An Opportunity to Join our Team – Development Officer (New York)

Development Officer

Title: Development Officer

Classification: Full Time- Exempt

Office Location: New York

Reports to: Director of Development

Revised Date: January 25, 2023



The Development Officer is part of a Development team of 4, working across two offices (Hong Kong and New York), reporting directly to the Director of Development in the New York office. The Development team works to generate financial support for our mission and does so by cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donations from Foundations, alumni from our network of colleges and universities in Asia, and other individuals.

This role will focus on the solicitation and stewardship of foundations and individuals with particular emphasis on supporting the life-cycle of a grant or major gift, including prospect research, proposal development and stewardship. This includes crafting, coordinating, and submitting compelling letters of interest, proposals, reports, and renewals in support of the advancement of the United Board’s mission.

This position is an excellent opportunity to help advance the work of international higher education in the Asian context.

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Functions and Duties:

  • Draft donor proposals and correspondence, prepare endowment reports, and manage stewardship calendar for US-based Foundations and individuals
  • Provide in-depth research and strategy support for approaching Foundations and Individual donors – including working closely with Program officers and staying current on United Board program priorities
  • Manage administration of endowment grant reports for donors and institutions, handling donor inquires by phone and mail, and coordinating with the Finance team to generate financial updates and reports on a regular basis.
  • Develop and manage overall stewardship calendar for the development team including establishing priorities and processes to track annual grant-seeking process.
  • Where needed, working with and organizing volunteers and interns in support of development team projects and events.



  • Bachelor’s degree with 2-4 years of related experience including demonstrated grant and proposal writing experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with sensitivity to cultural differences and writing for different audiences; and a passion for education, preferably in Asian or global context.
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize various prospecting tools to identify and secure new funding sources.
  • Attention to detail in preparing reports, processing financial and donor information, establishing priorities and meeting deadlines for an effective stewardship process.
  • Advanced proficiency with all Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and knowledge of cloud-based CRM software such as Raiser’s Edge and Salesforce
  • Ability to engage with colleagues in different offices and locations to develop a deep understanding of United Board programmatic areas. Experience and interest in working with Asian cultures is a definite plus.
  • Where needed, willing to work flexible hours, including occasional travel and evening meetings and events.


Compensation and Application:

We offer salary in the range of $60,000 – $70,000 along with a generous benefits package (including employer-sponsored health, dental, and retirement plan; educational assistance program; and 4 weeks of vacation per annum, 12 sick days and a week of office closure between Christmas and New Year’s). Our New York office is currently operating on a hybrid office schedule with up to 2 days of remote work per week.

Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover-letter and 1-page development-related writing sample to (Subject: Development Officer Position Opportunity). Applications are accepted until the position is filled.



The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia is a nongovernmental organization committed to education that develops the whole person – intellectually, spiritually, and ethically.

We draw strength from our Christian identity and values and our collaboration with Asian colleges and universities. Together we prepare individuals for lives of professional and personal fulfillment and meaningful service in the community with others.

The United Board is an equal opportunity employer. It opposes discrimination because of race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, citizenship, or any other protected characteristics established by law.