The USC Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy

Development and External Relations Associate

Employment type
20 days ago
Los Angeles

Position Description:

The Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy at USC is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Development and External Relations Associate, a vital role at The Center. This position reports directly to the Senior Director of Development and External Relations and is responsible for supporting The Center's fundraising and communications efforts. The primary job functions include, but are not limited to; working with the Senior Director of Development and External Relations to plan and execute The Center's special events, including the Distinguished Speaker Series, Conversations on Philanthropy and national forums; assisting in development of strategic communications, including maintaining The Center's website; and updating, maintaining and utilizing The Center's CRM database for use in strategic communications and fundraising. In addition, the individual supports The Center's fundraising efforts including: managing the gift deposit and acknowledgement process; conducting prospect research; and drafting grant proposals and reports. He or she will further prepare news releases and Center Updates, and provide administrative support. This is an exciting time to join The Center as it approaches its 20th anniversary in 2020, where there will be significant opportunities for the Development and External Relations Associate to help showcase The Center’s two decades of work and its vision for the future.


  • Bachelor's degree with two-four years of relevant experience in development or external relations

  • Able to self-manage, prioritize work assignments, manage multiple deadlines, and represent The Center in different environments

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills; ability to manage communications with a high attention to detail and accuracy

  • Proven ability to problem-solve and follow-up appropriately on process and procedural issues

  • Excellent planning and organizational skills

  • Detailed knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency in the use of office computer applications, including at minimum Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

  • Proficiency organizing and working with database systems

  • Experience managing files and content and administering sites within a web-based content management system


Personal Attributes:

• Strategic thinker and ability to problem solve

• Acute attention to detail

• Highly organized

• Discreet with professional relationships

• Commitment to The Center's mission and core values

• Successful candidate will be hard-working, deadline-driven and personable


About the Center

Established in 2000, The Center promotes effective philanthropy and strengthens the nonprofit sector through research and convenings that inform philanthropic decision making and public policy to advance community problem solving. The Center does this by conducting research on philanthropy, volunteerism, and the nonprofit sector; and sharing findings and their implications as well as emerging issues by convening decision makers.

For additional information on The Center see:


Salary and title for this position will be commensurate with experience. The University of Southern California offers excellent benefits to staff employees, which include:

  • Health, dental and life insurance;

  • Paid vacation;

  • Sick leave;

  • Personal and regular holidays;

  • Tuition assistance;

  • Disability and retirement plans;

  • Credit union;

  • Library privileges;

  • Participation in cultural and social events as well as access to athletic and recreational facilities.


An Affirmative/Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Southern California is proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding men and women of every race, creed and background. This university is also firmly committed to complying with all applicable laws and governmental regulations at the federal, state and local levels which prohibit discrimination, or which mandate that special consideration be given, on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, age, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic which may from time to time be specified in such laws and regulations. This good faith effort to comply is made even when such laws and regulations conflict with each other.


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