New Position Available: Assistant Director of Fundraising/Alumni Coordinator
YEA! is now hiring
The following is the full job description for the new position of Assistant Director of Fundraising/Alumni Coordinator. To view other open positions at YEA!, please visit our Employment Page.
of Fundraising/Alumni Coordinator
The Assistant Director of
Fundraising will work as a member of the Youth Education in the Arts
fundraising team to raise unrestricted support for the organization through
organized and coordinated fundraising efforts.
Efforts will be centered upon the
alumni of The Cadets, Cadets2 and eventually USBands, as the
organization works to grow philanthropic support at all levels.
This position is available immediately
and does require the candidate to work out of our Allentown office unless
traveling for business.
- Actively participate in the goal-setting
process and implement effective fundraising programs for each assigned class or
constituency. Fundraising programs include personalized written campaigns such
as anniversary and leadership-level giving letters, phone-a-thons, social
media, direct mail and E-mail during strategic times of the year.
- Special events are also a part of
the assistant’s responsibilities. Such events range from dinners, to stadium
activity at competitions, to small gatherings across the country.
- Recruit, train, and motivate a
substantial group of alumni and fan volunteers for the purpose of assisting in
these donor-driven events. The assistant director may be asked to draft
communications to volunteers, supervise mass-mailings to volunteers, inform
volunteers of updated information and deadlines and provide other personal
support as needed. NOTE: YEA! does have a volunteer coordinator, but specific
effort in this area is crucial to the success of each and every campaign.
- Advise, educate and solicit
potential alumni donors as well as friends and fans of our programs through
face-to-face meetings, phone calls and written communications.
- Monitor annual giving solicitation
strategies as well as participation and dollar goals for all Cadets and Cadets2
campaigns on a weekly basis.
- Continually review alumni and fan
donor profiles to identify potential top annual donors and determine individual
- Develop, foster and maintain
positive alumni relations in order to keep alumni engaged and predisposed to
give back to their alma mater. This includes attendance at northern New Jersey
alumni meetings as well as the creation and maintenance of geographic chapters
of alumni and fans in key areas of support.
- As assigned, coordinate special
annual programs with a targeted focus.
- As needed, staff and attend YEA! fundraising
and other events including championships and regionals, regional meetings, and
other gatherings including some of The Cadets’ rehearsals and tour stops.
Education and Experience
Bachelor's Degree and one year of
direct fundraising, marketing, communications or volunteer management experience,
or an equivalent combination of education/experience
Skills & Abilities
- Excellent verbal and written
- Outstanding organizational and
interpersonal skills, including attention to detail
- Ability to handle diverse, simultaneous
tasks and attend to follow-through
- Highly motivated and energetic,
ability to show initiative and work independently
- Outgoing personality and ability to
initiate and enjoy direct communication with alumni; customer-service
- Preferred: Demonstrated knowledge
of Microsoft Excel and Word; familiarity with fundraising/marketing databases
and the ability to learn such
- There will be some travel,
primarily from Boston to South Carolina
- There are evenings and weekends
involved. Since much of our work is volunteer- and donor-based, we need to be
available when they are.
- Grant-writing experience would be
very, very helpful.
- And rather important: At this time, much of our fundraising
comes from the alumni and fans of The Cadets. We are working to expand this
base, but with an eye to today, we would LOVE for this position to be filled by
an alumnus of The Cadets. If not, the individual needs to have a clear love for
drum corps, marching band and all things pageantry.
Benefits and Salary
- Salary will depend on past
experience and ability. We view this as an entry-level to low-level position,
and salary will align to such a position. On the other hand, there is a
definite possibility for growth in compensation as our donor efforts grow.
- YEA! offers full medical/dental after
six months of employment. Currently, YEA! pays 50 percent of the premium, and
the employee the other 50 percent. Only the employee is covered through our plan,
although it is possible to add spouses and children at the employee’s expense.
- We offer two weeks’ vacation after
six months of employment. From day one, one half of a sick day per month is
added to the employee’s time available.
- YEA! offers 15 paid holidays as
paid time off. Of particular note, we are generally closed for the last week of
the calendar year, as schools are closed.
Write to George Hopkins at email@example.com. Please include
a resume, cover letter, and anything that may assist the hiring committee in
gaining a better picture of who you are.
The first round of resumes will be reviewed March 1,
after which time all applicants will be contacted.