The Middle East Forum (MEF) seeks a full-time, resident Development Associate. Responsibilities: Developing and implementing an annual solicitation campaign schedule. Sending out and maintaining records of approved solicitation letters and materials,

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The Middle East Forum (MEF) seeks a full-time, resident Development Associate.

Responsibilities:

  • Developing and implementing an annual solicitation campaign schedule.
  • Sending out and maintaining records of approved solicitation letters and materials, thank you letters, and signed tax acknowledgement forms.
  • Processing new and renewing memberships; coordinating the Forum's membership benefits program.
  • Managing and tracking donor-relations calls made by MEF staff.
  • Entering new and updated information in the donor-relations database.
  • Periodic donor research on current, lapsed, and potential donors as requested.
  • Utilizing the database to create Excel spreadsheets, perform mass mailings to solicit donations, and record and track those efforts.
  • Fielding requests from donors and potential donors, routing them as appropriate to other staff members.

The Development Associate reports to the Director of Development.

Candidate qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Proficiency with database and customer relationship management software (preferably Salesforce and ACT!).
  • Experience in development research.
  • At least one year of successful office work experience, preferably with a database management or fundraising focus at a non-profit organization.
  • Computer literacy and technological proficiency in standard word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications (Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Organized work habits and high motivation; ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment and under frequent deadlines; careful attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Basic agreement with MEF's outlook. (On which, please see http://www.meforum.org.)

Location:

  • The successful candidate will work in the Forum's office in Center City, Philadelphia.

Employment status:

  • This is a full-time, salaried position.

Compensation:

  • Non-profit competitive.

To apply:

Prepare an application that includes:

  • A cover letter indicating your interests, qualifications, and goals.
  • A résumé or curriculum vitae.
  • Names of three references.

When the application is completed:

  • Bundle the entire application as a single document, preferably in Adobe Acrobat (Word is also acceptable).
  • Title it with your name in reverse order, without spacing, as in "ChurchillWinston."
  • Submit the application online by clicking here by January 29, 2016, at 5 p.m. EST.

About the Middle East Forum:

The Middle East Forum, founded in 1994 and headed by Daniel Pipes, is a research institute based in Philadelphia with an annual budget of $4 million; it promotes American interests in the Middle East and protects Western values from Middle Eastern threats. It accomplishes its mission in three ways:

  • Intellectually, by providing information, context, and policy advice through its publications, websites, and lectures;
  • Operationally, by exerting direct influence through its projects (such as Islamist Watch), each addressing a specific problem; and
  • Philanthropically, by annually distributing $2 million of dedicated Education Fund monies.