ABOUT THE INNOCENCE PROJECT
The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University to assist the wrongly convicted who could be proven innocent through DNA testing. The Innocence Project’s groundbreaking use of DNA technology to free innocent people has provided irrefutable proof that wrongful convictions are not isolated or rare events but instead arise from systemic defects. Now an independent nonprofit organization closely affiliated with Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, the Innocence Project’s mission is to free the staggering numbers of innocent people who remain incarcerated and to bring substantive reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment.
ABOUT THE POSITION
The Gift Processing & Engagement Associate is responsible for the recording and acknowledgement of the Innocence Project’s constituents’ data and donations using Salesforce. This position works closely with the Development and Finance teams. Primarily, the Gift Processing & Engagement Associate ensures efficiency and timeliness in processing donor information and donations using best practices to maintain optimal data integrity. This position plays a key role in maintaining Salesforce integrity and in maintaining donor communication and satisfaction through timely donor acknowledgement. The Gift Processing & Engagement Associate will also field telephone calls and emails from constituents and staff, and make return calls or emails as needed/requested regarding gift matters. When necessary, the Associate will provide support to the development team in scheduling internal meetings and with donors. This full-time position reports to the Assistant Director of Data Systems and Analytics. This is a full-time position that requires no travel.
The duties of this position require approximately 40 hours of work per week to be performed in office/remotely.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
· Process all check, stock, and credit card gifts to the Innocence Project
· Determine appropriate gift designations by reviewing accompanying documentation prior to entry, and alert appropriate staff to special gift situations.
· Track donor activities and correspondence in Salesforce
· Maintain filing systems offline and in Salesforce
· Create and maintain gift backup for annual audit
· Confirm and administer matching gifts
· Entering pledges and pending gifts as directed by gift officers
· Assist donors in updating payment information and recurring donations
· Ensure timely and accurate mailing of acknowledgement letters on a weekly basis
· Coordination of special communications when acknowledging all gifts (determining when special acknowledgements are required)
· Assist with annual tax letter mailing preparation
DONOR INQUIRIES AND MEETING SUPPORT
· Field telephone calls and emails from constituents and staff, and make return calls or emails to constituents and staff as needed/requested regarding gift matters.
· Provide support in scheduling meetings for the development team as needed and when possible.
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:
Bachelors’ degree, plus 2-3 years related worked experience, or equivalent work experience preferred
Prior experience with data entry preferred
Prior nonprofit experience not required
Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
Superior skills in organization, and attention to detail
Ability to work independently
Comfortable working with technology and desire to learn new tools
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The salary for this position is highly competitive and the Innocence Project offers an excellent benefits package, including health, dental and vision insurance, Flexible Spending Account, 401k plan with company-match. While the office is currently remote in consideration of the ongoing pandemic, once commuting into the office (located in downtown Manhattan, New York) becomes again viable, we will also offer company-paid transportation benefits.
Annual Salary Range starts at $49,300.
WORKFORCE DIVERSITY AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
The Innocence Project considers the diversity of its workforce to be vital to our organization’s success in meeting its mission. We strongly encourage applicants from all cultures, races, educational backgrounds, life experiences, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, age, gender, and physical abilities to apply. Individuals with personal connections to the criminal legal system are strongly encouraged to apply.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is our policy not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, familial status, marital status, predisposing genetic characteristics, actual or perceived domestic violence victim status, unemployment status, caregiver status, or any other category protected by law.
To apply, please visit Paycom. Upload a cover letter expressing your interest in the role and the organization’s work, and a resume titled with your name (last name. first name. cover letter/resume). Only applications with cover letters will be considered complete applications. Information submitted through this secure site is kept confidential. Due to the large volume of applications, we are unable to give applicant updates by phone or direct email.
**Applications for the Gift Processing & Engagement Associate position will be considered on a rolling basis until the post is filled.**