Development Assistant

Development Assistant
National Center for Learning Disabilities
Headquarters: 32 Laight Street, Floor 2, New York, NY 10013
DC Office: 1220 L St. NW, Suite 815, Washington, D.C., 20005

Reports to: Senior Director, Strategic Growth
Team: Development
Status: Full Time

The Mission and Vision:
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) improves the lives of one in five of us who struggle with brain-based learning and attention issues related to reading, math, writing, focus, organization and more.  As the leading programming, research and advocacy organization for learning and attention issues, NCLD empowers parents and young adults, transforms schools and creates policy and advocacy impact.  We envision a society in which every individual who struggles to learn possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life.

The Position
The development assistant serves as a key member of NCLD’s development team and is responsible for providing administrative and writing support to help the team meet the organization’s funding needs. A highly organized individual with strong work ethic, the development assistant facilitates cross-departmental activities toward achieving a wide range of development goals. Toward that end, the assistant provides event management support, writes donor acknowledgments, manages donor mailings,  and coordinates departmental logistics. The development assistant reports to the senior director of strategic growth. This position is based in NYC.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support administrative tasks for department, including mailing lists; filing system; and event scheduling and preparation.
  • Write acknowledgment letters to donors that comply with department standards, with customized messages according to the relationship. Ensure that all gifts are acknowledged within a 24-hour timeframe.
  • Draft email correspondence and letters of interest on behalf of the senior director of strategic growth and president & CEO.
  • Respond to donor questions regarding tax credit programs and donation payments.
  • Coordinate the production and mailing of appeal letters and emails.
  • Collaborate with the executive assistant to prepare materials for quarterly board meetings.
  • Perform quality control assessments to ensure that the team is consistently adhering to filing protocols and updating donor information, with the support of the data manager.
  • Update records in the department’s donor database, particularly regarding mailing addresses and email addresses, with guidance from the data manager.
  • Maintain NCLD’s public engagement tracker.
  • Ensure that prospective donor profiles are regularly updated.
  • Assist in the logistical support of high-level meetings and special events involving donors and board members. .
  • Manage scheduling and travel plans for the senior director of strategic growth.
  • Process all department invoices for payment.
  • Assist in the recruitment and training of Development interns, as needed
  • Facilitate weekly development team meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 1-2 years general office administrative experience required, preferably in a nonprofit environment.
  • Must be detail-oriented and extremely well-organized.
  • Strong writing and editing abilities.
  • Ability to self-prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision.
  • Computer proficient with Microsoft programs required; proficiency with Google and fundraising database management programs (e.g., Raiser’s Edge, Salesforce) preferred.
  • Works well under pressure and manages stress well.
  • Strong work ethic and high standards for personal and professional excellence.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and discretion.
  • Sense of humor; positive attitude.
  • Passion and commitment to NCLD’s mission.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, as needed.

The National Center for Learning Disabilities is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

For additional information on the organization, please visit their website at

For additional information on learning and attention issues, including ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia, executive functioning issues, nonverbal learning disabilities, processing issues and more, please visit

Please send a resume and cover letter to with the subject title “Job Application: [First Name Last Name], Development Assistant.”