Development Associate

New York, USA
[Closing date: 9 May

Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) is a collaborative, patients’ needs-driven, non-profit drug research and development (R&D) organization that is developing new treatments for a range of neglected patients ( DNDi’s primary objective is to deliver 16 to 18 new treatments by 2023 to patients suffering from neglected tropical diseases (sleeping sickness, leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, filarial infections, and mycetoma) and viral infections (pediatric HIV and hepatitis C).

DNDi was born out of the frustration of medical teams working with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) who were increasingly unable to treat their patients because the medicines they were using were ineffective, toxic, or no longer produced. MSF committed a portion of its 1999 Nobel Peace Prize funds to develop a new model for R&D for neglected diseases and joined forces with the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation from Brazil, Indian Council of Medical Research, Kenya Medical Research Institute, Ministry of Health of Malaysia, and the Institute Pasteur of France to create DNDi in 2003. To date, DNDi has delivered eight new treatments or therapeutic advances that are already in the hands of millions of patients.

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, DNDi also has offices in Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, and the US. In 2008, DNDi opened an affiliate office in New York City to serve as the headquarters for DNDi North America. A registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, DNDi North America works to strengthen and expand scientific, policy advocacy, partner development, communications, and in particular, fundraising efforts in the region to enhance DNDi’s global impact.


Purpose of the position

DNDi North America is seeking a Development Associate to play an instrumental role in supporting private fundraising efforts mainly in the United States and in some instances, internationally. Based out of DNDi’s office in New York City, the Development Associate will report to the Development Manager and will provide crucial support to a small, dynamic development team, which includes the Senior Development Advisor and Campaign Advisor in New York as well as the External Relations Manager in Geneva, Switzerland.

S/he will help ensure outstanding cultivation/stewardship efforts for donors and prospects, assist with the content and design of marketing materials, provide crucial administrative support for the team, and propose and implement efficient and effective procedures to strengthen internal systems. S/he will have experience handling a variety of tasks related to relationship management with donors, prospect research, gift processing, database maintenance, donor communications, and fundraising events


Specific job responsibilities


  • Cultivate, solicit, steward, and serve as main point of contact for individual donors giving below $5,000
  • Conduct research on current and prospective foundations and individual donors and develop donor profiles
  • Assist in identifying funding prospects and in initiating and developing prospective donor relationships
  • Assist in drafting and finalizing grant proposals, reports, and letters of inquiry for foundation funders
  • Support the DNDi North America fundraising team with logistics for donor meetings, and other preparation as needed
  • Participate in fundraising strategy meetings

Database management and administrative support

  • Provide donor database (Salesforce) administrative support, including running of queries and reports, and data entry
  • Process all gifts and ensure accurate and appropriate documentation of all pledges, proposals, grants, gift acknowledgments, reports, and donor correspondence
  • Send timely acknowledgement letters and pledge reminders
  • Serve as the primary liaison with the Internal Operations team in Geneva for Salesforce and with the Finance team for gift reconciliation
  • Update various charity evaluators/assessment organizations (Better Business Bureau, Guidestar, Charity Navigator), as needed
  • Provide administrative and clerical support such as keeping calendars, scheduling and preparing materials for meetings, note taking, managing returned mail, and other tasks as requested


  • Support the DNDi North America fundraising team in developing and implementing fundraising and cultivation events
  • Assist the Development lead with event timelines, deadlines, list creation, outreach and vendor contracts
  • Develop and coordinate (with Development and Communications teams) pre- and post-event communications, e.g. event invitations, promotional materials, print and digital media
  • Coordinate event logistics, including RSVP and attendee tracking, room setup, materials preparation, catering, and technology needs

Donor communications

  • Manage all logistical aspects of direct mail appeals, including the full execution of in-house mailings
  • Assist in the production of all creative content including donor presentations, reports, letters, email communications, and web content


Job requirements

Skills and attributes

  • Ability to use initiative, prioritize, multi-task, and work well under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Clear and systematic thinking that demonstrates good judgment and problem-solving competencies
  • Good written and verbal communication skills in multicultural, multi-lingual environments
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a multicultural team
  • Well organized and structured
  • Good analytical skills
  • Detail-oriented even while working in a fast-paced environment
  • Good understanding of internal operations and logistics
  • Ability to contribute to the project delivery under supervision
  • Ability to manage small projects if delegated by upper levels with close supervision
  • Ability to supervise an interns/volunteers


  • At least 3 years of experience working in a nonprofit fundraising environment
  • Marketing experience and design editing skills are strongly preferred
  • Passion for DNDi’s mission and interest in global health innovation and access to medicines, infectious diseases, and neglected populations


  • Bachelor’s degree required

Other requirements

  • Proficiency in Salesforce is required
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) is required
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud Programs (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) as well as HTML and WordPress
  • Familiarity with Mailchimp (or similar email marketing system) is preferred
  • Spanish and/or French is a plus


Reporting line

  • S/he will report to the Development Manager



  • S/he provides administrative support to additional members of the private fundraising team, including the Senior Development Advisor and Campaign Advisor based in New York and the External Relations Manager based in Geneva


Other information

  • Status: full time – permanent role


To apply

  • Deadline for application: Accepting applications until 9 May 2019
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted