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Do you love working on behalf of children, fostering their growth and development? Do you want a job that is challenging, gratifying, and allows you the opportunity to impact tens of thousands of youth each year? Focusing on our three Pillars of Student Success: Entrepreneurship, Work Readiness and Financial Literacy, JA staff enjoy a culture of mutual respect and co-worker camaraderie.

JA Capstone Internship

Title: JA Capstone Internship
Area: Education
Status: Part-Time, Hourly


Impact

Junior Achievement’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed. JA’s proven
lessons in financial literacy, work and career readiness, and entrepreneurship are shown to
positively impact the lives of young people. These lessons align with national and state
educational standards and are delivered to millions of students across the country with the help
of our education partners and volunteers from the local community. The inspiration piece comes
from community volunteers who not only deliver our lessons, but share their experience. In the
process, these volunteers serve as role models helping to positively impact young people’s
perceptions about the importance of education, as well as critical life skills. Preparation involves
our proven lessons that promote financial capability, work and career readiness, and business
ownership. JA's programs ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the
opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century.

This position is a great resume-building opportunity to support a respected and growing
organization’s program team. As an intern, you will be a welcomed addition to our growing
program team. Interns work and support JA's capstone programs which serves nearly 10,000
students annually. Our interns work hands on and will be an integral part of facilitating both our
BizTown and Finance Park simulations. One of our many goals is to ensure that both BizTown
and Finance Park provide an exciting and quality experience for our visiting youth, volunteers,
and educators. Guiding and supporting our mission of educating today’s youth on financial
literacy is essential. We strive to execute a smooth, effective, and meaningful program. Each
day should be filled with excitement for participants, which includes our kids, volunteers, and
educators. Providing a welcoming environment for all who enter our building is key. There is
an extensive opportunity for networking with educators, administrators, business leaders and
community volunteers.

• 8-16 hours per week, preferably split over multiple days
• Stipend ranging from $250-500 based on hours worked and performance

Primary Responsibilities:

• Facilitate simulations efficiently and effectively
• Assist with simulation processes in assigned shops/groups.
• Demonstrate ability to recognize and react to potential challenges.
• Communicate with lead JA staff.
• Ensure excellent customer service.
• Assist JA BizTown and JA Finance Park Managers as well as on-site staff as needed.
• Be proactive and flexible in daily schedules.
• Prepare for simulation by following morning set-up guidelines and afternoon cleaning and
re-set procedures.
• Monitor inventory of simulation materials and forms, inform managers of material needs.
• Adhere to JA program guidelines and policies.
• Be a well-versed JA team member.
• Bilingual (Spanish) is a plus.

Application Process

Applicants should submit their resume and cover letter to Stefanie Freeburger at sfreeburger@jamaryland.org.

Development & Special Events Internship

Title: Development & Special Events Internship
Area: Development
Status: Part-Time, Hourly


Impact

Junior Achievement’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed. JA’s proven
lessons in financial literacy, work and career readiness, and entrepreneurship are shown to
positively impact the lives of young people. These lessons align with national and state
educational standards and are delivered to millions of students across the country with the help
of our education partners and volunteers from the local community. The inspiration piece comes
from community volunteers who not only deliver our lessons, but share their experience. In the
process, these volunteers serve as role models helping to positively impact young people’s
perceptions about the importance of education, as well as critical life skills. Preparation involves
our proven lessons that promote financial capability, work and career readiness, and business
ownership. JA's programs ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the
opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century.

This position is a great resume-building opportunity to support a respected and growing
organization’s development team. As an intern, you will assist with donor database
management, prospect research, grant writing, and planning and implementation of JA’s
signature events. This role provides a beneficial environment for networking with business
leaders and community volunteers.

• 8-16 hours per week, preferably split over multiple days
• Stipend ranging from $250-500 based on hours worked and performance

Primary Responsibilities:

• Works within JA’s database to update accounts and input new individuals for upcoming
fiscal year.
• Provides planning and implementation support for special events as assigned, including
JA 18 under 18, JA Leading Ladies, JA Inspire and JA Office Warriors.
• Provides support to development team in grant writing through updating language and
statistical information.
• Provides support in prospecting potential partners through LinkedIn research.
• Supports organizational needs related to board and committee meetings.

Qualifications (required)

• Proficient in MS Office Suite
• Strong written and verbal communication skills, well-developed research skills and ability
to multi-task
• Ability to learn new programs quickly
• Strong organizational skills
• Detailed oriented and dependable
• Ability to work some evenings when necessary

Application Process

Applicants should submit their resume and cover letter to Stefanie Freeburger at sfreeburger@jamaryland.org.

JA Capstone Simulation Coordinator

Title: JA Capstone Simulation Coordinator
Area: Education
Reports to: JA Capstone Simulation Lead
Status: Part-Time, Hourly


Impact

Junior Achievement of Central Maryland (JA) inspires and prepares more than 47,000 K-12 youth each year to succeed in a global economy. Junior Achievement’s signature capstone programs - JA BizTown and JA Finance Park – are key to that mission. These programs allow students to put their lessons into action in JA’s 30,000 sq. ft. simulation facility.
JA BizTown provides a signature, hands-on program for 4th-6th graders to experience the world of work. Students take on careers and civic responsibilities during their ‘first day on the job’ in a fully interactive, simulation town.

