The USC Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy

Assistant Director of Development & External Relations

Employment type
about 1 month ago
Los Angeles

The Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy at USC is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Assistant Director of Development and External Relations, a vital role at The Center. This position reports directly to the Senior Associate Director 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 

Associate Director 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 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 press releases, event summaries and Center newsletters, and provide administrative support. This is an exciting time to join The Center and there will be significant opportunities for the Assistant Director of Development and External Relations to help showcase The Center’s two decades of work and its vision for the future. 


  • Bachelor's degree with three-five years of relevant experience in development or external relations. Background in strategic communications experience is valued 
  • 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 Microsoft Office suite and CRM database. Email marketing, website development/coding and Adobe Creative Suite a plus 
  • 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: 

Required documents: A cover letter and resume are required (please upload as one file). Please do not submit your application without these documents. 

  • 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. 
  • The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity. 
To apply

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