Position: Development and Communications Associate

Hours: Full-time 40 hours per week

Location: Burlington, Vermont

Reports to: Director of Development & Communications

King Street Center (KSC) is seeking a full-time 40 hour a week detail oriented, organized, creative and strategic Development and Communications Associate (DCA) to join our dedicated staff in Burlington, VT. The DCA will support all corporate and foundation grant writing aspects of fundraising for KSC’s organizational budget of $1.4 million and will be responsible for key communications functions throughout the year. The DCA will report to the Director of Development and Communication (DoDC) and works closely with the program directors, operations manager, and executive director to ensure that the organization is communicating its vision, mission, and needs appropriately with grant applications, external marketing and social media materials.

 

ABOUT KING STREET CENTER

King Street Center is a nonprofit organization founded (1971) on the belief that every child and family in Burlington deserves to thrive in a connected community. Our mission is to create a place where kids meet opportunity through learning, play, and community. We strive to provide integrated, long-term services to both children and families in the Burlington area, and predominantly serve Burlington’s immigrant and refugee communities. We serve approximately 120 children and teens each day. Programs include: a Toddler and Preschool program for 1-5 year-olds; an Afterschool program for children in grades K through 5; a Teen Program for middle and high school students; and a mentoring program for children of all ages.

 

POSITION OVERVIEW

This position will be responsible for developing content for foundation and corporate grant applications and online, social media and print marketing materials, as well as supporting general development operations. This role is both strategic and tactical, requiring the ability to think big while minding all the details. The Development and Communications Associate must be a skilled writer and storyteller, and a savvy project manager who is comfortable juggling multiple projects on different timelines.

This role will report to and work closely with the Director of Development and Communication to identify institutional funders, develop proposals, and lead the development of organization-wide communications materials. We are looking for candidates who are motivated and collaborative and want to be a positive part of our kids’ and families’ lives.

QUALITIES OF SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES

The ideal candidate is eager to grow resources and support for KSC to achieve the goals of the organization’s programming for youth. This individual is able to communicate effectively in both writing and verbally across all platforms. This person should be effective at handling multiple priorities at one time, work efficiently with a strong attention to detail and be a team player. This person should also demonstrate a commitment to principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Grants Management (50%)

  • Lead the creation of content that will populate grant applications for a robust institutional giving pipeline big enough to hit growing annual revenue goals.
  • Work closely with the Director of Development and Communications and Program and Administrative Teams to gather the information necessary to craft compelling narrative and making the case materials to submit public, foundation, corporate grant proposals with a high likelihood of success.
  • Participate in prospect cultivation conversations with the Director of Development and Communications to ensure understanding of relationship context and key content for proposal submission.
  • Comfortable being the point of contact for existing and prospective institutional funders when necessary.
  • Build and maintain relationships with points-of-contact (POC) at foundations, public sector entities and corporations as assigned and appropriate.
  • Collaborate with Program and Administration Teams to ensure grant compliance and accurate grant reporting and proposal content.
  • Lead all reporting follow up and requirements for secured institutional giving.
  • Responsible for keeping the development and program teams abreast of reports, next steps and deliverables to ensure that the organization is meeting grant requirements.

Marketing & Communications (30%)

  • Serve as the lead in the development of organizational marketing materials.
  • Work with the DoDC and the Executive Director to develop content for external print and online marketing materials.
  • Update and manage website.
  • Lead the development and distribution of ongoing stakeholder communication, including monthly e-newsletters.
  • Lead KSCs’ social media efforts.
  • Work closely with the DoDC to gather content for all online appeals and campaigns and serve as the lead to get all of these materials distributed electronically.
  • Work closely with the DoDC and Executive Director on communication projects including Annual Report development, Annual Appeal, and generation of other collateral such as Infographics, calendars, etc.
  • Develop high quality marketing and communications collateral.
  • Serve as the lead photographer and photo archivist for the organization.

Development Operations (20%)

  • Develop & ensure effective use of CRM (Little Green Light) and online giving platforms to track moves management and donor data.
  • Maintain grants calendar.
  • Collaborate with Program and Administration Teams to ensure grant compliance and accurate grant reporting and proposal content.
  • Ensure gift records, donor information, grant information, and other fundraising components are up-to-date and updated on an ongoing basis.
  • Coordinate in-kind donations, and generate letters of recognition for all donations.
  • Ensure lists, campaigns, and records are correct, usable, and maintained.
  • Provide donor and gift listings and other reports, both ongoing and on request, to Senior Management & the Board of Directors.
  • Support DoCD in planning and executing events.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES (REQUIRED)

  • Commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and/or commitment to deepening understanding of, racial equity.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. Must be a strong storyteller and writer.
  • Flexible, entrepreneurial spirit with demonstrated ability at achieving fundraising goals.
  • Able to simultaneously manage a high level of detail across multiple projects.

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • 3-5 years of development and fundraising experience.
  • Experience working from a development plan.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS AND ATTRIBUTES

  • A personal commitment to and deep understanding of KSC’s mission, demonstrated skills in cultural competence, and a commitment to social justice.
  • Knowledge of applying an equity lens to communications.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work independently without close oversight, while also operating as a team player in a flexible, creative, and evolving environment.
  • Communications and marketing experience is a plus, particularly digital marketing and social media.
  • Energetic, outgoing, flexible, and able to thrive in a collaborative, evolving environment.
  • Availability to work some evenings and weekends, with minimal travel in support of KSC programs and events.

 

SALARY AND BENEFITS

Salary range is $40,000-$50,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical, a retirement plan, short and long-term disability, life insurance, 10 paid holidays, 15 days paid time off, $250 Annual Healthy Living Allocation, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and on-going professional development opportunities.

KSC is also committed to a full staff salary and benefits audit in 2022, which will inform future salary and benefits with an equity lens.

 

TO APPLY

Candidates should send the following to kelli@kingstreetcenter.org with “KSC Development and Communications Associate” in the subject line:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter with available start date
  3. A writing sample solely authored by the candidate that is relevant to fundraising work, such as a follow-up email post donor meeting, or a campaign report constructed to give strategic counsel.

Only applicants who follow this process will be vetted. No direct calls please. Target start date is March 2022.

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The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by the individual assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties as necessary. Minimal heavy lifting and no strenuous activity required; reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. King Street Center is an equal opportunity employer.