Development and Communications Manager (SW)

From volunteer projects to nonprofit board training, Seattle Works connects individuals, companies, and teams to their community and to one another. Seattle Works was recently honored by Advancement NW and the Association of Fundraising Professionals as our region’s Outstanding Philanthropic Organization. We believe that people are motivated to serve their community and we are committed to helping them plug-in.

We are proud of our important role in Seattle and are looking to add someone to the team who is experienced with event management, donor stewardship, communications, and who is highly organized. The ideal candidate should succeed at:  orchestrating great events, maintaining impeccable attention to detail, being a masterful communicator, and building strong relationships with donors. When you’re not leading awesome events, stewarding donors, and keeping our data in order, you will support other Seattle Works programs & activities, such as hands-on volunteer projects (painting, weeding, and everything in between). The ideal candidate is open to and thrives in an all-hands on deck team culture.


The Development and Communications Manager is responsible for:

  1. Planning and implementing our annual auction and gala and other fundraising events
  2. Building and stewarding relationships with donors, including recruiting a diverse donor pool to strive for an equitable and inclusive donor base
  3. Managing donor data, ensuring that all information in documented in a timely manner and that no information falls through the cracks
  4. Leading communications strategy and creation of social media content and marketing materials

This position will serve as a key member of a highly collaborative staff team. Seattle Works is a friendly and dynamic organization with high expectations for staff to work in partnership with each other and with volunteers to deliver results.


Lead planning and execution of Swank, our annual auction & gala

  • Develop and implement event production plan for an auction and gala with 400 attendees, including all vendor coordination, event logistics, and program development
  • Drive audience development and ensure an excellent guest and sponsor experience at the event
  • Manage Swank Committee’s volunteer-led activities around procurement, event design, and audience development
  • Develop all communications materials for the event, including copy for auction catalog
  • Lead data entry and guest reports for online auction software
  • Manage event logistics the night of the event

Coordinate Seattle Works Day communication, sponsor team management, and after party

  • Lead after party planning and coordinate planning with program staff lead
  • Cultivate and recruit sponsors, acting as the primary relationship manager for sponsored teams
  • Build a multi-platform communications strategy to market the event amongst direct service partners, participants, vendors, sponsors, and other key stakeholders
  • Coordinate vendors and in-kind donations and any necessary pick-up and delivery logistics

Steward corporate engagement and relationships

  • Act as primary contact for portfolio of current corporate partners and executing outreach to new corporate partners
  • Champion our value of building a diverse and welcoming community with our corporate partners
  • Solicit and steward sponsors for Seattle Works Day and Swank
  • Build and sustain a year-round corporate sponsorship program that has several programmatic and event touch-points
  • Collaborate with Program Team to coordinate and staff tabling and outreach appearances at corporate partner volunteer fairs

Oversee individual giving program

  • Manage individual giving programs, with a focus on the peer-to-peer online annual campaign, board giving, and event donations
  • Recruit and steward a diverse donor pool to strive for an equitable and inclusive donor network
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, staff, and Resource Development Committee to steward donor relationships
  • Work with Resource Development Committee to prepare online and social media appeals and track progress on goals
  • Provide excellent customer service for donors and respond promptly to all inquiries
  • Maintain accurate and complete development and donor data

Lead Seattle Works’ communications strategy and activities

  • Lead organizational communications strategy with emphasis on social media and email campaigns
  • Serve as Seattle Works’ primary writer, producing e-newsletters, web content, marketing materials, grant materials, website content, and regular social media content
  • Support staff in ensuring all programs and events are well publicized, meet participation goals and that communications reflect the Seattle Works brand
  • Use social media data and analytics to make key-decisions about communications and outreach priorities and strategies
  • Collaborate with graphic designer to build a comprehensive graphics suite for events and additional marketing materials as needed
  • Manage board Communications Committee

Other duties as assigned.


Required Knowledge, Experience, and Skills

  • Understanding of systemic racism and willingness to engage in equity conversations
  • Lived and/or professional experience that will help Seattle Works live our value of building a diverse and welcoming community, specifically with regards to our donor base
  • Strong event, project management, and planning skills and experience
  • Understanding of fundraising tools, strategies, and activities
  • Proven track record of excellent customer service and strong relationship building
  • Clear understanding of the core concepts of marketing and a high level of familiarity with social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn)
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • High level of dependability and reliability
  • Experience working with CRM databases or willingness and ability to learn new technology
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with staff team, community & business partners, board members, volunteers, and program participants in an evolving and growing organization
  • Open to working approximately 5 Saturdays throughout the year and some evenings as needed, with advanced notice

Preferred Knowledge and Experience

  • Planning and execution of nonprofit auctions and galas
  • Individual major gift solicitations
  • Crowdfunding campaigns
  • Experience with the following software and applications is a plus:
    • Salesforce, especially HandsOn Connect and Click & Pledge apps
    • Microsoft Office
    • Google Apps
    • Design tools
    • Greater Giving event software


The starting salary is $50,000 per year.

Seattle Works maintains a friendly and flexible work environment. We understand that employees are people first -- with families, pets, and personal lives; as such we seek to offer a supportive work environment that values the employee as a whole person.

Seattle Works offers the following benefits:

  • 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance
  • $125/month technology stipend
  • 100% employer-paid ORCA pass
  • Opportunity to participate in 403b retirement savings plan
  • Four weeks Paid-Time-Off annually
  • Eight paid holidays plus the week between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day
  • Annual professional development budget
  • Ability to work remotely occasionally
  • Eight weeks paid family medical leave, including leave to care for a newborn, adoptive, or foster child


Please submit a cover letter and resume combined into one single .pdf file to [email protected]. Please keep all identifying information (name, address, phone number, email address, etc) to the first page. Finalists will be asked for references.

Your cover letter should speak specifically to your experience with: event management, organizational skills, communications, and relationship building with donors. Your letter should also include a brief statement on how your professional and/or lived experience will contribute to Seattle Works’ value of building a diverse and welcoming community.

The deadline for applications is April 6, 2018. We will contact you if you are invited to an initial

conversation; we cannot commit to responding to inquiries regarding the status of your application.

One of Seattle Works’ core values is that we are building a diverse and welcoming community. People of color and people from underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer.

Our office is located at the Impact Hub inside the historic Masin’s building in Pioneer Square, which houses one of the largest concentrations of social entrepreneurs in the country.

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