Development Associate

Department: Development 

Available: May 2019

Position Summary

This position provides administrative support for the Assistant General Manager–Development.  

The Associate must be a highly organized and extremely detail-oriented individual with good communications skills and a calm, pleasant manner.  He/she must write well, be able to meet deadlines, and work independently and proactively within a large organization.  In addition, this individual must have the necessary poise, discretion, and judgment to work well with high-level Board members, senior management, colleagues and support staff.  Flexibility and a good sense of humor are also a must.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Organize cultivation activities, including calling/e-mailing invitations, confirming guests, vouchering and delivering tickets, making Grand Tier restaurant reservations, place- carding tables, and updating Tessitura records after the event.
  • Work with the subscriptions and special services office to provide high priority ticketing assistance to Met donors and prospects. E-mail ticket orders to Customer Care; make trips to 585/Box Office and handle ticket exchanges.
  • Maintain fundraising materials for new productions and prepare information for solicitors.
  • Draft and proofread social correspondence and acknowledgment letters.
  • Update records in Tessitura; handle mailings.
  • Maintain and update fundraising projection spreadsheets and documents.
  • Schedule appointments and make follow-up telephone calls.
  • Help prepare gift agreement letters and contracts.
  • Update campaign tracking reports and serve as liaison with development staff solicitors.
  • Process gifts and pledges from Patrons and Major Donors for submission to the Finance Department.
  • Process invoices, purchase orders and expense reports; maintain expense budget.
  • Administrative tasks such as answering phones, making car/restaurant reservations, preparing photocopies, opening mail, and organizing meetings.
  • Assist with Board of Directors list, meetings and mailings; track RSVPs for events; help prepare and assemble Board handbook and Board Directory.
  • Help staff galas and major fundraising events.
  • Submit weekly payroll through MPS for the Assistant General Manager–Development and self.
  • Distribute and reconcile petty cash.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications & Skill Requirements:

  • College degree required
  • Experience working in an office
  • Strong computer database and spreadsheet skills. Knowledge of Tessitura a plus.
  • Good writing and proofreading skills
  • Familiarity with opera and the performing arts a plus

To Apply:

Please e-mail your resume and cover letter to, including “Development Associate” in the subject line of your e-mail.  

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