Fund Development & Communications Manager




POSTING DATE:    January 12, 2018

REPORTS TO:         Executive Director

HOURS:                     Full-time, 40 hours/week

PAY RANGE:          DOE

POSITION TYPE:   Management Exempt

BENEFITS:               Medical, Vision, Dental, Life/Disability, Vacation and Sick Leave

CLOSING DATE:    Open until filled.


The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) develops housing opportunities for people who are low-income and/or homeless, provides technical assistance to communities and other non-profits, and advocates for housing justice.  LIHI owns and manages over 2,000 apartments at 62 locations throughout the Puget Sound.  The majority of residents in LIHI housing are extremely low income, many are previously homeless. LIHI operates three Urban Rest Stops providing hygiene services for homeless people. The Tiny House Program provides short-term shelter to over 1,000 people annually. LIHI is a vocal advocate on housing policy, ending homelessness and housing as a human right.

The Fund Development & Communications Manager is responsible for raising over $1.5 million annually through foundation and corporate giving, events, and direct appeals.  The position is responsible for planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating LIHI’s annual fundraising plan and communication strategies.


  • Consistently demonstrate commitment to LIHI’s values and mission;
  • Lead agency strategic planning effort for fund development and communications;
  • Create and implement annual fund development plan to achieve organizational fundraising goals and objectives;
  • Research sources and develop relationships with private foundations, corporations, and individual donors;
  • Develop, submit and track grant proposals; maintain a calendar of submission deadlines and follow up requirements;
  • Develop an understanding of LIHI’s programs and services and work with staff to develop proposals for agency priorities that are likely to be funded;
  • Assist in gathering information on agency programs, community needs and public issues for use in grant proposals, website, brochures and outreach materials;
  • Coordinate efforts to obtain funding for the agency’s capital and support services needs;
  • Work with Board and Staff to upgrade and expand the giving levels of current donors and to identify, solicit, and track new donors at all levels;
  • Launch crowdfunding campaigns for tiny houses, Urban Rest Stops and other programs.
  • Manage and update fundraising and volunteer data base and tracking system;
  • Supervise fund development and administrative staff, consultants and volunteers:
  • Direct special events including annual auction, open houses, donor cultivation, and volunteer recognition;
  • Produce public relations materials and to promote LIHI including press releases, brochures, and the agency annual report;
  • Promote LIHI on social media;
  • Develop press contacts;
  • Represent the Executive Director and agency at events and functions; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Five years successful experience implementing a multifaceted development strategy including foundations and corporation giving, coordinating events, direct appeals, and major donor cultivation and solicitation;
  • Documented success in fundraising for affordable housing or social service related field;
  • Demonstrated ability to work closely with volunteer leadership (Board members); agency management and program staff;
  • Willingness and ability to work with people from a variety of backgrounds with various lifestyles, sexual orientations and ages;
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills and ability to undertake and coordinate advocacy and outreach campaigns;
  • Experience with social media, and excellent computer skills including preparing presentations with charts and visuals;
  • Commitment to social change and the empowerment of low income people;
  • Experience coordinating media and marketing outreach; and
  • Experience applying for and securing a variety of government and private sector grants preferred.
  • Must pass criminal background check and drug screen

If interested in this position, please send resume and a cover letter addressing your qualifications to:

The Low Income Housing Institute

Attn: Human Resources

2407 1st Avenue

Seattle, WA 98121

Fax: (206) 443-9851  


For more information review our website at




The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  LIHI participates in the E-Verify Program.

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