Located in Olivebridge, NY on 385 acres of fields, forests, trails, and streams, the Ashokan Center has provided high quality, innovative outdoor/environmental education programs for K-12 school students and teachers for over 50 years. Ashokan is the home of the world renowned Ashokan Music & Dance programs and also hosts retreats, weddings, as well as a variety of public events, performances and lectures.

Development Associate (Hybrid)

Do you love music, nature and children? The Ashokan Center, a 501c (3) not for profit, is looking for a bright, reliable, energetic, flexible, customer service and detail-oriented Development Associate to assist with administrative duties associated with Ashokan’s growing fundraising program. This is a unique opportunity to work at a community-based organization that celebrates nature, music, the arts & history.

This is a full-time salaried position that sometimes involves working evening hours or over weekend at events. The Development Associate will be a key contributor to the Center’s fundraising program which raises more than $1.2 million annually. This position supports annual fund giving campaigns, peer-to-peer fundraising, prospect research, data entry, grant management tasks, events support, and donor communications. This position has the potential for a hybrid schedule and for growth. The Development Associate reports to the Development Director.


  • $40,000-$45,000


  • Working with a creative, collaborative, fun-loving staff
  • Health Insurance
  • 401K after the first year
  • 2 weeks paid vacation, 1 week paid sick time & 9 paid holidays
  • Meals when groups are onsite
  • Access to Ashokan’s 385 acre preserve
  • Free admission to Ashokan workshops, concerts & lectures


  • Research individual and institutional prospects on ongoing basis and update pipelines
  • Oversee entry of all third-party donations into Neon CRM database
  • Manage ongoing calendar of donor appointments with leadership & major donors
  • Support admin set-up of peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns
  • Ensure all donor-related data is accurate and up-to-date
  • Draft & update automated donor communications
  • Monitor grant cycles & deadlines to ensure timely submissions
  •  Coordinate and track the implementation of corporate sponsorship benefits
  • Other administrative duties as assigned by the Development Director


  • Preferred 1-3 years’ experience in a non-profit administrative setting
  • Fluency in MS Office and Google applications
  • Excellent verbal communication skills & outstanding writing ability
  • Attention to detail & ability to work independently in a reliable, consistent manner
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and thrive in a deadline-driven environment
  • Ability to conduct oneself in a professional, discreet manner
  • Positive attitude & ability to focus on presenting solutions
  • Experience with Neon CRM or other donor database experience a plus
  • Preferred BA or Associate’s degree in relevant field

You must have a valid driver’s license. References are required.

Please send or email a cover letter, resume, up to three references, and best time to call to sara.trapani@ashokancenter.org

The Ashokan Center is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.