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Development and Communications Manager


Santa Rosa, California, USA


Full-Time, Exempt

Reports to: Executive Director

The Center for Well-Being is thrilled to announce that we are recruiting for a Development and Communications Manager. Reporting to the Executive Director, this position will be responsible for the design, implementation, & coordination of fund development and communications activities benefiting the Center. Specifically, this position holds three important roles: (1) to develop and grow our base of committed donors, (2) identify and secure new funding opportunities through grants and contracts, and (3) amplify our brand recognition through marketing and public relations.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the team of passionate change makers at the Northern California Center for Well-Being. We are a dynamic, innovative, and forward-thinking non-profit focused on empowering the well-being of our entire community through evidence-based programs and practices. We champion a work culture that inspires collaboration, communication, and creative input at all levels, and we celebrate each member of our team for the important impact they have. We promote an agency empowerment model that echoes our mission: to empower our team with the knowledge, skills, and support to excel in our roles. Ideal candidates have at least 2 years grant writing, fund development, and/or marketing/PR experience. Web design is a plus.

This is a great opportunity to join a dedicated group of individuals in a highly innovative team environment. We offer competitive pay and great benefits.

Position Summary

The Development and Communications Manager will be responsible for the Center’s fundraising and communications efforts, and will create an annual strategic plan to achieve our annual fundraising goal. This includes managing all annual fund, major giving, and grant-seeking activities, as well as communications activities including social media, public outreach, press engagement, and publication design and production. This is a highly creative and dynamic position that requires outstanding verbal and written communication skills, excellent follow-through, and the ability to manage multiple deadlines and projects. The Development and Communications Manager will also be responsible for developing new relationships with businesses and funders to deepen connections to the Center and grow the revenue over time.

The following list of duties is intended only to describe the various types of work that may be performed and the level of technical complexity of the assignment(s) and is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties.

Essential Functions

Fund Development

  1. Lead agency fund development efforts, including annual fund, monthly giving, and major giving among corporate and private donors, and public partnerships, through the entire donor cycle.
  2. Lead and organize all aspects of the Board of Directors Development Committee, which includes: (a) strategic objectives (meeting or exceeding development goal), and (b) administrative tasks (scheduling, creating the agenda, taking minutes, etc.).
  3. Create and implement strategic annual development plan, including major giving program.
  4. Create a comprehensive stewardship program to cultivate, advance, and celebrate donors, including donor recognition events.
  5. Lead seasonal online and direct mail campaigns, including year-end giving efforts.
  6. Manage all donor database systems, including gift entry, donor tracking, and gift acknowledgement.
  7. Support efforts for all fundraising events, and serve as key internal contact for annual events.

Grant Writing

  1. Identify grant opportunities and Requests for Proposals that align with the Center’s core programs and services.
  2. With support of the Program Managers, manage all aspects of grant writing, including the writing of LOIs, proposals, narrative, deliverables, scope of work, work plan, budget, and reports. Write and submit grant applications on time, and track each grant through the application process.
  3. Administer data analysis for grant purpose, and product impact reports for grantors.
  4. Work with ED and Program Managers to ensure that vital programs and services are sustained through renewed funding sources. Flag at-risk funding sources, and help identify new opportunities to continue them.
  5. Support the ED and CWB team develop narrative and language for new contract opportunities.
  6. Support the ED in budget development regarding grants and funds.

Public Relations/Communications

  1. Create and implement strategic annual communications calendar.
  2. Manage all communications channels, including website, online and social media, press and media relations, public outreach, donor communications, event communications, and publication production.
  3. Identify when to highlight Executive Director and the CWB team at media opportunities to increase the Center’s visibility.
  4. Identify corporate marketing, community relations outreach, & media opportunities to increase visibility of CWB & programs. Pitch success stories to media outlets to increase visibility.
  5. Manage and develop press and media relationships.
  6. Manage and produce CWB media, including brochures, event-specific media, and program-specific materials.
  7. With the support of the ED, create internal and external newsletters – weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annually.

Desired Qualifications

  1. Strong fundraising track record and passion for beating goals.
  2. Skilled public speaker with the ability to engage a wide variety of audiences.
  3. Interacts positively with community organizations and team.
  4. Effectively represents the Center at community coalitions and collaborative opportunities as appropriate.
  5. An undergraduate degree in business marketing or communications.


  1. Passionate about the mission and vision of the Center for Well-Being.
  2. Excellent writing and editing skills, with a proven track-record for securing grants.
  3. Detail oriented, well organized, and deadline-driven. Able to implement projects according to a fixed timeline.
  4. High emotional IQ and excellent verbal communication skills with ability to engage donors with grace.
  5. 2-5 years of experience implementing fund development models and strategies.
  6. Able to demonstrate cultural competence in working with diverse populations.
  7. Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, PPT, Word, and Excel).
  8. Able to prepare clear, concise and complete reports and other written correspondence.
  9. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
  10. Possession of a CA Driver’s License with the ability to drive throughout the county (mileage reimbursed).


Full-Time, 32+ hours per week, exempt and flexible

$55K annual

Full benefits + PTO

This is a Full-Time, 32 – 40 hour per week, exempt, fully benefited position. The overall compensation package includes one of three Gold medical plans, 100% paid by employer, as well as employer-paid dental and optional vision. The Center also offers Unum Life Insurance at no additional cost to employees, which include short-term disability, long-term disability, and Employee Assistance Program. PTO package includes a total of four weeks, two weeks of vacation, and two weeks of sick time, and we have 12 observed holidays per year, 10 full days and two half days.





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