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Development Assistant - State and Federal Work Study

Organizational and Position Summary

The ROOTS Young Adult Shelter opened in Seattle’s University District in 1999 as the result of the community identifying a significant unmet need for shelter designed specifically for young people ages 18 to 25. Members of local congregations, U of W students and faculty, and those already serving homeless young people joined together to create a shelter that honored the independence of these young adults, while providing the mentoring and support necessary to overcome the obstacles to exiting street life. ROOTS operates every night of the year, serves a hot meal each morning and evening, provides cleaning and laundry facilities, and offers case management and job coaching programs to every guest. At 45 beds, it is the largest overnight shelter in the city specifically designed to meet the needs of homeless young adults, providing an integral piece of the continuum of care for homeless persons in King County.

ROOTS is seeking dynamic and organized work study candidates to join our Development team. Reporting to and working closely with the Development Manager, the Development Work Study is a data heavy position with significant opportunities to assume responsibilities across a wide range of fundraising, relationship building, marketing, communications, and management activities. Our Development Work Study will galvanize a department that facilitates and receives more than 40% of the organization’s annual revenue.

Primary responsibilities

Individual Giving and Donor Stewardship (70%)
·        Process donations, generate and track tax-receipts and acknowledgment letters
·        Monitor and ensure the appropriate follow up occurs with donors and supporters
·        Organize and maintain donor files (both hard copy and electronic)
·        Manage data entry of our donor database (Little Green Light), email distribution (Mailchimp), and website
·        Contribute to ROOTS e-friends communications, drafting content for supporters and donors
·        Arrange campaign logistics for individual solicitations such as our the annual GiveBIG campaign, our summer and winter funding drives, and the annual gala

Corporate & Foundation Relations (20%)
·        Collaborate with Development Manager on design and development of sponsorship collateral
·        Fulfill sponsorship recognition and benefits, including communications such as social media and press releases, website maintenance, and collateral needs such as signage
·        Complete matching gift forms and protocols

Event support (10%)
·        Assist in recruitment and facilitation of ROOTS information booth
·        Assist in procurement drive for annual fundraising gala
Suggested Qualities and Qualifications
·        Experience and comfort with fundraising, soliciting for donations, and/or planning events
·        Fastidious attention to detail
·        Proactive approach to managing time-sensitive and competing workloads
·        Ability to both ask for/receive and offer assistance or leadership when and where needed
·        Open to and appreciative of feedback (responsive to direction and coaching)
·        Capable communicator with an astute eye for written and visual communication
·        Highly ethical, particularly in working with confidential and sensitive information, and the ability to pass a background check
·        Computer proficiency including Microsoft Office products, particularly Word, Excel, Outlook, and Publisher (experience with mail merges, databases, and auction software a plus)
·        Ability to lift 30lbs

Application Process and Other Details

Limitations and Disclaimer: The above work study position describes the general nature and level of work to be performed; it is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the position.

Timeline: Positions will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed and candidates considered on a rolling basis. A mutually agreed upon start date will be determined at the time of hire.

Employment status: This is a part-time hourly position, expected to work up to 19 hours/week. Exact schedule will be determined by the selected candidate in conjunction with the Development Manager. The position is open to Work-Study eligible students attending University of Washington, Seattle U or Seattle Pacific University.

Compensation: $15/hour.

Confidential Application Process: Apply through Handshake or email your resume and cover letter summarizing your interest, fit with qualifications, and experience to Jordan Beaudry at with Development Work Study Position in the subject line.

Equal Opportunity Employer: Qualified applicants from all cultures and communities are encouraged to apply