Engagement Associate

Ambler 19002, Pennsylvania

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About the ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter
The mission of the ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter is to lead the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support. The Chapter is considered the premier provider of services and support for ALS patients and their families in its chartered territory, which encompasses the eastern half of Pennsylvania, central and southern New Jersey, and Delaware. Services include multidisciplinary clinics, in-home care, transportation, equipment loan, home modifications, support groups, and education. Each year, the Chapter serves approximately 1,200 patient families. The Chapter also has the distinction of being the principal charity of the Philadelphia Phillies for thirty-three consecutive years.


The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter is seeking an Engagement Associate with at least 2 years of fundraising and/or event planning experience. Reporting to the Director of Corporate and Community Engagement, this position is part of the Engagement Team which also includes 3 Engagement Managers. The Engagement Team is responsible for a wide range of fundraising events, and corporate and community engagement events, including various Walks to Defeat ALS across the Chapter footprint. The Engagement Team is also responsible for the oversight and expansion of the Chapter’s volunteer and community ambassador programs, and young professionals group.


The Engagement Associate is responsible for supporting the Engagement Managers and Director of Corporate and Community Engagement, to achieve the departmental goals set forth below. In addition to providing support, it is expected that the Engagement Associate will also have primary responsibility for certain functions as determined by the Director.

  • Plan and manage Chapter and third-party events across the Chapter footprint, such as the Walk to Defeat ALS, as well as the annual bike ride, fundraising luncheon, golf outing, Hot Chocolate event, and the Phillies Phestival.
  • Oversee and coordinate with volunteer planning committees associated with each such event.
  • Manage and grow individual and corporate relationships, and cultivate new ones, promoting a portfolio of diverse engagement opportunities that meet the needs and interests of our constituents (e.g., volunteerism, donations, sponsorships, grants, employee team-building opportunities).
  • Plan and manage a robust volunteer program, young professionals group, community ambassador program, and volunteer recognition, to promote fundraising, education, and awareness; recruit, screen and enroll participants; run orientation and training programs.
  • Collaborate with Development staff responsible for major gifts, annual and planned giving, and grant writing functions within the Chapter, as well as the Care Services Department and Communications Department, to enhance constituent relationships and development opportunities.
  • Provide logistical support for the Communications Department in planning annual advocacy trips to Washington, DC and state legislatures within the Chapter.
  • Assist the Director of Corporate and Community Engagement with creating an annual development plan and budget, and evaluate personal, event-based, and departmental progress based on agreed-upon metrics.
  • Share new fundraising ideas, trends, best practices, and technologies, and how these might be best utilized given the Chapter’s goals and resources.
  • Attend events and meetings as required, often on weekends and evenings, at various locations within the Chapter footprint.



  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in fundraising and/or event planning.
  • Basic proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word and Powerpoint.
  • Experience tracking donor cultivation and stewardship activity in a CRM, preferably Raiser’s Edge, a plus.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including proofreading and editing.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including empathy and compassion, flexibility, positivity, personal accountability, ability to work in a collaborative environment, strong work ethic, and a desire to reach high performance for the benefit of the Chapter’s mission.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume stating salary requirements to: [email protected]philadelphia.org

The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter is an equal employment opportunity employer. All applicants will be given full consideration under state, local, and federal law.


Contact: Manager of Human Resources Erin Farrell

E-Mail: [email protected]

Mailing Address: 321 Norristown Road, Ste. 260

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