Position Description

Planned Giving Assistant Manager
Location Washington DC
Employment Duration Full Time Regular
Job Code 1654
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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. 

At the Kennedy Center, we strive to foster belonging and empowerment at work. We are able to advance our mission because of our 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. The Kennedy Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant based on race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or related condition, or any other basis protected by law. 

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. 

Why Join Us

We offer a comprehensive range of benefits to all full-time employees including: 

  • Staff offers for discount tickets
  • Retirement plan with organization matching (after 1 year of employment)
  • Qualifying employer for the Public Student Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)
  • Commuter programs including pre-tax options for discounted parking and SmartBenefits (WMATA)
  • Annual Leave, Sick Leave, and Personal Days available immediately upon hire
  • 11 paid holidays per year 
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision benefits with FSA and HSA options, and paid FMLA
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • We like to have fun! Check out the Kennedy Center National Dance Day 2023 staff video!

Job Description

The Office of Planned Giving is part of the Development Department’s Individual Giving Team, we collaborate with every other fundraising team and across most of the institution.

In our unique role, we cultivate and steward some of the deepest-held connections individuals have with the Center; Our work is to help them define the legacy they wish to leave with the Kennedy Center.

Under the direction of the Director of Planned Giving, the Assistant Manager works with key stakeholders across the Development Department to coordinate the acquisition of new legacy donors to grow the portfolio of identified and qualified philanthropic relationships. This includes coordinating tasks for collaboration with the analytics team, performing donor research, coordinating and tracking moves management, and other administrative tasks. In coordination with the team, the Assistant Manager will also support various cultivation events and activities throughout the year, including the annual Legacy Society events and Kennedy Center signature events. The incumbent manages their 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 campaign objectives and goals.

Key Responsibilities

Planned Giving Portfolio:

  • Support the Director of Planned Giving in the portfolio management for Legacy Donors & Prospect.
  • Working closely with intelligence and analytics team to maintain and grow pipeline of prospects and moves management plans.
  • Conducting qualification research on prospects and donors.
  • Engage with donors and prospects to identify and qualify new donor relationships.
  • Collaborating with other Individual Giving team members providing gift planning support.

Legacy Society Events Support:

  • Support the Planned Giving team to execute annual cultivation and stewardship events.
  • Coordinating administrative and logistic support with internal and external event and artistic teams.
  • Supporting the Director of Planned Giving to ensure internal stakeholders receive timely project management communications.

Stewardship & Inbound Request Response:

  • Support the Planned Giving team to ensure prompt responses to informational inquiries.
  • Engaging directly with Legacy Society members to ensure benefit fulfillment and general information requests.
  • Coordinating with members of the Planned Giving team to ensure timely and appropriate responses to inbound communication.

Communications & Marketing Support:

  • Supporting the Planned Giving team in the comprehensive, multi-channel gift planning marketing campaign.

Other duties as assigned.

Key Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum of 2-3 years gift planning or development experience required, preference for experience related to estate planning, tax advising, or other legal/paralegal equivalent.
  • Experience with Tessitura or nonprofit experience with CRM database preferred.
  • Candidate must be local or willing to relocate to the DMV area. 

Additional Information

  • 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 varies and may be very loud.
  • Travel up to 5% may be required. This position is eligible for flexible work arrangements.
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