Communications & Development Associate - Seattle

Job Type

Full Time




United States


Reading Partners is changing the education landscape. We are a leader in working to solve the literacy crisis in our country by leveraging community volunteers in under-resourced schools. Our diverse and expansive volunteer base provides one-on-one tutoring to students twice weekly, and our program is proven to help children master the reading fundamentals they need to unlock their potential as successful, happy and confident readers in school and in life. Our people are our heartbeat and our greatest resource; we are all passionately rallied around our mission to help children become lifelong learners by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction that works. Join our stellar team, leading the charge, to deepen our impact and expand our service. Learn more about us at .


The High Level

The Communications & Development Associate (CDA) is part of a team of relationship builders, working together to support Reading Partners’ strategic growth plan through communications, fundraising and streamlined development operations. The CDA’s main role is to support the achievement of regional fundraising goals in close partnership with the Executive Director by driving development operations. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Development Associate supports a variety of development team initiatives, is heavily involved in prospecting, research, grant writing, communications, and event management, and ensures smooth departmental and office operations. The CDA also serves as the lead in managing a small portfolio of relationships. The CDA is a highly collaborative, detail-oriented, and avid relationship builder who is excited to gain a great deal of exposure to many areas of fundraising in a high quality nonprofit.

What you’ll do:

Drive regional development operations and provide administrative support by…

  • Project managing all logistics for regional events, fundraising campaigns and office operations
  • Managing and entering information in the Salesforce donor database to record and track deadlines, meeting notes, funder information, fundraising campaigns and goals
  • Producing reports and data that are used by the Executive Director to drive streamlined communication internally and with board
  • Depositing and recording all checks received in the regional office using a remote desktop deposit system, which includes a bank-issued check scanner

Support all external revenue activities to meet or exceed ambitious fundraising goals for the entire region.

  • Lead on writing for fundraising and external relations activities for the region including meeting agendas, briefs and minutes, PowerPoints, letters, follow-up correspondence, updates, acknowledgements, reports, select grants and proposals, newsletters, and more
  • Conduct a high volume of prospect research to identify and qualify foundation, corporate, and major gift prospects
  • Coordinate and support all shared development team responsibilities including board and committee meetings, annual mailings, site visits, grant /report deadlines, etc.

Support regional communication strategy by:

  • Creating meaningful and mission-focused content for external relations collateral and communications, including e-newsletters, social media, media releases, event collateral, blogs, talking points, speeches, as well as meeting briefs, letters, follow-up correspondence, updates, mass mailings, and acknowledgments
  • Overseeing regional social media accounts, creating posts and thoughtfully engaging followers
  • Developing and maintaining a calendar of communications to ensure timely delivery of content and quality touch points with donors, tutors, and other key stakeholders

Others duties as needed


How you’ll do it:

Development Operations Management:

  • Demonstrate a growing ability to conduct research, to prospect, and to drive ongoing development efforts in rapidly expanding and diversifying organization, particularly in Seattle
  • Lead on high volume of operational needs for the development department including grant/report writing, meeting brief creation, donor cultivation tracking, event planning, prospect research, data aggregation and office operations. Manage data entry in Salesforce for several hundred constituents.
  • Demonstrate a strong detail orientation, a strong drive for accuracy, and ability to manage projects independently, and as part of a team. Execute all work in a highly organized, analytical, and data driven manner. Demonstrate the ability to prioritize, problem solve, and meet deadlines.

Relationship Development & Collaboration:

  • Establish highly collaborative relationships with all team members in the region. Work closely with portfolio managers to ensure accurate, timely and compelling interactions with donors. Work closely with the national accounting team on grants management and reporting.
  • Demonstrate an excitement to learn, grow, support, and add great value. Regularly seek to understand all aspects of our model to convey externally. Boast an entrepreneurial spirit and actively seek to deepen current donor relationships and forge new ones. Demonstrate excitement to steward and leverage relationships to support regional growth.


  • Effectively write high-quality donor communications that demonstrate deep knowledge of our program and promote our mission. Demonstrate the ability to write customized and compelling grant reports, proposals and letters of intent. Through exceptional writing, serve as an ambassador of Reading Partners.
  • Quickly establish credibility when promoting Reading Partners to external audiences. Demonstrate a high degree of comfort and poise with donors, corporations, prospects and board/committee members.


About you!

  • You’ll be successful in this role if you:
  • You have 1+ years of increasing responsibility in a development or related role
  • Are an exceptional, persuasive and persistent communicator in writing and verbally
  • Are achievement-oriented
  • Have a high degree of comfort with Salesforce or other fundraising database
  • Can prove eligibility to work in the U.S. legally
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Boast a deep belief in our mission
  • Root your work in our core values

Bonus Points if you:

  • Are an AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, or other national service alum/alumna
  • Have experience working in launch or growth phases of organizations
  • Experience work in education or literacy



Reading Partners offers the full package – great benefits, a great place to work and the opportunity to have a glowing and growing career.

  • We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience. This is a full-time, non-exempt, and hourly position.
  • We offer a rich suite of health, welfare, and lifestyle benefits, including medical, dental, vision, paid time off, commuter benefits, referral bonuses, 403(b) option, and more.
  • We offer an exciting and dynamic culture, and we commit to investing in and supporting our amazing people to grow their careers with us. As such, we provide ongoing professional development opportunities.


The other things you need to know 

  • Travel : This position travels for meetings and site visits throughout Seattle. This position may also involve occasional travel to Reading Partners’ National Headquarters in Oakland, CA or other regions.
  • Physical Requirements: Must be able to sit for certain periods of time, bend and stoop occasionally, have the necessary ability to use a keyboard and lift up to 10 pounds. Also requires flexibility to readily adapt to a changing environment.


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

If you’re interested in joining our Reading Partners team, please submit the following application materials to our online job posting:

  • A cover letter describing your interest in Reading Partners and how your past experience has prepared you for this role. Please include your salary needs.
  • Resume


At Reading Partners we respect and honor the diversity in our workforce, and we are an Equal Opportunity