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Development Associate

The Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS) in Arlington, VA ( invites applications for the full-time position of Development Associate. IPS is a free-standing Catholic professional school offering Master’s and Doctoral degrees in psychology both onsite and online.

Reports to President of IPS


  • Responsible for maintaining, cultivating and increasing giving levels for a portfolio of current IPS donors in the small to midsize range
  • Collaborate with President and other staff to identify and qualify prospective donors using best practices for matching donor interest with institutional priorities.
  • Develop and manage a portfolio of prospective donors which leads to securing new gifts, meeting or exceeding institutional performance metrics.
  • Establish annual and long-term goals and objectives and performance metrics in consultation with the President based on the IPS’ strategic plan.
  • Organize and propose initiatives (events, networking, prospecting, etc.) to increase exposure of IPS, maintain and strengthen current donor relationships, and identify new potential donors.
  • Implement a strategically planned travel schedule to meet with prospects and donors individually and at industry and IPS-sponsored conferences aligned with strategies and outcomes.
  • Monitor progress towards achieving revenue goals.
  • Develop and implement strategies to ensure successful solicitation of cash gifts from constituencies in support of the IPS’ initiatives.
  • Document contacts and prospects ‘moves.’ Track progress using prospect tracking system.
  • Draft, design and prepare proposals needed for the solicitation of prospective donors.
  • Draft, design and prepare personalized materials needed for the recognition and stewardship of donors, including gift acknowledgment.
  • Engage with major gift prospects face-to-face and in one-on-one settings and at IPS sponsored events.
  • Develop collaborative relationships and communications across department lines.
  • Integrate institutional core mission and priority initiatives within funding proposals.
  • Respect the confidentiality and proprietary nature of all donor strategies and records.
  • Any and all other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university. Concentration on fund-raising, advancement, development, communications, business, finance or related field preferred.


  • Three (3) to five (5) years of progressive experience within fund-raising or higher education with documented success matrix.
  • Successful track record to date in previous corporate, foundation and organization fund-raising roles, producing superior results.


  • N/A as a requirement.


  • Appreciation for the unique role played by IPS.
  • High energy and enthusiasm for team development and growth.
  • Drive to achieve ambitious goals.
  • Success-oriented and goal directed.
  • Unquestioned integrity.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset with a strong commitment to serve.
  • Preferred membership with a fund-raising or philanthropic organization, such as CASE, APRA, etc.
  • Master’s degree or advanced professional degree preferred with a concentration on fund-raising, advancement, development, communication, business, finance or related field preferred.


  • Must have outstanding strategic, tactical, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated strong facilitation and presentation skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Ability to have an approach to problem solving that is highly collegial and positive in outlook and approach.
  • Strong teamwork and interpersonal skills; ability to be adaptable, dependable and handle multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Ability to interpret and articulate vision.
  • Ability to use sound judgment and discretion in handling sensitive Development information with confidentiality and discretion.
  • Must have a high level of energy and self-motivation.
  • Strong computer experience, which must include abilities to work effectively with e-Learning systems, fund-raising database systems and MS Office suite products, i.e. Word, Excel, Advanced skills in Power Point required.
  • Highly organized.
  • Ability to work under pressure to coordinate multiple requests and meet deadlines.
  • Maintain a high degree of ethical conduct and personal integrity.
  • Exhibit creative skills and entrepreneurial spirit.


  • Ability to travel due to business needs.
  • Must be able to have the ability to sit for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends as required due to business needs.

This is a full-time position at the Institute’s Arlington, Virginia headquarters. Compensation, including a competitive benefits package, is based on experience and performance and is a combination of salary and incentive. IPS is an equal opportunity employer.

Send cover letter and resume to


Position Description

Employer Name:       The Institute for the Psychological Sciences

Location:                    Arlington, VA

Position:                    Financial Aid and Special Services Coordinator

Department:             Student Affairs

Supervisor:                Director of Financial Aid

Status:                           This is a full-time, exempt level position

Salary level:             $40-45K, commensurate with experience, full-time with benefits


The Financial Aid and Special Services Coordinator, abbreviated as the Financial Aid Coordinator, primarily serves the area of financial aid and executes functions directly related to financial aid, both internally related (via scholarships and student assistantships) and externally through supervision of the federal student loan program. This position includes advisement and counsel to prospective and current students about financial aid at IPS. IPS’ aid program is supervised through the leadership and competency of the Director of Financial Aid with the daily operations executed by the Financial Aid Coordinator. To ensure optimal function of the IPS Financial Aid System, the Institute works cooperatively with Financial Aid Solutions (FAS), a third-party servicer performing loan processing and other functions related to financial aid. The Financial Aid Coordinator would be expected to work very closely with FAS and gain competency in all areas related to financial aid.

Further, the Financial Aid and Special Services Coordinator will also oversee other special project areas that directly serve the Institute as directed by their supervisor.

Skills, Experience, and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 1-4 years of progressively responsible experience in at least one of the following areas: administration, finance, customer and/or student service, marketing, sales or related experience.

