Program Generalist, Center for Arab-American Philanthropy

The Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) is a national community foundation. An institution of ACCESS, CAAP's mission is to build vibrant socities by uniting and strengthening the collective power of Arab American giving 

Under limited supervision, uses intermediate skills obtained through experience and training to support the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) in various areas including, grant processing, data-entry, research, donor stewardship and outreach, and writing. This position also serves an important role as adult advisor to CAAP’s Teen Grantmaking Initiative program.

  • Serve as adult advisor to CAAP’s Teen Grantmaking Initiative program. Includes assisting with planning and preparation for meetings and events, communicating with youth members, and working with other advisors to plan agendas and activities. May also include seeking sponsorships and donations from local businesses, coordinating with partner organizations, and completing other tasks as assigned.
  • Promote strategies for youth engagement, including engagement of youth program alumni and CAAP scholarship recipients. May include planning events, communicating with youth both in person and in writing, and developing creative engagement strategies.
  • In conjunction with the CAAP team and the Communications Department, may assist with marketing and communications for CAAP. Involves writing, preparing materials and communicating with donors, grantee organizations, and partners in order to positively promote CAAP’s mission.
  • Support the execution of CAAP’s board-directed funds. May include developing materials, coordinating with internal and external stakeholders, proposal review, and data-entry.
  • Process grants to various nonprofits from CAAP funds; involves learning about various philanthropic funds and grantmaking procedures, research, writing, data entry in DonorFirst and Raiser’s Edge databases, record-keeping, filing, and communications with organizations.
  • Process donations to CAAP; involves data entry and analysis, writing and processing thank you letters to donors, and assisting with follow-up reports to donors as needed.
  • Coordinate the Building Blocks for New Americans program which may include communicating with donors and case managers across other ACCESS departments, tracking financial information and progress notes, negotiating resource partnerships, and working directly with refugee clients.
  • Assist with developing and implementing proactive strategies for CAAP’s fundraising and donor outreach activities. Involves research, writing letters, fact sheets, and other materials; and responding to inquiries.
  • Assist with maintaining relationships and correspondence with donors and prospects, including donor acknowledgement and recognition.
  • Assist in coordinating special events. May include creating and maintaining attendance lists; coordinating logistics; assisting with follow-up communications, and other tasks as assigned.
  • May assist with researching best practices among community foundations and non-profits.
  • May assist with the writing, editing and submission of grant proposals.
  • Promoting the mission and message of the Center for Arab American Philanthropy to businesses, corporations, and individuals.
  • Working with the CAAP team on other projects as needed.

Knowledge of:

  • Intermediate concepts, principles and practices of fundraising/development.
  • Donor relations and stewardship.

Skill in:

  • Operating standard office equipment and using required software applications, including Microsoft Office Suite (Publisher).
  • Operating Raiser’s Edge and DonorFirst database system helpful.
  • Grantmaking Initiative protocols & procedures.
  • Grantmaking and donor-advised fund procedures.

Ability to:

  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Organize and prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • Work independently as well as collaboratively within a team environment
  • Detail-oriented
  • Incite enthusiasm and influence, motivate and persuade others to achieve desired outcomes
  • Partner with other functional areas to accomplish objectives
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships

Educational/Previous Experience Requirements

Minimum Degree Required: Bachelor’s Degree

Required Disciplines:

  • Communications, marketing, business, education or a related field, and;
  • At least one or more years experience in communications, marketing, and social media a plus. Some experience working with youth is helpful or any equivalent combination of experience, education, and/or training approved by Human Resources.
Hiring Organization: 
Center for Arab-American Philanthropy
Program Generalist
City and State: 
Dearborn MI

ACCESS is an equal opportunity employer and program administrator committed to a culturally diverse workforce. Opportunities for employment and advancement will be available on a non-discriminatory basis – without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, handicap or veteran status.