Senior Development Assistant, PLG

UJA Federation of New York | New York, NY, United States

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Posted Date 6/10/2024

About the Organization:

UJA-Federation of New York is the largest local philanthropy in the world. For more than 100 years, we’ve brought New Yorkers together to solve some of the most pressing problems facing our community. Thanks to our network of hundreds of non-profits, we can leverage our expertise across any number of areas — including health and human services, arts and culture, and education — to care for Jews everywhere and New Yorkers of all backgrounds, respond to crises close to home and far away, and shape our Jewish future. Our reach extends from New York to Israel to nearly 70 other countries around the world, touching 4.5 million people each year.


Position Summary:

The Sr. Development Assistant in the Philanthropic Leadership Group (PLG) reports to and provides essential administrative support and analytical research skills to three senior staff members in the department: the Vice President, Director, and to a Major Gift Officer. They also support two other professionals on the PLG team.

PLG serves as the strategic engager of major donors to UJA’s annual campaign. The work of our team is varied and includes a myriad programs and events throughout the year to engage and steward UJA’s major donors; This engagement is through UJA’s major giving societies at the $25K+ gift level. Another core focus of our work includes collaborating with and assisting other fundraising departments on engagement and solicitation strategies for their major donors. PLG is ultimately responsible for closing all major gifts throughout the organization

Major Responsibilities:

  • Navigate and maintain a sophisticated donor database.
  • Use the database to generate gift reports and solicitation materials.
  • Build internal relationships and successfully navigate the various departments in a large organization to effectively and expeditiously complete assigned tasks.
  • Assist in the development of fundraising materials, which may include assembling mailings, processing gifts, and preparing gift and solicitation related paperwork.
  • Oversee and/or staff fundraising and volunteering events and site visits, some of which will require time before and after business hours.
  • Maintain several inboxes, responding to donor requests in a timely manner.
  • Track attendance for events and communicate regularly with major donors who RSVP or require additional information.
  • Support professionals in everyday tasks, managing calendars, scheduling meetings, answering phones, etc.
  • Prepare staff for internal team and external interdepartmental meetings, as well as donor meetings and site visits, including logistics, and preparation of materials.
  • Document donor meetings and significant correspondences to maintain accurate records of activity and engagement.
  • Track and research prospective donors; maintaining charts to track strategy for donor and prospect engagement.
  • General administrative duties, such as routing mail, filing, photocopying, and faxing.

Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Bachelor’s degree and related administrative experience
  • Be comfortable using technology and learning new databases
  • Be able to work on projects independently while also working as part of a team
  • Be confident in overseeing and managing projects
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Positive work ethic, with strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Detail-oriented, effective time manager, with the ability to prioritize and multitask in an extremely fast-paced work environment
  • Flexibility to work at events and programs when required, some of which will be outside of normal business hours

Salary Information:

The salary range for this role is $45,000 to $48,000; commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Great Perks. Because We Appreciate Great Employees.


We offer a generous number of vacation days and have the Jewish holidays off as well. Fridays our offices close early (October to March at 3:00 pm and April to September at 4:00 pm). All so you can relax and recharge.



We’re operating on a hybrid work model: three set days in the office and two days remote. So enjoy the best of both worlds — the comforts of home and the energy of the office.



UJA provides a top-tier medical and dental plan, along with a flexible spending account. We also offer life insurance. And for a small cost you can take part in on-site yoga and exercise classes at our Manhattan office. Wellness matters to us.



UJA employees can enroll in a pension plan and tax deferred annuity.



Classes, workshops, and compelling speakers will keep you at the top of your game.



We come together as a staff to commemorate holidays (from Rosh Hashanah to MLK Day), volunteer at nonprofits, and celebrate our accomplishments together. (Our chocolate chip cookies are legendary!)



We also offer a backup childcare program. And a commuter benefit plan. So you can get to work and feel good about it.

Salary45,000.00 - 48,000.00 Annual
Full Time
Administrative Support
Organization Type
Retirement Plans | Dental | FSA | Kosher Food Option Available | Leave Early for Shabbat | Life Insurance | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Parental Leave | Sick Days | Mass Transit
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