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ACE Awareness Foundation

Communications and Development Associate

– Memphis, Tennessee
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced


Communications and Development Associate


Position Description




The Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Awareness Foundation is helping to create a Greater Memphis community—and catalyze a statewide movement—that understands the deep and long-lasting impact that childhood trauma can have across the life span and supports innovative strategies that prevent toxic stress or lessen its negative effects on children and their families. To support the healthy development of Memphis children, their families, and the community, the ACE Awareness Foundation developed Universal Parenting Places—UPPs. These judgment-free zones are places where parents can go for help with family-related issues and concerns, both big and small. They receive professional counseling, information, emotional support, and referrals; participate in stress-reduction exercises, parent-child activities, and discussion groups; and build social support networks that extend far beyond the walls of the UPPs.


The Communications and Development Associate will work closely with foundation senior management. consultants, and other staff to support fundraising and other aspects of resource development, and various communications needs. Although we may consider exceptional candidates without all of the following qualifications, the ideal candidate would have 3+ years of experience in a fundraising and development or marketing and communications role. Writing skills are paramount.




  • Support creative production and distribution of regular external emails to stakeholders, develop text and graphics templates, managing interface with our website
  • Work with staff and foundation consultants to develop and implement strategies to improve organizational visibility and public relations activities
  • Write and edit blog posts, newsletter articles, program brochures, event flyers, etc.
  • Prepare and/or print presentation media and materials
  • Support outreach on social network profiles such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, which includes conducting research and populating profiles with relevant content
  • Support planning and coordination of communications meetings with UPP hospitality and community outreach coordinators



  • Drive research on foundation, city, county, state, federal, and corporate grant opportunities
  • Draft and edit proposals, which involves managing the proposal development process, strategizing on approach, tracking opportunities, managing timelines, and conducting follow-up
  • Work with program staff to create program budgets for proposals and applications
  • Manage donor administration activities, including drafting donor reports, donor database entries, updates, invitations, thank you notes, and other materials
  • Develop online fundraising strategies, campaigns, and calls to action
  • Develop and execute a plan and tactics for online mobilization, outreach, and small donor fundraising
  • Work with a team to develop and execute consistent communications to cultivate and grow the donor base
  • Implement and monitor metrics and analysis of online fundraising and constituent mobilization campaigns



  • BA/BS Degree
  • Three years of experience in a professional, preferably non-profit, environment
  • Exceptional writing and proofreading skills; ability to translate technical information into lay language; experience in developing and organizing proposals for varying audiences
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to help drive projects to completion and multi-task
  • Basic image editing skills, familiarity with Adobe Photoshop or similar tools a plus
  • Demonstrated analytical and critical thinking skills. Ability to use good judgment, take initiative and make recommendations in resolving problems and provide guidance to staff
  • Knowledge of or experience in online fundraising, nonprofit advocacy, membership cultivation and marketing are pluses


How we would describe the ideal candidate:

  • Eager to learn and contribute to a small team
  • Creative and compelling storyteller
  • Understands ACEs-related issues and has a sense of urgency about raising awareness
  • Resourceful
  • Results driven
  • Observant and intuitive
  • Proactive
  • Self-aware
  • Self-starter, dynamic and able to thrive in an unstructured environment
  • Responsive to direction and feedback
  • Able to work independently and remotely with a diverse team



Major benefits include paid time off, health and dental insurance, and paid parking.



We are a small team, so no phone calls, please. Only email applications will be accepted. Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Cover letter addressed to Executive Director Renée Wilson-Simmons that succinctly describes how you meet the qualifications being sought, why you want to work for the ACE Awareness Foundation, your salary history, and where you learned of the position
  2. Resume that contains your contact details; a list of your key skills; education, with dates; employment history and volunteer work, with dates; and technical/software skills. If you have language proficiency other than English, please note, including your level of proficiency.

 Due to the pace of the search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. We appreciate the time and effort required to submit a thoughtful application, and your submission will be acknowledged via an email message confirming receipt.

The ACE Awareness Foundation is an equal opportunity employer that supports diversity in all aspects of its work and will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, or disability. To learn more about the Foundation, please visit our website at

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