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Communication and Development Director

Website Communities In Schools of Whatcom-Skagit

Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.


Communities In Schools of Whatcom-Skagit is seeking a dynamic community advocate with exceptional initiative, who has a passion for empowering youth in our region by developing a comprehensive fundraising, communications and sustainability plan that increases resources and opportunities for future community champions to connect and contribute to the organization’s mission and vision. The strong candidate will have proven ability to steer the delivery of an active and thoughtful calendar of fundraising and communications throughout the Academic Year (September – June) and through Summer by coordinating and delivering the agency’s BookMobile Program.


Location:                                 Hybrid – (Main Office Downtown Bellingham and Remote)

Reports to:                                CIS of Whatcom-Skagit Leadership & Stewarding Team

Hours:                                     FT – 40 Hours/week. Occasional weekend and/or evening work included.

Wage:                                      $19.00 – $21.00 hourly (non-exempt); DOE

Benefits:                                  Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance offered; Vacation; Sick Time, & Holidays. Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Supervision:                            This position does not supervise other CIS staff but might supervise community and/or business volunteers through select events.


As part of an expansion of services and capacity building efforts to scale up organizational impact in our region, Communities In Schools of Whatcom-Skagit is currently seeking a Communications & Development Director to oversee our donor relations program and manage our “brandraising” and fundraising initiatives. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing our fundraising campaigns, communicating with current and prospective donors, and building a stronger development team across the organization. This position involves managing individual and corporate gifts as well as planned and annual giving campaigns. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in non-profit communications, fundraising and development campaigns, along with a deep understanding of social media, community building, youth development, and education.


Covid-19 Protocols:
Per current Washington State guidelines, and as a matter of personal, family, and community health, all CIS of Whatcom-Skagit employees are expected to be fully vaccinated and/or boosted against Covid-19.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:


·       Develop and oversee the agency’s annual fundraising program, which includes goals for financial and in-kind contributions

·       Identify prospective individual and corporate donors and develop strategies to cultivate those relationships

·       Maintain ongoing communications with private and corporate donors

·       Research donor relation programs at local, state and federal institutions (arts, education, community building, etc.)

·       Ensure timely and accurate report deliveries to funders

·       Work in collaboration with the agency’s Leadership & Stewarding Team (Senior Program Manager, Expansion Program Manager, and the Executive Director) in developing the agency’s annual report

·       Assist the Executive Director in developing reports to the Board of Directors regarding key financial data and fundraising progress

·       Assist the Executive Director with Board development and Board engagement through the Board’s fundraising committee

·       Co-lead the grant writing process with the Executive Director by prospecting, drafting and co-editing grant applications

·       Assist in maintaining the agency’s website and other social media platforms to engage current stake holders and prospective funders

·       Develop communication materials & presentations with and for the CIS Team, aimed at engaging and mobilizing different community audiences

·       Coordinate and attend speaking events

·       Collaborate with the CIS Team to identify opportunities to establish and/or enhance CIS’s brand as a strategy for resource development

·       Collaborate with the CIS Team on the coordination, management and execution of fundraising events and donor receptions, such as the “CIS Youth Speaks Poetry Festival” or “CIS’s Music Festival”

·       Develop swag, print or online marketing collateral related to fundraising or brandraising campaigns in collaboration with Site Coordinators and the Executive Director

·       Develop a strategy with the CIS Team to address fundraising priorities and develop skills among staff to achieve the goal of the annual fundraising plan

·       Maintain accurate donor records through Little Green Light and internal reporting and donor tracking systems

·       Other duties as assigned


Skills and Qualifications


·       Bachelor’s Degree (or High School, plus equivalent years of experience) in marketing,  communications or resource development/related field

·       5+ years of combined experience in fundraising, youth development, and community building & networking

·       Experience in branding, communication and/or marketing campaigns

·       Foundation relationship and grant writing experience

·       Experience designing, coordinating and implementing fundraising and “brandraising” individual and community events

·       Experience with Board of Directors relations and Board development

·       Familiarity with Little Green Light or similar fundraising software and tools

·       Deft knowledge of Microsoft Office suite

·       Highly accountable, organized and positive Team member

·       Compelling capacity to mobilize teams in supporting fundraising activities, agency events, and annual branding campaigns

·       Excellent written, interpersonal and verbal communication skills capable of engaging multiple audiences through presentations, website content, social media, and/or speaking engagements.



To apply please send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references addressed to: Ario Salazar, at Applications accepted until the position is filled.


Communities In Schools of Whatcom-Skagit is an equal opportunity employer. No applicant will be discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, sex/gender, familial status, disability or religion. The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility; however, they should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods, or to otherwise balance the workload. Work can involve extensive times sitting at a desk and working with a computer, monitor, keyboard and mouse. The successful applicant must also have a valid driver’s license, auto insurance, and pass required background checks. This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee and is subject to change as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job may change.


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