Development & Communications Manager

Development & Communications Manager
Organization Name: 
Christ House
Job Description: 

At Christ House, the medically vulnerable men experiencing homelessness who come to us as they heal are not just our clients. When they are in our care, they are our neighbors and our community members. We opened our doors in 1985 as the first medical respite facility for sick, homeless patients in the country and are still the only such medical respite program for men experiencing homelessness in Washington, D.C. Since that time, we have remained on the cutting edge of conversation around radical hospitality, inclusion, and healing.

You will have no typical day here.

As the Development and Communications Manager, you will have a full plate and a full heart.

Your job is not going to be easy. You will be asked to convey stories of heartbreaking vulnerability with compassion, dignity, and unending sensitivity. You will be responsible for a growing budget comprised primarily of local and national foundations, along with a solid donor base. You will need to continue strengthening development systems that are critical in our ability to meet the needs of men who come to Christ House. Most of our patients arrive in moments of great vulnerability and we must always be available to support them with compassion and the best of care.

You will not be alone, however, in this hard work. You will be doing this work alongside a dynamic leadership team and with the support of a Board of Directors who are committed to seeking new ways of serving the urban poor. You will do this work adjacent to a faith community so compelling and real that people travel from near and far to worship in its midst. You will be as likely to hear stories of social change giants as you do the laughter of our patients on a daily basis. 

The Nuts and Bolts

  • Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer
  • Supervises the Development Coordinator
  • Responsible for all communications and annual fundraising efforts including:
  • individual donor stewardship
  • direct mail and annual report
  • foundation grants
  • corporate support
  • Planning - Draft annual Development and Communications Plan
  • Written and Electronic Communications including:
  • newsletters
  • thank you letters
  • communications with printers and mailing houses
  • online presence including social media

Other things you may be wondering

  • The salary range is $70k-$80k and the benefits are actually outstanding. Those benefits include low cost medical, dental and vision insurance, employer paid short and long term disability, commuter benefits and life insurance, 403B with employer contribution, vacation and sick leave. We believe in a whole person and invest accordingly.
  • You will have work life balance. Really.
  • The current annual budget is $5m, and you will be helping to raise $2.5m.
  • Persons of all religious faiths (or no religion) encouraged to apply.
  • We use Donor Perfect as our fundraising database.
  • We do not have a large annual event.
  • Position status: Exempt


  • Minimum of five years experience in development. Proven track record in the cultivation, solicitation and closing of foundation grants. Experience working in or running a small development shop preferred.
  • Experience with communications—from strategy to execution in traditional to social media. Some design skill is a plus.
  • Experience with individual donor cultivation strongly preferred—especially a proven track record of cultivating and retaining donors at all levels, and working with senior staff to cultivate individual donors.
  • Extra-great eye for detail.
  • Excellent management and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency in Word and Excel and fundraising databases.
  • Excellent organizational skills and proven ability to self manage and lead (able to work independently, flexibly, collaboratively, and productively in a fast-paced environment and the ability to manage a multi-faceted workload). Proven experience in working across an organization essential.
  • A belief in radical hospitality, the possibility that homelessness will one day end, and that we are all part of one interconnected community.


Benefits include low-cost medical, dental and vision insurance, employer paid short and long term disability, commuter benefits and life insurance, 403B with employer contribution, commuter benefit, FSA, vacation and sick leave.