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  • Full Time
  • St. Louis County
  • Salary: $45,680-55,272 annually
  • Organization Type: Education

Miriam School and Learning Center

The Community Development Specialist is an integral member of the Development team, responsible for managing a comprehensive fundraising program targeted at mid-level and entry-level donors, and for overseeing various engagement initiatives including alumni relations, young professional groups, and major events. This role requires a dynamic individual who excels at networking, event management, and community engagement to further Miriam’s mission.


– Bachelor’s degree
– Minimum of three years of related experience in a nonprofit organization, preferably in fundraising or community engagement.
– Proficiency with MS Office Suite
– Experience with Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT or other CRM (donor database)
– Strong networking skills and experience in community relations


Individual Giving and Fundraising

– Manage and execute the Annual Fund Campaign, including timeline, strategies, appeal materials, and stewardship.
– Oversee online giving campaigns such as Giving Tuesday, Give STL Day, and 24-Hour Giving Day, in collaboration with the Digital Marketing Specialist.
– Cultivate and sustain relationships with mid-level and entry-level donors. Enter notes on contacts and visits in the database.
– Develop and manage a monthly giving program, including communications and campaigns.
– Coordinate and track the Annual Fund campaign, ensuring timely execution and donor engagement.

Alumni and Community Engagement

– Develop and manage an alumni program, including communications and outreach activities to keep alumni engaged and informed.
– Lead the Miriam Young Professionals group, guiding them in planning and executing engagement activities.
– Serve as the liaison between the Development Department and the Parents Associations at Miriam Schools.
– Oversee and expand the 24-Hour Online Giving Challenge, fostering increased participation and engagement.

Events Management

– Plan and coordinate all development-related events, including the annual Gala, Tuesday Talk & Tours, and other fundraising events.
– Collaborate with volunteers and staff to ensure successful event execution. Maintain guest and donation records, and generate acknowledgements with the assistance of the Database & Operations Administrator.
– Manage sponsorships and the annual sponsorship campaign, securing funding and building relationships with sponsors.

Networking and Community Involvement

– Actively participate in networking groups, including the chamber of commerce and other community organizations, to raise the profile of Miriam School and Learning Center and engage potential supporters.
– Conduct regular tours of the Miriam campuses to engage and inform the community, prospective donors, and other stakeholders.


– Strong analytical and strategic thinking
– Innovative and creative approach to problem-solving
– Excellent project management skills
– Superior oral and written communication abilities
– Results-oriented with a focus on achieving fundraising and engagement goals


– Full-time position, 40 hours per week
– Standard days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm, with some occasional evening and weekend events.
– This job operates in a professional office environment.
– This position does not have supervisory responsibility.
– The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift or move office products and supplies, up to 20 pounds.


– Ability to travel between various Miriam locations.
– Satisfactory outcome of background check and reference checks.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. The employee will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other related duties as assigned by the supervisor/manager. Miriam reserves the right to update, revise or change this job description and related duties at any time.

If you’re interested in applying, please complete an online application here