Program Manager & Donor Relations

Seamen's Church Institute - Port Newark, NJ (30+ days ago)

Manager, Christmas at Sea Program and Donor Relations

Founded in 1834, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) promotes the safety, dignity, and improved working environment for the men and women serving in North American and international maritime communities through pastoral care, training, advocacy, and thought leadership.

SCI’s Manager, Christmas at Sea Program and Donor Relations recruits, supervises and supports a national network of knitting volunteers who provide items for 20,000 mariner Christmas gifts in Port Newark and America’s inland river system, while soliciting philanthropic support from this constituency. This full-time position reports to SCI’s Development Director and works from SCI’s Port Newark Seafarers’ Center with weekly visits to SCI’s NYC office.


  • Functions as a core development team member; attends weekly staff meetings; and cultivates, solicits and stewards portfolio of volunteer knitters with targeted goals for Annual Fund and estate-gift notifications;
  • Engages current volunteers and attracts a new generation of knitters via personal outreach, social media, website, newsletters, and brochures in consultation with SCI’s Director of Communications;
  • Works with other SCI staff to recruit churches as Mariner Friendly Churches and onsite Port Newark volunteers;
  • Solicits in-kind toiletry gifts for Christmas at Sea program; maintains partnerships with the wider knitting community, including commercial yarn retailers;
  • Promotes Christmas at Sea program
  • Recruits maritime, church and other organizations to join community service packing days in Port Newark and along the inland river system;
  • Maintains knitter donor records, acknowledgement letters, donor prospects, and outreach documentation in SCI’s Raiser’s Edge database;
  • Makes visits to community and religious organizations within tri-state area and beyond to promote knitting, volunteerism and philanthropy, including various local and national Episcopal Church gatherings.


The ideal candidate combines a strong knowledge of knitting with the ability to develop and nurture donor networks in northern New Jersey, NYC and nationally. A self-motivated college graduate with a record of success in nonprofit development, s/he possesses:

  • outstanding oral, writing, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • experience with a vibrant annual fund program – exposure to planned giving helpful
  • The ability to thrive in a dynamic, mobile nonprofit environment, manage multiple projects and deliver high-quality work with a motivated corps of volunteers.
  • respect for the religious values and cross-cultural realities that drive maritime ministry, while exhibiting the agility and emotional intelligence that contributes to a healthy work culture.
  • a strong working competence with digital asset management, donor databases, social media, and web interface.

SCI offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and comprehensive benefits including 4 weeks of vacation, medical/dental and matching 403(b) plan.

Interested candidates should submit an application with: 1) resume; 2) cover letter; 3) copy of a recent writing sample.

Job Type: Full-time


  • program management: 1 year
  • nonprofit organization fundraising: 1 year
  • knitting: 3 years


  • Bachelor's