Development Associate: Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)

Posted September 16th, 2015 at 4:28 pm.

Based on the tradition of “welcoming the stranger,” HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) Pennsylvania provides legal, resettlement, citizenship and supportive services to immigrants and refugees from all backgrounds in order to assure their fair treatment and full integration into American society. HIAS PA advocates for just and inclusive public policies and practices.

HIAS Pennsylvania provides the following programs:

  • Representation and legal counseling before immigration agencies and the courts including special initiatives for survivors of interpersonal violence, unaccompanied and vulnerable immigrant youth, and survivors of torture
  • Resettlement and other support services to assist refugees, immigrants and those granted asylum
  • Citizenship services


Supervisor: Deputy Director

Application Deadline: October 2, 2015

Salary: $37,000 – $40,000

General Description: 

The Development Associate serves as the primary supervisor of individual giving at HIAS Pennsylvania. S/he works closely with both the staff and Board of Directors to expand the organization’s donor base, cultivate donors and increase visibility.

Summary of Responsibilities:

Individual giving and donor cultivation (55%)

Events planning (30%)

Donor appeals (including Annual Report, bi-Annual giving mailing campaigns, Giving Tuesday, merchant appeals) (15%)

Individual Giving and Donor Cultivation

  • Create and implement annual development plan in conjunction with Deputy and Executive Directors
  • Create and distribute regularly scheduled donor appeals
  • Stay up˗to˗date on philanthropy research, platforms and tools
  • Strategize new ways to engage donors and prospects
  • Track and thank all incoming gifts promptly
  • Cultivate Board members, sponsors and major donors
  • Identify new donor prospects and expand base of young friends and other potential supporters
  • Research grant prospects and assist in coordinating supporting documents as needed
  • Conduct monthly financial reconciliation of all gifts with Office Manager
  • Create and distribute Annual Report
  • Work closely with communications intern in developing consistent messaging on social media and using social media for fundraising campaigns

Events Planning:

  • Serve as lead coordinator of annual fundraiser and Annual Meeting, and develop other smaller fundraising/donor˗cultivation events as needed including, but not limited to, alumni events and volunteer˗appreciation events.
  • Work with logistical consultant in planning annual fundraiser, engage Board of Directors in marketing, write and distribute all solicitation letters, and manage events budget
  • Create events program books and ensure accurate listing and publicity of donors and sponsors
  • Create events-related marketing materials; work closely with communications intern in ensuring wide distribution, in platform-appropriate form, of marketing materials
  • Track all incoming gifts and guest lists for all agency-wide events


  • B.A. with at least two years’ experience in individual giving
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Proficiency in database management – GiftWorks preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office – Word and Excel required, Publisher preferred
  • Ability to work with diverse staff, Board and stakeholders
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Commitment to working with immigrants and refugees and to our mission to “welcome the stranger”
  • Ability to “do what it takes” to complete a project
  • Ability to work in a small nonprofit agency with limited infrastructure

Additional Skills:

  • Experience with website management system (Drupal) and email marketing services (Vertical Response) preferred
  • Grant writing experience preferred but not required
  • Eye for design – experience in organizational marketing preferred

HIAS PA is a fast˗paced environment with some traffic in the office and a moderate amount of noise. The office functions as a team with a high degree of collegiality. HIAS PA provides health care, life insurance and disability benefits after a probationary period. If you are interested in this position, send your resume and cover letter via email to Michelle Zarate at by October 2, 2015. HIAS Pennsylvania reserves the right to fill this position prior to the application deadline.

HIAS Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief.

Filed under: Management Level by Margie DuBrow

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