Development Assistant

Employment Status: 
Full-Time, 37.5 hours per week. 

Position Description
The Franklin Institute is seeking a dynamic, creative, organized, and energetic individual to join the External Affairs team and provide exceptional administrative support, relationship management assistance, and problem solving skills to maximize fundraising efforts across the organization. This individual provides essential support to Major Gift Officers in the External Affairs Department, including campaign fundraising activities and outreach to donors and potential supporters, annual fundraising support, and comprehensive relationship management tracking using Raiser’s Edge. Additional duties include providing support to frontline fundraising staff to achieve major giving qualification, cultivation, and solicitation goals, as well as stewardship for donors. The position works collaboratively across the Department and the Institute to support all fundraising and membership activities, as needed. The position will report to the Director of Major and Principal Gifts.    

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, minimum of three years’ experience in general office environment involving considerable computer work required. 
  • Development office experience preferred.
  • Must have a sincere interest in advancing philanthropic priorities of The Franklin Institute, as well as objectives of capital campaign in advance of the Institute’s 200th anniversary in 2024.
  • Desire to work in a donor-centered culture that produces high-quality information, materials, and constituent experiences. 
  • Must be a strong writer, with an acute attention to detail in all work. 
  • Must demonstrate professionalism in all interactions with colleagues, constituents, and community, and become a knowledgeable advocate of The Franklin Institute’s mission and programs. 

Equal Opportunity Employer 
The Franklin Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Benefits Information
The Franklin Institute offers a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, vision, 401K, life insurance and disability coverage. We also offer generation Paid Time Off, paid holidays, and numerous wellness program benefits.

  • Working at The Franklin Institute

    Advance your career by working at The Franklin Institute! Applications from candidates at all levels of training, experience, and education are accepted for positions in administrative, curatorial, security, trade, and professional areas. The Franklin Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Cover letters and resumes can be submitted to our Human Resources Department in a variety of ways:

    Email: (Please indicate the position for which you are applying in the subject line.)

    Postal Mail:
    The Franklin Institute
    ATTN: Human Resources Department
    222 North 20th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Fax: 215.448.1121

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