Development & Communications Associate
Schedule: 32 hours/week (Monday – Thursday) Location: Mount Vernon, Washington Salary: $23 - $28 / hour DOE
Position Description and Purpose: We are looking for a strategic and organized team member to join our staff. This is a new position that will play an important role in the Skagit Community Foundation's work to connect people who care to causes that matter. The focus for this new role is to ensure that the strategic goals of SCF are supported through marketing & communications, administrative support, fundraising, grantmaking and community engagement. This position will report to the Executive Director. This position will also be a resource for our Board of Directors in their work. Building strong relationships is essential to our work and this position will help to grow our network through strengthening connections with the community, donors, grantees, business partners and vendors. The job is located at the Foundation’s office in Mount Vernon, WA and requires occasional travel and work outside normal business hours, including some evenings and weekends.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Marketing & Communications: • Assist with developing and implementing a Communications Plan • Support and edit projects, such press releases, newsletters, donor-specific communications and impact reports, etc. • Create promotional materials, such as brochures, forms, flyers, newsletters, etc. • Coordinate and help develop strategies for using social media for fundraising, education, and community outreach • Assist with coordinating advertising, website content, promotion, and search engine optimization
Fundraising & Community Engagement: • Collaborate in creating a fundraising and stewardship plan to engage donors, improve donor retention, and expand individual donor program. • Coordinate annual fundraising projects and timely correspondence with donors • Oversee donor database to ensure accuracy and confidentiality of donor records • Maintain and expand grant funding – grant research, writing and reporting • Assist with organizing events for donor cultivation, education, and stewardship
Grantmaking: • Support the grants due diligence process: scheduling site visits, ensuring grantee follow-up reports are completed to standards, tracking visit notes in database, management of program documents • Manage grantee/contractor contact records and activities in grants database; ensuring information is current and correct • Assistance with grantmaking meetings with set-up, summarizations, donor-advisor intentions, note-taking for grant application determinations • Assist with importing and tracking grant financial data and reporting on an ongoing basis
Administrative Support: • Prepare presentations, reports and correspondence • Conduct research and analysis on an ad hoc basis as requested to assist the Executive Director • Provide project management support for programs, events and initiatives • Administrative/clerical projects and other duties as assigned
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Business, Human Services or a related field; or at least 5 years of relevant work experience • Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative style • Experience with project management/office management • Excellent computer skills and proficiency in Excel, Word, and Outlook. • Some experience with email marketing platforms (Mailchimp a plus) • Some familiarity with website platforms (Word Press, Squarespace, etc.) a plus • Some familiarity with print design (Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator) a plus • Fundraising experience a plus • Experience coordinating fundraising and/or community events a plus • Experience with public speaking and/or community relations a plus
SKILLS: • Excellent interpersonal skills: the ability to interact and build relationships with diverse audiences, listen thoughtfully, and engage people in our mission • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally – written and orally • A sense of humor and the ability to think creatively • Highly detail oriented and ability to problem solve • Ability to work independently, prioritize your tasks and ask for guidance when needed • Ability to maintain internal and external confidentiality Please click here to submit your cover letter, resume, and three professional references. Your cover letter should share why you are interested in working at Skagit Community Foundation and what assets and skills you would bring to this position.
Send any questions via email to Maddy MacKenzie, Executive Director at email@example.com.