The Opportunity

The Development Officer is an experienced fundraiser responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of corporate and foundation donors. Reporting to the Reach Out and Read Northwest Development Director and working closely with colleagues in the Region and National Center, the Development Officer plays an essential fundraising role.

As an ideal candidate for this role, you are a compelling storyteller and effective champion for the causes you represent. You can identify and take opportunities, grow relationships, and develop impactful partnerships. You are a self-starter, organized, efficient, and kind, with close attention to deadlines and details. Your prior experience working with corporate and foundation funders and managing the grant life cycle and reporting will serve you well in this role. As a Development Officer, you will need to apply creative solutions, adapt to an evolving and growing organization, and work as a collaborative and productive team member with remote colleagues in a virtual working environment.


The Development Officer works from a home-based office and may reside in any location within the states of Washington or Oregon

Timing of the Interview Process

We will begin reviewing applications on November 30, 2022, and we will review applications received after that date on a rolling basis

Key Responsibilities:

Corporate & Foundation Giving (80%)

  • Manage a portfolio of foundation and corporate donors
  • Lead all stages of the grants and sponsorship process, from initial prospect identification to the proposal and budget creation through continued stewardship and reporting
  • Meet with funders and corporate contacts, conduct presentations, and share the organization’s mission and impact externally to establish and deepen relationships
  • Manage grants submission process for the NW region overall, including collecting and synthesizing data, writing high-quality proposals, managing grant calendar, reporting, and correspondence
  • Create funder-facing stewardship materials
  • Manage and update the Northwest grant writing library, including creating messaging for current and new program initiatives
  • Work closely with all departments on project planning, grant deliverables, and project evaluation. Ensure grant requests meet the organization’s needs. Liaise with the Regional Program Director for data request needs
  • Provide grant-related resources and guidance as needed for program sites. Coordinate with program sites on collaborative proposals and local opportunities
  • Manage workplace giving and combined fund campaign participation
  • Secure sponsorship for special events

Development Operations (20%)

  • Serve as the database administrator/lead for the Northwest region, manage dashboard components, ensure data integrity, recommend standards, provide guidance for NW team use, and collaborate with the National office as needed/requested
  • Manage pipeline development and grant calendar for all corporate and foundation donors in the Northwest
  • Ensure timely and accurate processing and acknowledgment of all gifts to the NW in alignment with the National organization’s systems and policies
  • Assist the Regional Executive Director and Regional Development Director in cultivating prospective and current donors
  • Contribute content to newsletters, annual reports, and other stewardship materials as requested.
  • Support additional development projects and activities as requested

Qualifications and Experience

There are innumerable ways to learn, grow, and excel professionally. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. We are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below:

  • Commitment to increasing equity in opportunity and outcomes for children and to recognizing factors known to significantly impact differential outcomes for children, including race, ethnicity, language, and socio-economic status
  • Three years of development experience, preferably with foundations and corporations
  • Demonstrated success in cultivating and sustaining partnerships and relationships among diverse stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to interact effectively with colleagues and partners
  • Excellent research, writing, and proofreading skills with high-level, consistent attention to detail
  • Experience creating effective external communications to partners and supporters
  • Interest in applying equity-driven fundraising principles and emerging models, such as Community-Centered Fundraising principles, ethical storytelling, and others, experience doing so is a plus
  • Self-motivated and organized independent worker who functions effectively in a virtual work environment while being an enthusiastic, collaborative team member committed to shared success
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and adapt flexibly within a growing organization
  • Ability to use technology with solid skills using database systems and Microsoft Office
  • Experience with Salesforce or similar donor management software is a plus. Experience with graphic design or email marketing is a plus

Position Specifications

  • The Development Officer works from a home-based office and may reside in any location within the states of Washington or Oregon
  • Full-time, exempt position
  • Travel of up to 30% time throughout Washington and Oregon may be required, plus the availability to attend team retreats, site visits, meetings in Oregon and Washington, and one to two national meetings per year is required
  • The position is expected to expand to support work in Idaho, Montana, and Alaska and travel to those regions may be required
  • While Reach Out and Reach does not currently require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, Reach Out and Read program sites may require vaccinations and will consequently require the individual in this role to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to perform the duties of the position
  • Other duties as assigned

Compensation and Benefits

Salary will be competitive with similar roles at non-profit organizations of a comparable size, and you will receive a robust benefits package. The target salary for this position is $65,000-70,000. We offer medical and dental insurance, 401(k) retirement plan with match, paid vacation, and more.

About Reach Out and Read

Founded in 1989, Reach Out and Read gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. Reach Out and Read-trained medical providers use books as a diagnostic tool during regular check-ups and teach parents how to engage their child with a book to promote positive parent-child interactions during the rapid brain growth between birth and age five, particularly in economically disadvantaged families who are at risk for adverse outcomes. The daily practice of reading aloud with a parent supports children’s literacy and math skill development, their social-emotional development, and prepares them for future success in school. Through its national network of providers in more than 6,100 hospitals and health centers in all 50 states, Washington, D. C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands Reach Out and Read is helping to set 4.2 million children a year on a path to a bright future.

Reach Out and Read is the only national early literacy intervention delivered through pediatric care providers. The program has been the subject of over 20 independent studies, the largest body of scientific research for any psychosocial intervention in pediatrics. Research shows that children served by Reach Out and Read are read to more often, enjoy sharing books more, and have better expressive and receptive language skills.

Reach Out and Read Northwest

  • Reach Out and Read Northwest reaches 200,000 families and provides over 315,000 books annually through 3,300 medical providers in over 400 clinics.
  • 60% of children served are from families with low-incomes, 42% are children of color, and 20% speak a home language other than English.

To learn more about Reach Out and Read, visit

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Reach Out and Read is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, cultural heritage, ancestry, political belief, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability or veteran status. Reach out and Read is compliant with the American with Disabilities Act and we are committed to making special accommodations for your interview or work as a member of our team. If specific accommodations are needed, please notify us and our HR team will work to accommodate your needs.