Development and Communications Director

Posted by
Fred T. Korematsu Institute
San Francisco, CA

Fred T. Korematsu Institute

Published 26 days ago

$35-38/hour, depending on experience

We seek an experienced Development and Communications Director to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week, with potential to transition to full-time. The Director will manage all fund development activities for the organization, including individual and institutional giving. In addition, the Director will supervise and manage the communications staff or intern for the organization.

About Us

The mission of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute is educating to advance racial equity, social justice, and human rights for all. Through education, we promote the significance and relevance of one of the most blatant forms of racism and civil rights violations in U.S. history: the forced removal and mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. One way we achieve this is by creating and distributing free multimedia Curriculum Toolkits for educators. These learning materials make connections between the WWII history and present-day racism, civil rights discrimination, and political scapegoating, such as mass incarceration, anti-immigrant sentiment, and xenophobia. 

Recently, in response to current events and a growing need for public civic education, the Korematsu Institute is expanding beyond developing and distributing K-12 educational curricula. The additional main focus of our work is to educate and promote public civic engagement, especially around voting, the Census, and racism, at a critical time in our nation’s history.

Executive Director Karen Korematsu founded the Fred T. Korematsu Institute in 2009 to honor her father’s legacy. Originally a local community and education program, the Korematsu Institute expanded its vision in 2010 as a result of Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution being established in California. Today, we are a national organization that inspires and educates students and the public through Fred Korematsu’s story. Our overarching vision is to uphold all human and civil rights by inspiring people to "stand up for what is right." Learn more at

About the Position

The Development and Communications Director reports to the Executive Director. The position will begin as part-time, with flexible hours and the potential to transition to full-time. The Director will work from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, until it is safe to return to the Korematsu Institute office in the San Francisco Presidio. The primary job functions will be to manage and perform all development work for the organization. Secondary will be the supervision of all communications work, including hiring and managing a communications intern.

Required Qualifications:

  • At least five years of experience in nonprofit development work
  • Proven track record of success in fund development
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to write for a variety of audiences and communication mediums
  • Team-oriented and a strong team player
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, Google Drive, Dropbox, social media platforms, website maintenance, donor database systems, and email marketing tools such as Mailchimp and Constant Contact
  • Excellent time management, organizational, and planning skills
  • Ability to multitask
  • Ability to prioritize and work independently with minimal supervision
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Experience in marketing or communications
  • Clean background check

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Interest or experience in racial justice education
  • Event-planning experience

Details of Responsibilities/Duties:


Individual Giving

  • Help create a fund development plan for the organization
  • Meet annual fundraising goals and develop and execute creative strategies to expand the organization’s donor base
  • Strategize and manage multiple fundraising campaigns a year
  • Work with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors to identify, cultivate, and solicit current and prospective donors
  • Build strong, meaningful, long-term relationships with individual donors and prospects, including maintaining effective ongoing communications to enhance donors’ connection to and support for the organization’s mission, through written communication, phone calls, and (when safe) in-person meetings and small donor gatherings


  • Identify and cultivate prospects
  • Write letters of inquiry, proposals, reports, and related correspondence, including acknowledgement letters
  • Work with staff and partners to gather needed information for proposals and reports
  • Work with the Executive Director, staff, and partners to fine-tune proposed projects and budgets
  • Track deadlines, grant periods, and financial information
  • Ensure grant-funded projects are properly acknowledged/credited


  • Research and explore opportunities with employee matching programs
  • Solicit event sponsorships

Prospect Research

  • Generate detailed prospect research reports on potential and current donors, including corporations, foundations, government agencies, and individuals

Donor Database

  • Help to develop and implement best-practices for record-keeping in the area of fundraising, i.e. create or contribute to donor database and file systems


  • Manage and update GuideStar profile and other representations of the organization online
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Hire and manage a communications intern
  • Oversee the work of writing, designing, and sending email blasts to the organization’s constituents, including newsletters, announcements, appeals, and event invitations
  • Oversee the work of managing the organization’s social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Oversee copywriting for and updates to the organization’s website
  • Help manage other communications projects, such as letters and correspondence to donors and stakeholders, the organization’s brochure, calendar, PSA, surveys, and flyers


  • Strategize e-blast campaigns and track and analyze metrics
  • Conceptualize and analyze social media strategy and campaigns, including how to grow and engage the organization’s audiences and followers


  • Other duties as assigned

We seek an experienced Development and Communications Director to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week, with potential to transition to full-time. The Director will manage all fund development activities for the organization…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Part Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required


P.O. Box 29527, San Francisco, CA 94129

How to Apply

Email a cover letter, resume, and the names/contact information of three professional references to with “Development and Communications Director” in the subject line. In your cover letter, please highlight why you are interested in the position and what makes you a strong candidate. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

Email a cover letter, resume, and the names/contact information of three professional references to with “Development and Communications Director…

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