Associate at Development Guild/DDI

Posting ID : A1068478864
Date Posted : 2015-08-18
Category : Human Resource

Development Guild/DDI

New York, NY
August 2015


Development Guild/DDI, a growing management consulting firm working exclusively with education, health, and nonprofit organizations, seeks an Associate with excellent writing, organizational, and collaborative skills. The Associate will be responsible for providing administrative support in the areas of office management and human resources, and will work with consultants on executive search and fundraising client projects. This is a great opportunity to gain experience in office operations and management and to get insight into the nonprofit and consulting fields. This position is based in Development Guild/DDI's Manhattan office.

Development Guild/DDI has successfully worked with a diverse roster of clients, including the following representative list: America Achieves, Barnard College, Blair Academy, Boston University, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Children's Hospital Trust (Boston), Children's National Health System (Washington, DC), City College of New York, Echoing Green, Harlem Children's Zone, Mount Sinai Health System (New York), Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The MacDowell Colony, Museum of Science (Boston), The Nature Conservancy in New York, Single Stop USA, American Red Cross (NY and CT/RI Chapters), Vassar College, and Year Up.

About Development Guild/DDI

Each year Development Guild/DDI partners with approximately 80 to 90 clients in the following areas:

Fundraising: The largest fundraising firm based in Boston and a growing force in other geographic regions, Development Guild/DDI applies an approach that combines evidence with strategic insight and experience to help shape and achieve ambitious client fundraising goals. We engage with our fundraising clients for periods that span from five months to five years. Services include fundraising assessment and planning, campaign feasibility studies, strategic campaign counsel, design and implementation of major gift programs, and training for fundraising professionals and volunteers. Development Guild/DDI staff work in teams tailored to each client's unique needs, providing specific sector intelligence, cross-sector insight, and hands-on functional expertise.

Executive Search: Development Guild/DDI provides retained search counsel for leadership-level positions: Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director, Chief Advancement or Development Officer, and Directors of key fundraising units. At the same time, we offer multi-search services for clients building out their teams in support of ambitious strategic philanthropic goals. We have a valued history of providing multiple services to clients over time, leveraging the knowledge, relationships, and insight gained during a fundraising engagement for an executive search. The span of our client engagements across our service lines provides an optimal platform for lead generation and sales and gives us access to those organizations investing in leadership positions.

With offices in Boston and New York, Development Guild/DDI invests considerable effort to ensure challenging and interesting opportunities for its staff, offering a collegial environment exemplified by committed colleagues, a learning culture, and cross-team assignments. The company's consistently high quality and exceptional staff of 30+ employees are a direct result of Development Guild/DDI's ongoing, major commitment to the professional development of its staff members and cross-training of its professional staff in fundraising and executive search.

About the Position

Development Guild/DDI seeks a full time Associate with excellent communication and organizational skills, as well as a commitment to working with extraordinary nonprofit organizations. This position offers a great opportunity to gain experience and insight into the nonprofit and consulting fields while working collaboratively with a committed team of staff members. The Associate will provide administrative support in the areas of operations, facilities, and human resources, and will also serve in the role of coordinator, working with consultants in fundraising and executive search project teams. The position reports directly to Kate Michaud, Director of Staff Development, and is based in Development Guild/DDI's Manhattan office.


Office Management Tasks: Share weekly shifts of phone coverage; Provide administrative support for the New York office, such as scheduling, processing vouchers, and coordinating travel arrangements; Handle incoming and outgoing mail for the NY office; Serve as the tech helpdesk for NY office and visiting staff; Maintain office equipment and supplies in the NY office; Serve as liaison to the Brookline office; Communicate effectively with the NY office team; Other tasks as requested.

HR/Operations: Serve as a member of the management team; Update and generate reports and documents, as needed; Process internal executive search services systems; Conduct employment law research; Support special projects; Update employee Paid Days Off spreadsheets; Schedule meetings; Process monthly vouchers; Assist with various HR tasks; Other tasks as requested.

Sales Support: Draft and/or edit proposals, agreements, reports, and other miscellaneous correspondence; Enter/update sales information into the firm's database; Assist with the creation and/or production of pre-proposal sales materials; Provide support to sales leads in moves management and scheduling sales meetings; Other tasks as requested.

Client Services - Serve as coordinator and provide assistance on a variety of executive search and fundraising client projects: Draft and edit correspondence and other documents (e.g. position announcements, board packets, gift tables, etc.); Prepare for internal team and client meetings; Review and analyze data; Schedule client meetings, attend when appropriate; Enter/Update information into the firm's database and maintain client files; Perform internet and database research; Monitor contract progress and budgets; Build relationships with candidates and foster positive relationships with clients; Other tasks as requested.


BA or BS degree
1-2 years of work experience in a professional setting; human resources or office management experience preferred
Experience in administrative support
Resourceful; able to work well in a fast-paced environment, multitask and prioritize
High level of professionalism, diplomacy, and responsiveness
Excellent communications skills
Exceptional editing and writing skills
Experience working with senior leaders
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Demonstrated ability to analyze and interpret data
Interest in office management
Strong computer skills (word processing, graphics and spreadsheets); able to pick up new programs and ideas quickly, help desk experience a plus
Customer service oriented: professional phone manner, sense of humor and friendly disposition
Able to work well with different constituencies
Patient and flexible work style
Team oriented

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Submit cover letter and resume in confidence to:

Kate Michaud
Director of Staff Development
Development Guild/DDI

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