John F. Kennedy Library Foundation

Columbia Point
Boston, MA 02125

Date Posted:
August 10, 2018

Eastern Massachusetts



Development Assistant

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation’s Development Department seeks to hire five new development professionals at an exciting time in the institution’s expansion. In 2017, the JFK Library commemorated the Centennial birth of President Kennedy with local and national programs including a capstone event honoring President Barrack Obama with the Profile in Courage Award. Building from that success, the Foundation is currently developing a new strategic plan to advance its mission by introducing President Kennedy’s legacy of bold leadership and public service to new audiences. As part of the new strategic plan, the Foundation will partner next year with major national corporations and government agencies such as NASA to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. This work will require a team excited and committed to successfully raising the funds needed for operating support as well as new initiatives and other planned special events. Please see below for open positions at the Foundation. When hiring is complete, the Kennedy Library Foundation’s Development Department will comprise ten fundraising professionals led by a seasoned Vice President of Development who has led the Foundation’s fundraising efforts for the last seven years.

Reporting to the Vice President of Development, the Development Assistant will support the fundraising operations for the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation’s Development Department. Duties comprise entering gifts, maintaining donor files, providing events support and staffing administrative support to entire Development team. Some weekend and evening hours are required. Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring accuracy and consistency of Raiser’s Edge fundraising database
  • Processing donations and updating constituent records as needed
  • Preparing reports for and reconciling records with the Finance Department
  • Serving as one of the first points of contact for all donor inquiries
  • Assisting with preparing Development staff for meetings
  • Preparing Development portion of monthly E-News
  • Maintaining accurate and updated electronic and paper files
  • Initiating the donor acknowledgment process
  • Drafting correspondence and reports as requested
  • Updating department webpages
  • Staffing special events and meetings and assisting with department event preparations, including collecting R.S.V.Ps, preparing registration lists and name badges, as well as other materials. Events include but are not limited to The May Dinner, the Kennedy Library Foundation’s annual fundraising gala; Development events associated with select Kennedy Library Forums; New Frontier Network receptions and Profiles in Service breakfasts; Development Committee Meetings; and Board of Advisors Annual Meeting
  • Must possess superb organizational skills and be detail-oriented with demonstrated interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Ideal candidate has a strong work ethic and is comfortable in a small, fast-paced, team-orientated work environment
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills required
  • Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge or similar fundraising database a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree and prior experience in an office setting required, experience in Development preferred

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote a greater appreciation and understanding of American politics, history and culture, the process of governing and the importance of public service. We seek a responsible, resourceful, and energetic individual who shares a commitment to promoting President Kennedy’s legacy and the ideals of education and public service that he championed, and who enjoys working as part of a dedicated and strong team.

The Kennedy Library Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

How To Apply:

To apply, please email cover letter, resume, and references, including scheduling availability by following this link. Please use the subject line "Development Assistant." No phone calls, please.

Apply by:
October 05, 2018
About this Organization:
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to the memory of our nation's thirty-fifth president and to all those who through the art of politics seek a new and better world. Located on a ten-acre park, overlooking the sea that he loved and the city that launched him to greatness, the Library stands as a vibrant tribute to the life and times of John F. Kennedy. Come tour our Museum which portrays the life, leadership, and legacy of President Kennedy, conveys his enthusiasm for politics and public service, and illustrates the nature of the office of the President. Students and scholars can also arrange to conduct research using our collection of historical materials chronicling mid-20th century politics and the life and administration of John F. Kennedy.