Washington, DC

Assistant Manager, Planned Giving, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The Organization

About The Kennedy Center

“I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.” – President John F. Kennedy

The Kennedy Center is the nation’s cultural center and living memorial to President John F. Kennedy. Located on the banks of the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., the Center presents performances across all genres, and is also home to artistic affiliates Washington National Opera and National Symphony Orchestra.

Mission Statement: As the nation’s performing arts center, and a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, we are a leader for the arts across America and around the world, reaching and connecting with artists, inspiring and educating communities. We welcome all to create, experience, learn about, and engage with the arts.

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

The Kennedy Center is a welcoming and inclusive culture where everyone benefits – we do it in a way that honors everyone’s humanity. We are able to advance our mission because of committed and passionate employees. We are fortunate to be able to leverage their diverse perspectives, life experiences and skills to inform how our workplace can be a safe, transparent, and replenishing community. Through honest discussion, our focus on DEI, and the creation of a D&I council, we are committed to always being the best versions of ourselves.

Position Overview

Job Description

Salary: $54 – 57,000

The Assistant Manager of Planned Giving is an integral member of the Planned Giving & Endowments team. Working under the Manager of Planned Giving & Endowments, the Assistant Manager will help lead the department’s planned giving efforts through research, cultivation, acquisition, stewardship and assisting in the management of the Kennedy Center’s Legacy Societies while assisting with the stewardship of the Center’s Legacy Society members.

What success looks like in this role:

After 60 days, the incumbent will be familiar with the Center’s planned giving operations, the key colleagues and partners in this work, and the database function and reports by which this work is measured.

After 120 days, the incumbent will be proactively building the planned giving pipeline, accurately tracking progress toward financial goals and stewarding donors and prospects.

Duties and Responsibilities

35%   Planned Giving Portfolio – Manage an individual portfolio of donors & prospects

  • Portfolio management for donors & prospects to the Kennedy Center, National Symphony Orchestra, and Washington National Opera.
  • Ensure prompt and appropriate  donor stewardship of the Legacy Society members and prospects by overseeing the accurate tracking of gift intentions, bequests, or gift vehicles.
  • Serves to educate donors and other development staff on the creation of planned gift vehicles, their benefits, and the implementation thereof.
  • Working with the Strategy and Special Projects team,  assist in the building donor pipelines by identifying and cultivating new planned gift opportunities.

25%   Trust & Estate Management – Support the administration of trust and estate gifts

  • Oversee the accurate reporting of estate gifts in process; ensure the completion of moves management across legal, finance, and development departments.
  • Serve as Kennedy Center representative to executors and legal representatives in progressing bequests and estate gifts.

25%   Legacy Society Events – Oversee annual Legacy Society events

  • Assist the Manager in conceiving and designing thoughtful and strategic engagement events to cultivate and educate donors on gift planning.
  • Coordinate the annual Legacy Luncheon benefit event.

15%   Communications & Marketing

  • Coordinate the direct mail campaigns including working with planned giving vendors.
  • Working with the donor communications team, assist in generating the messaging for newsletters, brochures, and ongoing email campaigns

N/A   Responds to the needs and requests of Kennedy Center management and staff in a professional and expedient manner; Adheres to all employer policies and procedures.

N/A   Other duties as assigned.

Key Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 2-3 years of experience with planned giving, preference for candidates with experience in estate planning, tax advising, or other legal/paralegal equivalent experience.
  • Experience and competence with donor relationship management

Skills & Knowledge Qualifications

  • Experience with Tessitura and PG Calc software preferred
  • Knowledge and competence with moves management process and tracking
  • Demonstrated ability providing administrative support including organizing and maintaining files, reports, or other tracking materials

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate in person and on the telephone.  The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel in order to operate computer keyboard, office equipment, and other essential tasks.  The employee is frequently required to sit, stand, walk, bend, stoop, crouch, and reach with hands and arms.  This position infrequently lifts, carries, or otherwise moves and positions objects weighing up to 25 pounds.


We offer a comprehensive range of benefits to all full-time employees including: Medical, Dental, Vision, Paid Time Off, Paid Sick Leave, and a 403(b) Retirement Plan

How To Apply

For consideration, please apply online at www.kennedy-center.org/careers

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