Becoming a development assistant means providing administrative support for the director of operations, maintaining resource-development files, participating in the development of office planning, being proficient in the use of a computer and having excellent communication and interpersonal skills. A development assistant must have a working knowledge of the principles and procedures of the office administration.
The general duty for a development assistant is to help the development director with fund-raising ideas, special events, fund development, marketing and public relations. A development assistant works closely under the supervision of the director as well as with program directors, staff and the board of directors.
Tasks & Responsibilities
A development assistant's main responsibilities include developing calendars of public-speaking engagements; acting as a public spokesperson promoting programs and services of the company; initiating media coverage of the company; scheduling, coordinating and leading bi-monthly tours of the facility; recruiting attendees; and assisting in the updates of letterheads, displays and brochures.
A minimum of a bachelor's degree is required for some companies. However, other companies will accept a high school diploma with two years' experience in business, marketing and public relations. You must have excellent public-speaking skills and be able to communicate effectively. Also, you must be available to work evening and/or weekend hours as needed.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Development assistants must be excellent in word processing and data entry, and be proficient in Microsoft Excel. Also, an ability to maintain confidential records, relate to people of different age groups and backgrounds, and interact and communicate in an effective manner is required. The ability to organize time and work independently is necessary as well.
The salary of a development assistant can be as much as $54,000, as of July 2010. However, salaries are based primarily on your educational experience and experience as a development assistant.
The physical demands a development assistant must meet include lifting up to 25 pounds; standing or walking for more than 50 percent of the day; working under pressure to meet deadlines; flexing and extending your wrists and arms between 20 to 60 percent of the work day; and bending, twisting and stooping between 20 to 60 percent of the work day.
Most development assistants work in an office environment, where there can be long periods of time spent sitting. Sometimes development assistants must travel to off-site locations and spend a lot of time on the computer, phone or in meetings.
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