Director of Philanthropy & Communications



The Director of Philanthropy & Communications will provide strategy for and supervise all aspects of agency resource development and promotion, including, but not limited to: cultivating relationships with supporters, directing major fundraising activities, oversight of grant writing, oversight of internal and external communications and special projects for consistency and overall effectiveness. 

Essential Duties: 

Development & Fundraising Events 

  • Oversee creation of the  annual development plan; ensuring strategies, tactics and measurements meet organizational objectives, as well as budgets to support their implementation. 
  • Collect and analyze donor activity and trends to evaluate development program effectiveness.
  • Promote a culture of philanthropy throughout staff, board and volunteers which emphasizes and practices the highest standards of professional ethics and donor stewardship.
  • Oversee grant administration team efforts including researching, writing, and reporting.
  • Oversee all agency fundraising and community  events; including our annual Circle and Race Against Racism 5K fundraisers.
  • Work closely with department leads and program staff to identify needs and ensure resources for all areas.

Marketing & Communications

  • Ensure brand continuity across communication platforms.
  • Oversee communications to ensure they are  accurate, clear, detailed and complete, including gift recognition.
  • Review all internal and external published communications; including monthly newsletters, blog posts, and social media themes.
  • Serve as a liaison for committee work of the Board's Development & Marketing Committee. 
  • Oversee special events to ensure they align with YWCA mission and values 
  • Ensure that all key supporter information is tracked in donor database 

Leadership and Supervision 

  • Supervise Engagement Coordinator, Donor Development Manager, Grants Manager, and Marketing Manager. 
  • Coordinate with human resources on employment issues.
  • Conduct interviews for hiring staff.
  • Annually assess and evaluate employees.
  • Oversee volunteer and community engagement activities.
  • Attend and present at all YWCA NEIN Board meetings (6 per year). 
  • Prioritize  building a culture of active support for staff and clients.
  • Serve as a member of the Leadership Team. 
  • Upon request, represent the YWCA in the community with other service providers, businesses, government, and/or stakeholders. 
  • Contribute to YWCA fund development efforts for support of all programs and the overall Association.
  • Other duties as assigned to meet organizational goals.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Nonprofit Management, Philanthropic Studies, Communications, Marketing, or related major; or a combination of education and experience.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • 5-7 years of related experience preferred; nonprofit management, development, or marketing.
  • Strong relationship building skills with ability to communicate in a professional manner with a wide range of people. 
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and discretion when handling potentially confidential or sensitive manners.
  • Strong time management skills; ability to take initiative to solve problems and work with minimum supervision.
  • Strong skills in writing, planning, organizing, and evaluation of written/oral communications.
  • Comfortable in handling a multitude of projects with overlapping deadlines.
  • Continuously work as a team member and willingness to work with other teams, including professional work attitude/mannerisms.
  • Must comply with the organization's policy of automobile insurance: must have a valid driver’s license and personal automobile insurance coverage. 
  • Proficient in Google Workspace and Microsoft Office platforms.
  • Experience with utilizing a contact management software database. 

Expectations of every YWCA Staff Member: 

  • Uphold and promote the YWCA Mission. 
  • Maintain compliance with state standards.
  • Adhere to established policies and procedures.
  • Contribute to fund development efforts for support of all programs and the overall Association. 
  • Provide support to other departments and staff.

The statements within this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this position.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel in this position.