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The American Academy has one open position:  Research Assistant: Development

Research Assistant: Development

The American Academy in Berlin seeks a researcher and writer for the position as Research Assistant, Development (40hrs/week).

As Research Assistant, he/she will assist the Development Manager in researching and analyzing prospective fundraising targets. He/She will be key in identifying new donors and preparing relevant correspondence. He/She helps organize fundraising efforts and provides administrative assistance in fundraising endeavors, such as special campaigns. He/She communicates effectively with senior management and donors. He/She possesses excellent interpersonal skills, discretion, and professional demeanor.

Main responsibilities include:
• Conduct research and market analysis related to new business opportunities
• Identify grant sources
• Coordinate and execute research of prospective fundraising targets
• Prepare and submit grant applications and proposals
• Prepare correspondence regarding the organization and its programs
• Prepare meetings with current and potential donors
• Maintain relevant overviews
• Support the Development Manager in setting up appointments
• Assist the Development Manager with special projects such as an annual fundraising gala and the ad acquisition for the in-house publication The Berlin Journal

Required skills:
• Ability to thrive and work effectively independently and as a part of a team
• Strong attention to detail and accuracy
• Ability to prioritize and organize multiple projects, meet deadlines
• Excellent computer skills, specifically MS Office products (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
• Excellent German and English written and verbal communications skills
• Ability to build rapport with donors with diplomacy and cultural sensitivity
• University degree desirable
• Work experience in related field

The position is set to begin September 15 and is limited to one year. Please send your application with your salary expectations (cover letter and a resume as single pdf) by July 31, 2014 to:

Maria Ihle, Assistant Personnel