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Development Assistant

Independence Seaport Museum

Title: Development Assistant

Hours: Full-time; occasional evenings required

Compensation: Salaried; commensurate with experience

Description: Reporting to the Director of Donor Engagement, the Development Assistant will provide general support to the museum’s development team. The position will provide the opportunity to gain valuable experience and learn many aspects about nonprofit development.


  • Provide accurate and timely processing of gifts and acknowledgment letters
  • Update and maintain the organization’s donor database to ensure data integrity
  • Assist the development staff with the planning and execution of fundraising events
  • Assist with the preparation of routine fundraising communications, including print and digital appeals
  • Assist with the preparation of grant proposals and reports
  • Conduct preliminary research on prospective organizations and individuals as needed
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 1-2 years of experience in a nonprofit environment
  • Experience with database applications (Raiser’s Edge preferred)
  • Highly detail-oriented and organized
  • Ability to write mission-oriented copy to a variety of audiences
  • Proofreading skills
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Word and Excel
To Apply

To Apply:

Send a brief cover letter, resume, and two writing samples in an e-mail to Emily O’Rourke, Director of Donor Engagement, at No phone calls.

Independence Seaport Museum deepens the appreciation, understanding and experience of the Philadelphia region’s waterways through history, science, art and community. For more information, please visit

Location: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106. The Museum is easily accessible by public transportation and nearby parking.