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Posted: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 12:04 AM


Harlem Academy (grades 1 to 8) was founded in 2004 to address a severe lack of opportunities for promising, low-income children in Harlem and the surrounding neighborhoods. In these low-income communities, bright students often fall behind in under-resourced schools that are overwhelmed with challenges. With a focus on rigor, character, and family partnership, Harlem Academy guides its students to thrive at the highest academic levels, so they can catch up with higher income peers and one day make a mark on the world.

Harlem Academy offers transformational experience, with its most recent class of graduating eighth-graders gaining a cumulative 17 percentile points during their tenure with Harlem Academy, graduating with average scores in the 88th percentile nationally. Harlem Academy’s six classes of graduates have moved on to some of the nation’s top secondary schools, including Andover, Chapin, Hotchkiss, Lawrenceville, Peddie, Riverdale, and Spence. Harlem Academy is committed to a meritocracy where hard work drives the opportunity to realize potential, and where no qualified family is turned away because of an inability to pay.

Fundraising and communications is critical to perpetuating that fundamental value, and the Development and Communications Associate plays a key role in developing engaging communications to ensure the school’s realization of its mission.

The Position
Reporting to the Strategy Director, the Development and Communications Associate will partner in the departmental responsibility to raise funds for annual operations and a capital campaign. They will lead and develop engaging print and web communications to ensure effective and consistent messaging.

Key Responsibilities
● Provide input on communication strategy to maximize donor connection and engagement.
● Create mission-focused content, including story-gathering, writing, and editing work by others.
● Develop all significant printed materials, including annual report and magazine.
● Produce blog posts and press releases for website and e-blasts.
● Lead concept for annual video for Benefit and other video projects to meet strategic team goals.
● Collaborate with team to develop materials that strengthen donor connection to school at events (printed materials, slide shows, room branding, auction materials, etc.)
● Determine effectiveness of communications through analytics.
● Manage vendor relationships for design, printing, mailing, web development, video and still photographers for development materials.
● Help as needed with other elements of development operations.

We seek a professional with 3-4 years’ experience in communications, fundraising or related field. A successful candidate will have:
● B.A. or equivalent degree.
● An ability to independently manage and complete projects on schedule.
● Superior written communication skills.
● An ability to identify and tell compelling stories.
● Graphic design/marketing experience a plus.
● Strong attention to detail.
● An ability to work well with a team.
● An interest in communications as a tool to influence fundraising.
● Experience using data to measure effectiveness and guide decisions.
● An ethical, principled, professional temperament with a strong work ethic, high standards for quality, and a strong commitment to Harlem Academy’s mission.

Salary and Benefits
Harlem Academy offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

Harlem Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, national origin or ancestry, veteran's status, sexual orientation, or any non-job related physical or mental disability. We welcome candidates who will contribute to our diversity.

None specified

4-year degree


Please send a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Katie Steinbach at Reference the position title “Development and Communications Associate” in the subject line.

• Location: Manhattan, New York

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