Director, Development and Communications

  • CIS of Virginia
  • Richmond, VA

Reporting to the President, the Director, Development and Communications is responsible for executing the development, marketing, and communications efforts of CIS of Virginia (CIS-VA). This position is also responsible for providing technical assistance to and building the skills and capacity of affiliate leadership in these respective areas through direct engagement and effective relationship building.

Communities In Schools Overview

Founded in 1999 and located in Richmond, Virginia, Communities In Schools of Virginia is part of the national Communities In Schools network and shares the same mission: to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. As a state office, we strive to strengthen the CIS of Virginia network by providing local affiliate leadership, staff, and boards with the knowledge, tools, and resources that build strong and sustainable organizations.

Key Responsibilities


  • Lead a full-spectrum private and public resource and fund development program for CIS-VA to meet the organization’s financial needs and facilitate growth; includes the identification, cultivation, solicitation, acknowledgment, stewardship, reporting and recognition of a range of funding sources: corporate, foundation, individuals, CIS National office, board, annual and other campaigns, and state- and federal-level public funding
  • Provide coordination and direction for all multi-affiliate and collaborative fund development efforts
  • Provide the appropriate level of direction, coordination, coaching, and support for affiliate leaders’ fund development efforts, which may include the production of proposals and funding requests as needed
  • Track and monitor all elements of grant life cycles, including:
    • Lead grant writing for private funding proposals that support the needs of CIS-VA and CIS programs
    • Maintain relationships with funders, including completing and submitting required reports and gift acknowledgements
    • Balance donations with finance personnel
  • As needed, initiate and manage special fundraising events

Marketing and Communications

  • Develop and implement a CIS-VA marketing and communications strategic plan
  • Create and manage all CIS-VA branded communications, both print- and web-based/social, to advance key statewide strategies, promote visibility, and ensure messaging consistency to key stakeholders. This includes designing, maintaining, and generating high-quality content for the CIS-VA printed collateral, website, email campaigns, and social media platforms.
  • Ensure marketing and communications activities are aligned to the strategic plan, relevant resource development plans, and CIS national branding guidelines
  • Create and share collateral for affiliate dissemination in alignment with the marketing and communications strategic plan
  • Provide technical assistance to affiliates around marketing, branding, and communications
  • Serve as lead CIS-VA contact with CIS national marketing and communications staff

Other Position Functions

  • Engage with appropriate CIS-VA staff and regional leadership to develop all memoranda of understanding and financial agreements between CIS-VA and network affiliates
  • As assigned by the president, serve on interview panels for affiliate leadership/directors
  • As assigned by the president, represent CIS-VA at national, statewide, and local CIS meetings (to include affiliate board meetings)
  • Visit affiliate programming in action to build understanding of the CIS model and programs
  • Work with appropriate CIS-VA staff to assist with replication and expansion activities as it relates to fundraising and communications
  • Oversee development and marketing and communications budget
  • Other duties as assigned

Essential Competencies of the Successful Candidate

At a minimum, the Director, Development and Communications must have a Bachelor’s Degree and a strong personal commitment to the CIS mission and work. In addition, the Director shall have:

  • At least five to 10 years fundraising and resource development experience
  • Exceptional fundraising skills, including stewarding donors, executing fundraising strategies, monitoring funding sources, and preparing grant requests to foundations and other funding sources
  • Proven experience achieving a substantial fundraising goal
  • Demonstrated and superior interpersonal, strategic thinking, written, and oral communication skills
  • Ability to develop strong relationships quickly with diverse stakeholders, including potential funders, organizational leadership and staff, and external partners
  • Dedication to relationship building, effective collaboration, and a commitment to working as an integral part of the team
  • Knowledge of the education and philanthropic landscapes in Virginia highly preferred
  • Proven ability to craft compelling marketing and branding materials that invest constituents in a mission
  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects, meet strict deadlines, and effectively balance competing demands of varying complexity levels while exercising significant initiative, autonomy, and attention to detail
  • Excellent knowledge and experience of computer and software applications, including Microsoft Office and Google Suite, publishing platforms (Canva, WordPress), donor management software, internet, social media

Additional Requirements

  • Travel: Recurrent day and occasional overnight travel expected, including meetings with funders, stakeholders, affiliate staff and boards, and conferences across the state
    • Valid driver’s license
    • Reliable transportation
  • Lifting: 25 pounds

The requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position Type:

Target Hire Date: Immediately