Director of Fund Development and Communications
Job Details
Valley Shore Y - Westbrook, CT
Full Time
4 Year Degree
$50,000.00 - $50,000.00 Salary/year


This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Director of Fund Development and Communications position will provide leadership to the fund development and communications functions at the Valley Shore YMCA. The development responsibilities include growing the Fund Development efforts, managing the administrative aspects of the annual and capital campaigns as well as, organizing special events and increasing community awareness. The communications responsibilities include creating, managing, and implementing an integrated communications plan.

Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day. We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.


  1. Manage of the Annual Giving Campaign in collaboration with the CEO and volunteers.
  2. Develop and execute a major gift donor acquisition and cultivation plan.
  3. Plan, manage and attend special events (such as Annual Campaign Kick Off, Spin-a-thon, Golf Tournament etc.) and provide coaching to campaigners.
  4. Actively research donor prospects (attend development and capital campaign committee meetings).
  5. Coordinate and maintain donor databases, prepare, and mail out donor invoices and letters.
  6. Input all campaign pledges, gifts and administer thank you letters in a timely fashion.
  7. Research and apply for grants and government funding opportunities.
  8. Create, manage, and implement integrated YMCA communication plan. Produce high-high quality deliverables including monthly member newsletters, regular donor newsletters, press releases, flyers and any other external facing materials.
  9. Other tasks and projects as assigned.


  • Philanthropy
  • Communication & Influence
  • Fiscal Management
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Strong computer skills, including word-processing, spreadsheet, billing, fundraising systems and creative software
  • Strong creative writing and storytelling skills
  • Strong analytical ability to problem-solve complex financial transactions
  • Able to evaluate and self-learn computer applications
  • Knowledge of People skills, excellent written and verbal communication, highly organized
  • Precision and extraordinary attention to detail
  • Strong office organizational skills, including both written and electronic records
  • Sound discretion and judgement in handling confidential and sensitive information
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to accomplish organization goals
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments
    of the community


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Sufficient strength, agility and mobility to perform essential functions of the position and to supervise program activities and respond to emergencies and challenging situations
  • 80% of work time will be on a computer
  • Ability to enter data for long periods of time
  • Position may require bending, leaning, for file and office equipment utilization
  • Ability to speak concisely and effectively communicate
  • Visual and auditory ability to respond to critical situations
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate
  • Ability to work occasional weekend or evening hours for project completion
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