Development Assistant

New York Live Arts | New York, New York


New York Live Arts, home of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, and one of the country’s premier organizations devoted to contemporary dance and movement, is seeking a full-time Development Assistant to join its development staff.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Individual Giving & Special Events Manager, the Development Assistant helps coordinate various activities of the department with a particular focus on special events and data management.  

Reports To

Individual Giving & Special Events Manager


Individual Giving 

  • process gifts, prepare acknowledgements, fundraising appeals and reports on development income
  • Maintain Patron Manager database and donor information
  • Design, develop and prepare individual fundraising materials including invitations, e-blasts, stewardship materials and year-end mailings
  • Handle donor requests for performance tickets or other donor-related needs
  • Update donor lists for program and website publication
  • Assist Development staff with correspondence, research, meeting preparation and other activities and business operations of the department

Special Events 

  • Assist in planning annual fundraising gala
  • Produce mailing lists for events, announcements, etc.
  • Maintain and update event guest lists 
  • Coordinate implementation of various on-site events, including catering, décor, entrance control and take-home materials

Institutional Giving 

  • Assist the Institutional Giving Manager with grant reporting and research, as schedule permits


  • Minimum 1-3 years of non-profit fundraising experience
  • Familiarity with CRM databases, Patron Manager preferred
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Drive, as well as Mac OSX
  • Some experience with design such as Adobe Creative Suite, Canva, or other relatable design software
  • Strong writing, communication and interpersonal skills; poise, tolerance for diverse viewpoints, and a sensitivity to the artistic process 
  • Knowledge of and deep interest in contemporary dance and/or related performing or visual arts
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, a plus


Full-time salary commensurate with experience; health benefits included. This is an entry-level position. 

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected] with "Development Assistant" in the subject line. No phone calls please.

New York Live Arts


Organization: Nonprofit Organizations