John F. Kennedy Library Foundation

Columbia Point
Boston, MA 02125


Date Posted:
October 13, 2021

Eastern Massachusetts



Development Assistant


Position Description:

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation seeks a team player who is interested in joining a dynamic, fast-paced team and building a career in nonprofit fundraising, events, and operations. Reporting to the Development Events and Stewardship Coordinator, the Development Assistant will provide cross-functional support on fundraising efforts for the Foundation’s Development Department. This is an excellent position for an individual who wishes to gain and develop a broad skillset in a supportive, positive work environment with committed and passionate team members.


· Supporting the Director of Development Events and Operations and the Development Events and Stewardship Coordinator in ensuring the success of the Foundation’s fundraising gala, The May Dinner.

· Assisting with a robust suite of fundraising and cultivation events. Events include, but are not limited to, programs associated with select Kennedy Library Forums; the New Frontier Network; the Friends of the Hemingway Collection; and other initiatives as assigned.

· Leading the department’s gift entry and recording procedures, ensuring timely and accurate processing of contributions and handoff to the Finance Department.

· Working extensively within Salesforce, the Department’s CRM/database—ultimately serving as its primary administrator. In addition to gift entry, database work includes but is not limited to:

o Supporting efforts to optimize CRM system, including identifying potential fixes and upgrades, and either leading or supporting efforts to implement adjustments.

o Updating constituent records.

o Performing data clean-up as needed.

o Building and maintaining reports and analyzing data.

· Working closely with the Department’s Individual Giving team to appropriately code and input data for the Foundation’s direct mail programs.

· Producing reports for and reconciling records with the Finance Department.

· Supporting the Department’s stewardship efforts and coordinating the flow of acknowledgements and correspondence for the Executive Director and Vice President of Development.

· Preparing materials, briefs, and other items as needed for the Executive Director and Vice President of Development’s donor and prospect meetings, and for other staff as assigned.

· Updating department webpages as assigned.

· Supporting fundraising efforts for the Friends of the Hemingway Collection membership program.

· Supervising or executing mailings, answering donor inquiries, preparing expense reports, tracking invoices, maintaining accurate electronic and paper files, and other development and administrative duties.

About the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation:

The primary mission of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is to support the work of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum whose core function is to collect, preserve, and make available for research the documents, audiovisual material and memorabilia of President Kennedy, his family, and his contemporaries.

The Foundation works closely with the National Archives and Records Administration to develop programs that advance the study and understanding of President Kennedy’s life and the times in which he lived; and that promote a greater appreciation of America’s political and cultural heritage, the process of governing, and the importance of public service.

In addition to its support of the Kennedy Library, the Kennedy Library Foundation directly sponsors programs and activities that help people understand the major challenges facing democracy today; that inspire current and future generations to political participation and public service; and that promote debate and discussion of issues at the heart of contemporary democracy that relate to the legacy of President John F. Kennedy.

Today, the Kennedy Library in Boston is one of the most visited of the 13 presidential libraries in America. Over 225,000 people from around the globe visit the museum each year, including serving over 70,000 students annually through a host of free educational programs. We also reach over 12 million people annually through our website.

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity toward all communities and individuals who may seek our services, for all employees, qualified applicants and volunteers, in every area of employment, without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy (and pregnancy related conditions), gender identity or expression, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, genetic disposition or carrier status, marital status, familial status, status as a victim of domestic violence, military or veteran status or any other category protected under applicable federal, state or local law.


  • Must possess superb organizational skills and be detail-oriented with excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Ideal candidate has a strong work ethic and is comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, both independently and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated track record of reliability, ability to maintain confidentiality, and conscientious work habits.
  • Strong relationship management skills and ability to exercise discretion and tact, as this position often interacts with Board members, fundraising committee members, donors, vendors, and other key stakeholders.
  • Familiarity with Salesforce or similar fundraising database strongly preferred; willingness and ability to learn new software and technologies is critical.
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills required in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Bachelor’s degree and prior experience in an office setting required, experience in Development preferred.
  • Ability to work occasional early morning, evening, and weekend hours for events and committee and Board meetings.
How To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume via e-mail with the subject line “Development Assistant Application”

Applications can be addressed to:

Caroline Colavita

Development Events and Stewardship Coordinator

John F. Kennedy Library Foundation

Columbia Point

Boston, MA 02125

Apply by:
October 29, 2021
$41,000 - $45,000
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.