Assistant, Development

George W. Bush Presidential Center
March 5, 2019
Dallas, Texas, TX
Job Type



Rooted in the guiding principles of President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush, the George W. Bush Presidential Center engages communities in the United States and around the world by cultivating leaders and advancing policies to solve today’s most pressing challenges. The Bush Center is home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, which is operated by the National Archives and Records Administration, and the George W. Bush Institute, the non-partisan, public-policy arm of the Bush Center. The Bush Center is located on the campus of SMU in Dallas, Texas, and also includes a 15-acre park, a full-service restaurant, Café 43, and a museum store.

Housed within the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the George W. Bush Institute is an action-oriented, nonpartisan policy organization with the mission of cultivating leaders and advancing policies to solve today’s most pressing challenges. It raises current and thought-provoking issues and builds programs to address the challenges facing our nation and our world. The work of the Bush Institute is inspired by the principles that guided the Bushes in public life: education is the foundation of a successful life; freedom is a universal human desire; free enterprise is the engine of economic prosperity; and every human life is precious.

Essential Responsibilities

The Assistant to Development is primarily responsible for providing administrative and development support to the development directors to advance Foundation fundraising objectives. Assigned areas may include corporate and foundation relations, grants and/or stewardship. Specific responsibilities include, but may not be limited to:

Fundraising Support

  • Provide general administrative support to the development directors:
    • Manage and optimize calendars, as needed.
    • Plan and coordinate meetings, including drafting agendas, proofreading, inviting attendees, preparing read-ahead materials, and circulating key takeaways.
  • Assist directors with donor and prospect management activities, including the maintenance of prospect lists, facilitating prospect research requests, and ensuring that all cultivation and research, activities, and tasks are tracked in the Raiser’s Edge database.
  • Regularly facilitate donor and prospect record updates in Raiser’s Edge with the Database Operations team on behalf of the directors.
  • Coordinate donor and prospect communications, including recording directors’ thank you notes in Raiser’s Edge, pledge payment reminders, ordering/mailing of photos, managing general mailings, and proactively assessing directors’ correspondence needs and facilitating requests as needed.
  • Enter directors’ contact reports into Raiser’s Edge and assist with follow-up items from meetings.

General Support

  • Assist directors with event management and serve as the liaison with events team, as needed. Maintain invitation lists and prepare briefing materials for Bush Center leadership.
  • Coordinate appropriate meeting materials for general development meetings, prospect meetings, quarterly review meetings, and board meetings.
  • Provide backup to other Foundation administrative staff.
  • Perform general office duties and other tasks as necessary.


The qualified applicant will possess (a/an):

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum of 1 year of development or administrative related experience; experience with Raiser’s Edge preferable.
  • Ability to work independently and handle confidential information appropriately.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Commitment to the vision and mission of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Additionally, the ideal applicant will:

  • Possess strong verbal and written communications skills.
  • Demonstrate a make-it-happen spirit and collaborative team style.
  • Provide a proven track record of strong attention to detail.
  • Maintain a courteous and professional demeanor.

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.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit stationary at a desk and use computer equipment.

How To Apply

To apply, please go to the website,, and click on "About" at the bottom of the page. Then click on "Careers". You will be redirected to our employment site, where you can submit an online application to the position.


Position:            Assistant, Development

FLSA Status:     Non-Exempt

Reports to:        Director, Development

Department:      Development

Division :             Corporate and Foundation Relations

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