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Chief Operating Officer

Make-A-Wish® New Jersey (MAWNJ) is conducting a search for a Chief Operating Officer (COO) who will support the organization’s growing need for operational infrastructure. This newly-created position will report directly to the President & CEO and will oversee an administrative staff of more than 20, including the Chief Financial Officer, the Director of Database Information Technology, and the Vice President of Mission Delivery. The Chief Development Officer will report directly to the President & CEO.

The COO will be a key member of MAWNJ’s leadership team and will report directly to the President & CEO. S/he will provide oversight for all financial, administrative, and operational affairs of the chapter organization. This will include financial management, budgeting, human resources management, strategic planning, and oversight of legal matters including compliance with national and local governing policies. The COO will oversee all MAWNJ assets and manage the organization’s financial resources ensuring that sufficient controls are in place and are implemented. This will include providing actionable financial reporting support to the President & CEO and volunteer Board of Directors. Key responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting the President & CEO in developing policy and strategic plans for the organization
  • Taking an active leadership role in developing an annual budget and priority plan that supports the MAWNJ’s strategic plan
  • Creating solid central operating systems that support a dynamic and growing organization
  • Ensuring chapter compliance with the Make-A-Wish® Foundation’s governing policies, performance standards, and guidelines across all functional areas
  • Management and supervision of accounting, IT, human resources, and administrative staff
  • Reporting to the President & CEO, the Board of Directors, and staff on the progress of financial and non-financial goals and strategic plan initiatives
  • Analyzing data and trends across the organization to support senior staff in their efforts

Make-A-Wish® New Jersey, one of the largest and most well-established Make-A-Wish® chapters, has granted more than 9,000 wishes since opening its doors in 1983. Since 2011, MAWNJ has been headquartered in the Samuel & Josephine Plumeri Wishing Place in Monroe Township. This 20,000 square-foot facility is the only one of its kind, a magical environment that is free of limitations, confinement, and stress where seriously ill children can experience the imaginative possibilities of a wish. The Wishing Place is the result of an extraordinarily successful capital campaign that surpassed its goal and posted the largest gift in the history of the national Make-A-Wish® Foundation at that time.

The ideal COO candidate will bring demonstrated success in developing a collaborative, team-oriented organization; 15 to 20 years of relevant work experience, with 8 to 10 years of increasing levels of supervisor/management responsibilities; demonstrated success in financial planning and analysis; experience in organizational strategic planning; experience in operations management, including human resources, facilities planning and management, and purchasing and contracts; experience with sophisticated financial accounting systems and strong computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office; experience with Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge and Financial Edge a plus; and the ability to lead within in a fast-moving, changing environment.

Qualified candidates and nominations are encouraged. Please send a cover letter and resume, along with current salary history, to Michele Hickey, Director of Recruitment, Dennis C. Miller Associates, Inc. at zvpuryr@qraavfpzvyyre.pbz.

Director of Database Information Technology

The Director of Database Information Technology will be responsible for the management, integration and operations of all MAWNJ computer systems including the Blackbaud Make-A-Wish Suite (Raiser’s Edge, Financial Edge, Wish Module and their accompanying additional modules), website templates, volunteer intranet, and email platforms. Reporting to the COO and working closely with Mission Delivery, Development, Finance and Administration, and two direct reports, the Director of Database Information Technology is responsible for: database administration for donor, wish and financial records, information reporting, and oversight for all systems to optimize the flow and integrity of digital information between departments, to the public, and to Make-A-Wish America; identifying technology needs for all departments, coordinating and providing hands-on level 1 technology support to chapter staff, managing the relationship with outside technology consultants and vendors, and providing training to staff; and maintaining strict policies and procedures for the MAWNJ systems infrastructure to comply with national and local policies and guidelines, to maintain data integrity which facilitates data extraction, report customization, and analysis, and to protect against technology risks.

A bachelor’s degree is required and a master’s degree preferred in a technical discipline. The successful candidate will have 10+ years of well-rounded business experience, including management of computer operations and hands-on support within non-profit organizations. Must be proficient in database management, network operations and desktop support. Experience with Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge required and Financial Edge is a plus. Must have advanced skills in the use of Microsoft Office Suite (i.e. Logical functions, VLookup, pivot tables, graphs, etc.), designing data queries, and utilizing report writing software such as Crystal Reports. Knowledge of network infrastructure, systems development, and financial controls is preferred. Must have a verifiable track record of effective leadership which includes teambuilding, strategic thinking and successful execution with technical and intellectual resources. Must be a problem-solver who responds quickly to issues, and be self-motivated and goal-oriented. Requires strong communication and organizational skills, a professional demeanor, attention to detail, analytical and decision-making abilities, a project management discipline and proficient presentation skills.

