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About The Foundation

The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (FPTR) is the only national nonprofit solely dedicated to funding physical therapy research and promising researchers through grants, scholarships, and fellowships. Through these investments, researchers go on to yield exceptional research that helps us learn more about the efficacy of physical therapy practices, pioneer breakthrough treatments, and build the evidence-base to define the value of physical therapy among payers, other health care professions, and patients.

FPTR is an affiliate of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). FPTR staff are employed by APTA and receive the same employee benefits and adhere to APTA policies and procedures.

Position Summary

We are looking for a skilled and energetic Associate, Development to join our team to support fundraising operations. The ideal candidate demonstrates strong administration and organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to track and prioritize tasks. This key role will support the fundraising team by assisting with conducting research and generating material for donor meetings, assists with stewardship activities, provides timely and accurate data entry of donations and receipting.

Must be an effective champion of APTA’s and FPTR’s vision, mission, and goals; and the Association’s brand. The Associate will report to the Manager, Major & Planned Gifts and will work collaboratively with the FPTR team.

Essential Functions

  • Perform data entry to keep records up to date, including changes in contact information.

  • Accurately process donations and other transactions made via mail, email, online, phone, and other channels.

  • Manage timely acknowledgement process, including tax notification letters, thank you letters, and more.

  • Assists with conducting donor research and compiling materials for meetings.

  • Import supporter data from various sources.

  • Maintains confidentiality of private and privileged donor data, including invoices and financial reports.

  • Produces lists, runs queries and exports for direct mail / email and fundraising programs.

  • Works with Manager to reconcile revenue with Finance staff; assists with annual audit process by generating reports as needed.

  • Provides excellent customer service, responding to or directing calls and emails to the appropriate team member.

  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently in a fast-paced office while multi-tasking.

  • Supports the goals and strategies of the Strategic Plan.

Staff Expectations

  • Upholds and fosters team values.
  • Complies with all APTA policies and procedures.
  • Performs other duties as assigned to foster achievement of FPTR and association priorities.


  • High School Diploma required; Associates or Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • 2 years relevant experience working in a non-profit, academic, or business environment.
  • High computer literacy with compressive knowledge of Microsoft Office applicants, especially Excel.
  • Must be highly organized; have good time management skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently as well as on a team.
  • Excellent and effective communication skills – written and verbal.
  • Prior experience in gift or sales processing and record maintenance required. Raiser's Edge or similar database, a plus.

Travel Requirements

  • None

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to:

Principals only: no agencies; no phone calls, please. Candidates selected to participate in an interview will be contacted by Human Resources.

Equal Opportunity Employer: The American Physical Therapy Association is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

APTA participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. For more information please visit

APTA is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce and invites and welcomes applicants with diversity of experience, mindset, and skills to add value to APTA and our staff community.

Position is located in Alexandria, VA.

About APTA

Do you want to contribute to an organization dedicated to improving societal health? Would you like to collaborate with colleagues who are passionate about making a difference? Are you excited to work in a new state-of-the-art building designed to encourage movement, participation, and employee health?

Then you want to work for APTA!

APTA is the trusted leader for the physical therapy profession, representing more than 100,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and physical therapy students. Our approximately 150 employees support the association’s mission to build a community that advances the profession of physical therapy to improve the health of society. Learn more in our Association Profile.

Located in Alexandria, Virginia, APTA has outstanding employee benefits, including flexible work schedules, generous retirement contributions, and travel subsidies for employees who choose public and active transportation.