Director of Development & Communications: Job Description

Help plan our 75th anniversary gala and celebration! Here is your opportunity to become part of the amazing team at Tucker Maxon School. Our Mission is to teach deaf and hearing children to listen, talk, learn, and achieve excellence together. Our goal is to help every child reach their full potential in school and life. Tucker Maxon provides EI, preschool, and K-5th elementary in SE Portland. We are one of the top independent nonprofit schools in the Portland area. We are looking for our next incredible team member, the Director of Development and Communications. Join us for our 75th Anniversary year!

TMS currently has a major donor program (donors who contribute $1,000 or more annually) that raises approximately $250,000 per year, part of a total contributed income of approximately $800,000 annually.

Come see why TMS is ranked one of the Top 100 Nonprofits to Work for and one of the Top 100 Best Green organizations in Oregon. And why we were named the #1 Summer Art Camp in Portland. Learn more about the school and its mission at

Roles and Responsibilities

Creates and implements annual development and communications plans.
Plans and implements annual fundraising programs and events
Plan our 75th Anniversary Gala for June 10, 2023.
Researches, cultivates, solicits, and stewards donors and partners.
Develops relationships with local media and community to enhance our reputation and brand.
Manages the school’s advertising plan, including managing ad deadlines and creating ads for print and online.
Oversees content of monthly school e-news.
Oversees contact database and mailing lists used for ongoing communications with donors and sponsors.
Oversees development of printed and media collateral needed for fundraising including website, newsletter, and annual report.
Develops and maintains relationships with local service clubs.
Acts as a primary liaison with school alumni.
Prepares monthly highlights for the Executive Director for a report to the Board of Directors.
Recruits and oversees volunteers for development events.
Supervises 1-2 Development staff including Dev Asst and Grant Writer.
Enthusiastically supports the mission of the school.
Performs other duties as assigned by the Development focused and engaged Executive Director.

Qualifications to perform this job successfully

Bachelor’s degree in related field and a minimum of 3-5 years of equivalent experience.
Strong written and verbal communications skills.
Experience with Microsoft Office applications.
Experience with donor databases, preferably Donor Perfect.
Experience in desktop publishing applications preferably Adobe Acrobat, Canva, or Publisher.
Experience with email marketing tools, preferably MailChimp.
Knowledge of social networking tools such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.
Familiarity with auction/event software, preferably School Auction.
Extensive event planning and management history.
Ability to plan and grow a planned giving and endowment program.
Ability to help sustain a collaborative, respectful work relationship with staff, Board, public and school families.
Maintain strict confidentiality with donor, family, staff and school information.
Proven track record of fundraising success, in particular with major donors ($1K+).
Ability to drive to various meetings with donors, foundations, corporations, and to attend occasional after hour’s events.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Standing, walking, sitting, talking/listening, reaching with hands and arms.
Lifting up to 30 pounds.
Drive to Portland area events.

Please see our diversity, equity and inclusion statement at

Tucker Maxon School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, national or ethnic origin, or other legally protected status. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ candidates are encouraged to apply.

Starting salary is $75,750 plus bonus. Excellent benefits include 4+ weeks paid vacation annually, health insurance, and employer contributions to a retirement fund.

To Apply
To apply for this position, please submit a full cover letter and a resume, with the subject line Development Director to, by the application deadline of December 27, 2022.

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