Position Description

Development Manager (5/31/2019)
Location Administration & Operations
Job Code 2019MAY31B
# of Openings 1
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ABOUT THE POSITION: The Development Manager is a key member of the Advancement Team positioning Compass Housing Alliance to meet its annual fundraising goals. This position has lead responsibilities for researching, developing, and preparing grant proposals to corporations and foundations. The Development Manager works in partnership with staff throughout the organization to identify and seek funding opportunities for programmatic initiatives, report on program outcomes, and share Compass approach and impact. They will provide project management for standard operations for corporate and private foundation related activities to ensure timely execution and quality of content to engagement in support of the agency. All responsibilities are conducted in a manner consistent with the spirit of the agency mission and its philosophy of care. 

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: Compass Housing Alliance develops and provides essential services and affordable housing for homeless and low-income people in the greater Puget Sound region. We envision a world in which every person lives in a safe and caring community. We recognize the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to the organization. To learn more about the agency visit www.compasshousingalliance.org.

LOCATION: Compass on Dexter building in South Lake union

REPORTS TO: Director of Advancement


SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday days with occasional evenings and weekends as needed

SALARY RANGE: DOE and within Compass ranges

BENEFITS: Fully paid Orca transportation pass, 4 weeks (160 hours) of PTO and 10 paid holidays, $500 in a health Flexible Spending Account (FSA), premium-free employee dental insurance, as well as affordable health insurance including medical/prescription/vision coverage


Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice. The employee in this position must be able to read, write, and understand English.

  • Work closely with the Director of Advancement to execute corporate and foundation engagement strategies to meet financial goals in support of emergency services and housing programs.

  • Manage all aspects of corporate and foundation engagement including proposal preparation and submission, stewardship, reporting, relationship management, site-visits, and presentations.

  • Establish processes and best practices related to corporate and private foundation related grant activities.

  • Manage and maintain annual grants calendar. Identify new grant prospects and opportunities.

  • Coordinate with contract grant-writer to ensure clear and accurate proposals and reports are produced in a timely manner.

  • Coordinate with key staff to synthesize program activities, data, and financials for proposals and reports.

  • Maintain a strong understanding of Compass programs and services to accurately and persuasively share programmatic approach, efficacy and outcomes.

  • Collaborate with key team members to leverage corporate and foundation relationships, stewardship, and giving opportunities.

  • Ensure timely and accurate entry of corporate and private foundation contacts and activities in Raiser’s Edge database.

  • Develop standard grant messaging to leverage programmatic impacts in accordance with agency brand.

  • Provide excellent customer service to all Advancement customers, including donors, volunteers, CHA staff, and contractors.

  • Keep immediate superior promptly and fully informed of all problems or unusual matters of significance and take prompt corrective action where necessary or suggest alternative courses of action which may be taken.

  • Maintain a favorable working relationship with all other company employees to foster and promote a cooperative and harmonious working climate which will be conducive to maximum employee morale, productivity, and efficiency/effectiveness.

  • Project a favorable image of the organization to promote its aims and objectives and foster and enhance public recognition and acceptance of all its areas of endeavor.

  • Perform all duties and responsibilities in a timely and effective manner in accordance with established company policies to achieve the overall objectives of this position.


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  • Demonstrated success building relationships and securing grants from corporate and foundation funders. 

  • Fundraising knowledge including basic fundraising principles and techniques, regulations, laws, and licensing requirements.

  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills with the ability to navigate multiple projects.

  • Excellent writing skills including the ability to be persuasive and informative.

  • Exceptional people skills with the ability to be empathetic, responsive, resourceful, and relationship-oriented.

  • Promote a team environment that values, encourages and supports differences.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team particularly to be able to exercise sound decision making in the absence of supervision, with strong collaboration skills.

  • Sensitive to and able to communicate and work effectively with individuals from diverse economic circumstances, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, physical and mental abilities, and sexual orientation.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with ability to communicate effectively about technical problems and solutions.

  • Strong problem solving, time and project management skills are required to be successful in this role.

  • Ability and aptitude with technology necessary for successful day-to-day functioning in business environment including various databases, Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Outlook, etc., and Internet technology.

  • Valid WA driver’s license, proof of insurance, and a driving record that meets Compass standards, desired.


  • A Bachelor’s degree, in non-profit management or related field such as marketing, communications, public relations, or business. Or relevant work experience, certificate and/or equivalent continuing professional development or education.

  • A minimum of 3-years’ experience working in fund development.

  • Experience using nonprofit CRM database. Raiser’s Edge experience, desired.

  • Knowledge of local corporate and foundation community desired.

  • Familiarity with issues of homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse, sexual assault, and/or domestic violence, desired.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear.

  • The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, type, and reach with hands and arms; and requires the ability to occasionally push, pull, lift and/or carry supplies up to 20 pounds.

  • Work takes place in an office environment where long periods of sitting, working on a computer, walking to various work areas, going up and down stairs, and standing are required.

  • Travel to program sites and meetings outside the office and around the county are necessary.

Mental efforts like attention to detail, interacting with others in-person and through email, using critical thinking skills to strategize, develop and implement business plans, create and edit documents, listen and participate verbally at meetings. 

In compliance with the ADA Amendment Act, should you have a disability that requires assistance and/or reasonable accommodation with the job application process, please contact the Human Resources department via phone at 206-474-1100 or via e-mail at HRInfo@compasshousingalliance.org.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is normal. Compass programs are housed within a human services environment in the Greater Seattle area. Our diverse tenant community includes many single, formerly homeless adults who lack any family support system. Compounding the constraints of poverty, our client community includes the physically and mentally disabled, persons living with AIDS, those who struggle with chemical dependencies, veterans, and vulnerable, elderly adults. Working at Compass will mean that you will be in close proximity to the people we serve. This position is eligible for occasional remote work.


Compass Housing Alliance is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and treats all employees and applicants equally without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship, color, creed, disability, familial status, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, parental status, political ideology, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran or military status, use of section 8 certificate, use of service animal, and all other groups protected by law, and promotes diversity in its workforce. Compass Housing Alliance takes affirmative action to implement programs and maintain practices and policies that eliminate barriers to equal employment opportunity. Our program is available for review by employees and applicants for employment in the Human Resources Office during regular office hours.

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