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Director of Development & Communications

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Director of Development & Communications

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Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County (Habitat) is seeking to hire an experienced and professional Director of Development & Communications. Habitat brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. In partnership with the community, businesses, faith organizations and individuals, we work towards eliminating substandard housing, establishing housing stability, and creating more equitable opportunities for affordable housing in our neighborhoods.
The Director of Development and Communication is a key storyteller for Habitat whose role is to bring our community closer to the organization, build and steward authentic relationships, and engage and solicit support from individual donors, foundations, and corporations. The Director of Development and Communication leads, collaborates and engages with staff, board, and volunteers towards building and supporting a vibrant and sustainable culture of fundraising. Habitat is seeking a highly organized, dynamic, and innovative leader who can clearly articulate compelling cases for support and develop effective fund development systems and strategies that ensure the growth and long-term sustainability of the organization. The ideal candidate will have a visionary and entrepreneurial approach to their work and be a creative, strategic, and critical thought partner to the Chief Executive Officer in expanding our impact in building housing stability in our communities.

Key Responsibilities:
Donor Stewardship & Fundraising
Build long-lasting transformational (not transactional) relationships with donors by treating them as partners, engaging them how they wish to engage, and asking them to give us their full financial support.
Design and implement a comprehensive development program that will both engage and steward current donors while identifying, researching, cultivating, and soliciting new individual, foundation, and corporation prospects.
Develop, execute, oversee and evaluate overall fundraising activity, cultivation, and solicitation strategies for individual donor, major gift, foundation and corporate prospects.
Develop, implement, and grow the annual giving program through direct mail, matching gifts, monthly giving, online giving and other donor engagement activities.
Oversee the production and distribution of high-quality donor correspondence including cultivation materials, direct mail, solicitation letters, emails, notes and acknowledgement letters that foster donor relationships and enhance confidence in the organization.
Oversee grant writing efforts by initiating and writing proposals as well as working with outside grant writers and program staff. Monitor current grants and ensure that proposals and reports are submitted according to all requirements and deadlines.
Plan and execute annual fundraising event (e.g. Raise the Roof) by recruiting, managing and retaining a volunteer event fundraising committee to grow revenue produced from event year over year.

Community Engagement
Establish long-term partnerships and strengthen existing relationships with community businesses, churches, organizations, individuals, and governing bodies.
Participate in public speaking and outreach opportunities and coordinate media relations to share information about Habitat’s goals and impact in the community.
Oversee marketing and communication efforts including the development of public outreach materials such as print and electronic newsletters, direct mail, annual reports, press releases, free and paid advertising, brochures, social media and web site.
Oversee the planning and execution of recognition, community and fundraising events in coordination with the overall communications plan.
Develop a strategic communications plan that aligns with fundraising and development activities.

Leadership & Management
Build and maintain a culture of philanthropy amongst staff, board, volunteers, and donors.
Recruit, manage and retain a volunteer development committee while fostering a collaborate team culture based on transparent communication and mutual accountability.
Support the development responsibilities of the Chief Executive Officer, which includes focusing and prioritizing the Chief Executive Officer’s development-related time and duties, scheduling meetings with donors, partnering on meetings with donors and more.
Play an integral role in budget development and projections, strategic planning and internal structures and processes as an active member of the Leadership Team.
Prepare reports that evaluate fundraising efforts and outcomes to Chief Executive Officer, Board of Directors, and staff as appropriate.
Ensure that ethical fundraising standards, confidentiality and work quality requirements are met by staff, board and volunteers.

Essential Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree preferred.
A passion and commitment for the mission, values, and goals of Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County.
Have a passion for and finds joy in building strong, long-lasting, and authentic relationships.
Ability to be a creative, strategic, and critical thought partner to the Chief Executive Officer in driving transformative growth of the organization.
Management experience and with an ability to lead, motivate, mentor, and inspire a team while fostering an environment of creativity and professional growth.
Possess a strong foundation of effective nonprofit fundraising systems and methods while continually seeking to improve effectiveness of the position and displaying an on-going commitment to learning and self-improvement.
Proven experience building and growing a comprehensive fund development program along with a demonstrated ability in securing major grants and gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other private funding sources.
Possess a passion for storytelling and have excellent communication skills, including strong listening, written, verbal and presentation skills.
Strong organizational and project management skills with the ability to develop, implement, and maintain organized systems and processes while also being able to manage multiple assignments, meet deadlines and to quickly shift priorities.
Proficiency using donor database management systems, particularly Little Green Light, to manage relationships, track campaigns, and ensure complete, secure, and private donor records.
Technologically proficient using Microsoft Windows, Microsoft 365 Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, SharePoint, Teams), Adobe Acrobat.
Must have reliable access to transportation.
Background check required.

Compensation & Benefits
Salary Position Type: Full Time, Exempt, Salaried
Salary Range: $60,000 - $63,000
Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County provides a comprehensive benefits package including a 403(b) plan with up to 3% employer match, generous vacation/sick leave, 10 paid holidays, medical/dental/vision insurance, life insurance, short/long term disability.

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