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Career Opportunities

Current STARability Job Opportunities

Development Manager 

Are you a dynamic self-starter with a passion for helping others? Do you thrive in an entrepreneurial environment that offers potential for personal and professional growth? If so, then consider joining the team at STARability Foundation (https://starability.org/), where we are seeking an exceptional and experienced professional for the newly created full time position of Development Manager. STARability works every day to transform the lives of individuals with disabilities by shining light on ability, not disability, and creating meaningful connections to the community for our participants. You will be part of a team that is successfully growing this vibrant organization with game-changing programs and impact. Your role will be to build our development infrastructure so that STARability is positioned for even greater expansion and growth.

Position Summary – Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Manager (DM) will have the responsibility for managing the fundraising efforts of STARability and be directly involved with the creation and implementation of its annual fundraising plan. The ideal candidate will have hands-on experience with database management systems, fundraising functions, event management and be familiar with the operational aspects of a non-profit organization’s development office.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities – The DM will be responsible for helping to enhance and expand STARability’s existing fundraising activities. The primary responsibility of the DSM will be to lead and manage this effort including the following primary duties:
• With input from the Executive Director, create the organization’s annual fundraising plan.
• Develop a timeline to implement and oversee the annual fundraising plan to keep all activities on schedule.
• Manage STARability’s donor database (Bloomerang) and keep the data current.
• Produce and use a procedures manual for the Development Office.
• Establish systems to track and manage donors and prospects relationships.
• Create a donor communications plan.
• Prepare fundraising communications – from appeals to acknowledgments to other appropriate correspondence.
• Produce reports to track fundraising success and projects.
• Conduct prospects research, generate prospects profiles and participate in donor strategy meetings.
• Coordinate fundraising information for posting on social media.
• Coordinate fundraising volunteers.
• Provide event management support for annual STAR Gala, 3k Fun Run and other 3rd party beneficiary events. Manage mobile bidding platform (Give Smart).

Experience and Skills
• Bachelor’s degree plus 3+ years of relevant fundraising experience preferred. Experience with galas or other similar special event fundraising events/programs preferred.
• Experience administering a Donor Management System including best use practices for data management and generating in-depth reports
• Events management experience including coordinating volunteers, managing mobile bidding platforms and maximizing guest experiences
• Experience using social media to augment fundraising communications
• Proficiency using Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point).
• Excellent communication, interpersonal and writing skills
• Self-directed and motivated; ability to consistently meet deadlines
• Passion for non-profit work and comfortable in a team environment
• Detail oriented and demonstrated ability to successfully multi-task projects
• Ability to be flexible, patient, and handle a variety of situations that can arise with clients

Other Requirements Include:
• Working some weekends and evenings
• Must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to use a personal vehicle occasionally for work related events and meetings (reimbursement provided)
• Light lifting, up to 20 pounds
• Helping set up special events with volunteers

Application & Other Information – The Development Manager position is an exempt position offering a competitive salary and benefits. The potential candidate must be able to pass a background check. STARability Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug Free Workplace.

Applications will be accepted via email to Karen Govern, Executive Director at karen@starability.org through November 15, 2019. No phone calls please; include your resume, a cover letter, three references and a salary history.

Trailblazer Academy Program Instructor

The STARability Foundation is seeking a Program Instructor for its Trailblazer Academy, a community-based vocational training and educational program for post-high school individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The Program Instructor will support the Program Director in developing, conducting and evaluating all the components of the Trailblazer Academy. Program areas include job training and readiness, nutrition & health, life skills, personal finance & budgeting and discovering the arts. The Program Instructor should have a passion for advocating for the participants while out in the community and provide mentorship to help them reach their individual goal while recognizing their unique abilities.  

Responsibilities

  • Supervise the participants while out in the community and participate in all activities.
  • Help gather materials and supplies for weekly lesson plans.
  • Evaluate the participants to identify their job readiness, job skills and employment goals.
  • Work with participants out in the community at vocational sites implementing employment-readiness curriculum that includes activities of daily living and community awareness.
  • Maintain data on participants while at specific vocational sites and other components of the program using a provided electronic data collection program.
  • Communicate effectively using appropriate tools and techniques and interact and develop positive and professional relationships with individuals with disabilities, their families and members of the community.
  • Locate and evaluate information and situations from multiple perspectives in decision-making regarding health promotion and physical activity for individuals with disabilities and apply advocacy skills for a healthy lifestyle.
  • Additional duties with this position include attending STARability social events to support staff and our membership. We also request participation in support of our annual signature fundraising gala as part of the event logistics team.
  • The Trailblazer Academy regular hours are Monday through Friday 9:00AM-3:00PM. This position is 32 hours per week.
  • Additional hours for events on evenings or weekends may be required.

Qualifications:

  • Associates Degree in Special Education, Occupational Therapy, Therapeutic Recreation, Physical Therapy, Adapted Physical Activity, Physical and Health Education or a related field, OR
  • Two years of experience providing education, social, or direct care services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Ability to apply general principles of education, vocational training and socialization for individuals with developmental challenges and similar needs seeking and maintaining employment, and those seeking to develop skills that could eventually lead to employment.
  • Ability to be flexible, patient and handle a variety of situations.
  • Ability to communicate with a wide variety of individuals within the community.

Candidates must have a valid state driver’s license and be able to pass criminal background screening. 

Jr. Trailblazer Academy Instructor

This position will be the lead Instructor for STARability’s Jr. Trailblazer Academy, an after-school program that offers enriching opportunities to students 14-21 with developmental and intellectual disabilities who attend Collier County high schools. This program provides educational opportunities to achieve independent living and employment readiness skills.

Responsibilities:

  • Supervise the participants while out in the community and participate in all activities.
  • Help gather materials and supplies for weekly lesson plans.
  • Evaluate the participants to identify their job readiness, job skills and employment goals.
  • Work with participants out in the community at vocational sites implementing employment-readiness curriculum that includes activities of daily living and community awareness.
  • Maintain data on participants while at specific vocational sites and other components of the program using a provided electronic data collection program.
  • Communicate effectively using appropriate tools and techniques and interact and develop positive and professional relationships with individuals with disabilities, their families and members of the community.
  • Locate and evaluate information and situations from multiple perspectives in decision-making regarding health promotion and physical activity for individuals with disabilities and apply advocacy skills for a healthy lifestyle.
  • Additional duties with this position include attending STARability social events to support staff and our membership. We also request participation in support of our annual signature fundraising gala as part of the event logistics team.
  • The Jr. Trailblazer Academy is Monday through Friday 3:30PM-5:30PM. This position is 8 hours per week.
  • Additional hours for events on evenings or weekends may be required.

Qualifications:

  • Associates Degree in Special Education, Occupational Therapy, Therapeutic Recreation, Physical Therapy, Adapted Physical Activity, Physical and Health Education or a related field, OR
  • Two years of experience providing education, social, or direct care services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Ability to apply general principles of education, vocational training and socialization for individuals with developmental challenges and similar needs seeking and maintaining employment, and those seeking to develop skills that could eventually lead to employment.
  • Ability to be flexible, patient and handle a variety of situations.
  • Ability to communicate with a wide variety of individuals within the community.

Candidates must have a valid state driver’s license and be able to pass criminal background screening

STARability Foundation will consider candidates who are interested in filling both Instructor positions, for a total of 40 hours per week.

Applications for the Trailblazer Academy Instructor and/or the Junior Trailblazer Academy Instructor positions will be accepted via email to Madison McNally, Program Director, at Madison@starability.org. Please include a resume, cover letter and 3 references.

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