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Consulting Services Associate (Philadelphia) 

Partners for Sacred Places embraces an inter-disciplinary approach to sustain America’s older houses of worship as important and irreplaceable community assets, from a traditional core in historic preservation and community development to arts, philanthropy, advocacy, and research that is reflected in an astounding range of activity. Partners’ comprehensive and cutting-edge work also includes earned income through a growing portfolio of consulting services that reflect our mission and civic-value based practice. These services include community-engagement with civic leaders and citizens, planning around space-use and design, and a powerful community-based model for capital fundraising for historic houses of worship.

Who We Seek

As our services and national client base continues to grow, Partners seeks to add a creative, enthusiastic, and entrepreneurial Consulting Services Associate based in our Philadelphia headquarters. The associate will primarily support senior consulting staff and executive leadership in marketing, tracking, and delivering consulting services both in the field and in the office, while also supporting the delivery and administration of other Partners programs. This position requires a detail-oriented and mission-focused individual who can help Partners identify and support complex problem solving and long-term successful strategies for our clients. This person can grow in responsibility as he/she demonstrates capacity and professional competency.

Candidates for the Consulting Services Associate position should have some knowledge of American congregations, including how they function and what issues they face today.  In addition, candidates should:

  • Feel comfortable working with institutional leadership to plan and execute a project
  • Have experience training and teaching groups of leaders
  • Have a basic understanding of buildings/architecture, and how architects and designers engage with building owners
  • Have experience with nonprofit development and fundraising

Responsibilities – Core Areas

Program Implementation and Delivery (approximately 20%)

  • Learn and develop competency as a facilitator and trainer in Partners’ programs that build congregational capacity, map the assets that sacred places offer, and engage architects in conducting design workshops
  • Support the organization, logistics planning, and facilitation of project events, meetings, trainings and gatherings
  • Assist with research and analysis in support of projects
  • Assist with scheduling and conducting interviews for capital campaign planning, or other special project meetings and follow-up with notes and reporting

Writing and Communication (approximately 20%)

  • Assist in developing client-related project materials including drafting, editing, and revising project documents such as press releases, letters, reports, etc.
  • Assist with drafting, editing, and revising internal and external project communications, such as newsletters and Sacred Places magazine articles
  • Support in developing program materials, including drafting and editing content for print as well as online and social media communications
  • Assist in the development of case studies, articles, and other media

Proposals and Client Relations (approximately 20%)

  • Support marketing for consulting services, including responding to prospective client inquiries, assisting staff with preparations for prospective client presentations, and support for various marketing events
  • Assist with drafting, editing, and revising proposals for prospective clients
  • Edit, revise, and track contracts as needed
  • Manage and update tracking of prospective and active clients

Responsibilities – Other Program Areas (approximately 40%)

  • Assist efforts to interest congregations and civic stakeholders/organizations in Partners’ programs
  • Support Partners’ grant applications and other proposals for program funding
  • Research faith communities, civic contexts, or other topics related to or in support of Partners’ programs

Expectations and Qualifications

  • Excellent organizational skills and acute attention to detail
  • Demonstrated strength in written and oral communication with colleagues and clients
  • Critical thinking skills and the ability to tackle complex problems with creativity and openness
  • Facility in engaging with a varied range of demographic, social, and economic constituencies in both rural and urban settings
  • 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
  • Commitment to the mission, vision, and values of Partners for Sacred Places
  • Willingness to travel frequently

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 Stephanie Kish, Director of Operations, at skish@sacredplaces.org. No phone calls, please. EOE.

 

Consulting Services Associate (Chicago)

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 will report to the Executive Vice President and offers the opportunity for growth within the organization.

Responsibilities

Active Contract Tracking And Implementation (65%)

  • 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. in collaboration with colleagues
  • Proofread, edit, and revise final feasibility study reports, strategic plan reports, capital campaign evaluations, etc.

Prospect Tracking (35%)

  • 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

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience in capital campaigns, development, and fundraising
  • 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
  • Commitment to the mission, vision, and values of Partners for Sacred Places
  • Ability and desire 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.