Qualified candidates and nominations are encouraged. Please send a cover letter and resume, along with current salary history, to Michele Hickey, Director of Recruitment, Dennis C. Miller Associates, Inc. at zvpuryr@qraavfpzvyyre.pbz.

Accounting Coordinator

Make-A-Wish® New Jersey (MAWNJ), granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy, seeks a full-time accounting professional to join our team at our Monroe Township, NJ castle facility. This is a great opportunity to share in the power of a child’s wish come true, especially at one of the leading Make-A-Wish chapters in the country, as well as a tremendous opportunity to play a crucial role in our success, make an immediate impact, and experience profound job satisfaction/fulfillment.

Primary Duties:

1. Accounts Payable Processing and Payment of Expenditures - Invoices, business credit card, employee expense reimbursements, volunteer expense reimbursements, purchase order management. 

    • Understanding of standards, policies and procedures for chapter and national organization.
    • Ensure accuracy, timeliness, proper authorization and recording in general ledger system.
    • Control of payment processing and coordination of check signing with senior staff and Board signers.
    • Control and coordination of business credit card reconciliations and documentation process.
    • Vendor administration including set-up, coordination of/communication for inquiries and research/resolution of past due billings.
    • Year-end activities including preparation of Form 1099s, accruals, annual audit and Form 990 support.
    • Preparation of Excel spreadsheets and analysis in support of accounting processes.
    • Generation of reports from Financial Edge system.

2. Cash Flow Monitoring  - Request bank transfers to ensure adequate/timely funds to cover checks and payroll.

3. Journal entries for month-end close of books – Prepare reconciliations, create journal entries and perform data entry for one-time and recurring items, such as bank transfers, bank fees, credit cards, interest income, reimbursements, wish assists, depreciation and prepaid amortization.  Perform research and analysis.

4. Inventory Control - Establish process controls for wish child gift inventory inflow/outflow in coordination with Program Services and Development; safekeeping, valuation and accounting for inventory.

6. Records Retention - Management of accounting archives - onsite and offsite storage.

Requirements:  

Bachelor degree in accounting, business or finance, 3+ years accounts payable experience, strong verbal and written communication skills, and a proven record in problem-solving and achieving goals timely.  Must have experience with high volume accounts payable environment, organizing process flows, advocating process improvements and communication with senior leadership.  Must be proficient with Microsoft Office (including Excel, Word and Outlook) and advanced Excel skills are desired.  Must have worked with general ledger applications.   Must be analytical, work independently and collaborate as part of a team to manage changing priorities and react swiftly to chapter business support needs.  Experience with non-profit accounting requirements and Blackbaud Financial Edge software is preferred.   Must be accurate, detail-oriented, organized, inquisitive, deadline-driven, self- motivated, energetic, and reliable.   Must be a team player with a great work ethic, and who enjoys owning and juggling priorities in pursuit of an important mission.  Must be able to pass background and credit checks.  Flexibility with hours is desired. Local candidates and CPA candidates preferred.

**No phone calls please.  Resume and cover letter (including salary requirements) can be emailed to wbof@jvfuaw.bet.  Please indicate Accounting Coordinator in the subject line.**

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required.  All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

Volunteer Programs Manager

Make-A-Wish® New Jersey (MAWNJ), granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy, seeks a full-time Volunteer Programs Manager to join our team at our Monroe Township, NJ castle facility. This is a great opportunity to share in the power of a child’s wish come true, especially at one of the leading Make-A-Wish chapters in the country, as well as a tremendous opportunity to play a crucial role in our success, make an immediate impact, and experience profound job satisfaction/fulfillment.

Primary Duties:  

Responsible for executing short term objectives to achieve the long term goals of the Mission Delivery Department, specific to Volunteer Programs.  The Volunteer Programs Manager will give ongoing attention to the recruitment, retention and recognition of our volunteers.  She/he will assist with increasing visibility and education about the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey. Supervise and support Volunteer Program intern(s), office and wishing place volunteers.  Manage the intake process by which volunteers become involved in MAWFNJ from application to placement.  Assign volunteer teams to wishes/wish assists, communicate assignments to volunteers and document assignments in RE database in a timely manner.  In collaboration with the Vice President of Mission Delivery, design and implement a plan to recruit new volunteers with special emphasis on bi-lingual (Spanish Speaking) volunteers.  Update, implement and conduct Basic Training (6x/yr./wknds) for new volunteers as well as Level II (Continuing Education) Training (4x/yr./eve/wknds) as required by all active volunteers.

