Family Works



Since 1995, FamilyWorks has been providing nutritious foods, essential services, and a supportive community to families across North Seattle. Today, with a staff of nearly 20, FamilyWorks operates two food banks, a family resource center, and a host of mobile programs, reaching 7,000 program participants annually. FamilyWorks partners with families to meet their specific needs, starting by addressing basic needs and moving towards resiliency-building services. FamilyWorks advocates with dignity, inclusion, and empowerment.


After spending 2020 focusing on an executive transition and addressing rising food insecurity and family instability due to the pandemic, FamilyWorks is in the process of defining its next three-year strategic plan, and how they will advance their services and expand their reach.  The core operations of FamilyWorks are currently based in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle, and this year, FamilyWorks is expanding to launch a new Resource Center in the Roosevelt neighborhood. FamilyWorks was recently named a 2022 Bank of America Neighborhood Builder for our commitment and work to removing economic barriers. 



FamilyWorks is seek a talented, passionate, experienced, mission-driven Director of Development and Communications to build on their success and lead the development and communication strategies. The ideal candidate will develop forward-thinking strategies focusing on communications, major gifts, institutional giving, and annual giving to support FamilyWorks’ long-term stability as a resource for food access and family support in the community. The person in this role will work closely with the Executive Director, who has more than 15 years of experience in philanthropy and communications and is excited to work in thoughtful partnership with the Director of Development and Communications. 


The person in this role will also work with Board members, and staff to guide future direction and strategies. With strong leadership competencies and a broad knowledge of fundraising fundamentals the Director will lead a dedicated and talented team that includes the Annual Giving Manager, Communications Coordinator, Grants & Evaluation Coordinator, and contractors (when necessary). 


This is a hybrid position, with a combination of remote work and regular, weekly in-office work in various Seattle locations.


Leads the strategy and activities for achieving $2+ million in contributed income per year across annual giving, major gifts, private and government grants, and capital campaigns.


Oversees marketing/communications efforts to support organizational priorities including outreach, fundraising, volunteerism, partnerships and advocacy.


Provides excellent leadership and supervision to a team of professional and support staff, contractors and volunteers.


Champions a fundraising philosophy and organizational culture consistent with FamilyWorks’ core values and community-centric fundraising.


Leads effective planning, strategy development, goal setting, reporting, and evaluation of results.

Oversees broad donor development and stewardship through e-campaigns, mail campaigns, peer-to-peer strategies, special events and donor recognition. Develops content and giving vehicles that connect donors with the organization’s work and impact.


Leads major donor cultivation and moves management, leveraging staff, leadership and volunteer relationships. Directly manages a portfolio of donors who give and/or have the potential to give $5,000+ soliciting and securing major gifts.


Oversees fundraising communications, including major donor communications plans, impact reports, and the annual report.


Supervises the prospecting, research and relationship-building processes for grant opportunities, reviews funding proposals and impact reports.


Drives Board engagement and activities related to donor development and communications.


Builds corporate giving and relationships in partnership with the Executive Director.


Leads annual Sunday Supper, FamilyWorks’ marquee fundraising event.


Represents FamilyWorks by attending community events and building community partnerships.


Oversees effective development operations, including policies, procedures, CRM database, gift processing, 

acknowledgment, reporting, collaboration tools, and digital and physical record keeping.


  • Innovation and motivation for achieving fundraising success.
  • Proven track record in building a culture of philanthropy within an organization and significant strategic planning experience.
  • Direct experience in setting and implementing prospect/donor stewardship, cultivation, and solicitation strategies.
  • Ability to successfully develop and build relationships resulting in collaboration across the community and organization.
  • Experience in effectively supervising staff, managing performance and supporting professional development.
  • Willingness to participate in intentional learning efforts, relating to understanding and dismantling oppression, institutional racism and building cultural competency, and ability to work with people from a variety of racial, cultural, education, and economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identities.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to present information effectively to diverse audiences.
  • Strong attention to detail and highly organized.
  • Ability to maintain focus in an open work environment.


  • A minimum of 5 years of nonprofit philanthropy experience.
  • 3 years of staff supervision and mentoring experience.
  • Hands on experience with annual giving strategies, institutional fundraising, special events and major donor cultivation and stewardship
  • Experience in CRM databases and Microsoft Office products.


The annual salary range for this position is $90,000 – $110,000. FamilyWorks is an exceptional place to work and offers the following benefits:

  • Health and dental insurance
  • Transportation benefits
  • 403B retirement contributions
  • Generous PTO benefits


This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to applicants who connect with Diversity Recruiters™ by August 15th, 2023.  Please fill out the application below, which includes attaching a current resume which highlights relevant experience for this opportunity.


FamilyWorks is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.  We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, age, race, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions of this role.


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