Director of Development and Communications
The Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) works to end homelessness in Maryland by providing free legal services, including advice, counsel, education, representation, and advocacy, to people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. HPRP’s staff and volunteers pursue this mission by offering legal services in shelters, soup kitchens, welfare offices, community centers, and on the street. HPRP’s direct representation informs broader-based systemic advocacy and impact litigation to address the root causes of homelessness.
Since its founding in 1987, HPRP has pursued impact litigation to achieve significant victories and settlements for its clients, including cases to remedy delays in government processing of subsistence benefits, and long-standing housing discrimination and residential segregation. It has also led or co-led landmark state and local policy initiatives such as the HOME Act, the Ending Youth Homelessness Act, and legislation to reform Maryland’s expungement and public benefit programs. Driven by the belief in the power of people to determine their own solutions to systemic issues affecting their lives, HPRP actively engages persons with lived experience in advocacy efforts to improve tenant rights, end housing discrimination, end youth homelessness, and decriminalize homelessness. Learn more at www.hprplaw.org
Reports to: Executive Director
Supervises: Administrative and Communications Assistant
Location: Hybrid. The organization is headquartered in Baltimore and has a second office in Silver Spring. Many of this position’s duties can be performed remotely. As the organization gradually re-opens, it will be necessary for the Director of Development & Communications to be present at the Baltimore office one or more days per week.
As the chief development officer of HPRP, the Director of Development & Communications provides strategic leadership in both development and communications, creating and implementing fundraising and marketing strategies. The Director of Development & Communications serves as a leader in the organization, working closely with the executive director, the senior leadership team, the board of directors, and the board development committee to fulfill the mission of HPRP.
- Take responsibility for achieving annual and multi-year fundraising goals, while strategically increasing HPRP’s fundraising capacity, both in the Baltimore region and in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.
- Design, implement, and manage all fundraising activities, including individual giving, major gifts, planned giving, corporate giving, and foundation grants.
- Write grant requests and reports.
- Manage strategies and activities for donor cultivation, solicitation, and acknowledgement, for all categories of gifts.
- Integrate digital strategy with overall fundraising plan.
- Manage cultivation process for the engagement of major donors and other prospects by the executive director and board members.
- Ensure that all donations are appropriately recorded in the donor database.
- Develop and maintain systems to track progress on revenue goals.
- Regularly assess return on investment for various fundraising activities.
- Maintain an annual development calendar with relevant dates for appeals, asks, and applications; renewals; and funder reports of all kinds.
- Work with the executive director and the Board Development Committee to prepare the annual development budget.
- Enhance and create business processes and systems to support development work.
- Supervise the work of the part-time Administrative and Communications Assistant.
- As HPRP grows and budget allows, hire and supervise additional development staff and delegate appropriate duties to them.
- In collaboration with the staff leadership team, take responsibility for developing an overarching communications and engagement strategy for HPRP that will enhance its fundraising efforts and strengthen its general visibility.
- In collaboration with staff and board members, develop and implement a dynamic, succinct, and consistent messaging approach for HPRP.
- Oversee HPRP’s social media accounts, website, blog, and e-newsletter, coordinating with staff who write articles and posts, and working to raise HPRP’s digital presence.
- Oversee the development of paper outreach materials, coordinating the work of staff and vendors who produce them.
- Participate in HPRP’s ongoing race equity work
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
- Five years of progressively responsible experience in nonprofit development
- Demonstrated success in managing a substantial fundraising portfolio and increasing it over time.
- Experience with the use of social media, websites, and other digital communications in a fundraising context
- Demonstrated ability to implement a project from conception to completion
- Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Ability to set priorities, successfully manage a wide range of tasks, and meet deadlines
- Strong applied computer skills, with solid understanding of donor database management software
- Enthusiastic support of HPRP’s strategic vision, mission, and goals
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity and social justice by using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences
- Compassion for people living in poverty and/or experiencing homelessness and an understanding of the challenging circumstances they face
Salary and Benefits: $75,000 – $96,000, depending on experience. Full health coverage (medical, prescription, dental) for employee plus contribution toward family coverage; long-term disability; life; ability to contribute to HPRP’s 403(b) plan (employer supplemental salary contribution determined annually); vacation (20 days), sick leave (10 days), personal days (3 days), holidays. Occasional evening hours required to attend board of directors meetings; HPRP provides for a flexible work schedule. During the COVID-19 pandemic, HPRP has created special family/dependent care leave and is primarily teleworking, with limited use of office space as determined by the position and the organization’s current COVID re-opening phase.
To Apply: send by email a resume and cover letter addressed to Kathlyn Taylor Gaubatz, Interim Executive Director. These items should be sent (preferably as PDF attachments) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Specify “DIRECTOR OF
DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNICATIONS” in the subject line. We are looking for thoughtful, personalized cover letters that demonstrate the applicant’s qualifications, work style, and interest in being part of a team working to eliminate homelessness in Maryland. We are looking for applicants who have a comprehensive understanding of oppression and structural racism, including how structural racism perpetuates barriers to housing and income. Resume reviews begin immediately and applications will be accepted until position is filled.
HPRP is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We believe that having a staff, board, and volunteers with diverse personal and professional backgrounds and lived experience enhances our ability to meet our mission and creates an environment where all members of our community can thrive. We strongly encourage applications from Black people, Indigenous peoples, people of color, immigrants, persons with disabilities, members of the TLGBQIA community, people with lived experience of poverty and/or homelessness, and people from other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.