Employment

Employment Post: Development Manager

Organization Summary:

Copper Canyon Press is an award winning nonprofit poetry publisher that believes poetry is vital to language and living. Since 1972, the Press has published poetry exclusively and has established an international reputation for its commitment to authors, editorial acumen, and dedication to the poetry audience. The Press maintains active fundraising, community engagement, retail sales operations, and internship programs to connect with poetry readers and distribute poetry books around the world.

Position Summary:

The Development Manager’s primary responsibility is the strategic execution and management of a comprehensive annual giving program, and the coordination of development services and donor relationships. The Manager designs operations to build and maintain budgeted annual giving goals as an essential component of successful major and planned giving programs. The Manager plays a key role at the Press and is a member of a supportive leadership team that pursues organization growth and development in coordination with the Editorial, Marketing, and Administrative departments. This position reports to the Co-Publisher, who is also a collaborative member of the Development Team.

Major Tasks:

  • Works with a Development team to meet budgeted individual giving goals.
  • Works with a Development team to coordinate communication and solicitation involving email, social media, direct mail, phone/mail, personal visitation and volunteer engagement, all focused on building a sustainable tradition of annual support.
  • Collaborates with Co-Publisher in planning stewardship and cultivation events.
  • Works with other staff and board leaders to build strong relationships with donors and potential partners, tailoring interaction to each donor through stewardship plans, cultivation events, and other activities.
  • Coordinates involvement of board members and volunteers in annual fund drive activities.
  • Attends Development/Events Committee, and Board meetings, conferences, events, training seminars and retreats as necessary.
  • Oversees prospect research including new potential acquisitions and current donors.
  • Works with the Development Coordinator, who provides administrative and logistical support for this position.
  • Works with the Reader Services Manager, who is responsible for gift processing, maintaining the donor contact database, and fulfillment of donor benefits including the creation of gift acknowledgements and donor premiums.

Desired Qualifications:

  • An appreciation of poetry and dedication to the mission of Copper Canyon Press
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Experience working in a successful Development program with an emphasis on individual giving
  • Excellent persuasive writing and verbal communication skills 
  • Experience working with board members, and volunteers
  • Demonstrated organizational ability and meticulous attention to detail
  • Excellent campaign planning and project management skills
  • Ability to work interdependently as a coordinating and managing member of the Development team
  • Experience using a contact relationship management (CRM) database
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel and Google.docs
  • Willing to make a minimum two year commitment to the position
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Able to work comfortably and amicably in a dynamic, rapidly changing environment

Consideration will be given to any applicants with limited experience who possess excellent project management and communication skills. Training will be provided. 

Location: Copper Canyon Press office in Port Townsend, Washington, and/or remote within the Puget Sound region.

Compensation and Benefits: $54,000–$58,000 DOE. Benefits package includes health, dental, and vision insurance, 403(b) employer paid retirement benefit, paid holidays, and paid time off (sick/vacation leave).

Copper Canyon Press is proud to be an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities, and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex are encouraged to apply. Please, no phone calls. Please do not contact job-poster about other services, products, or commercial interests.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please visit our Submittable page where you should provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information, including phone and email, for three references.

Submittable Page: https://coppercanyonpress.submittable.com/submit

Copper Canyon Press is proud to be an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities, and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex are encouraged to apply. Please, no phone calls. Please do not contact job-poster about other services, products, or commercial interests.