Organization HomePlate Youth Services
Position Director of Development & Communications
Status Full Time Salaried Position
Reports to Executive Director
Direct Reports Development Associate, Grants Associate and one contract Grant Writer
Salary Range $75,000-$90,000
Position Closes Open until filled. Initial application deadline is March 24th.
HomePlate has an organizational commitment to equity and inclusion, and to ensure that programs and staff culture are equitable in both access and outcomes regardless of race, ethnicity, faith, culture, language, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or family status. HomePlate is committed to pursuing effective strategies and devoting dedicated time and resources at every level of the organization to address disparities based on identity and to apply an equity lens to all decisions, programs, and policies.
Why work with us?
We are committed to equitable and anti-racist practices. Staff and Board participate in training and we have quarterly readings and discussions on aligned topics. As HomePlate continues to evolve, we operationalize equitable and anti-racist practices. Our staff participate in two retreats per year, visioning in Spring and strategic planning in Fall. We have a deep appreciation for our team members and show it by celebrating staff birthdays and anniversaries, hosting a fun retreat in the summer, and making the time to connect on a human-to-human level at the beginning of every meeting. We also provide a comprehensive benefits package including employer paid medical (79%) and dental benefits for employee (100%) and 50% covered for dependents, $500 health reimbursement arrangement, short-term disability policy; 20 days of PTO, 8 paid holidays, paid parental leave, and paid sabbatical leave, professional development opportunities, and a flexible work schedule.
The overall responsibility of the Director of Development & Communications is to develop and lead a fundraising and communications strategy that will provide the resources necessary for HomePlate to achieve its mission.
Areas of responsibility include but are not limited to:
- Annual creation of the fundraising strategy and plan including lines of revenue from the annual fund, major gifts, corporate sponsorship, foundation grants, and government grants.
- Along with the Executive Director, play a leading role in stewarding donors
- Develop and monitor fundraising project budgets
- Manage and delegate responsibility to the Development Associate and Grants Associate
- Support the Development Committee in their role(s) in executing the development plan.
- Strategically deploy the Executive Director in development efforts.
- Partner with and manage the contract grant writer, providing budgets, program materials, and organizational data to meet grant application and reporting deadlines.
- Implement and enhance Community Marketing and Media Plan which includes press releases, placement of feature stories, and an annual schedule of activities.
- Create content for and oversee the newsletter and social media.
- Build relationships with local media.
- Produce the annual report, including collection of necessary data throughout the year.
- Lead the creation of “case for support” messaging.
- Maintain donor database, including continual work to achieve clean data, automated revenue reporting and more streamlined gift processing procedures
- Maintain website edits and updates
- Create and/or work with contracted graphic designer for printed marketing materials-including branding training for new staff and creation of new branded documents for all teams.
- Integral part of the leadership team.
- Participate in and occasionally lead staff meetings.
- The ideal candidate will be a thought partner to the Executive Director.
- Commitment to the mission of HomePlate Youth Services.
- Demonstrates commitment to ongoing equity and anti-racist work both personally and professionally. Operationalizes equity and anti-racist practices.
- High degree of emotional intelligence.
- Supervise and mentor growth of direct reports.
Preference of experience in the following:
- Overseeing and implementing a development program with funding from annual fund donors, lead donors, corporations, foundation grants, and government grants.
- Setting and achieving fundraising and stewardship goals.
- Establishing trusting relationships with lead donors and volunteers.
- Donor portfolio management.
- Developing and tracking department and project budgets.
- Using data to measure fundraising program performance and identify fundraising opportunities.
- Creating compelling donor communications and stewardship messaging.
- Developing relationships with local media outlets, writing press releases, and speaking on behalf of the organization.
- Managing staff including providing coaching and support, communicating clear expectations, and addressing issues quickly and compassionately.
- Using a CRM to track all donor contacts, gifts, and communications.
- Experience working for an organization that uses an equity filter for decision making and employs anti-racist tactics and practices.
- Experience teaching others how to fundraise.
- Highly ethical; adheres to the
- Able to respond to difficult, sometimes confrontational questions or statements, in an egalitarian and non-judgmental manner.
- Software savvy. Comfortable using and learning new systems.
- Adept at both traditional and innovative fundraising campaign vehicles.
- Comfortable with public speaking – both impromptu and prepared.
- Strong interpersonal, communication, planning and organizational skills
- Excellent professional writer who is able to quickly turn around quality material.
- Interest in both teaching and learning from others.
- The innate ability to “meet people where they are”, whether youth in houseless situations, staff, volunteers, Board members or potential major donors.
Pay and Benefits
Salary: $75,000-90,000 annually
Employer paid medical (90%) and dental benefits for employee (100%) and 50% covered for dependents, $500 health reimbursement arrangement, short-term disability policy; starting at 20 days of PTO, 8 paid holidays, SIMPLE IRA Retirement with 100% employer match up to 3% of salary, paid parental leave, and paid sabbatical leave, professional development opportunities, and a flexible work schedule.
HomePlate is committed to providing a safe workplace for our staff and to serve as a positive force in ending the COVID 19 pandemic. We believe that requiring vaccinations as a term of your employment serves this commitment. All employees are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or qualification for a medical or religious exemption. By applying for this position, you represent you meet these job requirements. Failure to do so will disqualify you from employment.
HomePlate values diversity in its workforce and is an equal opportunity employer. QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenuous, People of color) and/or those with lived experience are encouraged to apply.
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