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Imagine believes that no child should grieve alone. We imagine a world where grief and loss are transformed into empathy, compassion and resilience. We imagine a community where those grieving are cared for and supported. We imagine this world is possible.

Imagine is looking for dynamic, energetic, smart and compassionate individuals who want to grow and evolve and put their talents to great use to make a difference in the world around them. See our open positions below – we can’t wait to meet you!

Open Positions

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Option 1: Development Coordinator
Option 2: Individual Giving Coordinator or Manager
Option 3: Family Giving Coordinator or Manager

PREWORK: Compose the following writing samples: an appeal letter to renew a multi-year pledged donor (gift = $1,000 and above per year for 5 years) and an tax-deductible acknowledgement letter.

SALARY SUGGESTION: $55,000 – $65,000
Imagine is seeking a full time dedicated professional, with a deep connection to our mission, to be a key member of a dynamic, collaborative and supportive team, who will be leading the charge on institutional giving and will also support heavily on individual giving and major gifts.  The Institutional Giving Director will work closely with colleagues across the organization to maximize philanthropic support from prospects, existing donors and identifying opportunities to engage them more in Imagines’ mission, transforming grief and loss into compassion, empathy and resilience. 

Functional Responsibilities

  • Individual Giving Stewardship and Solicitation: 75%
  • Support strategic planning around funding alignment, upgrades from current monthly and annual donors and retention of multi-year donors.
  • Provide direct support to monthly tours in partnership with the Executive Director, including guest recruitment, organizing tours, follow-up calls and next steps.
  • Assist the communications team in the creation and distribution of written materials to donors, including annual reports, case of support proposals, gift acknowledgments, pledge forms, invoices, and other communications.
  • Manage a portfolio of current major donors, multi-year pledge donors, and prospects by holding regular meetings, both in-person and virtual.
  • Assist with ongoing stewardship communications with donors in conjunction with the Development and Communications Director and Executive Director.
  • Assist the Development and Communications Manager with annual fundraising events, including Seasons of Hope Breakfast, Greta’s 5K Run and any additional events.


Data Management: 15%

  • Support the organization’s development database in relation to donors and funding agencies, developing strategies for its use, and collaborating with Development Operations Team to ensure regular, accurate data collection in support of meaningful, regular reporting.
  • Manage individual major gifts in database including, but not limited to, tracking pledges, pledge payments and outright gifts, updating donor contact and biographical information, uploading documents relevant to donors, gifts and pledges, gift tracking forms and creating reports and lists as requested.
  • Analyze and share fundraising and grant implementation and impact data to empower informed decision making with respect to Imagine’s prospects and strategies, and effective compliance with and stewardship of current grants and individual major donors.
  • Manage donor customer relations by being the point person for questions regarding giving history, communications, and account management.


Volunteer Management: 10%

  • Manage development volunteer roster, tasks and communications, including ambassadors, event volunteers, stewardship volunteers, etc.
  • Support Development and Communications Manager in monthly committee meetings and role assignments.


Recommended Credentials and Experience

  • 3-5 years development experience in 2 or more of the following areas: fundraising, individual giving, prospect research, membership, and annual giving
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Public Administration or related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbally.
  • Superior customer relation skills, with the ability to intuit donors’ needs, identify issues and problem solve.
  • Computer literacy, including experience and proficiency with databases and office productivity software.
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple competing priorities and complete projects successfully as planned
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills required
  • Strong relationship building skills required
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills required
  • Strong data analysis and goal orientation required
  • Ability to work with varied constituents, both internally and externally.
  • Valid NJ driver’s license.
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19
  • A deep connection to our mission – a must have


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in or significant knowledge of mental health, wellness and education related nonprofit organizations
  • Familiarity and/or experience with national funders for education and service-based non-profits
  • Knowledge of the New Jersey philanthropic community
  • Proficiency with the Blackbaud’s eTapestry and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Bi-Lingual in Spanish and English – preferred


To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume that outlines how your skills and experiences meet the qualifications of the position to In the subject line of your email, please include your name and the job title for this position (“Your name – FULL-TIME”).Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

About Imagine:
Vision: Imagine a world where grief and loss are transformed into resilience, empathy and compassion. Imagine a world where children coping with loss grow up emotionally healthy and able to lead meaningful and productive lives. Imagine a world where every community is able to support those grieving with compassion, resources, time and acceptance. We Imagine this world 
is possible.

Mission: To support children and families coping with loss and foster resiliency and emotional well-being for all those who grieve.

About Us: Imagine is a grief support center located in Mountainside NJ and Newark NJ. Imagine provides grief education and training and free year-round peer grief support groups for children ages 3 – 18, young adults, and adults who are coping with loss.

