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Director of Special Events

The mission of Make-A-Wish New Jersey (MAWNJ) is to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. MAWNJ seeks a proven, dynamic and talented self-starter to join our team at our Monroe Township 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.

Job Summary:This position directs, executes and provides overall strategy for all aspects of high level fundraising and stewardship events for Make-A-Wish New Jersey. Emphasis on high level fundraising and stewardship events includes all aspects of event execution, budgeting, securing sponsors and attendees/teams, as well as post event wrap up/analysis and follow up. The position assures the successful achievement of fundraising goals and identifies opportunity for deeper involvement of donors and sponsors.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate and manage existing relationships as well as help to create new relationships with key donors, sponsors and event attendees as well as identify/steward relationships with potential for growth.
  • Demonstrate creativity, routinely offer new ideas and concepts that uphold high quality expectations, while remaining cost-effective.
  • For appropriate events, spearhead the selection of chairpersons and recruit, orient, manage, motivate and steward fundraising teams comprised of community volunteers and corporate leaders.
  • Manage online giving pages and events calendars.
  • Develop and maintain long-term, strategic relationships with event sponsors and vendors.
  • Ensure that licensing requirements, event paperwork and any applicable requirements are adhered to and completed in a timely manner.
  • Coordinate the use of the facility for small and large scale on-site events that are facilitated by external partners and organizations.
  • Manage a portfolio of high level national partnerships, ensuring their needs are met and that MAWNJ is properly represented when needed.
  • Assist with other duties as assigned by the VP of Development or AVP of Development.
Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Five years’ experience in special events, preferably in a development or fundraising organization/department.
  • Direct experience planning, managing and growing peer-to-peer fundraising programs – walks, runs, cycling events – preferred.
  • Donor management, solicitation and/or volunteer management experience a plus.
  • Must be available to attend events taking place during nights and/or weekends and willing to travel throughout New Jersey.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Self-motivated, team oriented and highly organized with strong attention to detail
  • Database management, especially Raiser’s Edge proficient
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be able to clearly articulate the case for support of MAWNJ (one on one and in audiences of all sizes) and convey enthusiasm and gratitude for those who are helping to raise funds to support wishes.
  • Must be able to work as part of a team and manage short and long term goals.

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.

If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume, including salary requirements, with “Director of Special Events” in the subject line to wbof@aw.jvfu.bet.

**No phone calls please.** 



Major Gift Officer

Make-A-Wish New Jersey (MAWNJ) creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are seeking a proven, dynamic and talented self-starter to join our team. 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.

Job Summary: The Major Gift Officer works to secure funds needed to advance the mission of Make-A-Wish New Jersey and will identify, engage, cultivate, solicit, and steward current and prospective mid-level donors.  This position will be tasked with managing a portfolio of 100 mid-level giving prospects with a focus on gifts from $5,000 - $10,000, and a goal of increasing the revenue and number of donors and developing a pipeline that provides prospects for principal and leadership gifts.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute strategy to identify, cultivate and solicit qualified prospects for mid-level gifts.
  • Qualify donors and identify prospective donors who are capable of making major gifts in support of Make-A-Wish New Jersey
  • Qualify donors and identify prospects who can support the Adopt-A-Wish program.
  • Develop and implement projects/initiatives aimed at bringing new mid-level donor prospects into the institution’s gift pipeline.
  • Evaluate success of mid-level giving program through analysis of donor and prospect growth and movement of donors through giving levels.
  • Support donor recognition activities and events which have a strategic impact on the success of the major gifts program and fundraising for institution-wide priorities.
  • Correspond with and visit prospects, donors, and their advisors. Travel throughout New Jersey as appropriate to fulfill duties.
  • Implement strategies for improvement and execution of the overall development program, incorporating new donor stewardship strategies.
  • Manage administrative responsibilities, including timely completion of proposals, pledge and commitment documents; documentation of individual prospect strategies and evaluation of new prospects; stewardship reports; and general correspondence.
  • Attend/assist with events at the Wishing Place and other internal fundraising events as needed.
  • Assist with other duties as needed or as assigned by the VP of Development, AVP of Development or Director of Major Gifts.

Related Skills:

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  • Capacity to clearly and effectively communicate strategy to multiple audiences and work with diverse populations.
  • Excellent problem-solving and organizational skills.
Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree required. Minimum five year’s experience in development with a demonstrated track record of developing donor relationships. Must be energetic, organized, flexible, focused, and highly collaborative and enjoy interacting with donors. Must be able to clearly articulate the case for supporting MAWNJ (one on one and in audiences of all sizes). Must be able to work as part of a team, and manage long term as well as short term goals. Must be available to attend events taking place during nights or weekends, and must be willing to travel throughout New Jersey. Knowledge of database management (Raiser’s Edge) beneficial.

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.

If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume with “Major Gift Officer” in the subject line to wbof@aw.jvfu.bet.

**No phone calls please.** 



Wish 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 proven, dynamic and talented self-starter to join our team. 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: The Wish Coordinator’s responsibilities will include the coordination and planning of wishes to eligible children with life-threatening medical conditions. Requirements of this position will focus heavily on: booking of transportation, accommodations, goods/services, communication with assisting chapters & wish families, securing medical equipment, acquiring signatures for necessary forms, creating budgets and creating itineraries all related to the individual wishes. This role will report directly to the Director of Wish Granting and will require someone who can manage and prioritize tasks effectively and in a timely manner. As a member of the Mission Delivery team, the selected candidate will be able to work occasional evenings and weekends, as needed, and will be ‘On-Call’ one week per month, provide excellent customer service to our families, donors, volunteers and the community at-large.

Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree required with 3+ years of case management experience preferably in the nonprofit sector, handling event planning or travel arrangements. Bi-lingual Spanish speaking required; Candidate must have strong customer service skills with the ability to work with people from different backgrounds and children with life-threatening medical conditions. Excellent verbal and written communication skills necessary; Possess critical thinking skills with the ability to problem solve, independently, and as part of a team. Proficient computer skills with knowledge of and/or previous experience working with Raiser’s Edge and Salesforce, is a plus.

If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume with “Wish Coordinator” in the subject line to wbof@aw.jvfu.bet.

**No phone calls please.** 



Internships

Have you ever wondered what is was like to work with a non-profit, who creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses?

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 vagreafuvc@aw.jvfu.bet.

Internship Applications will only be considered if the following information is indicated:

  • Desired Internship Type (i.e., Program Services)
  • Internship Term (i.e., Fall 2020)
  • School Requirements (i.e., minimum hour requirement)

Please note Internship Application Deadlines:
  • Fall Internship – Apply by July 31
  • Spring Internship – Apply by December 1
  • Summer Internship – Apply by April 15

Types of Internships

We currently offer six 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.  
  • Communications interns focus on all aspects of marketing, communications, public relations and branding strategies via traditional publications and digital channels. This includes working with print publications and news outlets, developing social media outreach and providing creative services to support the Mission Delivery and Development teams. 

**Please no phone calls.**


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Make-A-Wish® New Jersey
Samuel & Josephine Plumeri Wishing Place
1384 Perrineville Road
Monroe Township, NJ 08831
(609) 371-9474
Toll Free (800) 252-9474