Assistant, International Advancement

Location: Washington DC
Department: Development
Job Code: 456


The Assistant will work with the Assistant Manager of International Advancement and the Manager of National and International Advancement to develop and plan solicitations, steward individuals providing support to the Kennedy Center’s international programming, and build productive relationships. The majority of time is spent coordinating and facilitating the daily functions of the Kennedy Center’s International Committee on the Arts (KCICA) and international programming, which raise approximately $2.8 million annually from more than 100 major donors across the world.

The assistant must be able to exercise discretion in order to prioritize assignments and work under significant pressure, as many projects are time sensitive, involving concurrent deadlines and donor interaction. An eagerness to communicate and problem solve with a positive attitude is essential.

The position requires the assistant to demonstrate ability to plan, organize, and manage time and projects for maximum productivity, as well as the ability to shift priorities in order to achieve high-value work. The assistant must work to build productive relationships throughout the organization, and regularly exercise discretion and independent judgement in the pursuit of job objectives and goals.

Duties and Responsibilities:

50%     Provide proactive customer service to current KCICA and international programming donors, mainly interacting via phone and email to assist in matters related to ticketing, upcoming meetings, Kennedy Center special events, membership benefits, and other tasks as assigned

25%     Assist in preparation of materials and planning for committee meetings and events, both locally and abroad, including:

  • Collecting RSVPs;
  • Following up on outstanding contributions and payments for annual campaigns, events and meetings;
  • Preparing registrations, itineraries, and welcome materials for meetings, international summits, and major events;
  • Corresponding with foreign entities, destination management consultants, and hotels.

25%     Work with Assistant Manager and Manager to draft appropriate correspondence for current and prospective committee members and international programming donors, to encompass: research, prospecting, solicitation, cultivation, and gift tracking.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.An advanced degree in a related field is beneficial.
  • One year development or related experience required.
  • Working knowledge of the performing arts is preferred.

Minimum Skills and/or Knowledge Required:

  • The candidate must have the ability and confidence to work without close supervision, to foresee development needs, and to generate work for this position.
  • This position requires superior organizational and interpersonal skills and written and verbal communications.
  • Fundraising efforts are conducted for multiple programs and events simultaneously, and the incumbent must be able to prioritize and manage many varied and time-sensitive tasks.
  • Creativity and an excellent command of the English language are critical to identifying funding sources and matching their interests to projects, and to communicating persuasively, both in person and in writing, the need for funding.
  • A professional and cordial demeanor, tact, flexibility, and diplomacy are imperative as the candidate is regularly in contact with people at all levels of society and business including Kennedy Center leadership, major donors and prospects, and other Center personnel.


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a world premier performing arts organization and our nation’s cultural center. Diversity is a critical component of our mission, vision, and values. Our staff exhibits a wide variety of perspectives and experiences which enable us to foster and strengthen an environment of diversity and inclusion.

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Submit cover letter and resume including salary requirements. Telephone inquiries will not be accepted. Qualified minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. EOE


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