Director of Development & Communications

Organization           HomePlate
Youth Services Position                      Director of Development
& CommunicationsStatus                          Full Time Salaried PositionReports to                 Executive DirectorDirect Reports       1 FTE Development Associate                                         1 contract Grant WriterSalary
Range            $68,000-$75,000Position Closes         August 22, 2020 HomePlate, a nonprofit leader in
the field of providing services for youth experiencing homelessness, is looking
for a dynamic new member to join our leadership team. HomePlate started in 2005
with $3,000 and a vision of helping youth in houseless and unstably housed situations find stability. Currently,
Beaverton has the highest rate of homeless youth enrolled in school in the
state of Oregon. With a budget of $900,000 and 13 staff, we operate youth
drop-in, street outreach, and employment services. HomePlate successfully
connects 500 at risk youth with community members each year and together they
work towards meeting youth identified education, housing, employment, medical,
dental and other goals. HomePlate has grown from a
grassroots organization to one on the cusp of exponential growth. Having
recently completed a feasibility study, HomePlate is preparing to embark on a
capital campaign that will result in the expansion of services for houseless and at-risk youth in Washington County.  Why work with us?HomePlate was recently named one of the top 100 nonprofits
to work for in Oregon. We are committed to equitable and anti-racist practices.
Staff and Board participate in training delivered by The Center for Equity and
Inclusion and we have quarterly readings and discussions on aligned topics. As
HomePlate continues to evolve, we operationalize equitable and anti-racist
practices. Our staff participate in two retreats per year, visioning in Spring
and strategic planning in Fall. We have a deep appreciation for our team
members and show it by celebrating staff birthdays and anniversaries, hosting a
fun retreat in the summer, and making the time to connect on a human-to-human
level at the beginning of every meeting. We also provide a comprehensive
benefits package including employer paid medical (79%) and dental benefits for
employee (100%) and 50% covered for dependents, $500 health reimbursement
arrangement, short-term disability policy; 20 days of PTO, 8 paid holidays,
paid parental leave, and paid sabbatical leave, professional development
opportunities, and a flexible work schedule. OverviewThe overall responsibility of the Director of Development
& Communications is to develop and lead a fundraising and communications
strategy that will provide the resources necessary for HomePlate to achieve its
mission.  Areas of responsibility include but are not limited to:Development●      
Annual creation of the
fundraising strategy and plan including lines of revenue from the annual fund,
major gifts, corporate sponsorship, foundation grants, and government grants.●      
Capital campaign
leadership including working with the Executive Director, Board of Directors
and Campaign Cabinet to achieve capital campaign goals.●      
Develop and monitor
fundraising project budgets●      
Manage and delegate
responsibility to the Development Associate ●      
Lead, manage, and
support the Development Committee in their role(s) in executing the development
Along with the Executive Director, play a
leading role in the Capital Campaign, providing support, guidance, and
continuity to the campaign cabinet and Board of directors.●      
Strategically deploy
the Executive Director
in development efforts.●      
Partner with and
manage the contract grant writer, providing budgets, program materials, and
organizational data to meet grant application and reporting deadlines.  Communications ●      
Implement and enhance
Community Marketing and Media Plan which includes press releases, placement of
feature stories, and an annual schedule of activities.●       Create
content for and manage the newsletter and social media. ●      
Build relationships
with local media. ●      
Produce the annual
report, including collection of necessary data throughout the year.●      
Lead the creation of
“case for support” messaging. Organizational Leadership●      
Integral part of the leadership team. ●      
Participate in and
occasionally lead staff meetings.●      
The ideal candidate
will be a thought partner to the Executive Director.●      
Commitment to the
mission of HomePlate Youth Services.●      
commitment to ongoing equity and anti-racist work both personally and
professionally. Operationalizes equity and anti-racist practices.●      
High degree of
emotional intelligence. Preference of five years of experience in the following:●      
Overseeing and
implementing a development program with funding from annual fund donors, lead
donors, corporations, foundation grants, and government grants. ●      
Setting and achieving
fundraising and stewardship goals.●      
Establishing trusting
relationships with lead donors and volunteers. ●      
Donor portfolio
management. ●      
Developing and
tracking department and project budgets.●      
Using data to measure
fundraising program performance and identify fundraising opportunities.●      
Creating compelling
donor communications and stewardship messaging.●      
relationships with local media outlets, writing press releases, and speaking on
behalf of the organization.●      
Managing staff
including providing coaching and support, communicating clear expectations, and
addressing issues quickly and compassionately. ●      
Using a CRM to track
all donor contacts, gifts, and communications.●      
Experience working for
an organization that uses an equity filter for
decision making and employs anti-racist tactics and practices.●      
Experience teaching
others how to fundraise. Desired Skills●      
Highly ethical;
adheres to the AFP’s code of ethical principles, the donor
bill of rights and community-centric fundraising principles. ●      
Able to respond to
difficult, sometimes confrontational questions or statements, in an egalitarian
and non-judgmental manner.●      
Software savvy.
Comfortable using and learning new systems.●       Adept
at both traditional and innovative fundraising campaign vehicles.●      
Comfortable with
public speaking – both impromptu and prepared.●      
Strong interpersonal,
communication, planning and organizational skills●      
Excellent professional
writer who is able to quickly turn around quality material.●      
Interest in both
teaching and learning from others. ●      
The innate ability to
“meet people where they are”, whether youth in houseless situations, staff, volunteers, Board members or
potential major donors.  

HomePlate values diversity in its
workforce and is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of color are
encouraged to apply.To apply: Please send a chronological resume, without a
personal photo, and a cover letter that states how your background, skills, and
abilities align with this position to HomePlate’s search consultant Lara Miller
at  Thank you for exploring the possibilities
with us!