Washington, DC

Assistant Manager, Endowment 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 Endowment 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 endowment fundraising through research, cultivation, acquisition, stewardship and assisting in the management of the Kennedy Center’s Legacy Societies while assisting with the stewardship of the Kennedy Center’s Legacy Society members.

What success looks like in this role:

After 60 days, this role will be familiar with the Kennedy Center’s endowment fundraising strategy and operations, the key colleagues and partners in this work, and the database function and reports by which this work is measured.

After 120 days, this role will be proactively building the endowment pipeline, accurately tracking progress toward financial goals, and stewarding donors/prospects, and actively soliciting gifts.

Duties and Responsibilities

50%   Fundraising Portfolio – Manage an individual portfolio of donors & prospects

  • Portfolio management for donors & prospects to the Kennedy Center’s endowment impact funds via direct contact through phone, email, in-person visits and off-site events and local travel.
  • Ensure prompt and appropriate donor stewardship by overseeing the correct gift entry, acknowledgements, tax receipts, and database tracking.
  • In collaboration with Development Communications team, ensure accurate creation and implementation of endowment solicitation materials such as one-pagers, proposals, presentations, and brochures.
  • Research and building endowment support pipeline working with other frontline fundraisers and the strategy and special projects team.

30%   Campaign Implementation – Support the Manager in all aspects of endowment campaigns.

  • Assist in cross-team portfolio reviews by serving as a knowledgeable resource for endowment fundraising.
  • Ensure accurate tracking and moves-management towards the goals of each impact fund of the endowment.
  • Assist Manager in identifying new endowment opportunities, impact fund creation, or other restricted endowment gifts.

10%   Planned Giving Support – Support the operations of the Office of Planned Giving

  • Assist team colleagues in providing donor stewardship responding to incoming phone, email, and physical mail.
  • Assist in major planned giving events, gatherings, and other planned giving duties as assigned.

10%   Events, Travel, and Meetings

  • Assist in developing donor engagement opportunities including small cultivation gatherings, events, and donor benefits.
  • Proactively engage portfolio donors through formal and informal engagement opportunities.

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 development or related experience required
  • Experience working with database software
  • Excellent application of moves management tracking

Skills & Knowledge Qualifications

  • Major gifts fundraising experience is ideal
  • Tessitura database experience a benefit
  • Working knowledge of the performing arts

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 at www.kennedy-center.org/careers

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