Center for Reproductive Rights
  • 11-Jun-2018 to 10-Aug-2018 (EST)
  • Development
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Full Time

Job Title: Donor Research Associate

Department: Development

Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity.  Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.  Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 170 diverse professionals.  Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.

The Center's game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage.  It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women's rights advocates in more than 55 countries.

To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to

The Role: The Center is looking to add an enthusiastic donor researcher to its expanding Development team.  Under the supervision of the Manager of Donor Research and Trends, the Donor Research Associate will help meet the research needs of the Development team. She/he will proactively and reactively collect, analyze, synthesize, interpret, and appropriately disseminate information about the Center's donors and prospective donors in a user-friendly format. The position will also assist in prospect management and data maintenance tasks.


  • Respond quickly and enthusiastically to requests for research on donors and prospects by utilizing various fundraising research tools and techniques.
  • Clearly communicate actionable, complete research results to colleagues and complete all aspects of document and information storage.
  • Build relationships with donor-facing Development team members to maintain a solid grasp of their evolving research needs and donor information consumption preferences.
  • Identify, understand, condense and analyze biographical and philanthropic information to support prospect development.
  • Employ a wide variety of proactive prospecting methodologies to ensure a steady flow of prospective major donors to the Individual, Institutional and Bi/Multilateral Giving teams.
  • Create briefing materials for donor meetings and events.
  • Monitor top prospects via news alerts and push technology and share relevant updates with team members and colleagues.
  • Demonstrate persistence in difficult research situations as well as outstanding time management.
  • Stay current on industry trends and practices through relevant publications, associations and professional colleagues, and report regularly to the Development team on trends and individuals to watch.
  • Uphold the highest standards of ethical behavior for development professionals and ensure the confidentiality of donor information.


  • Bachelor's degree required and at least 2 years of experience in non-profit development or a related research field, such as information science, market research or journalism.
  • An unwavering energy and focus for research and analysis of complex information.
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills and demonstrated ability to articulate complex ideas clearly, accurately, and concisely.
  • Proven ability to prioritize work, managing multiple, diverse, and competing priorities while meeting dynamic deadlines that may shift. Strong problem-solving skills and demonstrated ability to work in a demanding environment.
  • Commitment to the Center's mission, purpose, and values.
  • A team player who understands how to collaborate effectively with internal stakeholders and work across team lines.
  • Principled, ethical, professional, and committed to exceptional work quality and standards. 
  • English language fluency required; additional languages, especially Spanish, a plus.

Critical Position Behaviors:

  • Collaborative: Brings a track record of working effectively with various and diverse individuals and groups. A willingness to actively listen and invite different views and opinions across all levels of the institution to build alignment in support of a common goal.
  • Innovative: Demonstrated ability to be innovative and highly productive, with a focus on excellence in a high energy, fast moving, deadline-oriented environment
  • Initiative: Effectively responds to pressure or crisis situations and acts professionally. Uses resources well.  Follows through on ideas, assignments and open issues.  Must possess a "can-do" and "will-do" attitude.
  • Commitment to learning: Applies a growth mentality to their own development and pushes self and others to work out of comfort zone. Promotes a culture of learning by modeling inquisitiveness and an openness to viewing mistakes as an opportunity to learn and improve
  • Integrity: Possesses impeccable integrity and personal and professional values that are consistent with the Center's high standards and mission.
  • Transparency: Consistently applies openness and honesty in communicating decisions and plans to team members.
  • Adaptive/flexible: Has a can do/will do attitude and demonstrates comfort with ambiguity and calculated risk-taking.
  • Empathy: An empathetic, approachable team player who engenders trust and confidence, with an inherent ability to interact positively with all members of the Center staff.
  • Independent Worker/Thinker: Must have the ability to work independently and in a team setting.
  • Confident: Must possess and exhibit a level of confidence in themselves and his/her work but be able to take direction and criticism professionally.
  • Results Oriented: Ability to achieve results and complete assignments in a timely manner.

Compensation: The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.

How to Apply: Please click on the link below to apply. A cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this role.  It is encouraged to include these application materials as attachments.

Deadline for Applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage people from all groups and communities to apply.

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