Development & Communications Manager

Job Type

Full Time



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United States


SPOON, an innovative global nonprofit, is the only organization dedicated to transforming nutrition and feeding for children living without permanent families and children with disabilities. SPOON empowers and equips families, communities, and institutions to safely feed and adequately nourish children through trainings and implementation of proprietary tools. UNICEF and Ashoka recognize SPOON for our progressive approach and system-changing work that has catalyzed national policy change and yielded dramatic improvements in children’s health and development.

The SPOON team consists of nine dedicated, focused, yet easy-going individuals. Our office in inner SE Portland is warm and inviting. We are bike-, kid-, and dog-friendly. The hard and serious work we do is made easier by the good company, nearby restaurants, and stellar coffee.

The Development & Communications Manager is a dynamic individual who will manage all aspects of a comprehensive fundraising and communications program in alignment with SPOON’s strategic plan. S/he will be a versatile pro with outstanding written communication skills, superb attention to detail and deadlines, and exemplary people skills for prospecting and cultivating our growing donor base, as well as working with our staff, board, and volunteers. S/he will report to the Director of Engagement and have no supervisory responsibilities.



  • Collaborate with the Director of Engagement on the annual development plan in alignment with the annual budget, including major giving, campaigns, annual appeal, and events
  • Plan and produce donor acquisition events and open houses, including securing venues, in-kind donations, attendees, etc.; support logistics and programming of larger fundraisers
  • In partnership with the Executive Director and Director of Engagement, support the major gifts program; cultivate a small portfolio; meet with portfolio team, track donors and asks, ensure alignment with financials
  • Develop and distribute fundraising collateral, including emails, newsletters, campaign letters, and thank you letters
  • Manage donor database including running reports, data entry, creating email lists, creating events and registration pages, and managing data integrity
  • Establish and manage relationships with volunteers and vendors, such as event planners, venues, graphic designers, and printers
  • Prepare monthly deposit reports and reconcile the general ledger to the donor database, with the support of the Director of Finance & Administration

Communications and Marketing

  • Collaborate with the Director of Engagement on event, campaign, and case statement messaging and collateral, ensuring alignment with organizational messaging and accuracy with program outcomes
  • Collaborate with the Director of Engagement and Director of Programs on partner communications, ensuring alignment with organizational messaging and meeting objectives
  • Create SPOON’s social media posts, ensuring timely and newsworthy content is available to constituency
  • Update and maintain website


  • Identify and research possible funders
  • Write and secure foundation grants in collaboration with SPOON staff
  • Write grant reports as required
  • Develop and maintain calendar for submitting proposals and final reports, including managing task flow and deadlines, and coordinating input from others

Other Tasks as Assigned

  • Coordinate and assign tasks to volunteers, host volunteer orientations, understand volunteer needs, manage calendar, and respond to inquiries


  • 3+ years or more progressively responsible and successful experience in fundraising, grant writing, and other forms of generating support for a nonprofit organization
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to prospect, cultivate, and manage relationships with donors, and to manage volunteers
  • Excellent technical skills in writing, editing, formatting, research, art direction, negotiation, and verbal communications
  • Knowledge of communications, marketing and branding
  • Solution-oriented approach to facing challenges and able to work well under pressure, manage multiple deadlines and complex schedules
  • Entrepreneurial attitude, results driven, and able to work independently as well as collaboratively
  • Knowledge and familiarity with fundraising best practices and current and emerging applications of technology for fundraising implementation
  • Knowledge of local, regional, national and international foundations and corporations a plus
  • Able to engage staff, donors, and volunteers from diverse backgrounds
  • Able to develop and cultivate authentic relationships with donors, funders and constituents
  • Proficient in MacOS, Microsoft Office suite, and CRM/donor database management
  • Passionate about SPOON’s mission

In addition to the specific job requirements for each position, SPOON staff embodies a set of core values: persistence, commitment to evidence, and a passion for their role in the mission.


SPOON is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. We strive to maintain a diverse workforce and welcome a diverse pool of qualified applicants. For each of its positions, SPOON seeks to hire staff with relevant experience, skills, and aptitude, and to be mindful of what best serves our organization and supports our mission.


This is an exempt, full-time position with competitive salary. Some evening hours and travel expected. Benefits include health and dental coverage, 401k plan, bike/public transportation benefit, professional development opportunities, and generous paid time off. 

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Submit a cover letter, résumé/CV, completed application, writing sample, and a sample of marketing materials that you completed or collaborated on (please indicate your role) to Please address the characteristics of a successful candidate, as well as your qualifications, in your cover letter. 

We will begin reviewing applications on a rolling basis on April 9th. Qualified applicants will be invited to have an initial 30-minute virtual interview and a select group will be invited for an in-person interview starting the week of April 23rd.  We hope the selected candidate will begin by early to mid-May.