Position Description

Assistant, Individual Campaigns
Location Washington DC
Employment Duration Full Time Regular
Job Code 1055
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About The Kennedy Center

“I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.” – President John F. Kennedy

The Kennedy Center is the nation’s cultural center and living memorial to President John F. Kennedy. Located on the banks of the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., the Center presents performances across all genres, and is also home to artistic affiliates Washington National Opera and National Symphony Orchestra. 

Mission Statement: As the nation's performing arts center, and a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, we are a leader for the arts across America and around the world, reaching and connecting with artists, inspiring and educating communities. We welcome all to create, experience, learn about, and engage with the arts. 

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

The Kennedy Center is a welcoming and inclusive culture where everyone benefits - we do it in a way that honors everyone’s humanity. We are able to advance our mission because of committed and passionate employees. We are fortunate to be able to leverage their diverse perspectives, life experiences and skills to inform how our workplace can be a safe, transparent, and replenishing community. Through honest discussion, our focus on DEI, and the creation of a D&I council, we are committed to always being the best versions of ourselves.

Salary:  $41,600

Job Description

The Major Gifts and Leadership Campaigns seeks a dynamic self-starter who is energized by learning new skills, managing database projects, and expanding upon a passion for the arts and non-profits. The Assistant, Individual Campaigns assists the Manager of Major Gifts and the Director of Major Gifts and Leadership Campaigns in the planning, coordination, and execution of the Major Gifts Campaign (gifts of $50,000+) and the Kennedy Center International Committee for the Arts.  The incumbent also provides administrative support for the Manager of National Advancement on the Kennedy Center’s Presidentially-appointed Board of Trustees and Advisory Committee. This includes critical direct and indirect donor stewardship; strategic donor outreach projects like email communications, acknowledgements, progress reports; research, mailings, benefits fulfillment, and database management. The incumbent manages his/her time, resources, and work load to maximize productivity and financial results; exercises discretion; evaluates complex internal and external relationships; and regularly takes initiative to fulfill department objectives and goals. This position works in tandem with an Assistant Manager of Leadership Campaigns and the Circles team. 

Duties and Responsibilities

100%   Provide support to the Manager of Major Gifts, Manager of National Advancement, and the Director of Major Gifts and Leadership Campaigns for all tasks surrounding the funding interests of 200+ donors in the Managers’ portfolios, as well as other and high-demand special campaigns, endowment, and events:

  • Drafting and editing all types of written materials (solicitations, acknowledgments, notes, research briefings, tax receipts, etc.) of varying length and complexity;
  • Identifying creative and bespoke gifts for donors as they relate to Kennedy Center milestones or personal donor milestones;
  • Accurately tracking progress, ensuring completion of action items from initial discovery through acquisition, and reporting Fund progress to Managers and Director;
  • Actively stewarding Major donors and their respective teams through direct contact via phone, email, in-person, and written communication and fulfilling donor benefits;
  • Managing Major donor ticket requests and pertinent event details for the Kennedy Center Honors, in addition to several other major fundraising events each season;
  • Working at major events or greeting donors at performances;
  • Assisting in the development of materials for Committee meetings throughout the year;

N/A   Responds to the needs and requests of Kennedy Center management and staff in a professional and expedient manner; Adheres to all employer policies and procedures.

N/A   Other duties as assigned.

Key Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree is preferred, but not required.
  • Minimum of one year of development or related office experience required.
  • Working knowledge of the performing arts is preferred.

Skills & Knowledge Qualifications

  • Professional demeanor with strong interpersonal skills and superior written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills.
  • Self-starter with the confidence to work without close supervision, in addition to the ability to work independently on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Must possess the openness and flexibility to handle challenging situations calmly and quickly.
  • Careful attention to detail with an awareness of standard accounting procedures.
  • Ability to foresee development needs and possesses the openness to work with departments across the institution.
  • Ability to deftly manage many relationships and personality types - both internal among staff members, and external among constituents.
  • Experience with Tessitura is preferred, but any exposure to research tools is ideal.

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.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate in person and on the telephone.  The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel in order to operate computer keyboard, office equipment, and other essential tasks.  The employee is frequently required to sit, stand, walk, bend, stoop, crouch, and reach with hands and arms.  This position infrequently lifts, carries, or otherwise moves and positions objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is minimal, however attendance at major fundraising events and performances is required.  In those conditions, the noise level is very loud. Travel up to 5% may be required, predominately local.


We offer a comprehensive range of benefits to all full-time employees including: Medical, Dental, Vision, Paid Time Off, Paid Sick Leave, and a matching 403(b) Retirement Plan (employees are eligible for organization match after 1 year of employment). 

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