Development Associate

Hiring Organization Information

Organization Name: 
Stroum Jewish Community Center
Mercer Island

Position Information

Employment Type: 
Full time
Experience Level: 
Entry level
Job Category: 
Development | Fundraising
Organizational Overview: 

Founded in 1949, the Stroum JCC is dedicated to the enrichment of life for the Jewish and general community in the greater Seattle area.

Located on Mercer Island, the J offers a variety of programs and activities for everyone from newborns to seniors. The J is home to an Early Childhood School, a newly remodeled state-of-the-art auditorium, an upgraded Fitness Center, an indoor pool, and more.

Role Responsibilities: 

The Development Associate position offers a great opportunity to gain valuable development and direct fundraising experience in a large, dynamic organization. The Stroum Jewish Community Center provides health and wellness programs, early childhood education, arts and ideas cultural programs, and youth development camps and enrichment classes to the greater Puget Sound community. The Development Associate will work closely with colleagues across the agency, volunteers, and members to welcome everyone and cultivate relationships. This role will support data management in development, process philanthropic gifts, and support cultivation, stewardship and fundraising events, in addition to managing a portfolio of donors. All of this work is designed to foster relationships that deepen engagement and activate a culture of philanthropy across the agency.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage portfolio, including stewardship and solicitation, of donors up to $2,500
  • Serve as designated development support for programs: Camp & Community Engagement
  • Work with Sr. Manager, Data Systems, to set parameters for prospect ID
  • Craft outreach and engagement strategy
  • Partner with marketing to set communication and marketing plan, complete with content development
  • Oversee the production and execution of materials
  • Partner with internal program owners to ID and cultivate stories and identify new philanthropic funding sources (e.g. grants, Foundations, etc.)
  • Manage three cultivation/stewardship events each year
  • Support colleagues in executing an annual development plan
  • Responsible for accurately recording all gift income, providing donor recognition and acknowledgment, updating donor information with both gift and personal history data, and generating accurate queries and reports as needed. 
  • Work with stakeholders across departments to ensure integrity and consistency in donor record maintenance (e.g. merging duplicate records, updating donor preferences, updating donor addresses, etc.).
  • Assist with direct response solicitations and communications. · Work with stakeholders across departments to determine donor segmentation strategy for print, email, and digital communication; prepare lists for communications and mailings.
  • Perform work on weekends and evenings as needed to meet applicable deadlines.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.
​To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required

Candidate Qualifications: 
  • A BA from a four-year college or university; or two years office experience with increasing responsibility; or currently pursuing graduate or certificate programs in fundraising or nonprofit management.
  • Possess excellent organizational and communications skills and strong attention to detail.
  • Possess a demonstrated strong customer service orientation, and special events planning experience a plus.
  • Ability to handle numerous tasks and meet tight deadlines.
  • Possess a can-do, team-oriented attitude and be an approachable, personable member of the public-facing team.

Computer Skills:

  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint, and a demonstrated familiarity with database systems.
  • Experience and proficiency with Blackbaud Raiser's Edge (or Raiser's Edge NXT), EZF (EzFaciltiy) preferred.

Language Skills:
Outstanding written and verbal skills required, including the ability to write donor correspondence that conforms to prescribed style and format. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from donors, SJCC members, or community members.
Math Skills:
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent, and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
Reasoning Ability:
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists (productive amidst ambiguity). Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
The Development Associate will have access to confidential information and will be expected to honor confidentiality to the utmost level.​

How to Apply

Application Contact:
Application Instructions: 
Please email cover letter and resume to (subject line: Controller Search and Last Name)