Posted: February 20, 2019

Humanities Tennessee is currently seeking a Development and Communications Director.

The Development and Communications Director reports to the Executive Director and will have overall responsibility for the planning and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising program and for producing and disseminating a variety of marketing, communications, and advocacy materials. With a focus on relationship-building, collaboration, and case-making, this position advances fundraising and communications to cultivate and engage constituents, to develop resources, and to make the case for the impact of Humanities Tennessee’s work. We encourage applications from all individuals with 5+ years fundraising experience paired with an aptitude and interest in all aspects of fundraising and marketing.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Development (approximately 70%)

  • Refines and implements annual and long-range strategic plans for fund development, including individual, major donor, corporate, foundation, and government sources.
  • Develops policies and procedures for the development program that reflect ethical fundraising practices.
  • Engages the board and regional committee members as fundraising partners and donors.
  • Recruits volunteer leadership for development activities.
  • Initiates face-to-face meetings with prospects and donors around the state. Coordinates with Executive Director and board members to attend.
  • Develops and manages timelines for various fundraising activities to ensure strategic plans and critical fundraising processes are carried out in a timely manner.
  • Monitors, evaluates and reports on all fundraising activities to ensure that fundraising goals are being met.
  • Identifies prospects, cultivate donors (current and prospective), and oversees stewardship activities.
  • Researches and engages potential corporate and foundation funders.
  • Plans, designs and executes all donor solicitations, including letters, brochures, events, special campaigns, and face-to-face meetings.
  • Coordinates fundraising events and activities.
  • Enters incoming gifts and pledges into donor database.
  • Oversees the acknowledgment of funders in all appropriate venues.
  • Maintains overall calendar of deadlines for grants submissions and timelines for each grant proposal. Works with Executive Director and program staff to write and submit grants.
  • Keeps informed of current development strategies and provides knowledge on best practices.
  • Creates and manages development budget.

Communications (approximately 30%)

  • Oversees Humanities Tennessee’s marketing and communications strategies to ensure a visible and vibrant presence statewide.
  • Develops plan for comprehensive communications outreach to media, state legislature and members of Congress, donors, and partners.
  • Collaborates with staff and Executive Director to create and implement annual communications plan and calendar.
  • Identifies opportunities to enhance awareness of Humanities Tennessee’s work using traditional media, online and electronic media.
  • Develops press releases and printed materials for programs and events, as needed.
  • Works with program staff to raise awareness and attendance at programs conducted and/or supported by Humanities Tennessee.
  • Creates and manages communications budget
  • Oversees Humanities Tennessee’s existing communications vehicles, including: Website content; E-newsletter (bimonthly); Chapter 16 e-newsletter (weekly); Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.


  • Works in partnership with Executive Director, board of directors, and staff in strategic and operational planning, budgeting, and best practices for advancing Humanities Tennessee’s mission.
  • Attends all board meeting and provides printed materials and verbal reports as requested; participate in and help steer development committee meetings.
  • Multitasks and completes objectives while contributing to the team environment.
  • Supervises fundraising and communications consultants/interns as necessary.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A passion for the humanities and the work of Humanities Tennessee.
  • Minimum 5 years of nonprofit fundraising experience, with demonstrated leadership and relationship-building abilities.
  • The ability to build rapport and communicate effectively in writing, on the phone and in person.
  • The ability to consistently meet and surpass fundraising goals.
  • Creativity and problem-solving skills.
  • A commitment to furthering a culture of philanthropy at all levels of the organization.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and a great deal of self-motivation.
  • Experience with CRM databases.
  • A bachelor’s degree.

Job Type: Full-time

Contact Information and Procedure:
Humanities Tennessee is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage all qualified candidates, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, disability, veteran status, or gender identity to apply. This is a full-time position with salary is based on qualifications and experience. Benefits, a generous leave policy, and professional development opportunities are available. Please send resume and cover letter via email attachment by Friday, March 29 to No phone calls, please. We apologize in advance for not having sufficient staff resources to respond to each inquiry/submission.

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