Development & Communications Manager



Development & Communications Manager

Employment Type:

Full time


Seattle, WA


$55,000 to $65,000

Application Contact:

Meg Enderby at

Job Description:

Mission & Vision

Social Venture Partners is a philanthropic organization, but we do more than give away money. We connect people who want to give back and the nonprofits that make change possible – cultivating effective philanthropists and strong organizations that deliver greater impact, together.  We believe that a strong social sector is vital to building a region where everyone thrives regardless of income or race. To accomplish this goal, we will lead the next generation of philanthropists to address racial inequities through an evolved approach to philanthropy and nonprofit capacity building.

Over nearly two decades, SVP has worked with more than a thousand philanthropists – transforming how they give and creating ripple effects across our community as more than 70% increase their giving and volunteerism. SVP has supported 100 nonprofits, providing $16 million and more than 35,000 skilled volunteer hours to strengthen these organizations and accelerate collective action. 

Organizational Culture & Office Environment

At our core SVP is committed to unleashing the potential of people and organizations striving to make our world a better place. We lead with questions – knowing we don’t have all the answers. We are keen connectors among people and organizations that share common causes. And above all, we believe that we can make a greater impact together.

Our staff is a small, tight-knit team that is driven by a shared passion for achieving our mission and vision. We are highly adaptive, fun, collaborative, and always willing to “roll up our sleeves” to get stuff done – whether it’s a strategic initiative or cleaning out the fridge. 

We value an environment where every voice counts and staff are empowered to be open and to share their opinions. Differences are honored, and constructive criticism is welcome as we collectively strive to learn and improve. There are times when the work environment is intense, but the tension is easily broken with a good laugh and affectionate ribbing.

Job Description & Key Responsibilities

Responsible for supporting SVP Seattle’s mission through special events, communications/marketing, and partner engagement. This position is the primary staff member responsible for the planning and implementation of the annual communication/marketing efforts and special events designed to ensure donors feel connected to SVP’s mission and inspired to join, invest, and engage.


Responsible for all aspects of the agency and programmatic communications to the Partnership and broader community. 
  • Develop and implement the annual communications plan and editorial calendar (including SVP’s monthly newsletters, blogs, promotional materials, reports, etc.)
  • Source story ideas and photographs to produce/distribute content for newsletters, blogs, and reports
  • Promote events, educational sessions, and volunteer opportunities
  • Optimize, manage, and write content for SVP Seattle’s website
  • Oversee social media strategy, write regular posts, and engage staff in content generation
  • Steward brand consistency and manage contract designer(s) to develop promotional materials
  • Systematize communication efforts to ensure consistent, high quality, and efficient implementation of the editorial calendar

Events and logistics

Responsible for all aspects of special events including, but not limited to; the Fast Pitch Final Showdown, Annual Partner Meeting, and donor cultivation/volunteer appreciation events with the goal of using events to more deeply engage current and potential donors while increasing attendance and associated net revenue.

  • Collaborate with staff to develop SVP’s annual events calendar
  • Manage the execution and logistics of major events including budget management, vendor relations, registration, sponsorship recognition, speaker coordination, volunteer management, and post-event follow-up
  • Lead recruitment efforts of event attendees for large special events and frequent Partner education events. Coordinate with staff and board when appropriate
  • Work with the Events and Office Coordinator to ensure streamlined execution of logistics for on-going Partner education events
  • Support event sponsorship acquisition with the Director of Partner Engagement and volunteer committees
  • Systematize event management to ensure consistent, high quality, and efficient implementation of the annual events calendar

Relationship management

Relationships are at the center of SVP’s work. All staff are responsible for knowing Partners and supporting their connection to events/activities that interest them.

  • Collaborate with fellow staff to track Partner’s skills, experience, talents, goals, and development needs and assist with Partner life cycle management processes
  • Maintain up-to-date donor Salesforce records
  • Participate as appropriate in one-on-one meetings with new, existing, and prospective Partners

All Development team members are expected to:

  • Collaborate with staff and Board to ensure the use of innovative and effective methods for donor engagement and fundraising
  • Work collaboratively to streamline and improve appropriate processes including use of the database (Salesforce)
  • Have a comprehensive understanding of branding and messaging guidelines to set an example of proper use for the rest of the organization and broader community

Required Qualifications & Success Factors  

Candidates for the Development & Communications Manager role should meet the following criteria.

Qualifications Required:

  • GED/High School Diploma plus 5-7 years of relevant work experience OR Undergraduate degree and 3-5 years of relevant work experience
  • Relevant work experience includes non-profit development, event management, volunteer management, communications/marketing, and/or project management
  • Previous event management and execution experience, including management of pre-determined budgets
  • Able to think strategically and prioritizes activities that will best serve the organization’s goals
  • Able to build communication products/materials (e.g. website content) around an audience to achieve a specific objective
  • Excellent writer and clear communicator, able to make complex concepts digestible for a broad audience
  • Skilled at identifying and developing compelling stories in both journalistic and narrative styles
  • Proficient in web-platforms and e-communications tools
  • Strong project management skills
  • Reliable transportation and flexibility to attend occasional evening meetings and events
  • Personable, positive attitude and excellent phone etiquette
  • Comfortable with MS Office Suite, particularly Excel, Outlook, Word, intranets, and relationship management software and also with learning/using new software
  • Must be able to legally work for any employer in the United States of America

Qualifications Desired:

  • Previous Development/Fundraising experience within a non-profit setting
  • Experience with Salesforce
  • Previous experience working with and supporting high-net worth donors

Success Factors & Job Competencies

  • Commitment to the values, mission, model, and work of Social Venture Partners
  • Develop extensive knowledge and understanding of SVP Seattle programs in order to compellingly present its mission and programs to prospects in both written and oral format
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills, including facilitation and contact management
  • Ability and confidence to function in a volunteer driven environment, understanding how to manage high net worth volunteers
  • High aptitude for being in a coaching and support role - desire to learn from and help others learn, to follow the servant leadership model
  • Ability to manage multiple work streams and stakeholder groups with competing priorities and timelines
  • Excellent attention to detail, with excellent organization skills
  • Customer service mentality/focus with the capacity to work effectively with a wide range of cultures, personalities and working styles
  • Flexible team player-able to work in an environment with overlapping program areas and staff responsibilities
  • Actively pursues continuous learning and growth in area of expertise

Physical Demands & Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

• Physical Demands- Majority of the time (about 60%) spent in the office, working on the computer/keyboard and/or on the phone.  Remaining time walking around office, assisting coworkers, attending internal meetings; reach with hands or arms; balance; stoop/bend; talk and hear; may lift up to 20lbs
• Work Environment- Well lit, minimal noise level when in open office, carpeted floors, shared hallway, with some natural light; various modes of transportation required, with travel locally to attend work related events; some exposure to different environmental conditions when travelling.

This is a full time position with a salary between $55,000 and $65,000.

Excellent employer paid benefits include 403(b) with 5% employer match, plus medical/dental/vision coverage with disability insurance. 

We also offer a generous vacation package that includes three weeks of paid vacation, plus two personal days, standard holidays, and a week off between December 25 and January 1.

To Apply

As an equal opportunity employer, SVP is committed to a diverse, multi-cultural work environment.  SVP does not discriminate in employment on the basis of age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual orientations are encouraged to apply.

Please submit your cover letter and resume to Meg Enderby at with the subject line “SVP Development & Communications Manager” by February 19th, 2019

Social Venture Partners Seattle
220 2nd Ave S. #300
Seattle, WA, United States
Phone: 206-374-8757

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