Development Project Associate

Development Project Associate

About Cohen Veterans Bioscience

Cohen Veterans Bioscience (CVB) is a nonprofit research organization dedicated to fast-tracking the discovery and development of precision diagnostics and personalized therapeutics for maintenance and restoration of brain health. CVB leads focused programming on veterans and trauma-related disorders, and partners on research in Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, Rett’s Syndrome and other brain diseases.

Globally, 2 billion individuals are directly affected by brain disorders with a catastrophic personal and societal cost exceeding $2 trillion USD. These disorders, which number in excess of 600 diagnosable conditions, include neurologic conditions (such as multiple sclerosis and dementia), psychiatric conditions (such as depression and PTS), brain injuries (such as TBI), and pain and substance abuse disorders. We do not know the causes and mechanisms of most brain diseases, and consequently we have inadequate treatments, few definitive diagnostics or cures.

CVB is a pioneer in the development of next-generation diagnostics and treatments for brain disorders harnessing the power of biotechnology (including neuroimaging, ‘omics, and biosensors) in combination with high-performance computing and data analytics, to understand the underlying mechanisms of disease and discover new ways to improve brain health.

CVB operates intramural research programs and Public-Private Partnership cooperative alliances which organize networks of partners who each contribute complementary and synergistic data, capabilities, or expertise to support a common roadmap for identifying diagnostic biomarkers, building predictive brain disease models, digital wellness and precision treatments. CVB’s approach is to build enabling platforms with strategic partners and to adopt a team science approach to fast-track solutions in years, not decades.

About the Opportunity

CVB is seeking a Development Project Associate to fulfill a broad and diverse range of administrative and project-based responsibilities and assignments in support of the organization’s fundraising efforts to advance the mission and work of CVB. Reporting to the Executive Director of Development, and as an integral member of the development team, the Development Project Associate will serve as an ambassador for the organization and its efforts to deepen engagement with constituency groups and drive broader awareness and philanthropic support for the organization. This position is based in CVB’s New York City office.

The right candidate will embrace attributes of adaptability and flexibility, as the specific duties and responsibilities will evolve with the expansion of the CVB development program.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct special projects as assigned, manage gift operations, and provide supporting activities required to prepare, submit and manage gift proposals to donors and donor prospects. Projects and assignments will vary, and the capacity to be proactive, diligent and thorough will be essential.
  • Produce current and prospective donor profiles, briefings, reports and advance materials used by senior leadership, executive director and frontline development staff in development strategy meetings, and in preparation for external meetings with prospects and donors.
  • Conduct research and analysis on foundations, corporations and individual donors and prospects.
  • Proactively identify new high-level foundation and major gift prospects through electronic alerts, suggested analyses, screening information, data mining techniques and demographic searches.
  • Create and maintain gift reports and donor and prospect lists, and serve as prospect tracking and record keeping processes lead.
  • Lead list management of major gifts team portfolios regarding movement of qualified/disqualified leads and treatment in database.
  • Assist with materials preparation for meetings, as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with development and external affairs colleagues to manage volunteer events and relationships; assists with coordination of special events.
  • Support individual and corporate donor giving activities and communications. Prepares correspondence (e.g. letters, memos, and mail merges), and manages stewardship processes and communications.
  • Handle general inquiries from donors, prospective donors, volunteers, and CVB colleagues with timely, courteous, clear and direct communications.
  • Manage general gift accounting, including in-kind gift records and donations.
  • Edit and assist with writing of proposals, impact reports and PowerPoint presentations to individual, foundation and corporate donors and funding prospects.
  • Efficiently manage new projects with agility and flexibility as they arise.

Key Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent.


  • Experience working in an administrative support position within a fast-paced, “customer”-facing environment.
  • Preferred minimum of 2 years of work experience, preferably in a non-profit or other professional office environment.


  • A good understanding of general administrative office procedures, practices, and the prioritization of workflow.
  • Results-oriented and exhibiting demonstrable initiative and a strong work ethic; ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, knowing how to prioritize and adjust timetables meet deadlines. Works independently both remotely and in an office setting, and is proactive by looking ahead and anticipating needs.
  • Superior organizational skills, with excellent attention to detail, including consideration of audience, and error-free writing and consistency in style across different content formats.
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative analytical and research skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly and concisely synthesize large amounts of information from multiple sources.
  • Excellent writing and oral communications skills.
  • Proven ability to create a compelling case for support and to translate complex ideas into easily digestible content. A general understanding of biomedicine is highly preferred.
  • Collaborative and communicative; eager to be a key part of a team effort, and to manage a broad range of relationships with care, to read situations well, and to treat others with respect and humility.
  • Comfortable in an environment that is flexible and with circumstances that will require a high tolerance for ambiguity.
  • Possessing superb judgment, impeccable integrity and the maturity to handle sensitive information with care and confidentiality.
  • Familiarity with fundraising/donor relations is strongly preferred.
  • Constituent relationship database knowledge is preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite is required; strong proficiency in PowerPoint and Excel is preferred.
  • Authorization to work in the U.S. required


To Apply

Please visit to apply. CVB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Publication Date: 7/28/20

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