Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center requires all employees to receive full COVID-19 vaccination, including booster dose.
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is a nonprofit organization that provides arts, health, youth, and Pride programs to strengthen and support the LGBTQ+ community across the Lehigh Valley. Founded in 2014 and opened in 2016, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center has become a leading-edge and complex organization with a diversity of revenue sources and an even greater diversity of community programs.
Director of Development and Communications
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides community building activities such as arts, health, Pride events as well as youth programming to strengthen and support the LGBTQ+ community across the Lehigh Valley. Founded in 2014 and opened in 2016, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center has become a leading-edge and complex organization with a diversity of revenue sources and an even greater diversity of community programs.
Position Summary: The Director of Development and Communications works collaboratively as part of a development/communications team that includes five direct reports: the center’s grants manager, major events manager, graphic designer, communications associate and a part-time administrative specialist. The person in the role serves as a member of the senior leadership team, and reports to the executive director. Position is responsible to ensure inter department collaboration with programs, communications, and administration. Based on a thorough understanding of grassroots fundraising, annual giving, grants management, corporate sponsorship, corporate and foundation relations, capital fundraising, and major event planning. Additionally, the position is responsible for overseeing fundraising operations and ensuring developmental growth in line with professional fundraising standards, audit requirements, grant requirements, and organizational policies. In addition, the Director of Development and Communications is charged with educating the community about the center’s programs, services, advocacy, impact, and needs through strategic communications and marketing. This position is the primary contact for media relations, advertising, brand consistency, and all written and visual communication including our website.
- Build, grow, and sustain individual giving program with an annual goal of a minimum of $200,000
- Develop two (2) annual appeal campaigns in collaboration with the Executive Director
- Oversee donation processing from individuals, including corporate employee donation programs
- Prospect and cultivate new and existing donors
- Manage donor stewardship program
- Coordinate the inter-department development of the annual report Sponsors & Relationships
- Prospect and cultivate new and existing sponsors and partners with an annual goal of a minimum of $300,000 in corporate, business, and individual sponsorships
- Manage sponsorship invoicing and contracting in collaboration with the administration team
- Manage annual sponsorship benefits to ensure all benefits are fulfilled in collaboration with major events and programs
- Manage all communications related to sponsorship giving Capital Gifts
- Build, grow, and sustain a capital giving program to ensure the Center’s capital needs are met and exceeded with a minimum of $200,000 annually in new pledged capital gifts
- Collaborate with Facility & Operations team to identify and prioritize the Center’s capital needs
- Manage all relationships and communications related to capital giving Grants Operations
- Oversee grants operations and assist as needed to ensure goals are met and exceeded in accordance with the Center’s vision. An annual goal of a minimum of $1 million in new grants dollars
- Provide direction for quarterly grants forecasting Event Planning
- Oversee all stages of planning, fundraising, and implementation of all event operations and assist as needed to ensure goals are met and exceeded in accordance with the Center’s vision
- Develop and manage planning timelines for the annual Gala & LGBTQ+ Community Leadership Awards and Lehigh Valley Pride festival in collaboration with the major events manager
- Oversee development and implementation of a volunteer gala planning committee
- Develop and manage a multimedia strategy that raises awareness of the organization
- Grow and maintain relationships with media partners (journalists, photographers, outlets)
- Prepare and send press releases and media statements as the organization’s primary contact
- Pitch story ideas and op-eds to media outlets for publication
- Prepare talking points for the Executive Director or other staff in advance of interviews.
Qualifications and Characteristics
- Energy, enthusiasm, and motivation to enhance LGBTQ+ programs, services, and advocacy through communications and marketing strategies
- Passionate learner who is motivated to take on new challenges
- Proven track record of setting goals and raising philanthropic dollars in each of the key areas as described in the job description
- Strong writing skills and prior experience with advocacy writing (op-eds, letters to the editor, etc.)
- Proven experience in social media management and marketing
- Comfort, knowledge, and expertise using Google Workspace (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Drive, etc.)
- Strong analytical skills, as well as the ability to archive and track critical information
- Ability to work well independently and as a member of a team in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, and be able to prioritize and manage multiple tasks effectively and efficiently
- Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience required. (Relevant work experience in lieu of a
degree is acceptable.)
- Previous experience working in development and communications for a community-based nonprofit
- Understanding of the programmatic and development needs for an LGBTQ+ community-based organization
- Cultural competency around LGBTQ+ communities
- Passion for working with and serving historically underrepresented and marginalized communities
including LGBTQ+ community members and those living with HIV
- Child Abuse, State Police, and FBI background checks are required for this position
- Spanish-language spoken, and written proficiency is preferred, but not required
- Graduate degree in communications, marketing, or related fields is preferred, but not required
This is a full-time position with a salary range of $53,000 to $60,000 annually. Salary will be offered for this position based upon the successful candidate’s prior experience. Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center offers health, dental, vision, life, short-term and long-term disability insurance and offers an SEP/IRA retirement plan, credit union access, and vacation time. Excellent working environment in downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania within walking distance of numerous restaurants and cafes, arts and culture organizations, and more.
Our goal is to be a workplace that is representative of the community we serve. Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center has a non-discrimination policy, and we welcome applications from lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, people living with HIV, people with disabilities, and women. Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is a ban-the-box organization. If you are a member of an underrepresented community, you are encouraged to self-identify in your cover letter. The candidate who best meets the job qualifications and needs of the organization will be selected for the position.
To apply for this position, please email your résumé, cover letter, writing sample, as well as a list of three references as One document in PDF format to our Human Resources department, [email protected]