Thursday, April 19, 2012

Essex Happenings 4.19.12

Essex Happenings…Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Essex Heritage Spring Meeting

True to its normal tradition, Essex Heritage conducted its spring meeting at a location that allowed our Commissioners and friends of ENHC to attend a meeting at a location not usually available for visits to the general public. Thanks to the generosity of Merrimack College the spring ENHC meeting was held at Cascia Hall on the college campus and we were welcomed to the North Andover campus by College President Christopher Hopey. President Hopey provided all in attendance with information on the growth and expectations in the future for Merrimack College. We were pleased with the college’s participation, and look forward to working with them in the future as our programs match their needs.
From our perspective, it was wonderful that the meeting could be held in the northern section of the Essex Heritage area. The participation was extraordinary and it was a great opportunity to hold a meeting in an area where many friends from the northern section of the region could join us as participants.

Essex Heritage was gratified that Congressman John F. Tierney was able to join our meeting and to offer remarks on the work of the Commission and our youth employment program. Essex Heritage is split between the representation of two congressional districts and in addition to Congressman Tierney, Ms. June Black a senior representative of Congresswoman Tsongas was also present and was an active participant in the meeting.

The meeting was presided over by ENHC President Rich Yagjian and several local elected officials from local communities in the region we serve were in attendance, were introduced and participated in the activities.

John Meserve, President of Merrimack Savings Bank presented the current financial information and an Audit Report for 2011. All of the material was approved.

The Chairman of the Nominating Committee, Sumner Jones of Eastern Bank presented a list of nominees that represent various communities in the region and they were all elected unanimously to a three-year term as Commissioners.

President Yagjian then provided all in attendance with the following list of the financial supporters of Essex Heritage and thanked the many local community companies for their continuing support. That support is much appreciared.

President Yagjian continued by outlining several ENHC programs including personal Membership initiatives, Photo safari’s, the annual photo contest and the Heritage Hero fundraising event in early May. The last two programs are sponsored and supported by Hunts Photo and Video in Malden, where Mr.Yagjian serves as COO.

President Yagjian also reported on several planned ENHC events and urged the attendance of the meeting participants. There will be several events planned over the weeks ahead, and additional information about how to participate in area lectures, and celebrations can be obtained by visiting the Essex Heritage web site at

At that point in the morning, Executive Director, Annie Harris took over the podium and provided the annual spring awards to participants from the region, as is the Commission’s usual practice.

Ms Harris spent several moments providing information on active ENHC programs including the scenic byway, bike and recreational programs in the southern part of the region and a new 50 mile program proposed along the banks of the Merrimack River. Ms. Harris reported on her numerous efforts to impact pending legislation that would impact and improve the mission of Essex Hertitage and other Heritage area’s across the country. She also reported on several upcoming regional events like the 11th annual Trails and Sails event. Two Weekends of walks and water on September 21-23 and 28-30 2012. In addition to the long standing sponsors, TD Bank and Eastern Bank, this year REI has joined the sponsorship team and will be offering bike awards for participation. Please review information on the annual event at

Ms. Harris also reported on festivals scheduled for Lawrence to commemorate the anniversary of the Bread and Roses centennial and North Andover Poetry presentations and a presentation in Danvers related to the Endicott Pear Tree sponsored by Danvers Historical Society and the North Shore Medical Center/Massachusetts Hospital.

The meeting ended with a presentation by the Superintendent of the two National Parks in Essex County. He recounted the work, with the help of Essex Heritage, being accomplished with area youth. The summer work program has been enhanced by a contribution from the TD Bank Foundation that has allowed Essex Heritage and the National Park Service to expand the hiring process. It was also announced by the NPS that they have named long time Friendship staffer Jeremy Bumagin has been named the first ever official skipper of the FRIENDSHIP.

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem

Of the dozens of organizations where I have a personal association the club at the old catholic school on Hawthorne Boulevard has some of the most intense needs to raise funds to support the mission and as such require the efforts of a dedicated Director of Development. In the years of my association the club has employed a number of directors and in a number of situations that individual has been very successful. Right at this moment we are without a director, and are in the market to hire a new Director who would report directly to the Club’s Executive Director with the full support and help of the board of directors. If you or one of your friends has an interest in this valuable community position please contact Joanne Scott at for more information.


Title: Director of Development

Department: Development

Supervisor: Executive Director

FLSA: Exempt

Job Summary: Manage, implement and track success of fundraising efforts including annual campaigns, events, grant-seeking and a planned capital campaign. Identify potential donors and develop individualized cultivation plans. Conduct research into potential grants; write grants. Engage in public relations through writing press releases and other means. Organize events.

Qualifications: A candidate’s total resume will be considered with the following preferred:

Knowledge of:
• Fundraising techniques
• Assessing and utilizing donor database
• Accounting principles as they relate to fundraising issues
• Solicitation of major donors
• Grant research and writing
• Strategic Planning related to fundraising and development planning

Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; Master’s degree preferred

• A minimum of five years’ work experience in relevant fundraising activities including annual and capital campaigns
• A proven track record of accomplishment in this area
• Writing and implementing a Development Plan
• Budget planning and long-range strategic planning
• Conceptualizing, writing and editing grant proposals

Origination Date: March 2012

• Excellent communication skills; speaking, writing, proofreading, editing and presentation
• Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to broadly diverse audiences
• Excellent organizational skills; ability to set priorities and work on multiple projects simultaneously
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Club staff, Board members, volunteers, community groups, and other related agencies; supervise fundraising volunteers
• Ability to maintain confidentiality

Physical and Mental Requirements:
• Ability to maintain a high and dynamic energy level
• Ability to perform multifaceted projects along with day-to-day activities
• Ability to travel within region with a valid driver’s license and car

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Design, implement and oversee a structured development plan, in conjunction with the Executive Director, to include all phases of fundraising, including but not limited to the annual campaign, capital campaign, planned giving, major gifts and endowment campaigns
• Develop marketing campaigns; develop strategic alliances with community leaders, donors and prospects
• Research and identify individual prospects for donor solicitations. Prepare background reports on donor giving and interests
• Cultivate potential prospects, develop proposals for donor consideration, conduct solicitations
• Identify new corporate and private funding sources; represent Club in meetings with potential funding sources
• Collaborate with Club executives and key volunteers to engage them in donor solicitations, based on donor interests, personal relationships, program expertise or other criteria
• Evaluate overall results of donor campaign and recommend modifications or new approaches to support successful achievement of development goals
• Develop, write and submit grant proposals to corporations, private foundations and government agencies
• Increase visibility of Club programs, services and activities and maintain good public relations with donors and prospects
• Develop collaborative partnerships with other youth serving organizations, members, parents, families, fenders.
• Control fundraising expenses related to donor solicitations within budget
• Manage recordkeeping for donations, assuring effective administrative and operational support functions are in place
• Keep current with laws, statutes, BGC materials, etc.
• Drive Club van periodically with or without youth
• Other tasks as assigned

Environment and Working Conditions: Office environment with community outreach


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Employee Signature Date

The above declarations are not intended to be an “all-inclusive” list of duties and responsibilities of the job described, nor are they intended to be such a listing of skills and abilities required to do the job. Rather, they are intended only to describe the general nature of the job.

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