Assistant to the President (NCFP)

National Center for Family Philanthropy

Washington, D.C.

The National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) is seeking an Assistant to the President to join its dynamic team.  This role provides the opportunity to influence the largest and most diverse sector of philanthropic giving and to support philanthropic families and those who work with them. The Assistant to the President should work collegially with NCFP staff to advance the goals of the President and the organization as a whole.  

The Assistant to the President performs a wide variety of duties in support of the President of NCFP. Responsibilities require strong organizational skills, attention to detail, advanced administrative skills, and excellent written and oral communication skills. The Assistant to the President must interact effectively with staff, the Board of Directors, and NCFP supporters and friends, while exercising high levels of judgment, diplomacy, and responsiveness.


  • Administration: Manages the administrative functions of the President's office: maintains the President's calendar; manages mail and paper flow; drafts correspondence; prepares and maintains expense reports and invoices; maintains records, files, and other office systems. Receives, researches, and makes recommendations on requests for the President's time. 
  • Governance: Serves as a liaison to the Board of Directors and coordinates the President's interactions with Board members. Schedules board meetings and committee meetings; works with the Vice President to ensure effective and timely preparation for all Board and committee meetings. Formats Board materials; maintains Board files and the Board member page on the NCFP website; records minutes at Board meetings and committee meetings; maintains a record of Board service and Board contributions to NCFP.
  • Consultancies: Monitors and fields NCFP consultancy inquiries. Conducts research and prepares presentations, meeting materials, and travel itineraries. Schedules planning calls and prepares letters of agreement. Coordinates travel, lodging, and other meeting arrangements to ensure the President's needs are met. Ensures appropriate follow-up and maintains testimonials.
  • Fundraising: Supports the President’s fundraising activities: Arranges calls and visits with funders; works with the development team to identify opportunities and recommends fundraising meetings in conjunction with other travel; maintains records of the President's contacts and facilitates follow-up. Schedules meetings to inform NCFP staff on the President's fundraising activities and assists with proposal development, record keeping, and follow-up correspondence as appropriate.
  • Special Projects: Supports the President's work on special activities and projects; conducts background research for writing, speaking, and consulting projects; maintains project records, monitors timelines, and facilitates communication with staff and consultants on the President's special projects.


  • Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience required, plus a minimum of five years of senior administrative work experience, ideally in a not-for-profit organization. 
  • Excellent writing, research and analytical skills. Ability to work independently, exercise strong intuition, judgment, flexibility, and a sense of calm. Meticulous attention to detail; ability to establish priorities and meet goals. 
  • Articulate, diplomatic, and responsive in exchanges with staff, Board members, organizational supporters, and other constituents. 
  • An unfailingly gracious, cooperative, and supportive attitude to strengthen the Office of the President and NCFP as a whole is highly valued.
  • Skilled in using Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Pro, and Salesforce. 
  • Familiarity with and interest in the field of philanthropy strongly preferred. Experience supporting a Founding President is a plus.

Please email a resume and cover letter to

About NCFP

NCFP staff is mission driven, sets ambitious goals, and shares a culture of trust, respect and honesty.

NCFP is open to diverse views and new ideas, and values open communication. Together we meet high standards of excellence in our work.

NCFP is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of NCFP to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.