Development Associate

Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative | New York, New York


Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) is a collaborative, patients’ needs-driven, non-profit drug research and development (R&D) organization that is developing new treatments for a range of neglected patients ( DNDi’s primary objective is to deliver 16 to 18 new treatments by 2023 to patients suffering from neglected tropical diseases (sleeping sickness, leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, filarial infections, and mycetoma) and viral infections (pediatric HIV and hepatitis C).

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, DNDi also has offices in Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, and the US. In 2008, DNDi opened an affiliate office in New York City to serve as the headquarters for DNDi North America. A registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, DNDi North America works to strengthen and expand scientific, policy advocacy, partner development, communications, and in particular, fundraising efforts in the region to enhance DNDi’s global impact.

Job Summary

DNDi North America is seeking a Development Associate to play an instrumental role in supporting private fundraising efforts mainly in the United States and in some instances, internationally. S/he will help ensure outstanding cultivation/stewardship efforts for donors and prospects, assist with the content and design of marketing materials, provide crucial administrative support for the team, and propose and implement efficient and effective procedures to strengthen internal systems. S/he will have experience handling a variety of tasks related to relationship management with donors, prospect research, gift processing, database maintenance, donor communications, and fundraising events

Reports To

Based out of DNDi’s office in New York City, the Development Associate will report to the Development Manager and will provide crucial support to a small, dynamic development team, which includes the Senior Development Advisor and Campaign Advisor in New York as well as the External Relations Manager in Geneva, Switzerland.



  •  Cultivate, solicit, steward and serve as main point of contact for individual donors giving below $5,000
  •  Conduct research on current and prospective foundations and individual donors and develop donor profiles ‘
  •  Assist in identifying funding prospects and in initiating and developing prospective donor relationships
  •  Assist in drafting and finalizing grant proposals, reports, and letters of inquiry for foundation funders
  •  Support the DNDi North America fundraising team with logistics for donor meetings, and other preparation as needed
  •  Participate in fundraising strategy meetings



  •  Provide donor database (Salesforce) administrative support, including running of queries and reports, and data entry
  •  Process all gifts and ensure accurate and appropriate documentation of all pledges, proposals, grants, gift acknowledgments, reports, and donor correspondence
  •  Send timely acknowledgement letters and pledge reminders
  •  Serve as the primary liaison with the Internal Operations team in Geneva for Salesforce and with the Finance team for gift reconciliation
  •  Update various charity evaluators/assessment organizations (Better Business Bureau, Guidestar, Charity Navigator), as needed
  •  Provide administrative and clerical support such as keeping calendars, scheduling and preparing materials for meetings, note taking, managing returned mail, and other tasks as requested


  •  Support the DNDi North America fundraising team in developing and implementing fundraising and cultivation events
  •  Assist the Development lead with event timelines, deadlines, list creation, outreach and vendor contracts
  •  Develop and coordinate (with Development and Communications teams) pre- and post-event communications, e.g. event invitations, promotional materials, print and digital media
  •  Coordinate event logistics, including RSVP and attendee tracking, room setup, materials preparation, catering, and technology needs


  • Manage all logistical aspects of direct mail appeals, including the full execution of in-house mailings
  • Assist in the production of all creative content including donor presentations, reports, letters, email communications, and web content


Skills and Attributes

  •  Ability to use initiative, prioritize, multi-task, and work well under pressure to meet deadlines
  •  Clear and systematic thinking that demonstrates good judgment and problem-solving competencies
  •  Good written and verbal communication skills in multicultural, multi-lingual environments
  •  Ability to work effectively as part of a multicultural team
  •  Well organized and structured
  •  Good analytical skills
  •  Detail-oriented even while working in a fast-paced environment
  •  Good understanding of internal operations and logistics
  •  Ability to contribute to the project delivery under supervision
  •  Ability to manage small projects if delegated by upper levels with close supervision
  •  Ability to supervise an interns/volunteers 



  •  At least 3 years of experience working in a nonprofit fundraising environment
  •  Marketing experience and design editing skills are strongly preferred
  •  Passion for DNDi’s mission and interest in global health innovation and access to medicines, infectious diseases, and neglected populations


  Bachelor’s degree required


depends on experience


  •  Proficiency in Salesforce is required
  •  Proficiency in Microsoft Office (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) is required
  •  Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud Programs (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) as well as HTML and WordPress
  •  Familiarity with Mailchimp (or similar email marketing system) is preferred
  •  Spanish and/or French is a plus

How to Apply

 Please submit your resume/CV and cover letter using our online form at

Deadline for application: Accepting applications until February 28, 2019

Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative


Organization: Nonprofit Organizations