JA Finance Park allows middle and high school students to explore careers and learn fundamentals of personal financial planning. Their lessons culminate in a trip to a simulated economy where students engage with volunteers and put into practice what they’ve learned by developing a personal budget.

To ensure that JA’s capstone programs provide a high-quality, meaningful experience for students, volunteers and educators, JA is seeking organized, mission-focused professionals to support the implementation of these simulations. This role is responsible for working with the JA Education Team to assist with the daily operations of the JA BizTown and/or JA Finance Park simulation. This role is responsible for working with the JA Education Team to assist with the daily operations of the JA BizTown and/or JA Finance Park simulation.

Primary Responsibilities:

Simulation Prep and Reset – Ensure that the simulation space and all materials for students and volunteers are prepped and ready prior to their arrival.

Simulation Support – Provide daily support to the JA BizTown and/or JA Finance Park simulation lead and program manager, including:
• Materials – printing, distributing and collecting.
• Volunteer Support – ensure volunteers are staying on schedule and answer any questions they have.
• Student Support – help manage student behavior and make sure that they are completing all necessary tasks.
• Tech support – trouble shoot common issues with technology used in the simulations.

Student Safety & Security - Assist with the orderly unloading and loading of buses upon arrival and departure, escort student into secure space, verify student numbers on arrival and departure.

Customer Service – Provide the highest level of customer service to all visitors (volunteers, teachers, middle school students, etc.) to the Regional Center.

TEAMWORK! – Look for opportunities to support teammates and ask for support when needed to ensure that a high level of quality is maintained across all areas through communication and collaboration.

Qualifications (required)

• Proven work experience in a professional environment working with students ages 10-15
• Passion for working with students, educators, and volunteers from diverse backgrounds in a fast-paced environment
• Ability to create strategies to balance multiple task in fast-paced setting
• Works well in a team environment
• Strong organizational and computer skills
• Proficiency in customer service including problem-solving, decision-making, troubleshooting and communication skills
• Bilingual (Spanish) is plus

Candidates should have availability to work 2-4 days per week between 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. (exact timing can vary) during the school year (October-June). Pay rate is $18/hr. Opportunity for additional hours may be available when needed.

Application Process

Send cover letter and resume to Kim Denis at kdenis@jamaryland.org

Development Associate

Title: Development Associate
Area: Development
Reports to: Vice President of Development
Status: Part-Time, Salaried


Impact

The Development Associate is a key member of the JA Development Team. This position requires a highly organized, detail-oriented, and motivated person to serve as lead for developing and writing proposals, tracking grant deliverables and reporting, as well as researching prospective donors. This position also requires strong written communication skills with demonstrated success in persuasive writing. The ideal candidate is an enthusiastic professional capable of building strong and positive relationships with donors and partners. This position provides an opportunity to learn and/or expand one’s experience in all aspects of fundraising.

This position is a part-time 20 – 25 hours per week, with the potential for more hours depending on the workload.

Primary Responsibilities:

•Write letters of inquiry and grant proposals according to the requirements of each specific grant maker
•Craft grant narratives that accurately reflect JA’s mission and vision
•Work with other departments to secure information needed for grant proposals and reports
•Review, edit and finalize each document for submission on a timely basis
•Manage all grant portals and keep each portal up to date with needed requirements
•Maintain the grants calendar of upcoming Letters of Interest, grant applications, stewardship communication, and reporting deadlines and hold stakeholders accountable to meet those deadlines
•Communicate with appropriate staff and engage in ongoing communication with staff to ensure activities are compliant and deliverables are met.
•Maintain data management of grants from corporate, government, and foundation funders
•Track statistics relevant to development and provide department with written materials necessary for donor stewardship.
•Work with JA staff to provide donor information for all written institutional materials (including donor impact reports, newsletters, etc.).
•Build and continually develop a pipeline of prospective funders to ensure new grants that align with JA’s mission are being pursued regularly
•Manage data and other administrative tasks as needed

Assist with other fundraising projects as requested.

Qualifications (required)

•Bachelor’s degree and 1-2 years fundraising experience OR 3-5 years of fundraising experience managing grants with knowledge of the Central Maryland funding landscape preferred.
•Understanding of and commitment to JA’s impact areas (entrepreneurship, workforce readiness, and financial education).
•Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies, and familiarity with research techniques. Experience with Blackbaud or another development-specific database a plus.
•Knowledge of Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, and Excel and experience navigating grant application systems and internet-based research tools.
•Strong written and verbal communicator that can present clearly, persuasively, and succinctly to diverse audiences as well as the ability to communicate effectively with multiple stakeholders. Strong editing skills and attention to detail are a must.
•Flexible and adaptable style to manage multiple tasks and competing priorities with a strong emphasis on time management, organization, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills.
•Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision
•Comfortable collaborating with a team while taking ownership of your piece of a project.

Application Process

Send cover letter and resume to Kim Denis at kdenis@jamaryland.org

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