Join a team that is passionately committed to advancing economic opportunity by inspiring and preparing Washington youth for high-demand careers and lifelong learning through a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Washington STEM and its regional STEM Networks and community partners create solutions and change policies to bring the best STEM education to Washington students, especially students of color, females, and youth living in high-poverty and rural communities. Our goal is for every Washington youth to realize their full potential and thrive in our innovation-driven economy and society. Launched in 2011, Washington STEM has a track record of success, a highly engaged board of directors, and an entrepreneurial and results-driven spirit. Located in an innovation center just south of Puget Sound’s thriving technology hub, our organization has a close-knit team of 19 in which we place a high priority on communication, collaboration, and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion where each person is supported to thrive, and having fun together. Washington STEM recognizes that historical and systemic inequity, especially institutional racism, is the root cause to problems we aim to solve. We acknowledge that it is impossible for us to fulfill our mission without creating an equitable and inclusive environment for our staff, partners, and people we serve. We are in search of a chief development and communications executive who will advance the organization’s values and impact through positive leadership and management. For more information about Washington STEM, please visit our website.
The chief development and communications officer (CDCO) is an outstanding opportunity for a highly-motivated fundraising executive with marketing communications experience to assume a pivotal role in the evolution of a fast-growing, highly-respected organization. Previously, Washington STEM had both a chief development officer and a communications lead. The integrated expertise and functions play an increasingly pivotal role in a fast-growing, highly-respected organization. The successful CDCO is a mission-focused, strategic, collaborative, results-driven, and creative leader and manager with a proven track record of growing a diverse and sustainable revenue portfolio, building and amplifying a positive brand position, and leading a team of diverse, talented individuals.
Reporting directly to the chief executive officer (CEO), the CDCO’s primary responsibility is to effectively develop, lead, and manage the fund development and communications strategies and functions of Washington STEM. The CDCO will play a key role in supporting the organization’s projected annual budget growth from $5M to $8-10M over the next three to five years, generating the resources, partnerships, and platform required to achieve our goals of every Washington student being Future Ready through STEM and tripling the number of students of color, living in poverty or rural areas, and girls being on track to earn high-demand degrees and credentials.
Working closely with the CEO, dedicated board of directors, and key staff, the CDCO designs and implements comprehensive and dynamic strategies and initiatives that will ensure the success of individual, corporate, and foundation giving. The CDCO is responsible for accurately forecasting, cultivating, and closing on revenue opportunities that meet or exceed the organization’s financial and impact goals. The efforts of the CDCO and their team will generate contributed revenue by increasing gifts, sponsorships, and grants through successful relationship building, solicitation, stewardship, and marketing communications. In addition to successfully leading all fundraising activities, the CDCO will oversee marketing, communications, events, and brand strategy for the overall organization, positioning the agency as the leading source of information and solutions concerning STEM education and workforce in Washington state and beyond.
Progressively responsible fundraising experience, including a minimum of five years in a senior director role and seven years of successful track record attracting and closing major gifts of $100,000+
Proven track record of identifying, cultivating, securing, and stewarding major donor relationships
Proven track record of partnering with high-level boards of directors, volunteers, and organizational partners
Experience with collaborative fundraising with multi-site partners strongly preferred
Ability to think and act strategically; understand the role of individuals, corporations, and foundations in contemporary philanthropy
Develop and maintain smooth, productive relationships with all segments of the community
Experience with proven results in designing, building, and managing to a development plan and function that is experiencing growth
Demonstrated competency in marketing, communications, and brand management in a related field
Experience in public relations and relationship management with Washington state media and community thought leaders highly desirable
Ability to build and foster collaborative relationships with other departments within the organization to stay informed and abreast of new and current work.
Proven ability to lead strategic planning, manage team execution against measurable goals and objectives, and develop and manage budgets
Motivation and ability to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Exceptional project management skills
How to Apply
Washington STEM is a proud equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive work environment and to building a team that reflects the rich diversity of our community. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions, and identities are encouraged to apply.
Please submit your resume and a cover letter. Your cover letter should express your specific interest in and qualifications for this role as well as respond to these questions:
1) What does it mean for you to have a commitment to diversity and equity?
2) How have you demonstrated that commitment and how would you see yourself demonstrating it at Washington STEM?
Additional Salary Information: DOE
About Washington STEM
Washington STEM is a statewide, independent nonprofit organization headquartered in Seattle, WA. Launched in 2011 and founded on the principles of equity, partnership, and sustainability, we seek smart, scalable solutions that lead to opportunities for those students most underserved and underrepresented in STEM fields. We believe that through a high-quality STEM education, Washington students will become the leaders, critical thinkers, and creators that will tackle the biggest challenges facing our state, nation, and the world.