadlines, especially proposal and report due dates.
  • Enter data into Raiser’s Edge fundraising database including outreach, gifts, prospect information and appeal and solicitation coding.
  • Assist with reporting and stewardship, including sponsor benefits fulfillment.
  • Track institutional gift payments, agreements and other documentation in Raiser’s Edge.
  • Draft funder reports, maintain submission review schedule and prepare entry of final submissions via online portals or email messages.
  • Maintain review schedule for internal grant management progress tracking.
  • Support grant renewal process by monitoring renewal timing and preparing draft applications.
  • Prepare materials for internal and external meetings and communications.
  • Communicate with the Advancement team and Executive Team and troubleshoot issues as needed.


  • Excellent oral, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail and highly organized.
  • High level of professionalism and time management capacities.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and project management software.
  • Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge database or comparable donor management software.
  • Familiarity with prospect research tools (Foundation Directory, Guidestar, Research Point or similar systems).
  • Demonstrated ability to work with others as a team, to multi-task and to be a self-starter.
  • Understanding and affinity for the core values of the Society.

Work Environment

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in an office setting. Our office is located near the Dupont Circle and Farragut North Metro stations. This position usually works in an office setting but will temporarily work from home until at least January 4, 2021 with possible extensions.

Physical Demands

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and fingers to operate a computer and other office equipment.

Position Type and Expected Hours

  • This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday during normal office hours of the Society. Up to 10 percent travel to the Society’s science research competitions and other events is necessary in this position. There will be no work-related travel through at least January 4, 2021.

Required Education and Experience

  • 2-4 years’ experience in development/fundraising or similar atmosphere.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred.

How to Apply

Send your resume and cover letter to Emails should include “Development Associate Institutional Giving” in the subject line. They can be addressed to Bruce Makous, Chief Advancement Officer. No phone calls please.

EEO Statement

The Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Society for Science & the Public is committed to equal employment opportunity.  In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, the Society does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis, including but not limited to: veteran status, race, color, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identify or expression, ancestry, national origin, disability, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, age and/or any other categories protected by the laws of the United States or the District of Columbia.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover every duty, responsibility and activity that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.