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What you should know about Merrick Community Services

For more than 110 years, Merrick Community Services has demonstrated through its mission that it supports individuals and families to navigate life transitions, find health and stability, and promote independence.  

Merrick Community Services was founded on Saint Paul’s East Side in 1908 as the Christ Child Society, a part of a national model of settlement houses, which provided essential services to economically disadvantaged communities.  Today, Merrick Community Services stands as one of the oldest nonprofit agencies in Ramsey County, with a history of assisting individuals and families transition from poverty and become self-sufficient and stable.  The core programs of MCS are Nutritional and Independence Services (comprised of the Food Shelves and MOW/Senior Services) and Employment, Family and Youth Services.


Resource Development Assistant


Position Type:             Full-time (32-40 hours per week)
Location:                     Saint Paul, MN
Travel Required:         Local (fewer than 25%)

Required Education:   Minimum, Associate’s Degree: Bachelor’s Degree Preferred

Min Experience Req:  3 year



The Resource Development Assistant supports the Director to plan and implement fundraising events, manage donor communication and accounting, as well as provide administrative support to the leadership team. This position reports to multiple supervisors including the Director of Resource Development, the Finance Director, and the Executive Director.


Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities

    Database File Management

  • Oversees the database for the fundraising program. Keeps information on donors and    
       volunteers current.
  • Regularly updates donor information.
  • Enters all donations from government, foundation, individual and business donors, including
    kind donations.  
  • Primarily responsible for preparing, updating, and issuing thankyou letters to donors.
    · Primarily responsible for performing monthly electronic donation withdrawals using a variety of
  • Prepares reports and mailing lists as requested by Director.

2.    Cash Receipts and Reconciliation

  • · Coordinates gift receipting with the Finance Department. 
  •  · Generates cash receipts journal from Kindful each month, reviews for accuracy, and forwards
         to Director for approval.  
  •  · Performs accounts reconciliation for Finance Department, including related research and
        preparation of journal entries.

3.    Clerical Support

  • Compose and process letters
  • Assists Director with mailings, filing, meeting preparations, reporting.
  • Maintains grant files.
  • Maintains business and individual donor files.

4.    Special Events

  • Identify prospects and solicit donations for events.
  • Track sponsorships and donations.
  •  Write thank you letters and prepare mailings.
  •  Arrange for pickup of donated items.
  • Create event displays, brochures, and other print materials
  • Volunteer Appreciation & Awards Dinner Support (April 2020)
  • Sending invitations to volunteers, handling RSVPs
  • Coordinating event logistics (centerpieces, décor, venue organization)
  • Handling post-event correspondence

Momentum Breakfast Support (May 2020)

  • Handling RSVPs
  • Tracking and supporting the duties of Table Captains
  • Coordinating event logistics (food order, A/V, tables, screen, etc)
  • Pre-event and postevent correspondence with attendees

Mix & Mingle Dinner Support (October 2019)

  • Handling RSVPs
  • Tracking and supporting the duties of Table Captains
  • Coordinating event logistics (centerpieces, décor, venue organization)
  • Pre-event and postevent correspondence with attendees


Requires a minimum of an Associate’s Degree. A Bachelor’s degree in marketing preferred and/or a related field of study or a combination of trainding and experience providing an equivalent knowledge.

  • ·                  Successful experience with marketing, communications, and event management.
  • ·                     Strength-based, self-motivated, and goal-oriented.
  • ·                     Possess strong interpersonal and excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • ·                     Cooperative team member who can work independently.
  • ·     Excellent computers skills and experience with databases and MS Office: Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word.
  • ·         Experience with donor databases preferred.
  • ·         This position requires valid Driver’s License and reliable vehicle to travel locally.

To Apply:

Send a copy of your cover letter and resume to Daniel Rodriguez, drodriguez@merrickcs.org

The above statements are not intended to encompass all functions and qualifications of the position.  Rather they are intended to provide a general framework of the requirements of the position.  Job incumbents may be required to perform other functions not specifically addressed in this job description.  Employment at Merrick Community Services is at-will and may be terminated by either employee or employer for any lawful reason.