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Consulting Services Associate

PARTNERS FOR SACRED PLACES

Partners for Sacred Places is the only non-sectarian, non-profit organization in the United States devoted to helping congregations and their communities sustain and actively use older and historic sacred places. Founded in 1989, Partners has offices in Chicago and Philadelphia. Since opening its doors in 2008, the Chicago Office has worked with nearly 500 historic churches and synagogues representing the religious, racial and ethnic diversity of the city.

DESCRIPTION

Partners for Sacred Places has long been on the cutting edge of programs, training, advocacy, and research related to the preservation of historic houses of worship. Partners goes one step further to be on the cutting edge of the nonprofit world be incorporating streams of earned income into our portfolio of services. These consulting services – including discovery, feasibility, and readiness studies, capital campaign management, and more – provide our core constituency with customized solutions to both capital fundraising and growing connections with the wider community.

As our menu of services and client base continues its growth, Partners seeks a Consulting Services Associate who will be responsible for tracking prospective clients and active contracts and assisting in fieldwork and project implementation. Candidates for this position must have excellent writing and presentation skills, the ability to multitask, and the capacity to prioritize multiple tasks/responsibilities. This position offers the opportunity for growth within the organization.

RESPONSIBILTIES

Prospect Tracking (20%)

  • Oversee an organization-wide database of prospective clients
  • Monitor progress with prospective clients
  • Track contact with faith and lay leadership of potential client institutions, updating database of client information
  • Set-up meetings/phone calls with prospective clients
  • Prepare proposal drafts, proofread, edit, and revise proposals and contracts as directed

Active Contract Tracking and Implementation (40%)

  • Support colleagues on research related to clients’ development of client case statements, including identifying sources for them to explore, proofreading drafts, and providing feedback on layout and presentation of the document and case-related fundraising collateral
  • Support colleagues as they work with clients on material design and media strategy related to capital campaigns, including the proofing of brochures and other print materials, advice on layout and presentation of such materials, and the incorporation of social media into their work
  • Assist colleagues to help clients identify new sources of funding, including identifying potential grants for their ongoing ministries and programs, as well as their capital needs; edit and revise grant proposals
  • Support colleagues in conducting on-site interviews and research for discovery, feasibility, and readiness studies
  • Provide logistical support for trainings, including tracking attendance, furnishing reminders to attendees, preparing materials (handouts, presentations, etc.), etc.
  • Proofread, edit, and revise final feasibility study reports, strategic plan reports, capital campaign evaluations, etc.

Support for the Executive Vice President (25%)

  • Schedule and coordinate meetings and presentations, including communication with faith leaders, funders, donors, and other stakeholders in the organization
  • Book, track, and manage all local and national travel arrangements

Office Management (15%)

  • Greet all guests and visitors to the office in a professional and friendly manner, directing them to the proper person/area
  • Field phone inquiries about the organization, and direct them to the appropriate staff member
  • Oversee office supplies, including the ordering, receiving, stocking, and distribution
  • Monitor the condition of office technology (computers, copiers, fax machines, etc.) and coordinate with appropriate staff to troubleshoot any issues
  • Log donations and other important communication in donor management system, E-Tapestry

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Excellent organizational skills, acute attention to detail
  • Demonstrated strength in written and oral communication with colleagues and clients
  • Experience and interest in working with diverse faith communities
  • Ability to establish priorities and work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Flexibility to work independently, as well as a member of a team
  • Mastery of MS Office
  • 3+ years of experience in development, fundraising, and capital campaigns
  • Commitment to the mission, vision, and values of Partners for Sacred Places
  • Willingness to travel frequently

To Apply:

Partners for Sacred Places offers a dynamic and demanding work environment with a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Emily Sajdak at esajdak@sacredplaces.org. No phone calls, please. EOE.

 


No current internship opportunities. 

If you are interested in future volunteer opportunities with Partners for Sacred Places, please send an email to partners@sacredplaces.org and include some background information about yourself and your areas of interest.