Spark Central

Spokane , WA
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Development Director

Spark Central
Spokane, WA Full-time
Posted on July 10, 2019

Spark Central is seeking a full-time Development Director. This position is responsible for the design and implementation of a Development Plan that supports the sustainable growth of Spark Central, including planning fundraising events and developing corporate and individual donors.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Oversee the creation and implementation of the annual Development Plan with the goal of providing sustainable funding for the organization.
  • Manage the planning, implementation, and growth of major fundraising events, including our annual Spark Salon as well as donor appreciation and donor cultivation events.
  • Effectively communicate Spark Central’s mission, identity, goals, and programs to a variety of donors, funders, sponsors, and community members.
  • Cultivate, solicit, and steward individual and corporate donors.
  • Conduct one-on-one meetings with corporate and individual donors.
  • Work closely with the Spark Board of Directors to expand and cultivate the donor base.
  • Build relationships, belonging, and value with donors and volunteers through personal interactions and formal communications such as donor newsletters, thank you notes, and phone calls.
  • Manage corporate and foundation relationships, including grant submissions, grant audits, sponsorship, and in-kind donations.
  • Collaborate with the Development Committee and staff team to facilitate board and volunteer participation in fundraising efforts and donor events.
  • Participate in establishing annual revenue goals with the Executive Director.
  • Ensure donor data accuracy and CRM database management, including reporting, gift and donor entry process, tax receipts, and prompt thanking protocol.
  • Seek out and attend networking opportunities in the community.
  • Embrace the mission and values of Spark Central and be a primary advocate for Spark Central in the community.


  • Proven experience with fundraising and development efforts, including donor relationship building and direct asks for gifts.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills. Grant-writing experience a strong plus.
  • Strong relational skills and the ability to interact effectively with diverse personalities and abilities.
  • Experience with CRM database management and maintenance.
  • Comfort with office technology and software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Suite, task management software such as Asana, website platforms such as SquareSpace, and marketing software such as MailChimp.
  • Highly-organized, self-directed and able to set priorities, manage multiple projects, and meet deadlines.
  • Accurate with data and attentive to details.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher preferred