Director of Development & Communications

POSITION: Director of Development and Communications
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
CATEGORY: Regular/Full-Time/Exempt
LOCATION: In-Person/Fairfax, Virginia

FACETS is hiring a full-time Director of Development and Communications to provide leadership and assistance to the Executive Director and Board of Directors in making FACETS an effective, thriving agency. The mission of this role is to provide strategic direction, management, and coordination for all fundraising and external communications efforts for FACETS. The successful candidate will build and oversee a comprehensive development program to include an annual strategy to promote and increase major gifts, corporate and foundation grants, in-kind resources, and volunteers to help ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization.


About the Organization:

FACETS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that opens doors by helping parents, their children, and individuals who suffer the effects of poverty in Fairfax County. We strive to ensure that every person in our community has a place they can call home. We meet people’s emergency needs through our wrap-around services and community partnerships and help individuals and families establish safe and stable housing.Here at FACETS, every team member plays a role in making a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works closely with the ED to implement an overall development plan including annual giving; special events, entry- and mid-level individual, corporate, faith community, civic and foundation support; workplace giving; and regular donor communications—serves as liaison to the Board’s Resource Development Committee to seek their input and improvements on the annual fundraising plan while monitoring progress toward fundraising goals.
  • Collaborates with the Board of Directors to raise awareness and support of FACETS within their sphere of influence and works to ensure 100 percent board giving each year as well as regular updates to the board on their give/get status.

•   Serves as a key member of the Senior Leadership team, ensuring close coordination between development and programs in achieving organization-wide goals and implementing the strategic plan.

•   Ensures that development programs and systems are diversified, innovative, and developed to meet identified needs and interests of the organization, always maintaining contacts with donors to stay aware of special needs.

  • Prioritizes donor cultivation, stewardship, and appreciation including robust direct mail solicitation and quarterly newsletter campaigns and a major gift strategy with emphasis on large gifts, annual and multi-year gifts from individuals, faith communities, corporations, and foundations.
  • Research potential new private funding partnerships while maintaining grant submission cycles and tracking with existing foundations, corporations, and other entities; works with program staff in crafting proposals to address specific issue areas.
  • Engages funders through written communications, calls, in-person and virtual meetings, FACETS site tours, and other special events to promote FACETS’ efforts and accomplishments and convey the tangible results their support has on the local community; prepares the ED for funder meetings and follow-up activities.
  • Oversees gift processing pipeline in accordance with industry standards and empowers development staff with tools to enter donations accurately and distribute gift recognition letters in a timely manner as well as best-practice tracking and reporting mechanisms.
  • Promotes and sustains FACETS by building the organization’s financial resources through active leadership of the development team, particularly in areas related to volunteer management, community engagement, event coordination, and the communications plan.
  • Leads team responsible for FACETS’ external communications channels from website and social media to press relations and collateral to reach a broad spectrum of audiences, including donors, funding and program partners, volunteers, elected officials, local media, parallel nonprofits, and more.
  • Directly supervises and supports the Development Team to ensure each member is enthusiastic about bringing their best effort and ideas to the work and actively expresses their value to and growth potential within FACETS; provides ongoing performance support, encourages professional development opportunities, and welcomes improvement to all development and communications practices and processes.
  • Estimates an adequate annual development budget in support of effective services and operates within the approved budget.
  • Collaborates closely with Chief Financial Officer in monthly reconciliation of fundraising income and works to ensure private funding has been expended in accordance with donors’ instructions.

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Committed to eradicating the effects of poverty and homelessness;
  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher, with 5+ years of experience in nonprofit fundraising and communications preferred;
  • A proven track record in building and maintaining a donor base with expertise in fundraising from multiple funding streams;
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills; strong presentation and public speaking skills;
  • Experience in managing staff and an interest in mentoring a strong development team;
  • Availability to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed;
  • Experience in tracking data through fund development systems. Knowledge of DonorPerfect a plus;
  • Detail oriented and well-organized with the ability to prioritize and multi-task;
  • A team player with a passion to work collaboratively;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to listen intently;
  • A person of integrity and high ideals;
  • A strong leader who sets a vision and supports people in achieving it;
  • A natural collaborator who is inclusive and respectful of all participants;
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software, including Microsoft Excel; and
  • Must pass criminal and Child Protective Services background checks.

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift 15 pounds at times.
  • Must be able to attend occasional meetings at other FACETS office locations within Fairfax County, including annual organization-wide fundraising events each year.

Salary Range:

$80,000 – $95,000

FACETS offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualification/experience.


  • Paid medical, dental, and vision insurance for full-time employees with competitive family rates and 3 medical plan options.
  • Paid Basic Life Insurance with an option to buy additional coverage
  • 403(b) retirement plan options with generous matching
  • Generous leave package for full-time employees: paid annual vacation and sick leave, 11 paid holidays per calendar year plus 3 floating holidays to use within the fiscal year; 12 weeks of maternity leave; paid bereavement leave
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) for healthcare and dependent care
  • Long-Term Disability, Short-Term Disability 100% employer paid
  • Free Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Reimbursement of work-related expenses including portions of mileage, cell phone and data expenses
  • On-going professional development and training; reimbursement for portions of tuition, training, or (re)certification in areas related to current position

Everyone at FACETS is driven to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors experiencing homelessness, hunger, and poverty. FACETS is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. FACETS is an equal opportunity employer with a culturally diverse work environment. Our welcoming community encourages collaboration across programs for our rewarding work.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates may apply by sending a resume and cover letter to

Equal Employment Opportunity M/F/D/V.