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Development and Communications Director
Newark, NJ
Part Time
Posted September 09, 2019
We are seeking a skilled storyteller with the energy and creativity to take our development and
communication efforts to a new level. The ideal candidate will have at least 3 years of experience with nonprofits, and a desire to work part-time (about 20 hours/ week), with anticipation that this position will grow to a full-time position within three years. The Development and Communications Director is responsible for managing our individual giving program, grants portfolio, and steering our overall message and
communications efforts.

Duties and Responsibilities

We’re moving to a space over 4x bigger than our current space during this fiscal year! As we head into this
year of transition, we see this position as a critical part of communicating our vision, impact and excitement.
We are at an important point of evolution for the organization with many opportunities ahead of us to engage
new communities and expand our impact.
Duties and Responsibilities
Annual Fund
Individual Contributions (20%)
 With CEO, create strategies and tools to engage individual donors at $250 level and above, and all
recurring donors
 Oversee donor database (currently E-Tapestry) including, but not limited to, input, tracking, invoicing
of donors
 Design, plan and implement multiyear appeals (including year-end appeals) with solicited initial input
on key messages from appropriate staff and copy/editing review from CEO
 Support fundraising efforts through identification of new donors, cultivation, solicitation), and support
the board fundraising efforts working with board volunteers
 Provide administrative support of fundraising events, as well as provide support in attracting
sponsorships and attendees
Grants (30%)
 Manage private foundation grant writing for the organization, including editing and writing of grant
proposals (duty shared with CEO) to fund special projects, ongoing programs, and general operations
(our current annual grant revenue is $360,000)
 When appropriate, contact foundations to discuss opportunities for submission or proposal status
 Prepare budgets for grant proposals with assistance from the Program Director
 Prepare attachments and coordinate final production of proposals
 Write reports based on foundation guidelines
 Write/track acknowledgements and thank you letters
 Track reporting and submission deadlines
 Create annual grants plan that includes successful submissions, rejected submission and opportunities
for increased foundation support
General Fundraising Financial (5%)
 Develop budgets and monthly spreads for grants, special campaigns, and associated expenses working
with CEO
 Work with bookkeeper as needed to maintain timing and accuracy of pledges and donations
General Communications (40%)
 Create and manage communications plans and update staff on current priorities
 Oversee all mass email communications, working with program staff to implement high-quality,
audience-specific emails
 Develop web content and communications materials, including letters, emails,
fliers, videos, renewal letters, and other materials; work with staff and design
consultants as needed
 Work with blog editor to ensure that content aligns with communications plan
 Report monthly on communications analytics
 Review communications materials generated by other staff members
Biannual Newsletter and Annual Report Editor (5%)
 Edit and write articles and announcements with assistance from other staff members
 Design and layout with input from CEO and Program Director, and coordinate printing
 Coordinate mailing of newsletter and annual report
 Work with design and communications consultants as needed


Natural writer; ability to weave several themes into a master narrative
 Previous experience in development and/or communications for nonprofits ideal
 Culturally responsive and committed to equity
 Strong verbal and written communication
 Experience with social media marketing management systems
 Experience with nonprofit databases
 Strong knowledge and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite; some experience with Adobe Creative
 Very high attention to detail, including accuracy and efficiency
 Excellent time-management skills, including ability to balance multiple and sometimes competing
 Ability to work calmly under pressure as a high-functioning team member
 Proven experience in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, recognizing and stewarding individual and
foundation donors
Additional Requirements
Ability to work 20 hours per week, minimum 3 days/week between the hours of 9am–5pm Eastern, with very
occasional evening or weekend hours (2-3 times each year for special events); work will occur in an office
environment with option for remote work as mutually agreed.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We are committed to the principles of equal opportunity and diversity and to attracting and supporting a staff
and board who represent the rich diversity of the communities we serve. We do not discriminate on the basis
of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran
status, or mental or physical disability.

How To Apply

Application instructions Please send resume, cover letter describing your qualifications, and a recent writing sample (marketing, publicity or development related) with the subject line “[Your Name] – Development and Communications Director” to Due date for initial consideration is 9/16/2019. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.