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The Hadley School for the Blind is in compliance with all requirements pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and all equal employment opportunity laws. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, sexual orientation or national origin in its activities, programs or employment policies, in accordance with Federal, State and local laws.

The following position is now open at Hadley — November 18, 2014

Student Services Representative/Switchboard Relief

Reports to:
Director, Student Services

Meets the demands of the Student Services Department by providing support services to Hadley students and callers.

Functions and Percentage of Time:

  1. Completes the data entry needs of the department in a timely manner. 45%
    • Processes enrollment applications (paper and electronic)
    • Processes course enrollments
    • Processes library requests to ensure the receipt of the correct shipments
    • Updates student records as needed
    • Sorts & distributes mail
    • Prints transcripts
    • Completes Student Store orders
    • Processes manual FERPA information for specific media
    • Maintains count of paper applications received
    • Conducts monthly call backs for stalled students
  2. Answers Student Services direct phone line to provide courteous and informed one-on-one assistance to current and prospective students. 20%
  3. Provides switchboard relief for daily lunch hour and when receptionist is out. 20%
  4. Corresponds with students via e-mail, phone or in writing in order to respond to their Student Services needs. 10%
  5. Carries out all duties assigned to achieve organizational goals. 5%

Skills Needed:


Qualified applicants please send cover letter and resume to:
Jacqueline Sabian
Director, Employee & Community Relations
by December 1, 2014.

No phone calls please.

The following position is now open at Hadley — November 18, 2014

Part-Time Development Associate (up to 25 hours per week; on-site)

Reports to:
Chief Philanthropy Officer

Processes gifts and provides business office with information for month-end reports and audits as requested. Maintains donor/prospect database. Conducts prospect research on current and potential donors as needed. Supports donor solicitation and stewardship. Coordinates mailings of donor newsletters and special direct mail campaigns. Assists with preparations for committee meetings. Assists with administrative support for the Hadley Woman's Board. Performs switchboard relief as needed.

Functions and Percentage of Time:

  1. Gift processing, including ongoing data entry of checks and credit card donations and preparation of donor receipts and acknowledgement letters. Tracking donations in database including matching gifts, tributes and memorials. Preparing reports for Business Office such as month-end close and audits. 30%
  2. Updating database, working with Raiser's Edge consultant, running queries, lists and reports in Raiser's Edge to support development functions such as mailings, events and prospect research. Entering notes and actions into database on behalf of staff. Maintaining accurate and up-to-date donor records in database, including merging records, eliminating duplicates, keeping addresses and salutations up to date and working with volunteer assigned to database activities. 30%
  3. Assisting with the planning and implementation of donor and stewardship activities including events; managing advance and day of logistics and details; preparing invitations for mailing (lists/labels), and handling RSVPs and follow up calls. Sending out thank you notes and follow-up letters as requested. Other stewardship as appropriate including updating donor wall and annual honor roll. 15%
  4. Supporting donor cultivation and solicitation efforts, including meeting/donor visit preparation and follow-up. 10%
  5. Coordinating mailings of donor newsletters, any special direct mail campaigns (such as annual fund and planned giving) and the Woman's Board. Preparation of Woman's Board Directory. 10%
  6. Assisting with miscellaneous administrative duties such as helping to prepare for Development and Communications Committee meetings. Processing purchase orders. Serving on Hadley phone switchboard as needed. Attending weekly staff meetings. Other administrative tasks as requested. 5%


Position begins January 16, 2015

Part-time position; does not include benefits
Qualified applicants please send cover letter and resume to:
Jacqueline Sabian
Director, Employee & Community Relations
by November 21, 2014.

No phone calls please.

Volunteers Needed: Switchboard Relief

Varied days/hours. Will train.

Contact Jacqueline Sabian at 847-784-2762 or M-F, 8:30 to 5:00