Job Title: Special Assistant, Development
Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women’s reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 170 diverse professionals. Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.
The Center’s game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage. It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in more than 55 countries.
To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to www.reproductiverights.org.
Reporting directly to the Chief Development Officer (CD), the Special Assistant will provide executive-level support to the CDO and serve as a liaison to the Development team and the entire organization. The Special Assistant will help coordinate and support the CDO in effectively executing the fundraising plan, managing a portfolio of top donors, liaising with other project managers across the Executive Team, the Office of the President and the Board of Directors. The Senior Assistant will work closely with the Senior Director of Development to help manage internal communication during this time of significant growth and help design and implement processes and systems that effectively support the department and increase efficiency.
- Work with the CDO on day-to-day issues and special projects to support the work of the Development department, providing project management, research and analysis.
- Support the CDO and Senior Director of Development in creating processes and systems to support collaboration in the departments and across the organization.
- Coordinate key department meetings and events, including taking notes, tracking actions and helping to facilitate next steps.
- Work with the CDO and the Senior Director of Development to coordinate the departmental planning processes in conjunction with relevant stakeholders.
- Develop and manage systems for communications across the department to improve and increase CDO’s communication flow within and across departments; ensuring consistency and transparency.
- Coordinate department calendar of events, activities, and meetings; track and manage data for purposes of reporting and analysis; coordinate compilation of departmental Board reports on behalf of the CDO.
- Provide high level strategic and logistical support to the Chief Development Officer for donor interactions and meetings, including preparing donor communications, solicitations and stewardship reports.
- Assist CDO and the Development team to coordinate and track individualized support to Board members for their participation in fundraising efforts and in managing the Development Committee.
- Serve as a liaison between the Development team and Office of the President in tracking the President’s major donor solicitation and cultivation efforts.
- Maintain Raiser’s Edge records for CDO’s donors/prospects and helps CDO track portfolio of top donors.
- Support the CDO and the Senior Director of Development in onboarding new staff.
- Participate, as needed, on key interdepartmental teams or meetings to represent the needs of the CDO.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Strong commitment to the Center’s mission, purpose, and values.
- Bachelor’s degree required; Masters preferred.
- 3-4 years of relevant professional experience.
- Ability to see and understand the big picture and translate into strategic processes.
- Demonstrated excellent writing and verbal communications skills.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and familiarity with Raiser’s Edge preferred.
- High level of discretion and sensitivity to donor confidentiality issues.
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, with capacity to receive and accept constructive feedback, take initiative and be pro-active, and demonstrate solid problem-solving skills.
- English language fluency required; additional languages, especially Spanish, a plus.
Critical Position Behaviors:
- Collaborative: Brings a track record of working effectively with various and diverse individuals and groups. A willingness to actively listen and invite different views and opinions across all levels of the institution to build alignment in support of a common goal.
- Innovative: Demonstrated ability to be innovative and highly productive, with a focus on excellence in a high energy, fast moving, deadline-oriented environment
- Initiative: Effectively responds to pressure or crisis situations and acts professionally. Uses resources well. Follows through on ideas, assignments and open issues. Must possess a “can-do” and “will-do” attitude.
- Commitment to learning: Applies a growth mentality to their own development and pushes self and others to work out of comfort zone. Promotes a culture of learning by modeling inquisitiveness and an openness to viewing mistakes as an opportunity to learn and improve
- Integrity: Possesses impeccable integrity and personal and professional values that are consistent with the Center’s high standards and mission.
- Transparency: Consistently applies openness and honesty in communicating decisions and plans to team members.
- Adaptive/flexible: Has a can do/will do attitude and demonstrates comfort with ambiguity and calculated risk-taking.
- Empathy: An empathetic, approachable team player who engenders trust and confidence, with an inherent ability to interact positively with all members of the Center staff.
- Independent Worker/Thinker: Must have the ability to work independently and in a team setting.
- Confident: Must possess and exhibit a level of confidence in themselves and his/her work but be able to take direction and criticism professionally.
- Results Oriented: Ability to achieve results and complete assignments in a timely manner.
Compensation: The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.
How to Apply: Please click on the link below to apply. A cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this role. It is encouraged to include these application materials as attachments.
Deadline for Applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage people from all groups and communities to apply.
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