Stewardship Associate

  • Full Time
  • Columbus, OH
  • Salary Range: $38,000/Year

Website UniteToday_USN United Schools Network

For every child, an open door

Position: Stewardship Associate

Reports to: Associate Development Director


Who We Are

The United Schools Network (USN) is a nonprofit organization in Columbus, Ohio, that starts and manages urban public charter schools that close the opportunity gap.  The network includes two high-performing middle schools and two high-performing elementary schools. We are seeking an Stewardship Associate to join our network.


Vision and Mission

Vision: For every child, an open door.

Mission: Transforming lives and our communities through the power of education.


Core Values

We hold high academic and behavioral expectations to ensure the growth of every student.
We engage and grow competent and experienced school leadership and staff.
We offer a rigorous academic program with intentional student supports and a comprehensive character education program.
We provide clear standards, research-proven curriculum, and frequent assessment.
We are a mission-driven school community.
Our Students & Results

Admission is open to all students; academic proficiency is not considered during the admissions process.
75% of our students are students of color and 90% are economically disadvantaged.
USN schools serve students in grades K-8 and have a robust alumni services program.
USN 8th graders regularly gain acceptance to the top high school programs in the city.


Key Responsibilities

Donor and Volunteer Stewardship

Ensures acknowledgements for each specific fundraising, tour or volunteer activity are complete and recorded.
Executes individualized stewardship efforts for specific campaigns, including managements of the development committee call log.
Improves and executes the strategic and time-sensitive plan to acknowledge event sponsors.
Oversees grant reporting calendar; ensures reports are submitted completely and on time.
Documents and maintains a library of donor and volunteer supported activities for use in stewardship materials, including photos, videos, and testimonials.
Manages the annual Volunteer Appreciation event and other events celebrating donor-supported projects.
Supports the creation and publishing of stewardship and cultivation materials, including the USN newsletter, media kit, annual report card, annual impact report, holiday card, donor welcome packets, and tour packets.

School Support

Recruits and cultivates volunteers annually to support school-based efforts, including the management of the Classroom Champions program.
Supports school-based teams with annual updates of design materials.
Works with school-based staff to ensure that the various programs and opportunities for enrichment and afterschool are funded and staffed, annually and in a timely manner.
Assists the CAO in planning and executing professional photoshoots annually to update network marketing materials.

Board Stewardship

Ensures board materials, including board meeting packets, on-boarding packets, and board rosters are accurate, and disseminated early or on-time.
Coordinates board meetings, including the retreat: scheduling, location selection, technology, supplies, and food.
Stewards board members through recognition; monitors and record board service including committee service and term-out dates, prepares appropriate recognition for post-annual campaign board celebration or board retreat.
Keeps accurate and informative records of development related meetings and sends to relevant parties.

Constituent/Staff Relations

Executes the annual communication strategy: works with CAO and Development Team to ensure communication to/meetings with board, staff, and key stakeholders are always timely and relevant.
Manages USN social media platforms to reach various volunteer, donor, talent, and alumni goals.
Supports the timely update of the USN website.

Other duties as assigned by the Associate Development Director

This description is representative of the position requirements and is not intended to be all-inclusive.


United Schools Network will consider hiring a Stewardship Associate with the following characteristics and qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree required; 1-2 year minimum of fundraising experience preferred (internships qualify).
Technological proficiency in Google, Microsoft Office, and Adobe.
Personal and professional integrity with willingness to abide by the Donor Bill of Rights, the AFP code of Ethics, and the Development Team Vision, Mission, and Core Values.
Exceptional and warm interpersonal skills: ability to interact effectively with team members, community leaders, board members, prospects, donors, and a variety of volunteers.
Openness to feedback, a willingness to take personal responsibility for the affairs of the network, and the ability to learn from one’s mistakes.
Adept at navigating the trends and best practices surrounding various social media channels.
Able to genuinely convey information and emotion in writing and photography.


Terms of Employment

This position will begin immediately. The starting salary for this position is $38,000, benefits are competitive, and employees are eligible to participate in Ohio’s School Employees Retirement System (SERS). United Schools Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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