Director of Development and Communications

  • TeamChild
  • Hybrid (Seattle, WA, USA)
  • Jan 08, 2024
Full time Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

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TeamChild is a nationally recognized nonprofit legal aid organization serving youth across Washington State, with office locations in Seattle, Tacoma, Yakima and Spokane. TeamChild’s mission is to uphold the rights of youth involved, or at risk of involvement, in the juvenile legal system to help them secure the education, healthcare, housing and other support they need to achieve positive outcomes in their lives. We have three mutually reinforcing program strategies: legal services, policy advocacy, and training and community education. Core to all of our work is our legal services program,

which reaches youth 12-24 years old in four of Washington’s largest counties as well as youth incarcerated in our state’s juvenile prisons. Our clients are youth and young adults who are entangled in juvenile court and the child welfare system and need civil legal advocacy to prevent homelessness, access education and employment, and get their basic health and other needs met. In our work, we also aim to move systems away from exclusion, punishment, arrest, and incarceration towards more effective and community-based strategies that address root causes and provide culturally meaningful and developmentally appropriate support and opportunities for young people.


TeamChild seeks a strategic, innovative, social justice- minded leader to serve as Director of Development and Communications. Building on six years of prior revenue development work, the Director will support TeamChild in a pivotal chapter to advance justice for youth through legal, policy, and youth/community organizing efforts. The Director is the lead revenue generator for the organization, in close partnership with the Executive Director. Using a combination

of private and public (government) fundraising strategies, they will retain existing funds, steward vital relationships, and actively seek new funding prospects that align with TeamChild’s work. This role

also oversees TeamChild’s external communications work (website, social media, earned media) and manages a three-person Development team (including a Development & Communications Manager and an Annual & Institutional Giving Manager).

This is an important time of growth for TeamChild. The Director is expected to help grow the revenue base from

$4.2million to $5.5million over a 5-year period to align with strategic priorities around programmatic growth. In other words, there is a need for significant annual year-over-year growth, and a great deal of potential across all areas of fundraising to deepen strategy and achieve success.

We are seeking candidates who are committed to anti-racism and community-centric fundraising. The Director will apply those lenses to all aspects of the fundraising and communications work from messaging, to donor cultivation, to engaging with staff, board and community to raise awareness and funds. This is an exciting time to join an organization that has made nearly thirty years of impact reducing court involvement and incarceration of young people across Washington state.



·      Responsible for the strategic oversight of the annual  fund (donations of $1-$999 annually) including 3 annual campaigns (spring, fall, end of year) and identifying strategies for improving campaigns, cultivation and growth of the annual fund.

·      Visioner/strategist for the development and storytelling for annual appeals and campaigns.

·      Oversight of Salesforce database operations and appropriate donor acknowledgement, cultivation and stewardship with support of the Annual & Institutional Giving Manager.




•     With the Executive Director (ED) and in collaboration with other members of the Executive Team; and supported by the Annual & Institutional Giving Manager,  maintenance and growth of ~$1.2million in private foundation grants.

•     Evaluate new prospects, develop strategy, and pursue  private funding opportunities through use of best practices in grant writing/proposal development, in consultation with Executive Director and Executive Team.

•     Oversee all stewardship of foundation and private  funding relationships.

•    Attend prospective and current funder meetings, communicating important updates about the work and building understanding of TeamChild’s mission, vision, and programs.

•     Prepare and coach ED and program staff to participate in current and prospective funder meetings as needed.

•     Cultivate a culture of philanthropy in the organization consistent with TeamChild value  

•    Support the Annual & Institutional Giving Manager in maintaining existing private foundation funds through reporting, grant writing and stewardship. Collaborate with Contracts and Data Manager as needed for grant reporting.

•    Oversee the maintenance of the annual grants calendar in Salesforce, including new and current funding opportunities.


•     With the Development team, oversee the execution of an annual Seattle spring fundraiser (Advancing Justice Town Hall) raising ~$70,000.

•     Lead all corporate sponsorship cultivation and retention. Identify and solicit new corporate partnership prospects.

•     Support values-aligned programming by identifying keynote speaker, staff/program speakers, and with the Development & Communications Manager build out speeches and creative components.

•     Oversee logistics in partnership with the Annual & Institutional Giving Manager (outreach, ticketing, catering, alcohol, venue).

•     Cultivate a group of event ambassadors/table captains (outreach, toolkits, follow-up, stewardship).


•     With the support of the Development & Communications Manager, identify key messaging and marketing strategies for TeamChild and devise plans for execution across platforms (email outreach, social media, web, etc).

•     With the Development & Communications Manager, re-invigorate TeamChild values-aligned storytelling practices that highlight youth leadership and systemic failures and avoid savior narratives. Support TeamChild staff, Board, youth clients and community partners in values-aligned storytelling efforts.

•     Write/develop creative content as needed in partnership with the Development & Communications Manager.

•     Shape strategy for earned media & PR in partnership with Development & Communications Manager.

•     Ensure TeamChild’s brand and reputation are well-stewarded across stakeholders (legislators, community partners, youth, funders).


•     Develop and hone skills and abilities as a leader committed to non-hierarchical organizational operations and shared decision-making.

•     Utilize and develop new processes for collaborative fundraising and communications strategy with staff across the organization.

•     Ensure all TeamChild’s fundraising and communications remain rooted in organizational values, with an emphasis on community-centric fundraising and social justice praxis. (TeamChild values are Wholeness, Antiracism, Accountability, and Youth-Centered).

•     Serve as a member of TeamChild’s Executive Team (Executive Director, Director of Legal Services, Director of Public Policy & Advocacy, Director of

Finance & Administration, Director of Community Engagement & Antiracism).

•     Supervise Development staff: Development & Communications Manager, Annual & Institutional Giving Manager. Support accountability, professional development, and team culture through effective, equitable management strategies.



•     With the Executive Director and Director of Community Engagement & Antiracism, support Board members in developing individualized philanthropic and board engagement goals.

•   Connect with Board members to facilitate their own personally significant gifts.

•     Create and maintain opportunities for Board members to support fund development and stewardship of existing funders/donors.

•     Attend all Board and committee meetings and provide updates on strategy and KPIs.