Demonstrated progressive leadership experience could substitute for some components of required experience.

  • Software Programs: Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and like programs including database experience
  • Strong attention to detail particularly towards managing policies, procedures, numbers and data reporting
  • Filing and documents organization competency
  • Internet and/or online database research competency
  • Project management or similar experience
  • Competency working with numeric-based systems
  • Leadership and/or management experience
  • Engaged in competent, regular computer hardware/software usage and basic troubleshooting
  • Demonstrated experience developing healthy professional working relationships
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Excellent intrapersonal and presentation skills are a must
  • Excellent ability to transition between working independently (self-starter) and as a team member
  • Commitment to articulating and supporting the mission, vision and values of IPS.
  • Strong aptitude in providing excellent customer service
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt well in a fluid work environment
  • Availability to work some evenings and special events
  • Ability to work successfully in an interactive office environment, including possession of all administrative and clerical skills required to execute duties and tasks


Essential Position Duties

The Financial Aid Coordinator is responsible for, at minimum, the following areas:

  • Oversight and administration of all aspects of federal Financial Aid Programs
  • Oversight and administration of all aspects of campus-based Financial Aid Programs (federal work study)
  • Oversight and administration of all aspects of IPS’ internal Financial Aid Programs to which the school participates
  • Oversight, administration and compliance responsibilities related to of all aspects of the Title IV programs
  • Direct and proactive communication with potential and current students regarding student financial aid
    • This is done through one-on-one meetings, via telephone, via Skype, and via e-mail
    • Communication will typically be related to the following subject areas, in which the Financial Aid Coordinator is expected to be competent in communicating: the overall financial aid application process, completing the FAFSA, financial aid entrance counseling, the award process, financial aid disbursements, loan eligibility and standard academic process (SAP).
  • Serve as a Designated School Official (DSO) for the college by performing the following SEVIS functions as needed: Evaluate documentation for incoming students and provide assistance with issuance of Certificates of Eligibility (I-20s) for F visa holders; under the supervision of the Principle Designated School Official (PDSO)
  • As it pertains to special projects, the Financial Aid Coordinator will also assist with general functions and projects that serve the Institute. Such projects include, but are not limited to:
    • Data entry, special project management, special event assistance, general administrative support, and serving as the campus safety and facilities coordinator.
    • Answering and directing incoming calls to appropriate parties when IPS staff is not available or away from the front desk
    • Other duties as assigned

The Financial Aid Coordinator is a member of the student affairs team, comprised of the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Director of Admissions, the Dean of Students, the Registrar, Director of Library Services and Director of Financial Aid. The individuals who hold these positions work cooperatively with one another to enhance the overall student experience at The Institute and are dedicated to quality student service.

Note to Candidate:

This position requires the ability to:

  • Sit for extended periods of time and the ability to manage repetitive hand/wrist movements while using a computer keyboard and/or the phone.
  • Bend, squat, stoop, and occasionally walk up several flights of stairs.
  • Lift and/or carry up to 40 lbs, occasionally, especially during travel.

Working Conditions:

  • Duties are primarily performed in an office environment at a desk or computer terminal, typically, Monday through Friday. However, evening and weekend work will also be occasionally required dependent on Financial Aid and overall Institute activities.

About the Institute for the Psychological Sciences

IPS is a Catholic graduate school of psychology founded in 1999 with the mission of basing the scientific study of psychology on a Catholic understanding of the person, marriage and the family.  IPS offers Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctoral (Psy.D.) degrees in Clinical Psychology, an online Master of Science (M.S.) degree in general psychology, and a number of certificate programs related to the field of psychology. IPS is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS COC).

The Institute for the Psychological Sciences is dedicated to the development of a psychology grounded in an integral Catholic Christian view of the human person. Maintaining the highest academic standards, it will educate new generations of psychologists and open new areas of research for psychological theories that explore the relationship of psychology and the Catholic understanding of the human person.

The Institute is dedicated to the renewal of the Catholic Christian intellectual tradition and the integration of the theoretical and empirical bases of psychology and a Catholic view of the human person.

The Institute seeks to provide students an effective academic and educational environment that supports the integration of the psychological sciences and a Catholic understanding of the person through teaching and learning both knowledge and necessary clinical skills. It assists students intellectually and professionally as they prepare themselves to respond to their vocation as mental health professionals. The Institute’s mission also involves dialogue about its integrative approach with practitioners and scholars, nationally and internationally. For more information on IPS, please visit

All candidates are strongly encouraged to thoroughly research and understand the mission, vision and programs of IPS upon application.  

Compensation Details:

This is a full time, salaried position. Salary is determined by previous employment and related work experience. Employees of IPS enjoy a diverse benefits package, such as medical benefits, matching 401K plan, and paid vacation and holidays (some restrictions on vacation and holiday leave may apply based on specific position requirements).

To Apply:

Submit cover letter and resume to:

Jeff Elliott

Director of Library Services and Financial Aid

*This position is open immediately. Application materials accepted until position filled.*