Development Associate, North America

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  • Job ID 45979

Job Description

Development Associate, North America 

$57,997 – $60,129 Per Annum (depending upon experience)

Open-ended contract (Permanent)

Full time (35 hours per week)

Retirement plan including highly competitive (22.5%) employer contributions

Office based role in New York with some flexibility for home working and occasional travel to Edinburgh

The Opportunity:

Gift processing is the bedrock of good donor stewardship and we are looking for someone who will share our passion for getting this right. The role will support the work of our US fundraisers and the University of Edinburgh USA Development Trust, the independent non-profit organization based in the United States that supports teaching, research and student activities at the University of Edinburgh.

Your skills and attributes for success: 

  • The ability to problem solve and work with financial data
  • The confidence and professionalism to represent the University to donors with enthusiasm and clarity
  • The ability to work independently with excellent organisational skills
  • Impeccable writing skills to communicate the impact of gifts to donors and write engaging content for direct appeals
  • Integrity, discretion and professionalism in your dealings with all stakeholders

No experience of working in a higher education setting is required; we welcome applications from experienced candidates in any sector with transferable skills. Please give examples in your covering letter of how you meet the knowledge and skills requirements laid out in the job description. Only applications with cover letters will be considered.

The Development & Alumni department offers an inclusive and welcoming working environment: we understand that a diverse team is crucial to achieving our mission of “connecting for good”. Our team is ambitious, acts with integrity and demonstrates commitment to progress and impact. We nurture talent and reward success.

You will be empowered to shape and inform aspects of our office culture such as diversity and inclusion, mental health and wellbeing, and sustainability. You will be supported to bring new ideas, and to take and learn from calculated risks. You will be empowered to develop ways of working that fit team needs and individual circumstances, which will include creative and practical ways to maintain connections between Edinburgh and key North American locations.

As a valued member of our team you can expect: 

An inclusive, exciting, positive, creative and rewarding place to work. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which include a generous holiday entitlement, a retirement plan with generous employer contributions, health insurance, family friendly initiatives, flexible working, extensive staff discounts, and much more. Go to our staff benefits page for further information. A reward calculator helps show the total value of pay and benefits provided. Offers made to candidates for US-based roles will include a competitive package of benefits designed with local benchmarks in mind.

Staff members are supported to contribute to the University’ equality diversity and inclusion agenda through groups such as the Disabled Staff Network, Staff Pride Network and Edinburgh Race Equality Network. The University of Edinburgh is proud of its Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education.

We anticipate interviews will be held mid to end of September in person.

If invited for interview you will be asked to evidence your right to work in the USA.


As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.



Development & Alumni maintains and enhances our relationships with all our former students – around 250,000 in more than 150 countries. We also fundraise in order to ensure that the University can continue to provide ground-breaking research, world-class facilities and scholarships to talented students and staff members from across the world.

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