Development and Communications Manager

Development and Communications Manager
Organization Name: 
Greater Washington Community Foundation
Job Description: 

Development and Communications Manager


Since 1973, the Greater Washington Community Foundation has been a champion of thriving communities and a catalyst for change through local philanthropic engagement, effective community investment, and civic leadership. We work with donors and partners to enhance the quality of life in the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, Northern Virginia, and Prince George’s County. As the region’s largest local funder, we have invested more than $1.3 billion to build more equitable, just, and enriching communities where all residents can live, work and thrive.


The Development and Communications Manager (Manager) is responsible for creating and managing strategies and messaging to support our efforts to build assets to advance our community leadership priorities for the region. The Manager works closely with both the development and communications departments to develop campaigns, prepare appeals, and craft messaging and materials to promote and encourage giving to the Greater Washington Community Foundation. The Manager will be responsible for leading The Community Foundation’s annual appeals campaign, coordinating with development peers to implement donor stewardship plans, and supporting a 50th-anniversary capital campaign. This is a time-limited position that will end on or around July 2024.

In addition to the duties described in this position description, every role at The Community Foundation is expected to contribute to the overall success of the organization and its goals. This may mean that team members are asked to take on other tasks that may not be listed here. Examples may include working on a project or specific task outside of your standard area of responsibility, participation on an organization-wide task force or special initiative or being asked to support a colleague when needed. Any additional tasks will be determined by the manager of this role in coordination with the leadership team.


  • Develop and implement an effective annual appeals strategy geared towards fundholders, donors, and prospects to include an annual calendar for email and direct mail appeals, website and giving pages, and corresponding collateral.
  • Assist in the implementation of stewardship plans by collaborating with CRMs and the development team when appropriate to prepare acknowledgment letters and other deliverables (social media posts, press releases, listing on website, reports, etc.).
  • Write and produce high-impact development communications including donor proposals and pitches, presentations, appeals, event collateral, e-communications, speaking remarks, and web/social media content.
  • Collaborate with communications team and development colleagues to coordinate all development communications – ensure brand consistency and that organizational messages and priorities are reflected in communications.
  • Working with MD, Development and MD, Communications to develop the communications strategy for the 50th anniversary campaign, including leading a series of appeals and donor/prospect engagement events.
  • Interact regularly with key staff, donors, and nonprofit partners to gather materials for communications including program descriptions and outcomes, stories, and messaging.
  • Collaborate with the communications team on a fiscal year editorial calendar to coordinate across multiple initiatives and audiences and promote cross-channel strategies.
  • In collaboration with the special events team, coordinate event messaging and programming for development audiences and help create event collateral, including but not limited to invitations, talking points, videos, and post-event communications.
  • Provide development communications counsel and support for other fundraising initiatives at The Community Foundation.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 5-7 years demonstrated success in a fundraising, marketing, or communications role. Experience in a nonprofit or community foundation is preferred.
  • Excellent strategic thinking, planning, project management, and organizational skills.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, working well with a wide range of colleagues across geographies.
  • A commitment to philanthropy and the mission of The Community Foundation.
  • Experience working collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Strong fundraising skills and knowledge of moves management and stewardship.
  • Strong customer service and relationship management skills.
  • Experience with email marketing and basic sense of graphic and web design. Experience using WordPress/SquareSpace, Adobe Creative Suite, and Constant Contact preferred but not required.
  • Excellent editing and proofreading skills.
  • Ability to quickly grasp and translate complicated subject matter.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.


Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits package, including company-paid health, vision, dental, and life insurance for employees; Flexible spending accounts; Universal life and long-term care insurance and retirement plan with employer match; Eleven paid holidays; Flexible work schedule.


Please submit your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to


The Greater Washington Community Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.