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Communications and Grants Officer

Development – Olympia, Washington
Department Development
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation $21.20-$24.58 per hour

SafePlace, Thurston County's designated sexual and domestic violence services agency, has an opening for a full-time Communications and Grants Officer. We are an accredited and nationally recognized feminist organization committed to anti-oppression efforts as the foundation for management and services. More about SafePlace can be found at

The Communications and Grants Officer will, in a culturally responsive manner, cultivate donor relationships and generate revenue through private and public grant funding, fundraising events, and written communications, as part of the agency's development team.


The Essential Duties and Responsibilities of this position include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


Design and Production

  • Author and prepare daily donor thank you letters.
  • Assist Development Director with stewardship action items and tracking (i.e. Thank you cards, calls, etc.).
  • Create content in partnership with Program Team for bi-annual newsletter and direct mail solicitations.
  • Draft written development communication pieces.
  • Collaborate with Program Team to fully understand services and communication needs.
  • Gather the materials necessary to understand the scope of project and determine the most effective communications technique.
  • Draft and propose communication campaigns for community events with program team and directors, as needed.
  • Present design ideas and recommendations to Development Director and committees when applicable.
  • Develop and oversee branding standards for agency-wide use.

Social Media and Online Fundraising

  • Update agency information with online donation sites
  • Maintain and verify status of web accounts such as Paypal, Just Give, etc.
  • Create and implement an annual marketing plan for social media and written communication pieces in collaboration with Development department

Event Support

  • Design all gala and agency event materials (ie. Save the Date, Invitations, E-blasts, Social Media, Program, etc.)
  • Create and manage communications and marketing calendar for all agency events
  • Coordinate with the program team and other staff for event material needs and branding


Research and Cultivate:

  • Current and new private and public grant sources
  • Current and new funding opportunities, including private and public grants, civic groups, businesses, and religious organizations with Development Director


  • Private and public grant applications/forms that support agency goals and annual development plan
  • Annual agency grants plan


  • Correspondence with private and public grant funders for confirmation of delivery and ongoing status of applications.
  • Private and public grant application processes, including research, development and submission of grant applications, prioritization of grant applications, funding reports with Development Director, and revenue generation and grant requirements.
  • Evaluation of grants program on a quarterly and annual basis, with the Development Director.


  • Create and foster relationships with program staff, managers, and directors to assist in communications and grant application work.
  • Stay attuned to current programming needs and priorities by working with Development Director and Operation Directors.


  • High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED) required;
  • At least two years’ experience in communications, marketing, or equivalent line of work
  • At least one year experience in fundraising and/or researching and writing grants.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team structure
  • Excellent communication skills, written and other; experience writing and proof reading
  • Ability to meet deadlines/due dates and to work under pressure
  • Ability to handle detailed work accurately
  • Excellent organizational skills; experience managing several projects at the same time
  • Proven experience with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe InDesign
  • Ability to send and receive e-mail and use the internet
  • Agreement with the SafePlace philosophy and the theory of empowerment
  • Commitment to the need for client and agency confidentiality


  • Demonstrated understanding of domestic and sexual violence issues
  • Experience working with diverse populations

Job Description

Please note:  Please include three professional references in your application.  One of your references must be a current or past supervisor from within the last five years.

Deadline:  Priority consideration will be given to applications received by 9:00 a.m. Monday, December 2, 2019. Recruitment will continue until the position is filled.

SafePlace employment is conditioned upon agreement with SafePlace's Philosophy Statement and passing a Washington State Patrol criminal background check. Please complete the Criminal History Questionnaire, Criminal Background Check Disclosure and Identifying Information for Criminal Background Check forms below and bring with you if invited to interview. Criminal background checks will only be run if you are to be offered employment.

SafePlace Philosophy Statement

Criminal History Questionnaire

Criminal Background Check Disclosure

Identifying Information for Criminal Background Check


SafePlace is an equal opportunity employer.  Our agency is committed to a culturally and ethnically diverse workplace.

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