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Donor Relations Specialist

Company: Junior Achievement of Western PA
Location: Bridgeville
Posted on: November 23, 2021

Job Description:

COMPANY SUMMARY:
Junior Achievement: Empowering young people to own their economic success -

Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania's purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Junior Achievement reaches more than 51,000 students annually in relevant, hands-on learning experiences that teach young people to manage their money, plan for their economic future, own their own businesses and develop readiness for careers or college.

Junior Achievement associates are known for their passion for the JA mission that brings together business and education to work with students in kindergarten through high school, so they are empowered to own their economic success. Members of the JA team interact with community leaders who support JA with their time, treasure, and talent. Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania offers a collaborative, inclusive work environment and the opportunity to impact the lives of young people in our community.

POSITION CONCEPT:
The Donor Relations Specialist ensures the effective operation of the organization's development efforts. This position builds and strengthens volunteer and donor partnerships and increases revenue through donor cultivation and stewardship, including donor recognition and cultivation events. In addition, this position is responsible for a variety of comprehensive development functions that correspond to the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects and donors.

Primary Responsibilities
--- Facilitates, in partnership with senior leadership, fundraising efforts across service territory of western PA and northern WV. This includes execution of development plan including stewardship and cultivation of corporate, foundation and individual donors. Track status of relationships and action items.
--- Work closely with education team to continue to cultivate relationships with current and prospective educational partners including soliciting financial support, securing volunteers, and establishing community partnerships.
--- In partnership with senior leadership, plan and execute JA annual fundraising campaign including drafting letters, compiling mailings and tracking campaign performance to provide reports.
--- Oversight of constituent relationship management platform (BCRM) including input and updating of biographical and financial data, running of reports and timely acknowledgement of donations.
--- Administration of JA's 1939 Society, a special membership and recognition program for individual donors, including planning and execution of member events in partnership with events team, communicating with membership, identification of prospective members (including JA Empowerment LLC investors), and tracking of information pertaining to Society.
--- Tracking funding submissions to foundations and corporations including follow-up reports.
--- Prospect research on potential and current partners and work with senior leadership to formulate plans of action for prospects.
--- Provide administrative support for JA's Young Professionals Board including maintaining lists,
compiling agendas, etc.
--- Maintain physical donor communication materials and inventory of general Development team supplies.
--- Provide general clerical support, such as word processing, proof-reading, copying, filing, broadcast emailing, and tracking of programs and schedules.
--- Answer general Development phone inquiries.
--- Provide professional assistance and interaction with donors (via phone, computer and face-to-face).
--- Provide support when acknowledging appropriate financial and in-kind donations by correspondence.
--- Support fundraising staff to generate development reports from database (sponsors, major donors, individuals, lapsed donors, etc.).
--- Schedule and assist with various staff and volunteer leadership meetings.
--- Prepare gift acknowledgement letters, Board Thank You notes, New Donor Letters, Anniversary Cards, and make Thank You calls.
--- Prepare online donation pages as specified.
--- Assist with formatting appeals and newsletter data (quarterly paper and monthly electronic).
--- Compile mailing lists.
--- Update affiliate website as specified.
--- Maintain thorough and accurate database records and create fundraising reports and other database reports as needed.
--- Provide fundraising support to committee/board and team meetings, including document creation, donor research and donor prep.
--- As appropriate, provide prospect research for Executive Vice President, President and Development department.
--- Assist fundraisers with the planning, strategy and implementation of mailings and other
communications.
--- Database support including serving as donor database subject matter expert, with responsibility for infrastructure, protocols, data entry systems, gift processing and report writing (BCRM).
--- Identify and implement processes and improvements to ensure the integrity of the database, including troubleshooting/identifying inconsistencies and making corrections.
--- Work closely with Accounting and Volunteer Coordinator teams to ensure integration of department activities.
--- Specific tasks include:
o Build queries / segmented lists.
o Run reports.
o Maintain account contact/journal records.
o Implement moves management tracking and communication processes.
--- Work with Accounting Department to create database queries that support audit schedules and various monthly, quarterly, and annual accounting reports; monthly reconciliation between accounting data entry; year-end donation audit schedules.
--- Work with organization leadership to conduct database management trainings to increase database skill and generate organization-wide database procedures and expectations (in conjunction with critical staff).
--- Represents organization in an appropriate, positive and professional manner, maintaining
confidentiality of privileged information.
--- As a member of the Development Department, a percentage of time will be allocated to administrative efforts including: cold calling, attending networking events, prospecting, and creating department progress reports.
--- Provide vision, energy and passion for Junior Achievements mission, values, and integrity in all aspects of the job.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES:
--- Good understanding of private philanthropy as it relates to not-for-profit organizations and a knowledge of fundamental disciplines of resource development.
--- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
--- Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
--- Excellent interpersonal skills to establish, build, and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, board /committee members, donors and partners.
--- Self-motivated, with the ability to work independently with low to medium supervision.
--- Willing and able to handle concurrent tasks and make appropriate judgments and decisions.
--- Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
--- Performs as a team player and comfortable in an ecumenical environment.
--- Occasional flexibility to work longer hours, evenings and weekends as needed.

*This is not a remote position.

Keywords: Junior Achievement of Western PA, Pittsburgh , Donor Relations Specialist, Other , Bridgeville, Pennsylvania

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