Consulting Services Associate (Philadelphia)

Philadelphia 19103, Pennsylvania

JoB Description

Partners for Sacred Places is the only national, non-sectarian, non-profit organization in the United States devoted to helping congregations and their communities preserve, sustain, and actively use older and historic sacred places. Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Philadelphia, with offices and staff in the Midwest and South, Partners continues to serve a diverse range of faith communities, stakeholders, and civic institutions across the nation.

Partners for Sacred Places embraces an inter-disciplinary approach to sustain America’s older houses of worship as important and irreplaceable community assets, from a traditional core in historic preservation and community development to arts, philanthropy, advocacy, and research that is reflected in an astounding range of activity. Partners’ comprehensive and cutting-edge work also includes earned income through a growing portfolio of consulting services that reflect our mission and civic-value based practice. These services include community-engagement with civic leaders and citizens, planning around space-use and design, and a powerful community-based model for capital fundraising for historic houses of worship.

 


Who We Seek
As our services and national client base continues to grow, Partners seeks to add a creative, enthusiastic, and entrepreneurial Consulting Services Associate based in our Philadelphia headquarters. The associate will primarily support senior consulting staff and executive leadership in marketing, tracking, and delivering consulting services both in the field and in the office, while also supporting the delivery and administration of other Partners programs. This position requires a detail-oriented and mission-focused individual who can help Partners identify and support complex problem solving and long-term successful strategies for our clients. This person can grow in responsibility as he/she demonstrates capacity and professional competency.

Candidates for the Consulting Services Associate position should have some knowledge of American congregations, including how they function and what issues they face today. In addition, candidates should:

  • Feel comfortable working with institutional leadership to plan and execute a project
  • Have experience training and teaching groups of leaders
  • Have a basic understanding of buildings/architecture, and how architects and designers engage with building owners
  • Have experience with nonprofit development and fundraising

 


Responsibilities – Core Areas:

  • Program Implementation and Delivery (approximately 20%)
    • Learn and develop competency as a facilitator and trainer in Partners’ programs that build congregational capacity, map the assets that sacred places offer, and engage architects in conducting design workshops
    • Support the organization, logistics planning, and facilitation of project events, meetings, trainings and gatherings
    • Assist with research and analysis in support of projects
    • Assist with scheduling and conducting interviews for capital campaign planning, or other special project meetings and follow-up with notes and reporting
  • Writing and Communication (approximately 20%)
    • Assist in developing client-related project materials including drafting, editing, and revising project documents such as press releases, letters, reports, etc.
    • Assist with drafting, editing, and revising internal and external project communications, such as newsletters and Sacred Places magazine articles
    • Support in developing program materials, including drafting and editing content for print as well as online and social media communications
    • Assist in the development of case studies, articles, and other media
  • Proposals and Client Relations (approximately 20%)
    • Support marketing for consulting services, including responding to prospective client inquiries, assisting staff with preparations for prospective client presentations, and support for various marketing events
    • Assist with drafting, editing, and revising proposals for prospective clients
    • Edit, revise, and track contracts as needed
    • Manage and update tracking of prospective and active clients
  • Responsibilities – Other Program Areas (approximately 40%)
    • Assist efforts to interest congregations and civic stakeholders/organizations in Partners’ programs
    • Support Partners’ grant applications and other proposals for program funding
    • Research faith communities, civic contexts, or other topics related to or in support of Partners’ programs


 

 

Expectations and Qualifications:

  • Excellent organizational skills and acute attention to detail
  • Demonstrated strength in written and oral communication with colleagues and clients
  • Critical thinking skills and the ability to tackle complex problems with creativity and openness
  • Facility in engaging with a varied range of demographic, social, and economic constituencies in both rural and urban settings
  • Ability to establish priorities and work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Flexibility to work independently, as well as a member of a team
  • Mastery of MS Office
  • Commitment to the mission, vision, and values of Partners for Sacred Places
  • Willingness to travel frequently


Partners for Sacred Places offers a dynamic and demanding work environment with a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

 

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Stephanie Kish, Director of Operations, at skish@sacredplaces.org. No phone calls, please. EOE.

Contact: Director of Operations Stephanie Kish

E-Mail: skish@sacredplaces.org

Website: sacredplaces.org

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