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Director of Development


Seattle, WA 98122, USA


Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center (HSDC) is a nonprofit for clients who are deaf, hard of hearing, or who face other communication barriers such as speech challenges. Our mission is to foster inclusive and accessible communities through communication, advocacy, and education.


The Director of Development is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all of HSDC’s fundraising, including major gifts, annual fund, planned giving, special events and capital campaigns.  The Director of Development works closely with the Executive Director and the HSDC Board of Directors via the Development Committee in all development and fundraising efforts.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Must embrace the mission of fostering inclusive, accessible communities through communication, advocacy and education, and have the shared vision of an inclusive accessible world where everyone is understood and respected
  • Motivate and inspire staff, Board members and other volunteers to take action
  • Create and implement an aggressive fundraising strategy including an annual Development plan; incorporate key deliverables and metrics into HSDC’s strategic plan
  • Set goals and establish clear metrics that drive current and long-term fundraising success; monitor and report on progress
  • Organize community outreach and plan special events, make public appearances/accept engagements to share information about HSDC’s departments with the community
  • Engage with media to increase community awareness and support of HSDC
  • Cultivate and manage donor and supporter relationships and maintain effective, regular communications with donors and supporters
  • Grow a major gifts program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors
  • Oversee grant seeking including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements
  • Direct the annual fund program, including mailings and social media drives
  • Oversee fundraising database and tracking systems
  • Oversee creation of publications to support fundraising activities
  • Maintain gift recognition programs
  • Serve on the HSDC Leadership Team and embrace the shared leadership philosophy
  • Develop and monitor annual department budget
  • Demonstrate the initiative to learn and enhance skills that promote equity, cultural competency and an understanding of oppression and its impact
  • Directly supervise all Development Department staff
  • Perform work on weekends and evenings as needed for donor cultivation and special events
  • Other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities: 

This position manages employees in the ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Development Department. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


  • Minimum 5 years of verifiable work history in professional fundraising (Bachelor’s degree preferred)
  • American Sign Language (ASL) skills or willingness to learn
  • Understanding of Deaf Culture and the needs of the Deaf Community or willingness to learn
  • Project management and managerial experience
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proven track record of completion, accuracy and timeliness in past professional positions
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite
  • Experience with nonprofit CRM software (Raiser’s Edge preferred)

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment described below represent the activities and surroundings of the positions.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work is performed both in an office environment, with a low to moderate noise level, and at a variety of off-site locations, including, but not limited to: offices, event venues and community spaces. The employee may be required to drive moderate distances, have reliable transportation and/or ability to efficiently get to meeting or event sites, and to transport presentation and event materials.

To perform the job, the employee is frequently required to use the telephone/videophone and communicate clearly in person with individuals and groups.  The employee is required to read and respond to documents in hard copy and electronic form, and use a computer, fax, copy machine, and scanner.

HSDC is an equal opportunity employer


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