The Communications and Development Associate is a key member of the Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia operational team, reporting to the Executive Director. The primary roles for this position are managing annual fundraising and communication activities. Important secondary roles include optimizing database records and access as well as supporting, planning, and production of special events.
● Manage direct-mail appeals from concept through mailing.
● Execute social media appeals and outreach.
● Support donor cultivation and stewardship activities.
● Support grant proposal preparation, submission, and reporting.
● Support stewardship of corporate/business sponsors.
● Manage announcements and invitations for special events.
● Provide support for cultivation and fundraising events.
● Generate post event reports and follow-up.
● Manage a wide array of communications activities.
● Create and post website and social media content.
● Manage social media presence.
● Maintain accurate email lists.
● Secure and publish program-impact stories.
● Write donor communications and marketing copy.
● Prepare newsletter and e-newsletters.
● Secure Annual Report content and coordinate publication.
● Ensure all donor information is recorded in database.
● Update records with current and accurate information.
● Augment donor records with notes and background information.
*Note that this person will work closely with the Germantown Friends School Chief Advancement Officer on all database and research-related tasks and will follow Germantown Friends School Advancement Office database practices/protocols.
● Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year university
● Two or more years of relevant professional experience
● At least one year of experience working with a relationship management database system is preferred (such as Raiser’s Edge, Salesforce, Veracross etc.)
● Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies
● Excellent written and verbal communication skills and facility with many styles of writing
● Strong technology skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
● Strong project-management skills
● Highly motivated self-starter, with proven ability to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines
● Excellent organizational skills
● Strong work ethic
● Discretion when handling sensitive personal information about constituents
● Impeccable attention to detail
● Flexible team player with strong interpersonal skills
● Ability to work occasional nights and weekends
● Generous health benefits including medical, dental, and long-term disability.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Communications and Development Associate” in the subject line.
About Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia
Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia launches talented students, beginning in middle school, on a path to college success and inspires outstanding college students to pursue careers in education. Breakthrough increases educational opportunity by focusing on the development of both students and teachers. Through academic enrichment and college preparation, Breakthrough prepares students who have limited educational opportunities to attend and succeed at competitive high schools and four-year colleges. Simultaneously, Breakthrough develops future educators by providing professional teaching experiences to college students through its selective residency programs. Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia is part of Germantown Friends School, an independent Quaker school in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.
About Germantown Friends School
Germantown Friends School is a Quaker, independent, co-educational day school, serving early childhood‐12th grade. Located in northwest Philadelphia, the school is home to a vibrant intellectual community, located in a historic neighborhood, serving a diverse school community, with a robust educational program that is grounded in Quaker principles. For more information about the school, visit www.germantownfriends.org.
Germantown Friends School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in its student body, faculty and staff. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status. People demonstrating a commitment to diversity and multiculturalism in education are encouraged to apply. For more information about the school, please visit our website at www.germantownfriends.org.