Communities In Schools of Putnam County, Inc

POSITION TITLE:                     Director of Development & Communications

EMPLOYMENT TYPE:              Full-Time Exempt

HOURS:                                    Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm, occasional evening and weekends

REPORTS TO:                          Executive Director

BENEFITS:                               Medical/dental/vision, paid vacation, sick time, holidays, mileage reimbursement

ANNUAL SALARY:                  $55,000 – $65,000 depending on experience

About the Organization:

Communities In Schools of Tacoma (CIST) is seeking a strong Director of Development & Communications to help us achieve our mission to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. We are a dropout prevention organization that works directly in schools, helping students overcome barriers and build relationships that support student success.

Position Summary:

The Director of Development & Communications is responsible for developing and implementing plans that provide the organization the necessary resources to achieve strategic goals. This position is responsible for securing the resources needed to sustain and scale up services by working closely with individuals, businesses, foundations and government agencies to develop necessary and desired relationships, executing events that achieve fundraising goals, and building a strong communications strategy. The successful candidate will bring a positive and caring attitude, growth mindset, strong work ethic, and ability to interact with a wide range of people sharing your passion for the organization’s mission.


Fund Development:

  • Develop, implement, lead and evaluate strategies and plans to sustain and increase funding through corporate and individual giving, foundation and government grants, and special events.
  • Plan, lead and execute annual fundraising and in-kind donation events.
  • Manage gift acknowledgement process for corporate, individual, and in-kind contributions with the Operations Manager.
  • Track relationships and engagement in donor database.
  • Evaluate and analyze all resource development efforts and develop appropriate strategies to address and advance results.
  • Monitor major changes in the marketplace, both philanthropic and economic, and provide strategic direction based on that information.
  • Prepare grant products that meet the philanthropic interests of organizational donors and sponsors.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director in coordinating and reporting on resource development activities and strategies.
  • Engage staff and Board members in donor stewardship.
  • Prepare fundraising reports for monthly board meetings.

Communications & Community Engagement

  • Develop internal and external communications strategies across all mediums (print, social media, newsletters, website, earned media/public relations, and speaking).
  • Develop regular touchpoints for donors and community members to keep supporters engaged and informed on what CIS Tacoma is doing, including marketing messages and campaign materials for effectively communicating call to action campaigns.
  • Serve as a key spokesperson for the organization via conversations with corporate donors, presentations, governmental agencies and board members.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field and/or three to five years’ relevant workplace experience in fundraising field, or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Experience and working knowledge of nonprofit operations.
  • Commitment to social justice and promoting equity and inclusion for all students and families regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender/sexual orientation, religion or disability.
  • Strong initiative and self-motivated; demonstrated ability to manage time and set priorities independently.
  • Strong relationship building skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills, including public speaking and presentations.
  • High degree of professional integrity to deal ethically with confidential information.
  • Experience with cloud-based donor management systems, preferably Little Green Light.
  • Team player with strong project management skills to achieve goals.
  • Strong computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and cloud-based data storage.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Established contacts with various corporations, foundations and governmental agencies in the local area.


Must pass a criminal background check, provide two references, have reliable transportation, and possess a valid driver’s license, and ability to lift up to 30 pounds.

COVID-19 & Teleworking:

The Director of Development & Communications position is performed primarily on-site at the CIS Central Office, with some local travel required. In accordance with Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1, all Tacoma Public Schools employees and contractors are required to be fully vaccinated by October 18. Communities In Schools of Tacoma will continue to comply with this proclamation and any future guidance provided by local and state health officials. In the event that school buildings are ordered to be closed, the work in this role may also move (fully or partially) to online platforms and tele-working. When schools are reopened, and in alignment with appropriate health and safety precautions, work will resume fully on-site at the CIS Central Office.

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. 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.

Application Instructions

TO APPLY: CIST is an equal opportunity employer. We are seeking to recruit a diverse candidate group in keeping with our beliefs and the diversity of those we serve. Open until filled; applications submitted prior to November 24, 2021 will be prioritized. Candidates selected for the position must pass FBI fingerprinting and Washington State Patrol background checks. Candidates are asked to submit their application package by email to, with “Development Director Application” in the subject line. Your application package should include:
  • A completed CIST job application and background check form
  • A cover letter describing why your experience has prepared you to succeed in the position. The successful candidate will, among other things, be able to demonstrate a passion for the mission CIST, and articulate the connection between their experience and requirements of the position.
  • Your resume.