Student Development Assistant, Center on Global Energy Policy 


Reporting to the Assistant Director of Development, the Student Development Assistant is responsible for producing custom cultivation and stewardship opportunities for corporate and foundation donors to Columbia’s Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP), in collaboration with the Senior and Assistant Directors of Development and with senior CGEP leaders. 

This position will start in January 2021. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Work under guidance to research, identify, and strategize approaches to prospective new individual and corporate donors, in accordance with CGEP’s overall fundraising goals. 
  • Understand, synthesize, and brief CGEP scholars and senior staff on donors’ and prospects’ energy research interests. 
  • Collaborate with CGEP scholars and senior staff to script, design, and produce public events and private briefings for each donor and prospect multiple times throughout the year.
  • Research, draft, and edit persuasive, accurate, and grammatically and syntactically correct solicitations, proposals, correspondence, and other outbound development communication materials on behalf of Senior Director and/or Assistant Director of Development.
  • Research, write, and edit full bios, event blurbs, and internal briefings, making case-by-case decisions about what information is most important for the senior CGEP leader receiving the briefing to know.
  • Ensure data integrity through accurate data entry and ongoing clean-up efforts. 
  • Perform additional job-related duties as assigned to assist in securing funding for the Center.


Minimum Requirements

  • Self-starter with the ability to work on multiple projects with changing priorities simultaneously. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills, with attention to detail. Must be able to problem-solve and troubleshoot, in addition to the ability to work independently in a dynamic team environment. Demonstrated ability to effectively partner with a diverse group of scholars and senior staff.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. 
  • Ability to be discrete with sensitive or confidential information. 
  • Currently enrolled at Columbia University as an undergraduate or graduate student. 


Preferred Qualifications   

  • A basic knowledge of fundraising principles and procedures; experience in professional development and/or use of Salesforce CRM are highly preferred. 
  • An interest in energy policy and a familiarity with topics covered by CGEP.


Hourly rate: $20.00/ hour

Time commitment: 15-20 hrs / week

Application Deadline: December 31, 2020

Please direct any inquires to

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer; applications from women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged.


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