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Development Associate – Annual Giving and Volunteer Programs

Company: The Center for Hearing and Speech

Location: Houston, TX

Posted: January 4, 2018

About The Center for Hearing and Speech
Started in 1947 as Houston School for Deaf Children by four parents who wanted their hearing-impaired children to listen and speak (no sign language), The Center for Hearing and Speech (CHS) is now the most comprehensive resource in the region for these children. CHS encompasses a full-service audiology department, a team of highly specialized speech therapists, and a school for children ages 18 months – 6 years. In a nurturing, family-centric environment, professionals work closely together to enable the children to reach their full potential in a mainstream world. Because CHS receives no government funding, and because it serves children regardless of socioeconomic status or health care coverage, 50% of its revenues must come from fundraising efforts.

Position Summary
Reporting to the Director of Development, the Development Associate will serve the mission of the Center through four main areas: annual giving, volunteer engagement, event and gift records support. The principal responsibility of the position is to support the fundraising and stewardship activities of the organization by identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding existing and new funding partners and volunteers.

Position Information

      • Hours Weekly: 38 with the ability to work some nights and occasional weekends
      • Starting Salary: Determined by experience and qualifications
      • FLSA Status: Exempt


      • Health Insurance
      • Dental Insurance
      • Life Insurance
      • Long Term Disability Insurance
      • 403 (b) Retirement Plan
      • 12 Paid Holidays
      • 21 Paid Time Off Days

Major Responsibilities

      • Annual Giving Program
      • Volunteer Program
      • Event Support
      • Gift Records Support

Work Activities

Annual Giving

      • Working with the Director of Development, responsible for coordinating the strategy, implementation, stewardship, analysis and reporting of annual giving initiatives
      • Integrates corporate and individual annual giving plans with the department’s fundraising strategy, including but not limited to; retaining and growing gifts, broadening the base of individual supporters, expanding corporate sponsorships through direct mail and individual solicitations
      • Manages giving societies for major donor and young professionals groups

Volunteer Program

      • Coordinates and manages corporate, individual, group and CHS program volunteer opportunities
      • Recruits, trains and retains volunteers for Center programs and events
      • Maintains the volunteer database, the program budget and program reporting
      • Serves as a CHS representative in the community by making presentations, giving tours and attending events

Event Support

      • Working with the development office staff, assists with the planning and execution of events including, but not limited to; solicitations, vendor coordination, community outreach, reserving events space, event day set-up, breakdown and post-event follow-up and analysis (specific projects would include: Annual Picnic, Via Colori volunteer liaison)

Gift Records Support

      • Working with the database manager, enters donations and produces gift acknowledgements
      • Updates Raiser’s Edge with pertinent information

Other Duties

      • Provides general support to the department as needed

Physical Demands
Stand; walk; sit; hear; speak clearly; drive a motor vehicle; job requires extensive computer use so employee must have sufficient hand dexterity to use a computer keyboard and be capable of using a computer screen; bend over; reach with hands and arms; able to lift or move up to 20 pounds; able to actively participate in outdoor events, often in extreme temperatures for extended periods of time. Flu vaccine strongly recommended and provided by CHS at no cost to employees.

Education and Experience Requirements

      • Bachelor’s Degree required
      • Raiser’s Edge fundraising software experience highly preferred

Specific Skills

      • Individual fundraising
      • Volunteer and community engagement
      • Database training
      • Event coordination

Basic Skills

      • Excellent written and oral communications
      • Ability to assess programs and initiatives
      • Strategic thinking and problem-solving skills
      • Accuracy and attention to detail
      • Ability to multi-task and operate in a fast-paced environment
      • Excellent organizational and time management skills

Computer and Technology Skills

      • Expertise in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)
      • Raiser’s Edge fundraising software
      • Ability to use internet as a key tool for donor research, event management

How to Apply:
Please submit your résumé to Mari Bosker at