Development Associate

Posted by
The Shefa School
New York, NY
Published 26 days ago

About Shefa:

The Shefa School is a Jewish community day school in Manhattan serving students in grades 1-8 who benefit from a specialized educational environment in order to develop their strengths while addressing their learning challenges. We specifically serve students with language-based learning disabilities who have not yet reached their potential levels of success in traditional classroom settings. Shefa is a pluralistic community school, serving families across the range of Jewish involvement and observance. At Shefa, we believe that differences are a source of strength and that we are all enriched by the diversity of perspectives. 

The Shefa School is growing rapidly. We opened our doors in 2014 with just 24 students and now our enrollment exceeds 200. We continue to grow each year and are moving to a new state-of-the-art facility January of 2024. 


About the Position:

The Shefa School is seeking a full-time Development Associate to support the Director of Institutional Advancement. The Development Associate will assist in all aspects of the school’s fundraising initiatives. This position is for someone who is passionate about the mission of the School and understands the opportunities that are available to learn and grow within a small development team.  

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Director of Institutional Advancement with the implementation of all development and fundraising initiatives and special events 
  • Create and edit fundraising communications, including solicitation letters, email blasts, campaign collateral and follow-up letters
  • Arrange the production of solicitation materials (direct mailings, email blasts, social media posts) to ensure the timely execution of campaign schedules 
  • Oversee gifts acknowledgements process, including database entry and writing and sending acknowledgement letters to donors in a timely manner
  • Manage donor records in our database and provide development reports as required
  • Track pledges and work with the business office to coordinate all aspects of billing and donor follow-up 
  • Prepare Shefa’s Annual Giving report with support from the Director of Institutional Advancement 
  • Assist in the management of all social media platforms, ensuring all communications are streamlined and coordinated. Take photographs and video (when appropriate) at school and school functions.




Special Events:

  • Manage timelines for development events and internal logistics relating to special events, particularly the school benefit and major donor events throughout the year 
  • Provide support to event volunteers in the planning, organization, and implementation of events.
  • Prepare and arrange production for event materials (direct mailings, emails, social media)

Additional Responsibilities: 

·     Work with lay leadership and volunteers as needed

  • Take on special projects as assigned by the Director of Institutional Advancement and the Head of School 
  • Participate in professional development


  • 2+ years work experience in communications and experience working in a nonprofit setting preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills are required
  • Experience working collaboratively across various departments
  • Experience in education a plus
  • Detail-oriented, creative, and takes initiative
  • Strong project management skills and can manage multiple projects at once
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Platform
  • Experience with Veracross or Filemaker Pro is a plus! 


We believe in investing in our employees’ development and aim to provide a supportive work environment characterized by thoughtful and generous feedback and opportunities for growth and advancement.

The Shefa School is committed to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion and ensuring a warm, welcoming, and nurturing environment for all. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We especially encourage candidates from historically underrepresented communities to apply.


About Shefa:

The Shefa School is a Jewish community day school in Manhattan serving students in grades 1-8 who benefit from a specialized educational environment in order to develop their strengths while addressing their learning…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
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Competitive and commensurate with experience


New York, NY, United States

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