Development & Communications Director

Development & Communications Director
Organization Name: 
The Child & Family Network Centers
Job Description: 

Job Title: Development & Communications Director 

Reports To: Executive Director 

Manages: Development Coordinator and Grants Contractor  

Salary Range: $80,000-$90,000 


About The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC) 

CFNC builds power within our community—the same community that founded our organization. CFNC was established in 1984 by mothers living in public housing after seventeen of their children were failed by the system and did not move on to the first grade. Our founders were so successful, our first class were recognized as gifted by their public school! 

Today, CFNC is an Alexandria-based network of 8 free, high-quality, bi-lingual, caring preschools that provide children with the tools they need to succeed in school and in life. 

CFNC’s low-income, working immigrant parents know what is best for their families, and their three- and four-year old children have the potential within themselves to thrive. Unfortunately, racial equity gaps caused by systemic racism and heightened by COVID-19 make it harder to access the resources they need to meet their basic and holistic health needs, access high quality early childhood education services, achieve long-term goals, and build generational wealth. 

Our model empowers families to leverage resources provided and coordinated by CFNC to access these supports, including free multilingual preschool education, family case management, and health services (in English and Spanish, Arabic, or Amharic). We provide these accessible, wraparound services in their neighborhoods, including full-day support for families who work longer hours. CFNC serves as a partner for children and families as they work to achieve these goals themselves. 

Job Summary 

The Development & Communications Director reports directly and partners with the Executive Director. They create our multi-year fund development plan with support from our Development Committee. This person will manage a team of two people and raise an annual revenue of around $1 million. They will cultivate new donors through a lens of our DEI vision and expand CFNC’s overall fundraising efforts (from grants to individuals to new revenue strategies). The person will also sit on our senior team at CFNC. 

This role is perfect for a kind and caring communicator, fantastic manager, strategic relationship builder, and donor engagement strategist. If you are someone who loves details, building relationships, is passionate about early education, and loves fundraising, this is the perfect position for you! 

You make people’s lives better by understanding each person’s individual needs, individualizing outreach, communicating positively and clearly, and sharing stories with genuine care and consideration.  

Who You Are & Keys to Success (the must-haves) 

  • Relationship-building Guru: You develop and maintain strong, collaborative working relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders and can bring in allies and coalition partners from marginalized communities statewide, such as people of color, people with disabilities, low-income families, homeless/unhoused people, and immigrants. You know how to build alliances and find points of collaboration even when there are competing interests. 

  • Drive to achieve results: You have a track record of accomplishing ambitious goals and getting results even when there are obstacles. You set a high bar and meet it, because you think three (or 30) steps ahead to anticipate hurdles and come up with pragmatic solutions. You plan backwards and involve stakeholders appropriately. 

  • Inclusive leadership and management: You approach leadership with a mindset of “power with” rather than “power over” and regularly include others in decision-making. You have experience managing multiple projects and keeping tasks from slipping through the cracks. You use resources wisely, and can manage a team of staff, consultants, and volunteers to leverage time and talent for impact. 

  • Commitment to racial equity and social justice: You recognize the role of race, income, age, immigration status, and other identities in shaping health disparities, and you consistently amplify community voices to advocate for more equitable policy solutions. You recognize how your own identities show up in the work, and welcome, reflect on, and act on feedback with an eye toward continuous learning about race, ability, and other lines of difference. 

Core Responsibilities 

  • Create a development plan annually  

  • Manage the development coordinator  

  • Manage the grants contractor 

  • Co-chair our communications committee 

  • Work in partnership with the ED on Communications strategy 

  • Develop growth strategies and plans annually 

  • Manage the board development committee 

  • Manage the board communications committee 

  • Sit on the senior team at CFNC  

  • Create new ways of fundraising with a focus on DEI 

  • Secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations 

  • Manage the implementation of Every Action and oversee staff responsible for data entry and gift processing 

  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors 

  • Create and execute a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual donors 

  • Overseeing organization of special events 

  • Develop and track proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising 

  • Oversee all stewardship, data entry, and gift management (and know how to do this if the development coordinator is not at the office) 


  • Six-plus years experience in development, with expertise in individual fundraising and corporate giving 

  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills 

  • Knowledge of a donor database 

  • Proven track record of meeting fundraising goals 


What Else You Should Know 

CFNC is an equal opportunity employer and we value having staff who come from communities that are most impacted by our issue. We especially encourage people of color, LGBQ people, transgender and gender non-conforming people, and people with disabilities to apply. 

The position is full-time and is ideally based in Alexandria, Virginia or the DMV. The role requires very little to no travel for work, but we are in-person and have been during COVID-19 (for this position we have more flexibility to work from home). The salary for this position ranges from $80,000-$90,000 with exact salary depending on experience. We also offer excellent benefits such as 401k contributions, two weeks off for December break, one week off for Spring Break, 10 paid holidays, additional time off, flex time, family leave policy, and a bonus option.  


How to Apply 

Please send a cover letter and resume to Jackie Didio at  

Application Deadline: 
Friday, October 15, 2021