Requirements:  

Bachelor's Degree required with 3-5+ years of volunteer management experience in the social services sector.  Bi-lingual, English/Spanish Speaking, preferred.  Must be computer literate (Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel) and Raiser's Edge experience desired.  Self -motivated, creative, problem-solving team player with excellent writing, communication and interpersonal skills required. Possess Confident, polished and professional presentation and communication skills to both large and small groups; s critical thinking skills with the ability to problem solve, independently, and as part of a team.  Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks; Proficient computer skills with knowledge of and/or previous experience working with Microsoft Office; Raiser's Edge and Salesforce experience, preferred.  Willing and able to work nights and weekends, when necessary.

If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume with “Volunteer Programs Manager” in the subject line to wbof@jvfuaw.bet**No phone calls please.**  

Program Services Assistant

Make-A-Wish® New Jersey (MAWNJ), granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy, seeks a full-time temporary Program Services Assistant to join our team at our Monroe Township, NJ castle facility. This is a great opportunity to share in the power of a child’s wish come true, especially at one of the leading Make-A-Wish chapters in the country, as well as a tremendous opportunity to play a crucial role in our success, make an immediate impact, and experience profound job satisfaction/fulfillment.

The Program Services Assistant primary responsibilities will include coordinating the wish process through the intake of referrals, managing a caseload of wishes to be granted within a timely manner, and post-wish follow up.  Additional responsibilities include extensive and detailed communication, both verbal and written with families, volunteers, vendors, and medical professionals; Database management utilizing both Raiser’s Edge and Salesforce; Coordination of a variety of wish types, including travel related wishes while acquiring in-kind/discounts from vendors to assist with budget management.

Requirements: 

Bachelor's Degree required with 1-3 years of case management experience in the nonprofit/social services sector. Bi-lingual Spanish Speaking, preferred. Excellent verbal and written communication skills; Possess critical thinking skills with the ability to problem solve, independently, and as part of a team. Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks; Proficient computer skills with knowledge of and/or previous experience working with Microsoft Office; Raiser's Edge and Salesforce experience, preferred.

If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume with Program Services Assistant in the subject line to jobs@wishnj.org.  Resumes will be accepted through March 1, 2017. **No phone calls please.**


Medical Outreach Manager

Make-A-Wish® New Jersey (MAWNJ), granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy, seeks a full-time Medical Outreach Manager to join our team at our Monroe Township, NJ castle facility. This is a great opportunity to share in the power of a child’s wish come true, especially at one of the leading Make-A-Wish chapters in the country, as well as a tremendous opportunity to play a crucial role in our success, make an immediate impact, and experience profound job satisfaction/fulfillment.

Primary Duties:  

Responsible for developing, strategizing and overseeing the medical outreach and eligibility efforts chapter wide to ensure all qualified children receive a wish.  Build a referral source network in New Jersey through research, analysis, and cultivations of relationships with medical professionals, hospital administrators, social workers and child life specialists. Maintain existing referral source relationships and work to identify new referral sources and strategically determine best method for outreach.  Plan and implement face-to-face trainings/meetings throughout state to educate referral sources regarding the Foundation’s services and eligibility requirements.

Requirements:  

Bachelor's Degree required.  Master’s degree, preferred with 3+ years of medical outreach, health services, child life experience in the social services sector.  Bi-lingual, English/Spanish Speaking, preferred. Self -motivated, creative, problem-solving team player with excellent writing, communication and interpersonal skills required. Raiser’s Edge/Salesforce/Microsoft Office proficient; Analytical Skills, excellent written and oral  communication skills; Ability to work evenings and weekends to ensure coverage at professional seminars; can stand for long periods at MAW display and carry/set-up display materials; Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and achieve objectives with a sense of urgency; Ability to build and sustain productive long-term relationships; Confident, polished and professional presentation and communication skills to both large and small groups; Working knowledge of childhood illnesses & treatment protocols; Travel required within the 3-state area up to 40%; Additional travel may arise on an as needed basis; Must be social media savvy for research and communication purposes; Possess critical thinking skills with the ability to problem solve, independently, and as part of a team; Willing and able to work nights and weekends, when necessary.

If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume with “Medical Outreach Manager” in the subject line to jobs@wishnj.org.  Resumes will be accepted through Wednesday, March 15, 2017.  **No phone calls please. **

Director of Planned and Major Gifts

Make-A-Wish® New Jersey (MAWNJ) is conducting a search for a Director of Planned and Major Gifts. The organization seeks an experienced development professional with an established track record of successful major and planned gift fundraising to cultivate a growing major and legacy gift program. This position will report directly to the Vice President of Development.

