Shalom Institute seeks a dynamic Development Associate to join our team to support development and volunteer engagement efforts. The Development Associate will work in partnership with the Chief Development Officer to elevate the development program, while creating a positive culture of philanthropy and engagement within the Shalom Institute and broader community.
Shalom Institute (www.shalominstitute.com) is an impact focused nonprofit Jewish organization that provides transformative camp, retreat, and experiential learning experiences rooted in Jewish values. Shalom Institute is a beloved and well-respected provider and partner to other communal entities, a member of the Jewish Community Centers of North America, and accredited by the American Camp Association. Shalom Institute is committed to sustainability, diversity, inclusion, community, and Jewish engagement and education.
We have enjoyed steady growth and are at an exciting moment as we prepare for the most significant capital campaign in our history and the accompanying growth of all facets of our operations.
The Development Associate is a role model and is expected to behave in a positive and professional manner and demonstrate professionalism and accountability. He/she/they will take initiative to analyze and solve problems, treat others with courtesy and respect, respond to customer needs, and maintain integrity and confidentiality. This is a full-time non-exempt position supervised directly by the Chief Development Officer (CDO).
Essential duties and responsibilities
- Lead and manage Annual Campaign and seasonal fundraising campaigns in partnership with the CDO. This includes social media, e-mail, and direct mail appeals.
- Cultivate and steward a portfolio of annual campaign donors and prospects.
- Undertake direct solicitations via in person, online, and phone interactions.
- Assist CDO in identifying potential major donors.
- Prepare customized briefing and solicitation materials for donors and prospects.
- Assist in design and implementation of a development plan to meet annual fundraising goals, including a development calendar and action plans.
- Collaborate on targeted marketing communications to donors and prospects, including personalized e-mails, impact reports, newsletters, gratitude calls, and proposals.
- Review and maintain the website donation page ensuring that information is up to date, relevant, and accurate.
- Assist in the research of new funding opportunities and sources.
- Work with CDO on identifying and cultivating potential major donors.
- Conduct donor and prospect research.
- Provide data and communications support related to Capital Campaign.
- Provide support as needed.
- Research potential grants for programs, facility improvements, and projects.
- Support grant proposal preparation and grant reporting.
- Write grants with support and collaboration of the CDO and CEO.
- Help plan and organize selected events (donor appreciation, fundraisers, etc.).
- Promote events in collaboration with marketing and program departments.
- Provide administrative support with invitations, rsvp lists, planning and day-of logistics, follow up, donation entry, tracking, evaluation, and reporting.
- In coordination with team members, reconcile monthly donor reports and preparation of board and committee materials.
- Actively manage database to track campaigns, appeals, and other donations.
- Update constituent information as received.
- Build and run daily, weekly, monthly reports, as needed.
- Participate in database online training and webinars.
- Seek ways to improve tracking and reporting of both constituents and donations.
- Participate in Development staff and Board Development committee meetings, taking notes as needed.
- Participate in staff meetings, retreats, and activities.
Requirements & Skills
- 3-5 years of related fundraising professional experience, preferably in a non-profit organization.
- Strong written and oral communication skills.
- Excellent computer/database skills, willingness to adapt to new technologies.
- Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders.
- Superior organizational skills with the ability to manage tasks, prioritize multiple assignments, execute work in an efficient and timely manner, and track and manage multiple work streams.
- Demonstrate professionalism and accountability.
- Passion for learning and to grow professionally through supervision and mentorship.
- Positive, energetic, kind and friendly attitude, with a sense of humor, along with a willingness to help colleagues and contribute toward collective success.
- Bachelor’s Degree required; advanced degree preferred.
Work Environment and Physical Requirements
This position works a typical Mon-Fri, 9 am - 5 pm schedule, with weekends and evenings as needed. Shalom Institute’s year-round office is in Malibu on-site at Shalom Institute and there will be office time required onsite. A virtual work schedule from home will be negotiated with the CDO.
While performing regular duties, you will be required to sit, stand, reach, walk, or kneel, and to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Reasonable accommodations will be made for individuals with disabilities.
This is a full-time, non-exempt position with a salary range of $60,000-$85,000, commensurate with experience. The Benefits package includes health and dental insurance, time off for Jewish and secular holidays, program discounts, vacation time, and a defined contribution plan after one year of working.