Job Listing: Director of Development & Communications
School’s Out Washington (SOWA) is an independent 501c3 organization serving the field of afterschool and youth development (AYD) throughout Washington State. School’s Out Washington is dedicated to building community systems to support quality afterschool, youth development and summer programs for Washington’s children and youth ages 5 to young adulthood.
School’s Out Washington (SOWA) is seeking a strategic and experienced fundraiser to join our leadership team as our Director of Development and Communications. SOWA is in a dynamic period of growth and transformation and is well positioned to expand our reach and impact. We need a seasoned fundraiser and strong communicator to help us realize the potential of this moment, thereby shifting systems serving young people toward greater opportunity and equity.
Washington state has experienced growing interest among public and institutional donors in building systems of support for expanded learning opportunities. SOWA has pro-actively re-envisioned our development strategy to a focus primarily on private foundations, major donors, and public agencies. Our Director will lead the expansion of this strategy, while also guiding our communications strategy focused on building transparency and engagement of expanded learning providers, youth, and families. SOWA will also build on our peer role as a funder and our systems level expertise on expanded learning to drive a development strategy that includes a robust funder education program, supporting funders to become more effective in advancing equity and youth outcomes through their investment in quality expanded learning opportunities. Our next development leader will bring the drive and expertise to realize this strategic vision.
Reports to: Chief Executive Officer
Location: 801 23rd Avenue South, Seattle, Washington
Resource Development and Planning
- Develop and implement a fundraising plan in partnership with CEO & Board, building short and long term strategies to meet identified goals.
- In partnership with the CEO, develop and implement a new institutional donor education and engagement plan that will support increased, more effective, and more equitable investments into Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) programs and systems.
- Analyze short and long term giving trends and utilize data to inform development strategies and goals.
- Develop, cultivate, solicit, and maintain relationships directly with a caseload of current and prospective corporate and foundation donors, major individual donors, and sponsors, and actively support and coach the CEO, SOWA leadership staff and the board of directors to do the same.
Leadership and Management
- Recruit and supervise a high functioning development and communications team, currently with two direct reports and two part time contractors.
- Lead and oversee the development of strong internal development and communications processes, including oversight Salesforce donor database gift processing and acknowledgements.
- Contribute to the overall organizational strategy and alignment as a member of SOWA’s Leadership Team.
Communications and Marketing
- Work with SOWA’s CEO and external consultants to periodically refresh SOWA’s brand strategy.
- Develop and oversee the implementation of a marketing and communication plan that will strengthen and advance SOWA’s brand and educate providers, funders, policymakers, media and the community at-large about expanded learning opportunities.
- Develop messaging, case statements and external presentation materials for funders.
Our Ideal Candidate
We are looking for an experienced development and communications professional, with leadership experience and demonstrated success cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding gifts and investments from government agencies, private institutions and major donors.
They will be experienced working in partnership with donors and foundations around collective action, and maybe they’ve even worked as a grant maker. They will understand the importance of brand and communications strategy, and work effectively with design consultants and communications staff to implement strong communications that engage a wide audience around a common vision and values.
Our next Director will be a strategic thinker, someone who enjoys translating big ideas into concrete action, with experience designing and leading innovative and effective development plans and campaigns. They will be someone who is skilled at navigating and leading change, including implementing and improving the systems and processes that support a high functioning team.
Their commitment to advancing racial equity and social justice will be evident through their actions. They will bring a strong understanding of structural and systemic oppression, and experience in learning and engaging in challenging conversations around racism with colleagues and partners.
The Director of Development and Communications will also bring considerable experience and skills in development and communication:
- Minimum 5 years of development experience, including at least two years of leadership experience, in broad based fund development, with a strong track record of securing gifts and sponsorships from major donors and foundations;
- Demonstrated success developing outstanding relationships with major donors and foundation program officers; Experience working in partnership with funders on coalitions or as part of the philanthropic sector a plus;
- Strong interpersonal and written and oral communications skills, including comfort networking and proactively building relationships with a broad set of stakeholders internal and external to the organization;
- Strong ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and to plan, prioritize, and delegate tasks and responsibilities;
- Demonstrated leadership in a team setting working with staff, volunteers, and others to accomplish fundraising objectives;
- Demonstrated ability to work independently, maintain self-motivation and persist in the face of obstacles;
- Strong computer literacy skills, including proficiency with donor database software (experience with Salesforce a plus), as well as in Microsoft Word, Publisher, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Our Equity Commitment
School’s Out Washington is an Equal Opportunity Employer. School’s Out Washington has a commitment to addressing racism, sexism, heterosexism and other discriminatory practices and a commitment to working toward racial equity through undoing institutional and structural racism. Women, People of Color, people living with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals are encouraged to apply.
Compensation and Benefits
This is a full-time exempt position reporting to the CEO. The salary range is $80,000 to $94,000, depending on experience. SOWA offers a generous benefits plan including ample paid time off, medical, dental and vision insurance, and a 403b retirement savings plan matched by the organization after their second year of employment.
How to Apply
The full job description can be viewed by clicking here. Interested candidates should apply through our employment portal, which can be accessed here: Apply For This Position. Please upload your resume and cover letter as one document. Cover letters should be no more than two pages and should outline how your professional background, experience, interests and passions specifically correlate to the mission and purpose of School’s Out Washington.
Applications received by 10:00 AM on Monday, November 26th, 2018 will receive full consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted after the best consideration date. However, preferential consideration is given to those resumes submitted by the best consideration date. The announcement will remain posted until the position is filled.