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Development Associate

The Library Company of Philadelphia

Organization Overview

The Library Company of Philadelphia is an independent research library concentrating on American society and culture from the 17th through the 19th centuries. Free and open to the public, the Library Company houses an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, manuscripts, broadsides, ephemera, prints, photographs, and works of art. Our mission is to foster scholarship in and increase public understanding of American history before 1900 by preserving and interpreting the valuable materials in our care. The Library Company connects with thousands of visitors annually, ensuring that the lessons of the past will continue to amaze, instruct, and inspire future generations. We serve a diverse constituency throughout Philadelphia and the nation, offering comprehensive reader services, an internationally renowned fellowship program, online catalogs, and regular exhibitions and public programs.

Essential Functions

The Development Associate supports all administrative tasks of the development office including data entry of donor gifts, maintenance of donor information, processing of acknowledgement letters, on-going filing and digitization of the donor files, coordination of in-house appeal mailings. They will also assist with the proofreading of all development, event and communications materials (both print and virtual). Support all fundraising events include Annual Dinner, Annual Lecture, and regular stewardship events. Duties will include set up, breakdown, event registration, etc. They will also track all electronic event records and event/donor software to capture all event and donor-related information for future prospecting/solicitations, including event attendance, seating and meal preferences, and auction item entry and packaging. They will support the development of prospect lists and wealth screening for corporate, foundation and individual constituents.


  • Bachelor’s degree  in Communication Studies, Nonprofit Management, or related field. 1-2 years’ experience in a membership or development role; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite required and Constant Contact desireable; team attitude; willingness to work evening and weekend hours to accomplish projects; staff special events, etc.
  • Experience with database software required (Salesforce preferred); high degree of organization and attentiveness to detail; excellent writing and communication skills; excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs. of material
Education Level: 
Bachelor’s degree
To Apply

This is a full-time salaried position (range $35,000-$40,000). Please email your resume, cover letter, and references to Applications due by Friday, February 28.