Development & Communications Director

  • Full Time
  • Lamoille County
  • $60,000 to $62,000 USD / Year

Website United Way of Lamoille County

The Development and Communications Director is a proven leader in nonprofit fundraising and grant writing, volunteer engagement and communications. Working closely with the Executive Director and Board of Directors, this position works to develop a comprehensive fundraising strategy to expand philanthropic support for the organization. Manages all components of the fundraising plan including (but not limited to): annual giving, planned giving, corporate and foundation grants, major individual and corporate gifts, and special fundraising events. This position is also responsible for designing and developing the communications and public relations program to build awareness of the organization’s mission, programs, and achievements. This includes managing and coordinating media relations, special community events, and external publications.

Key Responsibilities: 

The major responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:


  • Responsible and accountable for a strategic resource development plan
  • Building and maintaining relationships with a variety of stakeholders and organizations that reflect the diversity of the community we serve in order to create impactful messaging and content.
  • Responsible and accountable for researching and securing appropriate grants for UWLC initiatives & programs
  • Design and implement a comprehensive annual campaign that consists of traditional workplace campaigns, individual and major gift appeals, direct and electronic appeals, in-kind donations
  • Maintain and foster relationships with current individual and corporate donors, identify, cultivate and solicit prospective donors and corporate partners to further develop fundraising opportunities
  • Support the plan and facilitate the work of the donor engagement committee and  the UWLC Board of Directors to support campaign activities, donor relations, and special events
  • Work with the Executive Director and donor engagement committee to plan fundraising activities

Donor Engagement: 

  • Develop and implement a recognition plan for leadership-level donors and growth strategy to move donors to new giving levels within the leadership categories (major gifts)
  • Identify and develop plans to recover lapsed or reluctant donors each year
  • Create and promote a planned giving program
  • In partnership with the Executive Director, develop strong relationships with leadership donors and communicate regularly as appropriate

Data Management: 

  • Follow standards and procedures for management of the campaign/donor database. Oversee creation of quarterly and annual campaign and audit reports
  • Maintain documentation of donor’s interactions and aspirations.


  • Creating and implementing communication campaigns and content that align with United Way’s strategic plan and communication plan to raise awareness of United Way’s brand, programming, and available resources.
  • Constantly learn about our communities, through surveys, attendance at events and meetings, and relationships, and using these learnings to curate donor lists and asks.
  • Conduct ongoing research to support the planning and development of organization marketing strategy and tactics
  • Develop and manage annual budget, project budgets & forecast for the organization’s marketing and communications projects and monitor and control expenses to meet those forecasts
  • Maintain and evolve an engaging and interactive digital marketing, social media, and web experience for intended audiences


No direct supervisory duties. The position reports to the Executive Director.


High level of confidentiality and discretion required. Individual has access to all donor history, confidential communications, and notes for individuals.

Minimum qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree (preferred)
  • 5+ years previous experience in development and communications management in the nonprofit sector
    MS & Google office products and ability to learn CRM and communications technologies
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with the ability to create effective presentations, copy and inspiring stories

Core Competencies: 

As a professional member of United Way of Lamoille County and of the United Way Worldwide network we expect all UW employees to possess a specific set of core competencies. Employees will be mission driven with the ability to separate one’s own self-interest from the best decisions for the organization as a whole. Employees will also be relationship oriented, valuing diversity while promoting inclusion and basic respect and dignity for others, including coworkers and colleagues. Employees will have the ability to build relationships internally and with other United Ways, state and local governments, educations, nonprofit and private sector organizations. Employees should also promote community collaboration through shared goals, resources, and knowledge. Furthermore, it is expected that employees will be results driven in order to deliver on our business model and advocate for UWLC’s mission. All United Way professionals should be brand stewards and act with integrity and strong ethics to foster trust at all levels. Other key attributes include:

  • A strong understanding of philanthropy, health and human service trends, and United Way’s mission and goals
  • Experience in building revenue and increasing philanthropic support
  • Effective and compelling public speaker
    Ability to present complex social issues to diverse audiences
  • Ability to adopt the appropriate tone and voice of community, donors and volunteers through various types of communication
  • Ability to present one-self professionally in all professional settings
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Demonstrated attributes of high emotional intelligence
  • Ability to thrive in a strong team environment that values all perspectives, experience and balance of leadership, individual accountability, integrity and honesty
  • Flexibility and willingness to take initiative in areas outside of regular responsibilities
  • Strong ability to work with and support teammates
  • Personal commitment to ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion of all people as a fundamental belief in both work and life

Physical/Other Requirements & Work Environment

Position is primarily a normal office setting, requiring long periods of sedentary work at a desk and computer. After hours and weekend event attendance occasionally. The UWLC office is located in Morrisville, VT and will offer (upon completion of construction) private office space and open work areas. Work is performed primarily on-site with possible remote options when appropriate. Periodic travel to community and program sites throughout the Lamoille County area is expected. Limited, periodic evening and weekend hours may be required for special or donor events, and community outreach.

Salary and Benefits

The salary range for the position is commensurate with experience.  The position is full-time, regular exempt, and is subject to all terms and conditions of the United Way of Lamoille County Personnel Policies.

The United Way of Lamoille County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Please send resume and cover letter to [email protected].

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