Development Assistant for Special Events

Posted On: March 30, 2014

Hours: Full Time


  The Development Assistant will participate in planning and implementing high profile events ranging from small dinner parties to major institutional events
Assist the Director of Special Events and the staff of the Development office with the planning and 
  implementation of a wide range of events, including cultivation dinners and other events at the President’s 
  House, an annual Gala benefit and Commencement        
Provide on-site management including set-up and breakdown with event subcontractors, suppliers, vendors  
  and volunteers                
Maintain and update RSVP lists, post-event final attendance lists, and income spreadsheets  
Track department expenses and process invoices for payment       
Oversee production of print materials and supporting signage with the in-house design center  
Draft correspondence, field donor requests and coordinate mailings      
Provide support for the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development, as needed    
Bachelor's Degree               
Two years of experience and knowledge of event planning         
Excellent communication and organizational skills and attention to detail       
Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment       
Sound judgment and discretion             
Excellent interpersonal skills in person and by phone         
Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Word, and familiarity with databases       
Administrative experience essential             
Must be available to work evenings and weekends        


This is a unionized position.

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is an AA/EOE by choice

Submit application to:
Human Resources
30 Cooper Square, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003

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  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.