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Development and Communications Associate
Harlem Academy in New York City, New York
Date Posted 03/23/2021
Salary $35,000 - $40,000  USD Per Year
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
Organization Mission:
Harlem Academy drives equity of opportunity for promising students (grades 1-8), guiding them to thrive at the highest academic levels and one day make a mark on the world. As an independent school, Harlem Academy fills a unique gap in the education reform landscape. Students enter the school with average scores in the 74th percentile – too low to access selective programs with competitive admissions, but too high to receive attention at the local public and charter schools. We challenge students with a rigorous program, guiding them to gain 16 percentile points by eighth grade. This growth to the 90th percentile allows our students to move on to selective secondary schools, opening a door to the opportunities that follow.
Reporting to the development director, the development and communications associate will work with the development team on execution of the annual giving, communications, and donor cultivation strategies for the year. As a member of the team, you will partner in the overall departmental responsibility to surpass fiscal year goals, manage external relationships, and deepen donors’ connection to the school.
Development Operations, Data Management, and Research:
  • Oversee segmentation of lists, in-house mailings, and ensure all data is accurately captured.
  • Work with the development team to manage and track key data on donors and prospects.
  • Conduct prospect research on individuals, foundations, and corporations as needed.
  • Support general development, communications, and strategy work as needed.

Volunteer Programs:
  • Serve as liaison among students, families, teachers, and volunteers to coordinate schedules, build strong partnerships, and shape positive experiences for our volunteers, many of whom are donors.
  • Assist in managing our weekly mentoring program.
  • Coordinate volunteer days with our corporate partners and other one-time volunteer opportunities.

Foundations Support:
  • Assemble foundation proposals and reports, including proofreading content, gathering support documents, and managing submissions.
  • Coordinate and execute mailings to prospective and current foundations.
  • Participate as a key member of the team in preparation for and implementation of all events (once we are able to return to in-person gatherings).
  • Qualifications: Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and demonstrated interest in the school’s mission. They need excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills, and should show strong organizational skills and high attention to detail. Raiser’s Edge experience is strongly preferred.

Harlem Academy offers a challenging and supportive work environment, leadership and professional growth opportunities, health benefits, and a competitive salary. Associates often have opportunities for advancement within the organization. Applications for this position will be accepted on a rolling basis. The position currently is remote because of COVID-19, with daily responsibilities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and occasional work outside of regular hours.

How to apply:
Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter and resume to Katie Steinbach at careers@harlemacademy.org (subject line: Development and Communications Associate). Cover letter should be no more than one page and should describe your commitment to our mission and capacity for contribution to specific areas of the school.

Harlem Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, national origin or ancestry, veteran's status, sexual orientation, or any non-job related physical or mental disability. We welcome candidates who will contribute to our diversity.

Furthermore, we value and respect all types of diversity and strongly encourage applicants from traditionally marginalized groups to apply. We prohibit discrimination and harassment, and we are committed to recruiting, hiring, and promoting those from minority and disadvantaged groups. We want to live in a world that recognizes the inherent strengths that come from different viewpoints, backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. As a team, we have taken on a commitment to examining our unconscious biases and want to work towards an equitable, peaceful, and just world.
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