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Development & Communications Director

Greater Gig Harbor Foundation (Full-time)

About the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation:

The Greater Gig Harbor Foundation (GGHF) a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, Section 509 (a)(2) public charity, is the only community foundation specifically working to meet the diverse needs of our greater Gig Harbor and Key peninsula communities. The nonprofit organization has invested more than $4.6 million in grants, scholarships, land, equipment and volunteer service over its 10-year history. At its core, the Foundation is an organization created with gifts from generous people committed to local causes. For donors, the Foundation serves as a philanthropic advisor. For the community, the Foundation serves as a grant maker and a civic leader. Through the support of its donors, volunteers and fundholders, the Foundation works to address pressing community needs.

The Foundation’s Mission:

GGHF works collaboratively to build, bridge and enrich our greater Gig Harbor and Key peninsula region by raising funding, advocating for and providing support to help meet diverse community needs in five core areas – arts & culture, education, parks & environment, recreation and social capital – which are all essential to sustaining vibrant healthy communities across our peninsulas.

Position Description:

The Development & Communications Development Director (DCD) is a full-time contract position with the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation. The position works in collaboration with the CEO and the board of directors. On-going educational and professional development opportunities will be provided. This position is responsible for fund development, marketing, outreach, and communications. The DCD will work to ensure that the Foundation’s core and administrative functions are operational and fully funded. Tremendous growth potential exists for the right candidate.

The ideal candidate has a background in communications, fund development and relationship building, and a willingness to collaborate with a variety community businesses, organizations and agencies. The individual must be skilled in organization, possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, and have the ability to interact professionally with donors, sponsors, businesses and community members.

Position Summary:

Key requirements of the position include working to build significant community and financial support for GGHF’s community funds and programs and establishing, advancing and stewarding relationships. The DCD helps the Foundation’s team, inclusive of Board and other staff members, to leverage new opportunities, cultivate critical relationships, and maintain high standards of excellence in all external communications and relationships. This position reports to and works closely with the CEO and will provide administrative and data support for Board and Foundation related events, understand and respond effectively to the needs of GGHF donors, and serve as an important liaison with the community.

Major activities will include working with GGHF’s Development Associate to develop and implement a comprehensive fund-raising plan to identify new and creative funding opportunities, preparing grant and fund-raising proposals and solicitations, and conducting donor research to identify new potential funding sources. By achieving fund development goals, the DCD will play a critical role in supporting the Foundation in its mission to serve the greater Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula community.

Specific Responsibilities:

Development – shape, manage and drive the implementation of a successful strategies to support organizational and project development needs, including:

  • Implementation of existing consolidated sponsorship program involving individuals, businesses and private foundations
  • Refine and implement core area sponsorship programs (e.g., #Community Harvest, Students of Distinction, etc.) involving individuals, businesses, schools, organizations and private foundations
  • Implement specific campaigns for the Heritage Fund, which includes planned giving, endowments, and donor development
  • Direct the production of annual GGHF fundraising events and ONE Community appeal
  • Develop calendars, plans, and communications for fundraising events and appeals
  • Identify, cultivate, recruit, and organize fund development leaders and volunteers
  • Establish recognition, acknowledgements, and incentives for donors and volunteers
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate specific fund development programs and campaigns, and
  • Development of grant proposals specific to operations, administration and core projects 

Communications - shape, manage and drive the implementation of an effective outreach and communication campaign to educate and cultivate community support, including:

  • Develop and implement cost-effective marketing and outreach strategies to communicate with a range of constituencies through printed and electronic media
  • Plan and organize campaigns that promote the Foundation’s vital long-term role in helping to ensure dynamic sustainability for our greater peninsula community
  • Communicate and collaborate with a range of people, organizations, businesses, etc.
  • Identify and report on the impact of the Foundation’s diverse works, from individuals to families, to education, parks, recreation and the environment, to our local economy
  • Create, write, edit and produce press releases, publications, videos, exhibits, and printed materials, including annual reports, and
  • Assist in updating and maintaining GGHF’s website, on-line publications, and social media.
  • Build relationships with new potential partner organizations
  • Maintain professional and active social media accounts (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
  • Represent the Foundation at various community, professional and networking events Skills and Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated leadership, organization and time management skills
  • Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to manage timelines and project budgets effectively
  • Capacity to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent computer skills. Regular use of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Experience with website and newsletter production and message development
  • Interest in and commitment to the health and well-being of our greater peninsula community
  • Ability to work well with diverse individuals and balance a variety of needs
  • Degree in business, communication, marketing or a related field or equivalent job experience
  • Demonstrated success in marketing, donor development, or other relationship building activities
  • Developing and implementing marketing campaigns
  • Public relations and working with a variety of stakeholders
  • Dress in appropriate apparel when representing the organization
  • Possess a valid Washington State driver’s license and pass a background check


  • At least 3-5 years of communications/publications and fund development experience desired.

To Apply: Send your resume and letter of interest to:

Greater Gig Harbor Foundation c/o Executive Committee
7191 Wagner Way, Suite 102
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Or by email to: Julie Ann Gustanski,

Questions? Please call 253.514.6338, Ext. 3

Applications will be reviewed as received. Candidates selected for interview will be requested to provide references. Position open until filled. The Greater Gig Harbor Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.


Thanks for your interest in volunteering with the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation. Volunteers are the heart and soul of our community – and our community’s foundation!

To help us understand where your interests will best meet current volunteer opportunities, please share a bit more information about yourself and what you are seeking. Considering these questions may help:

  • Why are you interested in the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation?
  • What skills can you share in supporting your community’s foundation through volunteering?
  • Do you want an office-based or web-based experience, campaign/event planning or project work, or some combination?
  • Are you looking for you or for a group volunteer opportunity?
  • Are you volunteering as part of an academic requirement, senior project, personal enrichment, for an employer, or other specific goal?
  • How much time and energy are you willing to commit (weekly/monthly/annually)?
  • Are you seeking a regular volunteer position or one-time opportunity?
  • Do you have several hours per week, and/or several days a week available?

Your responses to these questions will help us match the Foundation’s needs to your background, skills and interests. If we are not the right fit for your volunteer interests, we will try to direct you to other area resources.

Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community. Please Contact us today to learn how you can put your talents and passion to work in your community.

For information about serving on the Board of Directors, GGHF Curious by Nature School Board, Core Area Boards, or the new ONE Community – One Call Committee, contact us.