Join the innovative team of the Adler Aphasia Center, the only free-standing, long-term therapeutic aphasia program in the Northeastern United States.

The Center, established in 2003, is a national leader and advocate for community based aphasia programs, and now offers day programming in Maywood, West Orange and Toms River, as well as less intensive Aphasia Communication Groups in 9 counties throughout New Jersey.

Current Opportunities

Start Date: July 1, 2021
Location: Maywood, NJ
Status: Full-time
Reports to: President & CEO

Purpose: Responsible for the creation, coordination and implementation of all development/communications efforts, resulting in sustained funding and increased awareness about the Center and aphasia.

  • Develop relationships with potential donors and manage major gifts solicitation campaigns.
  • Maintain relationships and act as liaison with past and current donors.
  • Maintain data files of supporters, donors.
  • Oversee acknowledgements and other correspondence to community organizations, corporations, funders, interested groups and individuals.
  • Develop appropriate public relations/education materials.
  • Coordinate communication with media and generate monthly press releases.
  • Responsible for monthly donor newsletter.
  • Maintain development section of the website and update and coordinate program updates to website. Drive efforts in the digital marketplace and vet low cost/high impact opportunities to engage a broader audience.
  • Work with development staff to regularly post on social media networks about Center events and aphasia updates.
  • Proactive efforts to raise awareness of center presence and activities throughout New Jersey.
  • Work closely with grant writer to research, develop relationships with and communicate with foundations, corporations, organizations, etc.
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with potential and present donors.
  • Work with CEO and grant writer to craft innovative grant proposal.
  • Meet with potential donors as appropriate.
  • Complete grant reports as required. • Develop system for annual proposal renewals.
  • Respond to community solicitors interested in fundraising/supporting the Center.
  • Develop a fundraising event plan in conjunction with the CEO and the Development Committee.
  • Coordinate all fundraising events with support from the volunteer coach and event volunteers.
  • Close out all special events – evaluate, finalize budget, write thank yous, etc.
  • Oversee the maintenance of computer files on fundraising events, including history and data on donors.
  • Monitor budget and funds pertaining to all events.
  • • Compile monthly and annual narrative and statistical reports as required.
  • Maintain database/mailing list and information on organizations, funders, donors etc.
  • Supervise development office/Center staff assigned to the department and/or projects.
  • Attend staff meetings, trainings and supervision as required.
  • Oversee donations and facilitate the appropriate acknowledgements.
  • Monitor development department expenses.
  • Evaluation of staff under your supervision (Volunteer Coach).
  • Work with Board members and members of the Marketing & Development Committees as appropriate.
  • Develop agendas and create minutes of all Development and Marketing Committee meetings.
  • Work cooperatively with the Volunteer Coach to enable Center volunteers to best support center fundraising and public relations activities.

• Must maintain updated knowledge of development and communications strategies and aphasia programs and activities. • Attend trainings, conferences and courses as appropriate/approved. • Increase knowledge of computer applications and donor base software.

Educational & Experience Qualifications: BA Minimum, MA preferred, plus 4/5 years of experience in development, marketing, special events, public relations, and grant writing. Strong writing skills a must. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Raiser’s Edge or comparable fundraising database systems preferred.

Personal Qualifications: Must have excellent verbal and written communication / public relations skills. Must have good organizational skills. Must be personable, assertive, flexible, creative and self-directed. Able to handle multiple tasks/projects simultaneously and work effectively with teams.

How to Apply: Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. Adler Aphasia Center is an equal opportunity employer. Please send your resume and a thoughtful cover letter outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications to for this position. Please include salary requirements to be considered for the position. Please email

No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Due to the high volume of submissions we will only contact candidates invited to interview. Thank you for your interest.

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