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Imagine believes that no child should grieve alone. We imagine a world where grief and loss are transformed into empathy, compassion and resilience. We imagine a community where those grieving are cared for and supported. We imagine this world is possible.

About Imagine:
Imagine is a growing and evolving organization, that began in Westfield, NJ, and serves families from over 57 towns in NJ. Imagine provides free, year-round grief support for children and families coping with loss due to death. In addition to providing grief support at its two centers in Mountainside and Newark, Imagine provides grief education and training to schools, agencies, and workplaces, and on-site support after any traumatic loss. Imagine is looking for dynamic, energetic, smart and compassionate individuals who want to grow and evolve and put their talents to great use to make a difference in the world around them.

The Program Manager reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for the co-creation, implementation and ongoing oversight of Imagine programs in Newark. Qualifications and Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Program Manager Job Segments and Areas of Responsibility
Program Development, Implementation and Management: 50%

  • Work in collaboration with Executive Director and COO to create and manage the strategic goals and plans for Newark programs
  • Develop strategic partnerships to support our mission
  • Manage grant application and reporting process for all Newark specific grants
  • Ensure adherence to Imagine’s companioning model and trauma-informed model
  • Recruit, train and manage volunteer facilitators with the support of the program and development teams.
  • Respond to support calls for services, conduct orientations for potential Imagine participants and families and support families in need of services.
  • Facilitate up to three Nights of Support (NOS) every two weeks, Imagine’s peer grief support programming.
  • Co-develop, oversee growth and implementation of In School Support Program through creating partnerships with Newark public schools and Newark Charter schools to create grief informed schools, supporting students, staff, families and teachers.
  • Support the development of program analysis to meet the emerging needs of the community, collect data and outcome measurements for program assessment.


Community Outreach and Public Relations – 20%

  • Cultivate and drive the community outreach strategy
  • Seek and develop relationships with key stakeholders and leaders in the greater Newark community
  • Develop, create and coordinate Marketing (including a Social Media Strategy) and Communications strategy and materials
  • Attend appropriate networking opportunities
  • Form Newark Leadership and Newark Advisory Council
  • Write and distribute Press Releases to local press and online outlets
  • Assist the Communications group to maintain a strong social media presence
  • Host monthly one-hour information sessions/tours


Supervision and Management – 20%

  • Cultivate a strong workplace environment and experience full of growth, joy, and support in alignment with the organizational vision
  • Coach and develop Program Associates to support families and volunteers, as well as execute trainings and partnerships under the guidance of company HR policies
  • Direct management of staff members
  • Set annual objectives and perform mid-year and year end performance review
  • Ensure staff receives monthly clinical supervision and development opportunities


Financial and Administrative – 10%

  • Collaborate and coordinate with COO and Executive Director on budget projections
  • Manage the budget
  • Manage payment and controls of expenditures including stipends
  • Work, coordinate and advise COO and Executive Director in preparing financial data for board review
  • Prepare data metrics for weekly/ monthly management and board reporting, as well as monthly reporting for external funders
  • Assist with preparing content for grant proposals and reports
  • Attend meetings with grant funders and donors as outlined in contract



The qualification profile for the position must include:

  • Master’s level degree in a mental health discipline with specific experience in trauma-informed care and interventions
  • Working and relational knowledge of the city of Newark
  • Minimum 3 years of applicable experience working with children and families in the field of grief support
  • Track record in the planning, development, implementation, and ongoing management of support programs including peer support, trauma recovery, individual mental health services, and training and education
  • Experience effecting systemic program change


Core competencies required include:

  • Entrepreneurial spirit and a team mentality
  • Authenticity and comfort with vulnerability
  • Experience supporting and developing other social workers
  • Effective communication and relationship building skills
  • Developing and managing annual/program budgets
  • Demonstrated skills in partnership building and community outreach
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • A desire to work in a diverse and inclusive environment
  • A commitment to growth and excellence


Additional requirements

  • Spanish speaking a plus
  • Travel required
  • In person required


This position is exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), as well as under any and all applicable state (New Jersey) and local laws, rules and regulations.

This Position Description and Requirements for Program Manager is subject to change, revision and amendment by Imagine, at any time, with or without advance notice. Imagine will, however, endeavor to provide such changed, revised and/or amended to Position Description and Requirements to the Program Manager, as soon thereafter as practicable, including any supplement to such Position Description and Requirements. Finally, at the sole discretion of Imagine, through the Executive Director, the Program Manager might, at any time, be required to perform other, different and/or or additional requirements than those set forth and detailed above.

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