Job Announcement: Director of Development and Communication

Emmaus House is seeking a Director of Development and Communication. See details below.
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Organizational Summary
Emmaus House is a community-based ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, serving residents of Peoplestown, an underserved neighborhood in Atlanta just south of Turner Field where 48% of families live below the poverty line. In this context, Emmaus House seeks transformational change in the lives of individuals, within communities, and in the systems that shape lives. We seek to empower people whose lives are affected by poverty, race inequities, and educational disparities.

Programmatically we have two primary goals:

  • to increase educational outcomes for children and youth, and
  • to provide opportunities that lead to economic independence for families. We work toward these goals using a two-generation approach to creating opportunities for and addressing needs of both vulnerable children and their parents.

Position Summary
As a member of the senior management team, the Director of Development and Communication reports directly to the Executive Director. This is an Exempt position. The Director participates in strategic planning and budgeting initiatives in addition to problem solving. The Director works within the guidelines, policies and mission of the organization and will be accountable and responsible for specific projects as assigned. Current overall fundraising budget is approximately $1.5M.

The Director of Development and Communication is responsible for all fundraising and communication initiatives and activities of the organization. He/she is directly responsible for the development and implementation of the annual giving plan, including cultivating and maintaining relationships with new and existing donors and supporters. The Director will develop and build a Major Gifts Program. He/she will research and write government and private foundation grant proposals, providing evaluation reports as required. The Director is also responsible for managing the annual Spring Gala and other donor cultivation and stewardship events. In addition, the Director will provide primary staff report for upcoming feasibility study and potential capital campaign.

Work with Emmaus House Executive Director to implement an established development strategy that includes the following:


  • Research and write requests and prepare interim and end-of-term reports on public, corporate, foundation and faith-based organizations grants.

Donor Relations

  • Provide donor stewardship by acknowledging donations within 48 hours of receipt;
  • Keep donors informed about relevant news about Emmaus House and related issues.

Major Gifts

  • Maintain a portfolio of major gift donor prospects, exercising a moves management process to identify, cultivate, secure gifts, and steward donors;

  • Integrate planned giving asks into solicitations.

Annual Fund

  • Plan and execute mail appeals in accordance with the development calendar;

  • Encourage participation in monthly giving program;

  • Implement crowdfunding campaigns.

Capital Campaign

  • Serve as primary staff liaison and support to contracted consultants during capital campaign feasibility study (Fall 2017);

  • Depending on results of feasibility study, manage capital campaign, including supervising temporary staff (2018).


  • Oversee implementation of annual gala;

  • Oversee holiday giving event(s).


  • Serve as principal liaison with contracted marketing agency to coordinate all aspects of communication and marketing;

  • Write copy for monthly newsletters and other forms of communication;

  • Keep MailChimp contact list current.

Management and Administration

  • Manage the development budget;

  • Keep accurate donor records;

  • Reconcile Salesforce records with monthly reports from the diocesan finance office;

  • Attend Advisory Board meetings to report on fundraising progress;

  • Facilitate the work of the Advisory Board Development Committee;

  • Participate in neighborhood and community events as assigned.

Non-Essential Responsibilities
Performs other duties as assigned to meet the needs of department and organization.    

Supervisory Responsibilities
None at this time.


  • Bachelor’s Degree;

  • 3-5 years of direct fundraising experience, preferably in a “small shop” environment;

  • Exceptional writing skills;

  • Experience writing grants;

  • CFRE certification preferred or interest in pursuing certification when eligible;

  • Demonstrated passion for place-based social service and/or education mission.

Working Conditions
Travel necessary by automobile. Must provide own vehicle. 20-25% of time spent traveling by automobile and in off-site meetings. Must be willing to work some nights and weekends.

Compensation and Benefits
Salary based on experience. Excellent benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, medical and dental insurance, 401(k) contribution of 15% of salary, life and long-term disability insurance, and generous paid holidays.

To Apply
Please send the following as one PDF document: 1) a cover letter explaining your interest in, qualifications for, and how you learned about the position as detailed in this announcement, 2) a current resume, 3) salary requirements, and 4) a relevant writing sample of no more than 2 pages by email to with “Director of Development” in the subject line of the email.

Applications accepted until position is filled.

Emmaus House encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals.