Development and Operations Assistant, Philadelphia, Summer Search National

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Development and Operations Assistant, Philadelphia, Summer Search National
Posted on: March 26, 2014


Summer Search is a dynamic, national nonprofit organization that identifies resilient low-income high school students and inspires them to become responsible and altruistic leaders. Through year-round mentoring, life-changing summer experiences, college advising, and a lasting alumni support network, students are supported to matriculate to and graduate from college while also learning the importance of giving back. Summer Search started in 1990 in San Francisco and has expanded to serve students in North San Francisco Bay and Silicon Valley, Boston, New York, Seattle and Philadelphia.

Summer Search has a proven program model where 100% of our low-income students graduate from high school compared to 50% of their low-income peers. Ninety-five percent of Summer Search students go on to college, and while 11% of low-income students will earn a college degree nationwide, 90% of Summer Search college students are on track to graduate and earn their degree. Becoming part of the Summer Search team means making a difference in the lives of young people.

In the past five years, the organization has more than doubled the students served as a result of a successful national growth campaign. Today, the organization is in the early stages of implementing a five-year strategic growth plan to significantly scale its programs and further advance Summer Search as a force in the education and youth development fields. Specifically, Summer Search is poised to grow to serve 3,500 program participants and 4,500 alumni by 2017. For more information about our organization, please visit our website at


The Development and Operations Assistant manages the front desk while providing general administrative support and a wide variety of project support, particularly to the development team. This is an excellent opportunity to gain exposure to the many elements of a successful, fast-growing non-profit organization.


  • Answers the general phone line, directs calls and takes messages.
  • Greets office visitors and directs them as appropriate.
  • Maintains office equipment, supplies, and space, including requesting technicians, coordinating IT support, and keeping office stocked and organized.
  • Manages day-to-day activities such as incoming and outgoing mail.
  • Processes invoices, check requests, and reimbursements.
  • Assists development staff with a wide variety of tasks including event logistics and follow up, mailings, marketing and communications, data entry, grant writing and special projects.
  • Assists program staff with a variety of high-level tasks including student event logistics and follow up, student and parent mailings, and special projects.

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