Development Director (THS)


Town Hall Seattle seeks a Development Director to plan, direct and grow its annual development efforts in close collaboration with development team, executive leadership and the Board of Directors. Town Hall’s many program areas (arts, science, civics, literature, and family programs) have enabled a wide, and growing, range of funding relationships. In addition to annual operations, Town Hall is in the midst of an exciting campaign to fund the renovation of our 100-year-old building. The position offers an excellent opportunity for a mid-career development professional interested in assuming a leadership role, or for a seasoned development officer with a desire to build capacity in a small (<$2 Million annual budget) organization.

Position Description

Reporting to the Advancement Director, the Development Director is a full-time position charged with overseeing and growing Town Hall’s comprehensive contributed income program, which currently raises more than $1 million annually. The program secures gifts through special events, membership, major gifts, grants, and sponsorships. In addition, this position will work in close coordination with the Advancement Director on leading coordination between the Capital Campaign and the Annual Fund.

Key responsibilities include: annual development planning and budgeting, implementation and maintenance of development systems, corporate sponsorships, special events, and team management and mentoring, including an Institutional Giving Manager and the Individual Giving Manager (who in turn supervises a Membership Manager and Development Associate). The Development Director serves as the staff liaison to the board’s Development & Special Event Committee and sits on the Finance Committee. Partnering with the Program Director, General Manager, Marketing & Communications Director and other colleagues on our team of 20 is critical for success.

Primary Responsibilities


Individual Giving

  • Supervise the Individual Giving program, working as a strategic partner and mentor to the Individual Giving Manager.
  • Direct donor communications and stewardship. May include annual report, prospect research and database management.
  • Lead budgeting, goals, strategy and execution, working closely with the Individual Giving Manager, who manages a program of events designed to steward and grow our Town Founders Circle ($1,000+) and Premier level members ($250-999), and oversees the Membership Manager, who has responsibility for Annual Fund and General membership (<$250).
  • Partner with Advancement Director to lead the annual Board giving campaign In collaboration with Board leadership.
  • Partner with Individual Giving Manager on developing and marketing a new a planned giving program. 

Institutional Giving

  • Supervise the Institutional Giving Manager and oversee a comprehensive program (working closely with the Institutional Giving Manager) to secure new and renewed support from corporate, government and foundation sources to fund general operations, Town-Hall produced programs, and special projects/initiatives.
  • Ensure compliance with grant terms, conditions, and reporting requirements.
  • Build and manage relationships with funders in collaboration with Executive Director.
    • Partner with Institutional Giving Manager on expanding and executing program sponsorship program.

Special Events

  • Lead Talk of the Town, Town Hall’s annual fundraiser.
    • Working with the development team and an event contractor lead Town Hall's annual fundraiser, Talk of the Town, including securing corporate sponsorships, leading the Talk of the Town Task Force, budget maintenance, and all other project management aspects of this event.
    • Oversee department wide stewardship strategy and events, led by various team members, including receptions, house parties, annual Director’s Dinner, and other opportunities as presented.

Capital Campaign

  • Collaborate with Advancement Director and Capital Campaign Manager on strategy and operations as needed.
  • Co-manage Capital Campaign Manager. 

Planning, Budgeting, and Systems

  • Participate in organization-wide strategic planning, budgeting and program development with Executive Director, General Manager, Advancement Director, board volunteers and fundraising counsel.
  • Evaluate progress toward goals; prepare periodic reports for the Board, and recommend changes or additions to the plans, as needed.
  • Champion and lead department‘s commitment to SalesForce.
  • Lead Department team meetings.
  • Attend Board meetings, as required.
  • Responsible for the organization’s Annual Report
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Advanced Degree preferred. BA/BS degree and minimum five years broad-based fund development experience.  Capital campaign experience preferred plus.
  • Experience managing annual giving, individual giving or membership campaign strongly preferred.  Experience with grants and institutional giving preferred.
  • Prior experience managing development staff preferred.
  • Proficiency in MS Office and Salesforce for nonprofits.
  • Knowledge of Seattle donor base and philanthropic community.
  • Ability to efficiently organize, prioritize work and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated success in working with nonprofit boards and developing relationships with donors. Proven ability to coordinate with other management staff and consultants.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; finely developed interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to adapt successfully to multiple tasks that occur in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Highly energetic and self-motivated; ability to work as an individual or as a team.
  • Comfortable working in a small office environment.


  • Salary: DOE
  • Position is full-time (40 hours/week); ability to work flexible hours; occasional evenings and weekends, as needed.
  • Benefits package includes fully-paid medical and dental insurance, fully subsidized bus pass, and matched 403(b) plan. Generous vacation, sick leave, and holidays.

To Apply

Send cover letter, resume, writing sample and three professional references to: Email: [email protected]

Resumes requested by July 6, 2016, but position will remain open until filled.

Reflecting the creativity and concerns of our region, Town Hall’s program aspires to host the broadest possible range of voices and interests. Diversity within the organization’s staff advances our mission and work. Consequently, Town Hall supports the goals of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action as essential to its institutional values, and to a democratic and pluralistic society. 

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