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Development Associate

Physicians for Human Rights seeks a development associate to provide critical operational and analytical support to enhance PHR’s fundraising capability and reporting.

Reporting to the chief development officer (CDO), the associate is responsible for creating and implementing internal systems and processes to support the development department’s donor communications, record keeping, reporting, and development operations. The associate provides support for our annual fundraising gala as well as other, smaller events. She/he works closely with staff in all departments as well as board members and other donors.

This is a full-time position based in New York.

Reports to: Chief Development Officer

Location: New York, NY


  • Serve as the primary contact for all Raiser’s Edge database functions, including: maintaining and updating constituent records and ensuring data integrity and hygiene; recording gifts and generating gift acknowledgements in a timely and professional manner; and running data queries and reports on a weekly, monthly, and annual basis.
  • Assist the CDO and others to carry out PHR’s annual gala and other donor events by coordinating mailings, database maintenance, generating solicitation and acknowledgement letters, carrying out prospect research, and other tasks as needed.
  • Lead the monthly income reconciliation process in conjunction with the finance team; track the annual development budget and expense projections
  • Coordinate travel and meeting logistics for PHR staff and board members on fundraising trips, including itinerary coordination, developing meeting materials and briefings, and expense reconciliation. 
  • Hire and supervise development interns, both undergraduate and graduate students, on daily tasks as well as long-term projects.
  • Respond promptly and professionally to all development-related enquiries and requests for information from internal staff.
  • Rely on best practice and own judgement to identify and make recommendations to senior management on the improvement of existing systems or the creation of new systems to optimize productivity and accuracy.
  • Carry out other related duties as required.
  • Attend evening activities as required (less than 10 percent).


  • Bachelors’ degree in a related field
  • At least two years’ experience working in fundraising or with a development team in a professional setting
  • Experience working with Raiser’s Edge or other fundraising databases required
  • Strong interest in and commitment to fundraising and human rights essential
  • At least intermediate knowledge of MS Office Suite, especially Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • A facility with using digital technology as a means of communicating, engaging, and fundraising.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and professionally in a multi-faceted, fast-paced, high-pressure environment
  • Ability to maintain professionalism, discretion, and strict confidentiality
  • Energetic self-starter with the ability to anticipate upcoming needs and work with minimal supervision
  • Capacity to manage relationships with internal stakeholders
  • Strong analytical skills with demonstrated attention to detail and follow-through
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact with donors and represent the organization tactfully and diplomatically
  • Problem solver and innovator with the ability to think outside the box
  • Team player who is willing to share ideas

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time position located in New York City. Salary is commensurate with experience. PHR offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, disability, and life insurance, a retirement savings plan, and generous vacation.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter with resume and salary requirements to, including "Development Associate" in the subject line.

PHR is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. PHR encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.

Date Posted: October 2, 2017