For more than 100 years, the Christopher House mission has been to strengthen and empower economically disadvantaged children and their families by providing a continuum of educational and human services.
We operate accredited early learning, elementary, and out of school time programs grounded in research-based curricula and high-quality instruction. Understanding that stand-alone education interventions are not enough, Christopher House utilizes a family-centered approach that engages parents and care givers in the child’s healthy development and provides opportunities for sustained economic self-sufficiency for the whole family. Christopher House values high expectations and an educational program that leverages arts integration, project-based learning, parent involvement, celebration of diversity, and a commitment to measurable results. These values are the framework of our learning community and extend to students, parents, teachers, and administrators. These values have resulted in educational services that produce significant returns in student achievement and parental involvement.
We have built on our portfolio of early learning centers to expand this transformative culture into a birth to eighth grade school composed of an Early Childhood and Elementary School. The school is creating unprecedented collaboration between early childhood and elementary educators as well as family support programs. In addition, it will provide foundational exposure during the earliest years of life to our culture of high expectations and academic excellence
Position Objective: Ensure the External Affairs team can execute annual fundraising efforts and accomplish its goals by managing a comprehensive set of development functions. The External Affairs Assistant will deliver a high level of quality control and implement best practices for gift processing procedures and data input into Raiser’s Edge, assist with logistics for all events and the annual benefit, and provide excellent customer service while interacting with various populations including Board Members, donors, volunteers, participants, and other Christopher House team members. Perform basic administration duties, including paper and electronic filing, word processing, answering phones, and greeting visitors.
Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the Director of External Affairs, the External Affairs Assistant will oversee and ensure high quality gift processing, timely gift acknowledgements, and maintain accurate donor data by completing routine updates to records in Raiser’s Edge. Monitor and collect outstanding pledges, recurring and matching gifts. Work with Grant Writer to ensure grant agreements, payments and report data is accurate and entered Raiser’s Edge. Assist Associate Director of Communications and Special Events with all event and gala logistics. Ensure that External Affairs team keeps up with fiscal paperwork by collaborating with Finance Department on reconciliation, paying invoices, submitting credit card paperwork, reimbursements, etc. Attend Christopher House events, dinners and meetings, when appropriate.
Education: High School diploma or GED required. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
Submit cover letter & resume to: Libby Shortenhaus, Associate Director Development
Christopher House is an Equal Opportunity Employer.