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Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts
88 Warren Street
Posted: August 20 2015
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DescriptionULEM seeks Communications and Fund Development Interns to be part of a coordinated Development team raising funds and ULEM awareness while continuing to empower communities and change lives. The interns assist with implementing all aspects of ULEM’s fundraising and communications plans, including generating press releases, managing social media, event planning, grant writing, and other tasks as assigned. These positions provide a great opportunity for professional growth and will allow the right candidates to use a diverse range of skills and experience, while working as a key member of a collaborative team. Communications and Fund Development Interns will report to the Director of Development and work closely with the entire staff. Assignments are mutually determined and based on the candidate’s strengths, as well as what s/he wants to learn.
Founded in 1917 and affiliated in 1919, the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (ULEM) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to building stronger communities by championing civil rights and helping people create a better long-term economic and social future. For nearly 100 years, the ULEM has given hope to local residents in the form of education, job training and placement at no cost.
• Supporting creation and dissemination of ULEM’s annual appeal;
• Assisting with grant application writing and tracking;
• Writing for and maintaining ULEM's social media presence, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, our blog, e-newsletter and website;
• Supporting with logistics associated with special events, including assisting with creation of invitation list, all logistics, soliciting sponsors, communicating with venue and vendors;
• Draft, distribute, and pitch news releases, media alerts and other stories;
• Designing fliers, graphics, e-vites and other marketing material for major events;
• Interviewing ULEM program participants for testimonials and success stories;
• Community outreach to community organizations, general public and donors with the message about ULEM;
• Staffing events on behalf of ULEM;
• Conducting prospect research on individual, foundation, and corporate donors;
• ULEM membership recruitment and database maintenance;
• Maintaining donor and grant databases and files, including calendaring deadlines, logging donations, generating and sending donor acknowledgements, logging donor appreciation efforts;
• Other related tasks, as necessary.
RequirementsAn ideal candidate: The ideal candidate will thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment within an organization that is experiencing rapid change and growth, and will:
• Be responsible, flexible, hard‐working, ethical, and committed to the mission of ULEM;
• Possess a high level of organizational skills and be detail-oriented;
• Possess strong proof-reading, editing and writing skills;
• Possess strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills;
• Possess the ability to communicate in a professional manner with press and community contacts;
• Firm grasp of available tools and platforms in the social media space;
• Be skilled at a variety of computer skills, e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat are mandatory;
• Be able to operate standard office equipment (fax, photocopier, etc.);
• Possess the ability to function independently and as an active team member;
• Possess the ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines;
• Manage sensitive and confidential information with integrity; and
• Possess an interest in a nonprofit career ‐ particularly development and fundraising.
Minimum of 15 hours per week; minimum 3-month commitment, with 6 months desirable.