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Development Associate

Job Title: Development Associate
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February 19th, 2021
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About Root:
Root’s mission is to provide youth, ages 16 to 26, with a pathway to employment and financial independence. Through developing life and work readiness skills, youth leave Root prepared for success in the workplace. 

Founded in 2016, Root is a 501(c)-3 non-profit organization that uses the culinary arts as a tool for teaching workforce readiness and life skills to low-income youth in Essex County with barriers to employment. Root’s 14 week, 240-hour program of direct kitchen and classroom training helps young people transform their lives and futures through technical and experiential education, leading to employment and financial self-sufficiency. Core to Root’s model are three social enterprises - the Root Cafe, Catering by Root, and the HarborPoint event space on Salem Harbor - all of which provide experiential education and employment opportunities, as well as income that off set Root’s reliance on philanthropy.  In addition, in March 2020, Root launched its Community Catering initiative to expand employment and continued skill development to Root youth graduates and help address food insecurity in Essex County with freshly prepared meals for those in need. To learn more about Root, please visit: www.rootns.org

Position Overview: 

Root is growing and is in search of a new member of our Development and Communications Team! The Development Associate role (20-30 hours/week) reports to the Development and Communications Director and Executive Director.  Occasional early mornings/evenings for select events may be required.  Root is an entrepreneurial organization which at-times requires “all hands on deck” to fulfill our mission on behalf of youth and community. Team-members may occasionally be asked to step in to help with other program or enterprise projects throughout the year.

Role & Responsibilities may include: 

Donor administration and data management -

  • Donor management system data entry and data upkeep

  • Printing and mailing donor acknowledgement and thank you letters

  • Photocopying and filing gift documentation, as necessary

Volunteer coordination - 

  • Assist Development and Communications Director with coordinating volunteer projects on an ongoing basis

  • Track volunteer hours and collect feedback to improve Root’s volunteer experience

  • Coordinate volunteer appreciation and gratitude throughout the year

Event support - 

  • Help support Root’s event series, including  a marquee annual event for 400+ community supporters, donors, sponsors, and friends.  Support can include, but is not limited to print mailings, night-of assistance, event follow-up, and more

  • Assist supporting Root events throughout the year including, but not limited to Youth Led Dinners, cooking classes, and other gatherings in support of Root’s mission

Communications -

  • Assist with generating content (photos, stories) for Root’s social media and e-newsletters

  • Manage label development and production for Root products

  • Maintain Root Cafe’s public bulletin board to ensure current information and messaging

  • Assist with marketing and other communications projects to raise awareness, thank customers, etc.

General -

  • Support Root’s bi-annual appeal distribution, including assembly, mailing, and tracking

  • Manage and inventory Root’s supply of printed materials for donors and general audience of community supporters

  • Assist with other development-related tasks as-needed


  • Strong organizational, writing, and communication skills.

  • Ability to work independently, sensitive to timeliness and responsiveness necessary to meet the information needs of a fast-moving, dynamic organization.

  • Proficient in Google Suite and Microsoft Office

  • Ability to provide strong customer service to internal stakeholders and external constituents.

  • Commitment to foster and support Root’s mission.

  • Ability to handle confidential matters with discretion.

  • One year of experience in non-profit fundraising or event planning preferred.

  • Database experience preferred.

Working conditions & physical requirements: 

  • Ability to lift 20 pounds

  • Visual and hearing acuity to perform job-related functions

  • Local travel sometimes required

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