Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities at the Phoenix CenterThe Phoenix Center’s purpose is to provide a well-integrated, educational and therapeutic program focusing on the development of the whole child and his/her family. We are a special and gifted group of individuals. Our staff creates customized and individualized programs for our students whose learning profile may not be accommodated in other special education settings. The reason we exist is to care for, educate and empower our students and graduates so that they may develop skills which will maximize their adaptation to adulthood. To that end, we regularly look for engaging, energetic, dynamic and skilled people to join our team.

Instructional Paraprofessional – Full and Part Time

An instructional paraprofessional assists the teacher with the planning, implementation, and evaluation of individualized skill acquisition and behavior treatment programs.


  • High School diploma (or equivalent); Associate’s degree preferred
  • Experience working with individuals with autism or special needs
  • Hours are  8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
  • Part time positions are 3 or 4 days per week

Substitute School Nurse

On an as-needed basis, work with the Certified School Nurse to provide health care for students and to maintain health office records, policies and procedures.  Attends class trips to administer medications and attend to well-being of students and staff.


  • Registered in State of NJ
  • BA/BS Nursing
  • CPR Certification
  • Certification in school nursing is preferred

Development Consultant – Part Time (Approximately 20 hours per week)


Develop and implement a strategic vision and written strategic fund development plan for increasing revenues from individuals, civic groups, corporations and foundations.

  • Develop yearly overall funding goal
  • Create overarching strategic goals for the fund development program
  • Set donor retention, increase and leadership giving goals
  • Develop the fund development budget to support the yearly plan
  • Launch formal Planned Giving program
  • Oversee and coordinate the annual fundraising event
  • Oversee and coordinate annual giving campaign, mailings and solicitations.

Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of potential leadership and major gift donors including:

  • Individual donors, and family (or “closely held”) foundations
  • Corporations, including marketing sponsorship, corporate foundations, social responsibility, executive giving
  • Foundation grant writing focused on five-figure+ grants

Support, prepare and strategically deploy the Executive Director with key potential donors from all constituencies.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required; M.B.A. and/or CFRE plus
  • 5+ years’ experience in donor development. Expertise and proven track record in the cultivation, solicitation and closing of corporate, foundation and individual, both major or planned gifts
  • Excellent management, public speaking, writing, and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in Word and Excel required; knowledge of Donor Perfect fundraising software or similar fundraising software/databases helpful
  • Must be willing to travel as needed for donor cultivation and stewardship and events.

To send a resume or get more information for any current or future openings contact Deborah Brandell  Human Resources Manager.

Email: Fax: 973-542-0687

Mail: 16 Monsignor Owens Place, Nutley, NJ 07110

Your resume will be retained in active status for one school year. If your qualifications meet our needs, we will contact you for further information and a possible interview. The Phoenix Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.