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Development Coordinator and Systems Manager

Company: The Center for Discovery
Date Posted: July 10, 2017

 An introduction to The Center for Discovery

We are The Center for Discovery, a world renowned agency providing educational and vocational services for children and adults with varying levels of disabilities such as autism and medical frailties.  We offer a broad range of programs inclusive of education, residential and day habilitation activities staffed by a workforce of just over 1500 employees. The Center is committed to meeting the educational needs of each and every child in its care. This is achieved by thoughtful and individually tailored programs, the involvement of families, and the integration of The Center’s state-of-the-art medical services. 

The pediatric program serves both active and multiply disabled young people 5 - 21 years old, including over one hundred day students and school-aged children from outside The Center for whom there is no comparable program.

The education program has one track for ambulatory and autistic young people; another for those with significant physical disabilities. Parents remain actively involved in the design of their child’s program as it evolves along with the child. A team made up of a certified special educator and two and a half para-professionals leads each class, and a class size of six or fewer children ensures that each child receives the individual attention they need.

The Center’s growing reputation and an emphasis on staff development and training has enabled it to attract talented individuals from all over the United States and beyond. Affiliations with centers of excellence such as Columbia University’s Department of Special Education help make working at the Center a constantly enriching experience.

Our Center operates three (3) large, certified organic (Demeter certified biodynamic), farm sites.   Livestock and vegetables are the primary products.  We have recently acquired a flock of young goats from which we hope to, futuristically, produce cheese.  Therein lays the purpose of this letter.  We are in need of a Cheese Maker.

Employment Opportunities

Opportunities for advanced training, continuing education, scholarships and tuition assistance allow staff to grow in their careers at The Center. Comprehensive benefits, staff wellness programs, day care and some housing opportunities support a high quality of life.

Position Opening – Development Coordinator and Systems Manager

The Development Coordinator and Systems Manager will be responsible for primary gift and data collection, reporting, reconciliation, maintenance of donor records and staffing support for the comprehensive programs of The Center for Discovery Development Offices (Hurleyville and NYC).  Reporting to the Vice President for Development, this position has major responsibilities interacting with donors and volunteer leadership to support their efforts related to special events, annual appeals and other fundraising activities.  This position is also responsible for managing the administration of the Development Office while also coordinating such activities as office management and systems support.


Strong systems/database skills and analytical skills (Raiser’s Edge knowledge strongly preferred).  Good computer skills and proficiency with MS Office suite (Word, Excel Outlook, and PowerPoint). Strong customer and donor relation skills, self-motivation, and problem-solving skills combined with the ability to work on multiple projects concurrently. Must be personable, flexible, diplomatic and able to operate effectively in a complex organization. Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule, including some evenings and weekends. Knowledge of development and fundraising operations preferred. Experience in supporting special events preferred. Good interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.

Education and/or Experience

Minimum of a High School degree (Bachelor’s degree preferred) and at least two to four years of experience in development.

This is a full time position with a salary range of $60,000 - $80,000, this position is located in Monticello, NY

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