The Director of Planned and Major Gifts will be responsible for developing and executing strategies to identify, research, cultivate and solicit qualified prospects for major and planned gifts in collaboration with the VP of Development and President & CEO. S/he will maintain a portfolio of approximately 100 to 150 prospects at various stages of engagement and will support the VP and President & CEO in managing their major donor portfolios. The Director will manage all aspects of the planned giving program and will supervise gifts made through bequests, trusts, charitable gift annuities, and other planned giving vehicles. The Director will assemble and work with a Planned Giving Committee and will cultivate relationships with attorneys, trust officers, accountants, financial planners and other estate planning professionals regarding gift opportunities for clients. S/he will educate the MAWNJ community about planned giving through seminars, written materials, and one-to-one meetings. In addition, the Director will develop recommendations for gift acceptance policies and ensure that existing policies are followed, and will keep abreast of current tax laws and planned giving trends.

Make-A-Wish® New Jersey, one of the largest and most well-established Make-A-Wish® chapters, has granted more than 9,000 wishes since opening its doors in 1983. Since 2011, MAWNJ has been headquartered in the Samuel & Josephine Plumeri Wishing Place in Monroe Township. This 20,000 square-foot facility is the only one of its kind, a magical environment that is free of limitations, confinement, and stress where seriously ill children can experience the imaginative possibilities of a wish. The Wishing Place is the result of an extraordinarily successful capital campaign that surpassed its goal and posted the largest gift in the history of the national Make-A-Wish® Foundation at that time.

A bachelor’s degree and 5 to 7 years of progressively responsible development and/or planned giving experience are required for this position. A graduate degree in business, finance or related field and/or JD is preferred, due to the complexity of the planned giving field and related laws. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to cultivate and solicit high net worth individuals, be self-motivated, organized, and team oriented, and will have excellent communication skills.

Qualified candidates and nominations are encouraged. Please send a cover letter and resume, along with current salary history, to Michele Hickey, Director of Recruitment, Dennis C. Miller Associates, Inc. at zvpuryr@qraavfpzvyyre.pbz.

Internships

Have you ever wondered what is was like to work with a non-profit, who grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions?

Throughout the year, Make-A-Wish New Jersey offers a variety of unpaid internships to provide opportunities for college students to receive academic credit and valuable work experience in the nonprofit field.

Our internship program aims to cultivate students from many fields and disciplines. We offer interns a substantive learning experience that affords them the opportunity to contribute to our work, and the knowledge, skills and tools they may need to continue in the nonprofit field.

Complementing their individual departmental placement, interns are collectively engaged in a program that explores the Make-A-Wish mission through the agency’s structure as a whole and its role in a wish child’s life.

All of our internships are unpaid. Applicants in need of financial aid to support their internships are encouraged to explore potential funding sources through the career services or alumni offices on their campus. Many colleges offer their students scholarships, stipends, or off-campus work-study to facilitate participation in public-interest internships.

Internship Calendar and Application

Current college students are accepted on a continual basis throughout the year, depending on foundation needs.  Also, certain internships may have different requirements.

Application is made by sending a current resume with cover letter to wbof@jvfuaw.bet. Please indicate which internship you are applying for, the semester/trimester available and any school requirements.  

Types of Internships

We currently offer five types of internships. Multiple applicants may be accepted into each. Follow the link for a detailed descriptions of each internship.

  • Program Services interns focus on developing management and administrative tools, assisting the Outreach and Volunteer departments, and possible solicitation of donations from vendors.
  • Development interns focus on fund-raising, with possible experience in event planning, auction item solicitation, social media, donor solicitation, data management, and individual and corporate donations.
  • Administration interns focus on the infrastructure of Finance and Technology which support the chapter’s program services and fundraising activities.  This infrastructure includes physical assets such as computer hardware, software applications, office equipment and facilities, as well as virtual assets, such as controls, data and web activities.
  • Special Events interns focus on fund-raising, with experience in event planning, donor solicitation, data management and event marketing for fundraisers, including the foundation's Gala and Walk for Wishes.
  • Volunteer Programs interns focus on all aspects of the volunteer program, which can include initial volunteer inquiries, new volunteer recruitment, and volunteer data entry.  

**Please no phone calls.**


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Make-A-Wish® New Jersey
Samuel & Josephine Plumeri Wishing Place
1347 Perrineville Road
Monroe Township, NJ 08831
(609) 371-9474
Toll Free (800) 252-9474