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Assistant, Development & Strategy

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National Constitution Center

About the National Constitution Center
The National Constitution Center is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization devoted to teaching about the Constitution. Located on Philadelphia’s historic Independence Mall, steps from where the Constitution was drafted and signed, it serves as America’s leading platform for constitutional education and debate, fulfilling its congressional charter “to disseminate information about the U.S. Constitution on a nonpartisan basis in order to increase awareness and understanding of the Constitution among the American people.”

Our online educational classes, debates and seminars, museum programs and exhibits, and flagship We the People podcast facilitate conversations that allow people of different perspectives to transcend today’s polarized political narrative and instead explore areas of the principles and ideas rooted in the U.S. Constitution. Our highly acclaimed online Interactive Constitution—a nonpartisan tool that allows learners to engage with the text of the Constitution and discover how experts agree and disagree about its history and meaning—has received more than 62 million unique page views since its launch in 2015. Our website is on average the fourth most visited individual museum website in America, and our online classes reached more than 150,000 students, teachers, and learners of all ages across all 50 states and 15 additional countries last academic year. 

Position Summary
The National Constitution Center’s mission is to bring together people of all ages and perspectives, across America and around the world, to learn about, debate, and celebrate the greatest vision of human freedom in history, the U.S. Constitution. We seek to educate, inspire, and engage Americans about the Constitution and, importantly, teach the habits of civil dialogue and deliberation on which the future of our nation depends. Our mission could not be more urgent today, and we have developed an ambitious, five-year strategic plan as we prepare for America’s 250 years of independence in 2026. From major programmatic initiatives to capital projects, we seek to build on our strong foundation in service of our mission.  

The Assistant, Strategy & Development is a key contributor to the National Constitution Center’s mission and strategic goals. This position is the perfect fit for an individual looking for exposure to the full range of fundraising and development operations and best practices, working closely with the Chief Strategy Officer and Vice President of Strategy & Development, and who desires to join a small, high-tempo team, with opportunities for great growth potential. This position will help ensure that the strategy and development team is creating, cultivating, and sustaining key donor and prospect relationships, developing long-term strategies and fundraising pitches, and executing against other critical projects. 
The Assistant, Strategy & Development plays a key role in the cultivation, strategy, and administrative duties related to the Center’s highest dollar donors (members of the President’s Council), as well as foundation and corporate donors and prospects, and assisting as needed with our membership program. Areas of responsibility include donor management and cultivation via drafting donor communications, conducting donor and prospect research, and preparing background briefings for meetings; management of internal tracking systems and ensuring the quality of donor and prospect data in the Center’s database and marketing systems; logistical and administrative duties; and other projects as assigned.

The ideal candidate is strongly committed to the NCC’s nonpartisan mission and is motivated by our important task ahead. We welcome candidates who have recently obtained their bachelor’s degree or who are graduating in December 2022, as well as candidates with a couple of years of experience in nonprofit development and fundraising. The individual in this position must be able to exercise discretion on sensitive matters, be well organized, detail-oriented, have strong written and verbal communication skills and great time management, and be able to execute projects and tasks with minimal supervision.

For exceptional candidates, remote work arrangements will be considered, with the expectation of regular in-person travel to the office in Philadelphia.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Draft donor communications, from meeting asks and thank you notes to cultivation emails, and manage internal cultivation pipeline.
  • Manage the Center’s donor acknowledgement process—draft formal acknowledgement letters to donors each week and manage the execution and mailing of personalized letters from the Center’s president. 
  • Conduct prospect and donor research using various subscriber databases.
  • Prepare background briefings/strategy memos in advance of key in-person or virtual meetings for senior leadership.
  • Draft monthly President’s Council email newsletter from Chief Strategy Officer.
  • Schedule, suggest speakers and topics, and draft copy for monthly President’s Council Conversation Series; manage logistics of the event to include list pulls, invitations, and technical aspects of the live program.
  • Assist with in-person events involving the Center’s Board of Trustees and highest dollar donors.
  • Ensure all donor and prospect communications are appropriately tracked and recorded in the database for $10K+ individual donors and prospects, as well as all foundation and corporate donors and prospects.
  • Assist as needed with the Center’s Membership Program—helping to execute monthly or quarterly mailings, assisting with Member only-events, and responding to Member inquiries.
  • Manage the production and mailing of materials in advance of or following meetings, or for departmental solicitations and other mailings. 
  • Manage the calendar and travel logistics for the Chief Strategy Officer, including scheduling internal and external meetings, booking travel and lodging, preparing trip itineraries, and preparing monthly expense reports.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 
  • Please note that the Center may change specific job duties with or without prior notice based on the needs of the organization


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Interest in the NCC’s nonpartisan mission
  • Very strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Detail orientated and strong project management and organization skills 
  • High level of discretion
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; experience with Adobe Photoshop or design software a plus

The National Constitution Center actively seeks and welcomes people of color, women, the LGBTQIA+ community, persons with disabilities, and people at intersections of these identities, to apply.

Education Level: 
Bachelor’s degree
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