The Development Officer will assist the Director of Foundation and Government Relations with fundraising from foundations and government agencies in both the U.S. and Japan, ensuring the smooth operation of all aspects of Japan Society’s efforts in these areas. The Development Officer will conduct prospect research, process gifts and send acknowledgement letters, write letters of inquiry, proposals, and donor reports, utilize Raiser’s Edge for data entry and generating reports and queries, create and manage financial reports in Excel, and do some light administrative work.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Conduct new prospect research for all eight departments at Japan Society plus general operating & capital improvement projects;
Write cover letters, letters of inquiry, proposals, and reports;
Gift processing and acknowledgement;
Create budgets and financial reports in Excel;
Light data entry and record keeping;
Track prospects, make updates, batch payments, and create reports & queries in Raiser’s Edge;
Light administrative tasks, such as maintaining files and a grants calendar;
Manage and assign tasks to interns, as needed;
Provide staffing support at various Japan Society events, as needed.
Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3-5 years related non-profit experience, particularly as a grant writer;
Knowledge of government grants and previous experience writing & managing government applications are a huge plus;
Must be a very strong writer with the ability to synthesize complex program concepts into compelling proposals and reports;
Must be detail-oriented, organized, flexible, and a team player with the ability to multitask;
Excellent oral, interpersonal and intercultural communication skills are a must;
Experience with Microsoft Office and database processing (preferably Raiser’s Edge—including the building of queries and custom reports, exports and merges) is essential;
Interest in and knowledge of Japanese culture and some Japanese language ability are a plus.
To Apply: Email your letter of interest, a resume, and two writing samples (one letter of inquiry and one grant proposal excerpt) to: email@example.com.
About Japan Society
Founded in 1907, Japan Society in New York City presents sophisticated, topical and accessible experiences of Japanese art and culture, and facilitates the exchange of ideas, knowledge and innovation between the U.S. and Japan. More than 200 events annually encompass world-class exhibitions, dynamic classical and cutting-edge contemporary performing arts, film premieres and retrospectives, workshops and demonstrations, tastings, family activities, language classes, and a range of high-profile talks and expert panels that present open, critical dialogue on issues of vital importance to the U.S., Japan and East Asia. For more information, visit our website http://www.japansociety.org.