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We are in the business of supporting people, and that includes our staff and volunteers. We're a small team where everyone's voice is heard and contributions are encouraged from volunteers to full-time staff. The Extreme Kids & Crew environment is collaborative, inclusive, involved, fast-paced, creative, empathetic and always fun. We're always excited to meet new people with diverse talents who are interested in working with us. Apply for a specific position, or feel free to forward your resume to russellabbott@extremekidsandcrew.org if the current positions available are not for you. We will keep all resumes on file.

Or volunteer to be a Play Partner! See the volunteer section below for more details.


Development & Communications Associate

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Development Associate’s primary role is to assist the Development and Communications Director with the implementation of Extreme Kids’ fundraising and marketing strategy.

This is an excellent opportunity for a promising professional to grow in the field of nonprofit development and communications while actively helping to build a strong fundraising and communications team in a welcoming environment.

The Development and Communications Associate will be an essential member of the team that supports the organization’s fundraising goals through individual appeals, special events, external communications and messaging, and day-to-day donor management. The Development and Communications Associate will work alongside other organizational staff on programming initiatives and grant proposals. 

Successful candidates will demonstrate strategic thinking, initiative, a willingness to work in a startup environment, an excitement for creative development work, and enthusiasm for being a positive contributing member of a groundbreaking organization.

Salary range: $40,000-$45,000

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

The Development and Communications Associate’s responsibilities will include:

Development

  • Participate in the foundation and corporate giving program by conducting prospect research, report generation, and providing writing and editing support to the Development and Communications Director (Dev. Comm. Director)

  • Assist fiscal staff to help develop budgets and manage proposal and report submissions

  • Assist program staff to help develop program plans and determine realistic goals to present to funders as well as to track and understand grant progress

  • Collaborate with the Dev. Comm. Director, Executive Director and other staff members on special events, including the annual gala and donor site visits

  • Coordinate gift tracking and maintenance of the constituent database (Little Green Light) including: data entry, creating new records, entering revisions and updates, adding notes and actions, coding gifts, drafting and sending donor acknowledgements, generating mailing lists, running queries and reports, and filing all donor documentation and acknowledgment correspondence

  • Generate all fundraising reports including: giving reports, donor history reports, and other reports requested by the Dev. Comm. Director and/or Executive Director

Communications

  • Support all direct mail solicitations, including the annual year-end appeal, gala invitations, and appeals for other special campaigns and events

  • Craft and execute the communication of strong, positive messages about Extreme Kids programs, mission, activities and results to external constituents via website and social media content, press releases and newsletters

  • Track all communications reports including: audience patterns and habits, engagement statistics, and other insight reports requested by the Dev. Comm. Director

  • Conduct outreach in the community to build partnerships with local organizations, businesses, elected officials and other stakeholders, in collaboration with Dev. Comm. Director

  • Participate actively in monthly team meetings between the programs and communications teams

IDEAL EXPERIENCE & ATTRIBUTES

The Development and Communications Associate will have the following experience and qualifications:

  • 1-3 years of nonprofit fundraising development experience, or relevant work experience

  • Additionally, one year of nonprofit communications experience preferred

  • Experience working with a database and donor management system such as Little Green Light and Flipcause, or other similar software

  • Excellent computer skills: Windows fluency, Google Drive (Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.) MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), e-mail programs (MailChimp), social media applications (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google), websites (Squarespace), photo/video editing software, graphic design tools (Canva, Photoshop and/or InDesign)

  • Strong attention to contextual detail, especially in donor and data management

  • Experience creating strategic messaging via social media and web applications to engage audiences, increase visibility and raise money

  • Ability to be self-directed while equally comfortable working collaboratively as a key member of a dynamic, yet small, team

  • Ability to thoroughly and thoughtfully carry out tasks and projects delegated by the Dev. Comm. Director as well as offer creative ideas and strategies for advancing Extreme Kids’ development and marketing goals

  • Comfortable with meeting clear goals, plans and deliverables

  • Adaptable and willing to take on new tasks and responsibilities as they arise

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Fluent Spanish speaker, a plus plus plus

  • Passion for social justice work and a person-first approach to working alongside people with disabilities and their families 

  • Familiarity with NYC’s foundation and corporate funding landscape a plus

HOURS/BENEFITS

  • Full-time position located in Brooklyn, NY that occasionally requires weekend/ evening work

  • Sixteen holidays, plus 10 days paid time off (PTO) to begin after 3-month trial period (outside of busy fundraising times November/ December or April/May)

  • Health insurance reimbursement available after 3-month trial period if prior coverage not in place

ENVIRONMENT

  • Professional development opportunities are offered and encouraged

  • Office culture values and practices diversity, equity and inclusion 

  • Open plan office

  • Monthly visits to our play spaces across NYC, special events, and workshops

  • Open-minded work environment

APPLY
We will only reply to applicants who follow the directions below.

  • Resume: attached as a PDF

  • Cover letter: written in the body of an email, no more than two, short paragraphs

  • Subject line: Development and Communications Associate

  • Email to: Russell Abbott at russell@extremekidsandcrew.org

At Extreme Kids & Crew, Inc., we are committed to embracing a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion and seek to attract diverse talent. We understand that individual differences, backgrounds, and knowledge, help to cultivate talent that represent our mission. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, employment opportunities are based upon one's job qualifications and life experience, as well as potential, and are without regard to ethnicity, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, gender or any other characteristic protected by law.


What do Play Partners do? Volunteers are an incredibly important part of our Crew. Along with staff they facilitate play by creatively engaging participants through openness and a genuine enthusiasm for each child’s interests and ideas. A willingness to get silly is a must! We're always looking for volunteers in all areas. Click the images below to see day and time commitments.

We also welcome teen volunteers who are seeking opportunities to complete required service hours while in high school.

How to Apply: Application form