Development & Communications Specialist

JOB SUMMARY: Assist in development and communications activities for RurAL CAP projects and programs. Participate in research, fundraising, funding proposal development and submission, donor relations, media and marketing, and publication development.


  • Support the development and submission of funding proposals and grants including research, writing, and technical assistance.
  • Track and record donor engagement and support donor relations and retention through the development of thank you letters/acknowledgments and other communication materials.
  • Assist in the writing and production of agency material including publications, print and broadcast media, and social media. 
  • Research prospects and provide funding information to the Development and Communications Director.
  • Monitor and ensure proposals, grants and other requests are submitted according to guidelines and on time. 
  • Assist in the preparation of progress reports for the Development and Communications Department. 


  • Provide technical, logistical and administrative support to development and communications services.
  • Attend functions and special events in support of development and communications activities.
  • Participate in administrative service staff team-building and planning.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Uses computers and computer systems effectively to develop documents and formal business communications, enter data, create spreadsheets, and process information. Must be able to master data entry and report queries for agency database.
  • Communicates information to supervisors, co-workers, and the general public by telephone, in written form, by e-mail, or in person.
  • Researches, observes, receives, and otherwise obtains information from all relevant sources.
  • Enters, transcribes, records, stores, or maintains information in written or electronic form.
  • Develops and maintains constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.
  • Develops specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish work.
  • Performs sedentary activities that require sitting for long periods and repetitive keyboarding.


  • Communicates effectively orally and in writing as appropriate for the needs of a diverse audience.
  • Gives full attention when spoken to, taking time to understand the points being made and asking questions as appropriate.
  • Uses logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Able to endure and balance work fluctuations, deadlines, and interruptions.
  • Possesses judgment and decision-making abilities to evaluate the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Ability to read, comprehend, and follow established policies and procedures.
  • Must have the ability to operate the following equipment: desktop computer, telephone, copier, PC printer, and fax machine.
  • Able to establish good rapport with people of diverse cultures and belief systems.


  • Agency is a mandated tobacco, drug and alcohol free workplace.
  • Responsible work ethic with reliable attendance.
  • Capable of reading, understanding, and following written procedures and policies related to job responsibilities.
  • Ability to manage work time well, prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: 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 to grasp, type, see, talk, hear, and lift and carry 25 pounds of weight by utilizing proper lifting techniques and working in a safe manner.  This position will also be performing physical activities such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, bending, and handling materials. 
  • Occasional performs sedentary activities that require sitting for long periods and repetitive use of hands, wrists and arms for handling, positioning, moving materials, and manipulating things. 
  • Must be in good general health and free from serious physical, mental health and/or substance abuse problems.

POSITION TYPE/EXPECTED HOURS OF WORK: This is a full time position.  Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.
TRAVEL: Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-area and overnight travel may be expected.

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • BA in English, Journalism, Communications; BA or BS in another field with significant coursework and/or relevant experience; or 4 years related professional work experience.
  • Experience in writing proposals, case statements and concept papers.
  • Experience with grant writing, fundraising research, print, broadcast or social media, or development of
  • Strong written communication skills including proofreading and editing skills.  Ability to write quickly and well, especially under pressure and with tight deadlines.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills to maintain daily work flow, meet deadlines, and produce measurable results.
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services.
  • Ability to prioritize projects and assignments, maintain a positive attitude, and produce professional results under deadlines.
  • Must keep all matters concerning participants in strictest confidence as required by HIPAA privacy and the 42 CFR, Part II confidentiality regulations. 
  • Proven ability and willingness to be self-directed in problem-solving and decision-making and perform basic assignment with little or no direct supervision while also working effectively as a team member.
  • Demonstrated intermediate level of computer skills necessary in order to use and create documents and reports, spreadsheets, workshop materials and slide presentations, and to enter data into intricate database programs and proficient use of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Adobe and Outlook.


  • Demonstrated relevant education and professional work experience in the non-profit sector. 
  • Demonstrated success as grant writer and fundraiser.
  • Knowledge and/or experience of the issues in rural Alaska.
  • Competence in multi-cultural environments.
  • Familiarity with the social, cultural, political, economic and service delivery systems of rural Alaska
  • Experience with databases

Anchorage, AK

8 day(s) ago

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