Development Assistant

Dia Art Foundation

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Dia Art Foundation seeks a Development Assistant based in its office in New York City. This is a full-time, entry-level role providing administrative support across various operations of the Development department. Reporting to the Director of Development and under the general oversight of the Deputy Director of Advancement, the position provides key support to a small and busy team. The role will offer opportunities for skill development and experience with a full range of Development activities in arts nonprofits, including membership, patron management, and fundraising events.

About Dia Art Foundation

Dia Art Foundation was established in 1974 for the purpose of commissioning, collecting, and presenting major works of art made in the 1960s onwards. Today it consists of eight permanent sites across the United States and Germany, as well as three (soon to be four) changing exhibition spaces in New York state: Dia Chelsea in New York City, Dia Beacon in the Hudson Valley, and Dia Bridgehampton in Long Island. Dia is taken from the Greek word for “through” and conveys the foundation’s role as a facilitator of meaningful artistic experiences that can be encountered in single and repeated visits.


Responsibilities include:

  • Provide support for a variety of gift-processing and data-entry functions in Altru, including prospect coding, reports, mailing lists, and other constituent tracking

  • Prepare invoices, donor acknowledgements, member correspondence, and other written communication as needed

  • Provide support for annual fundraisers, membership programs, and other special events including tracking RSVPs and assisting with event preparation

  • Compile research and profiles on individual, foundation, and corporate prospects

  • Support department in managing donor and prospect relationships, including billing and visiting inquiries, donor acknowledgements, tour logistics, and special tasks as assigned

  • Manage department calendar and prepare meeting agendas and notes

  • Coordinate department mailings, including book mailings, holiday cards, and other appeals

  • Assist the Deputy Director of Advancement with travel, meeting schedules, and monthly expense reports



  • Prior work or internship experience, preferably in a Development or arts environment, is required

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education preferred

  • Must have strong administrative support skills and be organized and detail oriented; be proactive and able to manage multiple tasks and shifting priorities

  • Accurate data entry skills; experience with Altru or a similar database is preferred, but training will be provided

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

  • Work well in a team setting with a positive, helpful attitude

  • Able to travel between Dia’s New York City and Beacon offices on occasion; transportation costs will be covered by Dia

  • Available for occasional off-site and after-hours work for events, as needed

How to Apply

Qualified candidates are invited to apply, by emailing a letter of interest and resume to with “Development Assistant” in the subject heading.

Application Deadline: July 2, 2021

Dia provides a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package with significant employer contributions toward premiums. The 401(k) plan provides 100% employer match up to 4% of the employee’s deferral and immediate vesting. Paid time‐off benefits include three weeks of vacation, ten days of sick leave, thirteen holidays, and a generous parental leave program. Additionally, staff ID badges gain reduced or free admission to most American museums and arts organizations.

Dia Art Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law in its employment policies. In addition, Dia will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

Posted on June 25