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Development & Communications Manager

Organization Name: SPOON
Location: Portland, Oregon, United States
Apply email: Not Specified
Start Date: 10-September-2019
Closing Date: 06-October-2019

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Development & Communications Manager

SPOON, an innovative global nonprofit, is the only organization dedicated to transforming nutrition and feeding for children who are highly vulnerable to malnutrition because of disability and lack of family care. SPOON empowers and equips families, communities, and institutions to safely feed and adequately nourish children through trainings and implementation of proprietary tools. UNICEF and Ashoka recognize SPOON for our progressive approach and system-changing work that has catalyzed national policy change and yielded dramatic improvements in children’s health and development.

The SPOON team consists of nine dedicated, focused, and compassionate individuals. Our office, located in SE Portland’s Produce Row, is bike-, kid-, and dog-friendly. The hard and serious work we do is made easier by a compassionate and inclusive culture, good conversation, and great coffee.


The Development & Communications Manager is an organized individual who will manage and coordinate key aspects of a comprehensive fundraising and communications program in alignment with SPOON’s strategic plan. This person will be a versatile, critical thinker with superb attention to detail and deadlines, a good writer and proofreader, and an exemplary project manager with the people skills for prospecting and cultivating our growing donor base. The DCM will also work with program staff, board, and volunteers. This person will report to the Director of Engagement and have no supervisory responsibilities.



• Manage donor and grantor database including running reports, data entry, creating email lists, creating events and registration pages, and managing data integrity to ensure the database supports the planning and execution of donor and grant outreach
• Manage the major gifts program; meet with portfolio team, track donors and asks, schedule outreach activities, and initiate planning
• Manage the sponsor and supporter registration, logistics and program support for an annual gala and a luncheon, as well as planning and running donor acquisition events and house parties, including securing venues, in-kind donations, attendees, etc.
• Support development and manage distribution of fundraising collateral, including emails, newsletters, campaign letters, and thank you letters
• Prepare monthly deposit reports and reconcile the general ledger to the donor database, with the support of the Director of Finance & Administration
• Utilize SPOON volunteers to assist with donor outreach and event initiatives
• Establish and manage relationships with vendors for event planning, graphic design, printing, etc.

Communications and Marketing

• Collaborate with the Director of Engagement on event, campaign, broadcast messaging and collateral, ensuring alignment with organizational strategy and accuracy with program outcomes
• Coordinate with the Director of Engagement and Director of Programs on partner communications, ensuring alignment with audience and messaging strategy
• Optimize and manage asset library (photos/videos/iconography) for easy search and asset access
• Update and maintain website and social media content as applicable

Grants Management

• Establish system for researching grant opportunities; work with Program Officer(s) to identify new grants
• Manage grant calendar and deadlines for submitting proposals and final reports, including managing task flow and deadlines, and coordinating input from others
• Manage grant language repository to use in supporting grant writing prework in collaboration with program staff
• Edit and submit grant proposals and reports


In addition to the specific job requirements for each position, SPOON staff embodies a set of core values: persistence, commitment to learning and evidence, and a passion for their role in the mission.

• 2+ years or more progressively responsible and successful experience in donor database management, project and event coordination, fundraising, grant writing, and other forms of generating support for a nonprofit organization
• Solution-oriented approach to facing challenges and able to work well under pressure, manage multiple deadlines, and changing schedules
• Excellent technical skills in writing, editing, formatting, research, and verbal communications
• Entrepreneurial attitude, results driven, and able to work independently as well as collaboratively
• Knowledge of communications, marketing and branding strategies
• Knowledge and familiarity with fundraising best practices and current and emerging applications of technology for fundraising implementation
• Able to engage staff, donors, and volunteers from diverse backgrounds
• Able to develop and cultivate authentic relationships with donors, funders and constituents
• Proficient in MacOS, Microsoft Office suite, and CRM/donor database management. Any Neon (CRM), Greater Giving, Constant Contact, or inDesign experience a plus
• Passionate about SPOON’s mission

TERM OF EMPLOYMENT: This is an exempt, full-time position with competitive salary. Some evening hours and travel expected. Benefits include health and dental coverage, long-term disability, 401k plan with employer match, bike/public transportation benefit, professional development opportunities and generous paid time off.

Application Form:

HOW TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter, résumé/CV, and completed application to Please address the characteristics of a successful candidate, as well as your qualifications, in your cover letter. We will begin reviewing applications on a rolling basis immediately. Qualified applicants will be invited to have an initial 30-minute virtual interview and a select group will be invited for an in-person interview. Early applicants may receive priority consideration. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

COMMITMENT TO EQUITY DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION: SPOON is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. We strive to maintain a diverse workforce and welcome a diverse pool of qualified applicants. For each of its positions, SPOON seeks to hire staff with relevant experience, skills, and aptitude, and to be mindful of what best serves our organization and supports our mission.

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