Development Assistant

  • 290 King of Prussia Rd, Wayne, PA 19087, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Join the fight against young-onset dementia. Dedicated to addressing frontotemporal degeneration (FTD), the most common dementia for people under 60, AFTD is a leading global authority on this disease. We are the only national U.S. organization dedicated both to advancing FTD research and providing help and support to improve quality of life for people affected today.

AFTD is mission-driven. Founded by a volunteer in 2002, AFTD raises awareness of this misunderstood disease while supporting people with FTD and their families. We educate healthcare professionals and advance collaborative research. We have a growing staff and a robust national network of thousands of volunteers and individual donors, dedicated to achieving a world with compassionate care, effective support, and a future free of FTD. For all who can benefit from it, we bring information, resources, and opportunities to connect – seeking to change the experience of a devastating disease from one of isolation to one of empowerment and connection.

Help us bring hope. AFTD channels the pioneering spirit of Helen-Ann Comstock, our founder and Board member who saw a world lacking resources to address FTD and chose to take action. As colleagues, we continue Helen-Ann’s work, and we do so with determination, creativity, compassion and resolve. AFTD strives to create a place where team members can learn, grow and support each other. If you have always had a passion to make a positive difference in people’s lives – but are seeking a way to channel that passion – we are assembling the team to do just that. We hope you’ll join us by applying for an essential role!

Join our team. AFTD seeks a driven and talented professional to take on the role of Development Assistant. If the idea of bringing information, resources, help, support and hope for a better future to families across the U.S. is compelling – and if you bring a natural talent for organization and communicating with others– a role at AFTD could be a great fit for you.  

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Job Description

The Development Assistant is responsible for creating and maintaining accurate and up-to-date donor records including donor contributions, acknowledgments and other details that directly support and contribute to the cultivation and stewardship of AFTD donor relationships.  S/he will promptly process and acknowledge all donations and will keep the Development Manager and other staff informed of key donor interactions. The Development Assistant will support AFTD through the completion of general office duties and will act as backup to the Development Coordinator.


Essential Job Functions

  • Donation Processing: Process donations on a daily basis, at times in high volume; ensure prompt acknowledgment of all gifts including mailed, online and wire transfers; perform daily accuracy checks on incoming donations including gift designations and classifications; organize and file all donation paperwork.
  • Database Maintenance & Support: Serve as a key partner in adapting database systems as needed including the maintenance of automated and manual data entry for all donor information; track donor activity and donation amounts in SalesForce.
  • Development Team Support: Provide support to the Development team as needed, including assisting with major mailings, keeping inventory of all Development materials and re-ordering as necessary, serving as a year-round backup to the Development Coordinator for documenting major donor, planned giving and prospect interactions in the database including Contact Reports and Engagement Plan updates, assisting staff with scheduling, meeting preparation, booking travel and preparing expense reports.

Other Job Functions

  • Acknowledge key incoming donations via phone call upon receipt.
  • Serve as the front-line resource for phone queries from donors and prospects; provide prompt follow through to requests.
  • Track and adhere to special acknowledgment requests as they occur.
  • Assist with annual audit in collaboration with CFO and Office Manager.
  • Greet visitors, answer main phone line and triage calls as needed as backup support to Receptionist.
  • Travel for organizational meetings and events as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree or high school diploma plus equivalent experience will also be considered.
  • 2 years of nonprofit experience or other relevant experience preferred.
  • Prior experience in an administrative role preferred. This can include volunteer activity.
  • Strong Microsoft Office Suite skills, particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are required.
  • SalesForce or other CRM experience strongly preferred.
  • Database maintenance and other management skills required, particularly written and verbal via telephone.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail required.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

If you are interested in learning more about this excellent career opportunity, please submit your cover letter and resume. Only applications with a cover letter will be considered.