Assistant, Foundation & Government Giving

  • The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
  • Washington, DC 20566, USA
Full Time Admin-Clerical Arts Business Development Fundraising Nonprofit

Job Description

About The Kennedy Center

“I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.” – President John F. Kennedy

The Kennedy Center is the nation’s cultural center and living memorial to President John F. Kennedy. Located on the banks of the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., the Center presents performances across all genres, and is also home to artistic affiliates Washington National Opera and National Symphony Orchestra. 

Mission Statement: As the nation's performing arts center, and a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, we are a leader for the arts across America and around the world, reaching and connecting with artists, inspiring and educating communities. We welcome all to create, experience, learn about, and engage with the arts. 

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

The Kennedy Center is a welcoming and inclusive culture where everyone benefits - we do it in a way that honors everyone’s humanity.

We are able to advance our mission because of committed and passionate employees. We are fortunate to be able to leverage their diverse perspectives, life experiences and skills to inform how our workplace can be a safe, transparent, and replenishing community.

Through honest discussion, our focus on DEI, and the creation of a D&I council, we are committed to always being the best versions of ourselves.

Job Description

The Assistant, Foundation & Government Giving will work with a passionate, high-performing team to support the solicitation of foundation and government grants for the Kennedy Center and Washington National Opera (WNO).

The Assistant will draft select proposals and reports, generate donor correspondence, research funding prospects, compile detailed program information and metrics, utilize departmental systems  to process gifts, track giving levels, renewal schedules, and solicitations and ensure proper donor recognition.

The Assistant must be able to exercise discretion in order to collaboratively prioritize assignments and work expediently under significant pressure, as many projects are time sensitive involving concurrent deadlines and donor interaction. A proactive working style and an eagerness to communicate and problem-solve with a positive attitude is essential.

Duties and Responsibilities

25%   Draft acknowledgement letters, emails, and other correspondence to support communications to foundation and government leadership.

20%   Draft select fundraising proposals and reports. This includes the preparation and submission of all financial information and budgets; liaising with Kennedy Center and WNO finance departments on budget approvals; follow-up with the funder; and responding to inquiries regarding project progress.

15%   Utilize and maintain the Tessitura database and other KC systems to track donor relationship data and organize projects as appropriate.

15%   Process gifts, tax receipts, membership cards, and maintain donor files.

15%   Provide proactive customer service to current foundation and government funder/s to the Kennedy Center and WNO. This includes: (a) interacting via phone and email with donors and foundation staff to ensure that they are taking advantage of any benefits available to them; (b) managing donor ticketing needs; and (c) managing the recognition approval process between donor and the Kennedy Center.

10%   Support Assistant Managers in prospect management. Maintain Tessitura data for prospect pipeline management, organize research on funding prospects; create research briefs for senior staff and Board members.

N/A    Responds to the needs and requests of Kennedy Center management and staff in a professional and expedient manner; Adheres to all employer policies and procedures.

N/A   Other duties as assigned.

Key Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree is required. In lieu of a degree, applicable experience will be considered.
  • 1 year development or related experience is highly preferred, as is working knowledge of the performing arts.

Skills & Knowledge Qualifications

  • The candidate must have the ability and confidence to work without close supervision, to foresee development needs, and to generate work for this position and for others supportive of this position including an intern.
  • This position requires superior organizational and interpersonal skills and written and verbal communications.
  • Fundraising efforts are conducted for multiple programs and events simultaneously, and the incumbent must be able to prioritize and manage many varied and time-sensitive tasks.
  • Creativity is critical to identifying funding sources and matching their interests to projects, and to communicating persuasively, both in person and in writing, the need for funding.
  • A professional and cordial demeanor, tact, and diplomacy are imperative as the candidate is regularly in contact with people at all levels of society and business including Kennedy Center leadership, high level volunteers, major donors and prospects, and other Center personnel.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate in person and on the telephone.  The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel in order to operate computer keyboard, office equipment, and other essential tasks.  The employee is frequently required to sit, stand, walk, bend, stoop, crouch, and reach with hands and arms.  This position infrequently lifts, carries, or otherwise moves and positions objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Large, vibrant, fast-paced office that values initiative, efficiency, diversity, and teamwork. Office culture encourages professional growth through internal promotion whenever possible. Occasional evening and weekend work required. The noise level in the work environment is moderate. No travel required.


We offer a comprehensive range of benefits to all full-time employees including: Medical, Dental, Vision, Paid Time Off, Paid Sick Leave, and a 403(b) Retirement Plan

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