Development & Communication Strategist

 (via Indeed)
Puyallup Watershed Initiative
Tacoma, WA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Every role within the Puyallup Watershed Initiative (the Initiative) is critical towards realizing positive social and environmental impact in our shared Puyallup Watershed. At the Initiative we value working as a team in collaboration and cooperation with people who live, work, and play in the Puyallup Watershed.

The Development & Communications Strategist Critical Contributions are the following:

  • Co-design, implement, and develop the organization’s resource development and communications infrastructure

(1) Create policies, processes, and practices that govern resource development

objectives, strategy, and tactics

(2) Establish aligned operations that are integrated throughout the organization

  • Develop authentic Initiative relationships internally and externally that enable the Initiative’s story to be articulated and amplified across multiple channels
  • Serve as a thought partner within the Initiative that inspires, provokes, and develops new approaches

About the Initiative:

The Puyallup Watershed Initiative (the Initiative) launched in 2012 as a new model for community-centered change, and aims to improve social and environmental conditions throughout the watershed that comprises more than 1,000 square miles from Mt. Rainier to Commencement Bay. The Initiative values transparency, accountability, inclusivity, collaboration, and learning. We seek to demonstrate these values in all our activities and our workplace. The Initiative is committed to all people’s right to a healthy environment and to participate in the decisions that most affect their lives.

As an organization committed to collaboration and learning, we apply what we learn from our actions, the work of our Communities of Interest, and our community partners to improve upon the past. By sharing what we learn and collaborating with community partners, we hope to help others do the same.

In 2018, the Initiative became a 501(c)(3) organization. We are in an intense time of growth, transition, and opportunity that will deepen, expand, and strengthen the collective work moving forward. It is a pivotal time of reflection, assessment, and evaluation as the Initiative continues our journey towards organizational maturity. This means our team members must be able to navigate ambiguity during times of transition while working towards clarity. The Development and Communications Strategist is relied upon for critical contributions that anchor organizational sustainability and enable the Initiative’s journey into maturity.

Still interested…keep reading below!

About the Position:

The Initiative seeks team members who are open-minded and lifelong learners that embody can-do attitudes with empathy. We share a passion for bringing together people, ideas, and actions from diverse experiences within the Puyallup Watershed.

We believe in creating conditions for every team member to thrive. To put this belief in practice, we prepare a position and role(s) assessment guided by equity hiring practices. Please note that the assessment is organized by three categories [Critical to Have, Great to Have, Bonus to Have]. This allows you as an interested candidate to self-assess if this Initiative opportunity aligns with your abilities, skills, capacity, and potential towards the Critical Contributions expected of the Development & Communications Strategist.

To excel in this position, you will need these critical lenses:

  • Recognizing that media is a vehicle for social change
  • Celebrating the assets, strengths, and contributions of communities’ members within the Initiative, and amplifying their voices on their terms
  • Affirming that how the Initiative raises, accepts, earns, spends, and distributes resources is a reflection of its principles and values
  • Understanding of OR willingness to understand complex social issues, systems of oppression, community engagement, and social change

Within the larger Initiative team, this position functions across four key roles:

  • Resource investigator
  • Monitor-Evaluator
  • Implementer
  • Facilitator

It is CRITICAL that you have…

  • 3+ years- Prior experience in a relevant field(s) such as resource development, fundraising, donor relations, communications, and/or public relations. This can be through either work/volunteer/lived experience OR a combination of the above fields.
  • 3+ years- Prior experience in grant writing and resource development management across public, private, corporate, and foundation opportunities, large and small, national and local.
  • Familiarity with non-profit sector and work environments that require confidentiality for sensitive and/or proprietary information
  • Bachelor’s Degree and/or Certificate in marketing, communications or related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Fluency with CRM platform(s), Grant Management platform(s), Website Management, and Microsoft Office Suite (especially PowerPoint, Excel, Word, and Outlook)

It is GREAT if you have…

  • Experience leading creative processes and translating the processes to different audiences, a website redesign is an example
  • Familiarity or ability to quickly adopt use of Office 365/SharePoint
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, or other graphic design tools

It is a BONUS if you also have…

  • Professional experience in the Pacific Northwest funding community
  • Experience navigating and cultivating non-dominant and/or non-traditional funding approaches and relationships
  • Conversational skills or fluency in two or more languages

Example tasks/responsibilities for the Development and Communications Strategist:

  • Coordinate Initiative resource development strategies and manage supportive efforts including donor relations and/or grant writing
  • Participate in the creation and execution of an Initiative resource development plan, and support examination of single and multi-year resource development efforts focused on organizational sustainability
  • Design, create, and implement internal and external communications processes that accomplish these objectives:
  • Increase and improve information flow across the entire Initiative and with the greater community
  • Structure strategic communications activities for the support and growth of collective work across the Puyallup Watershed
  • Establish implementation details like timelines, roles, and coordination for Initiative communications and development opportunities
  • Use development and communications to create a sense of team, common mission, culture, and celebration

How to Apply:

To apply for this opportunity to impact the Puyallup Watershed please attach an introduction letter detailing your interest that includes the following by the priority date of April 17, 2019:

  • Describe your relationship to/with the Puyallup Watershed and how you can contribute to social and environmental impacts through this position
  • Current resume
  • Portfolio link or 3-5 work samples relevant to the position

The salary range for this position is $70,000 - $80,000 annually, depending on experience. The Initiative offers a competitive benefits package to team members including medical, vision, and dental insurance, life insurance, generous paid time off, remote work options, family-affirming work conditions, and 401k retirement savings plan. We believe in and strive for workforce diversity. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.