Development and Events Associate

Location: New York, NY

Department: ideas42

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

Our Organization:

ideas42 has a clear mission: to use our unique experience as a non-profit at the forefront of behavioral science to change millions of lives for good. As a growing research and consulting organization with offices in New York, Washington D.C., Boston, and San Francisco, we create innovative solutions to tough problems in economic mobility, health, education, safety and justice, consumer finance, energy efficiency and international development. We offer a dynamic and unique work environment, with a team of highly accomplished individuals who are seeking to make a powerful and positive impact on the world.

The Role:

We are seeking an individual with experience in donor research and event planning to join our team as a Development and Events Associate. This new role is part of our strategic growth and vital to our ability to implement an ambitious plan in support of ideas42’s overall mission. We are looking for a highly-organized, entrepreneurial individual to play a key part of building our individual donor program and support a series of high-profile events. The role will be critical in allowing us to expand our capabilities to raise funds from individuals and through public events. This includes but is not limited to:

Prospecting and List Management

  • Manage existing contact list for organization, own CRM database for the organization
  • Conduct extensive research to identify new prospects for individual high net worth donor program and potential attendees for high-level events programs using software programs such as Wealth Engine, online connection research related to networks and issue area concerns.
  • Work with Executive Team to revise and grow prospecting list
  • Track follow-up with potential donors and keep Executive Director on track in follow-up

Fundraising Support 

  • Coordinate with senior development consultant and senior team members to ensure progress is made towards internal fundraising goals.
  • Work with communications and development team members to build and execute an outreach and marketing plan for new donors and events.
  • Coordinate with internal finance team to ensure fundraising and event budgets, expenses and revenue figures are accurate and up-to-date.

Events Support

  • Identify and manage vendors for all events. This includes venues, catering, printing, and A/V as needed to support internal and external events for multiple audiences.  
  • Build a best practices guide for ideas42 events program, becoming a go-to resource for ideas42 team to apply to grant-funded events around the world.
  • Take on progressing levels of ownership and responsibility for the ideas42 Behavioral Summit, our capstone event focused on showcasing the latest research and novel applications of behavioral science. This includes sponsorship outreach, crafting a run of show, and supporting senior members of ideas42 team in other areas.

Who are we looking for?

The successful candidate will be comfortable working both independently and as part of a small team, suggesting new ideas to senior leadership, and thinking critically. We’re looking for a mission-aligned self-starter with the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic and innovative environment while juggling multiple projects and competing deadlines at once. Inquisitive, resourceful individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit and ownership mentality will thrive. A passion for unorthodox problem-solving and promoting social good is critical, but prior expertise or training in behavioral science or psychology is not expected.

Required Qualifications:

  • At least 3 years working in an agency or in-house setting in a development or fundraising position
  • Fluency with MS Office, Google Business Apps and CRM systems like Salesforce or Prosperworks. Role will require extensive use of spreadsheets (e.g. Excel, Google Sheets).
  • Previous experience negotiating and coordinating with external event vendors
  • A natural problem-solver with excellent prioritization skills, capable of successfully managing competing priorities and multiple deadlines 
  • Overall attention to detail is a must
  • Superb interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Experience with client-facing or customer relations
  • Ability to work independently and serving as an ambassador for the organization
  • Proactive self-starter who takes ownership for everything they do
  • A strong level of discretion and judgment when dealing with sensitive or confidential information
  • A willingness and ability to conduct research on creating prospects list for high net worth individuals

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or certification in a related field
  • Prior experience conducting research on creating prospects lists for high net worth individuals


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