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Development Director

Company: L'Arche Tahoma Hope
Date Posted: March 9, 2018

Description: In conjunction with the Executive Director, the Development Director shares responsibility for the overall growth and direction of L’Arche Tahoma Hope (LTH) as well as participation in the Federation of L’Arche. The Development Director holds primary responsibility for fostering relationships and partnerships that result in new and ongoing resources and financial support for the organization. Guided by the mission and charter of L’Arche, the Development Director leads the development and implementation of LTH’s fundraising strategy and communications plans.

Program Scope and Location: The Development Director serves as a member of the executive leadership team (Director Circle) with a focus on expanding LTH’s development, donor tracking and communications functions. The Development Director supervises the contracted grant writer and the Development Assistant and collaborates with the contracted graphic designer/webmaster, the Administrative Assistant and the IT/Database Specialist. L’Arche Tahoma Hope’s offices are located in the Summit area of Pierce County, south of Tacoma.


Quality of Life for Core Members (individuals with intellectual disabilities)

• Build relationships of mutuality and trust with core members and listen to their lives with respect and empathy.

• Communicate core member stories with mutuality and consent.


Quality of Experience for Assistants

 • Engage with and get to know assistants in order to understand their journeys, joys and challenges as community members, caregivers and advocates for core members in LTH’s homes and programs.

• Communicate assistant stories with mutuality and consent.


Individual, Corporate and Foundation Relationships

 • With the Director Circle, develop and implement annual communication and development plans for LTH, including goals and timelines.

• Nurture existing major donor, corporate and foundation relationships through regular personal contact.

• Cultivate new donor, corporate and foundation relationships through networking, research, and letters of introduction.

• Proactively support the executive director’s role in development.

• Supervise LTH’s contracted grant writer, ensuring inspiring, accurate, and complete proposals are drafted and deadlines are met.

• Ensure accurate, complete and timely reports are submitted per foundation requirements.

• Build upon efforts to implement legacy giving, donor recognition and direct mail programs.

• Support the annual auction through soliciting underwriting.


Administrative Responsibilities

 • Oversee the donor acknowledgement and thank you process.

• Ensure all gifts and grants are accurately tracked in LTH’s donor database.

• Coordinate communications efforts as outlined in the communication plan (to include at minimum electronic and print newsletters, direct mail appeals, press releases, and LTH’s social media presence).


Community Expectations

 • Uphold quality standards in all communications and adhere to L’Arche branding guidelines

• Commit to the mission and philosophy of L’Arche

• Show flexibility and responsiveness to core member needs

• Observe appropriate boundaries in all relationships and adhere to all LTH policies

• Model the Rules of Cooperation and foster cooperative relationships

• With the Director Circle, help vision, plan and carry out community-wide celebrations


Leadership Team Participation

 • Participate in weekly executive leadership team meetings through contributing agenda items,coming prepared, participating with presence, sharing leadership, accepting tasks asappropriate / needed, and following through in a timely manner.

• Leadership team responsibilities include: growth and innovation in sharing our mission,developing and updating the Mandate Action Plan, preparing the organizational budget,monitoring expenditures within areas of responsibility, occasionally attending evening Board meetings, responding to L’Arche USA and Federation requests for input on L’Arche governance, policy and strategic planning, and initiating and/or affirming organizational policychanges and updates.


Skills and Qualities Desired

 • Familiarity with the Suddes Group and the For Impact approach to fundraising

• Commitment to learn about and grow in understanding the mission and values of L’Arche

• Strong interpersonal communication skills• Self-starter and highly-motivated team player

• Ability to listen and respond appropriately to both verbal and nonverbal communication

• Sense of humor, adaptability and flexibility

• Strong personal organization and time management


Minimum Qualifications

 • Four-year undergraduate degree•

Two years’ experience leading nonprofit fundraising and/or donor relations

• Demonstrated ability to do quality work while meeting deadlines

• Demonstrated ability to write and speak clearly and appropriately to a variety of audiences

• Demonstrated commitment to personal and spiritual growth

• Basic knowledge of common email applications and donor tracking software

• Proficiency in Microsoft Office software

• Valid driver’s license and availability to travel overnight on occasion

• Ability to pass fingerprint background check

• Ability to complete 2-step TB test and any necessary follow-up


Wages and Benefits: Salaried position 32 hours per week, requiring occasional weekends,evenings, and travel. Benefits eligible. Wage dependent on qualifications. L’Arche Tahoma Hope is an equal opportunity employer.


To apply submit three items: a resume, a cover letter describing why you are a qualifiedcandidate for this position, and a recent writing sample (ex: press release, appeal letter, foundation proposal or social media content) by email to with the subject line “Development Director position.” No phone calls or in-person visits. Incomplete applications will not be considered.