Southeast Seattle Education Coalition is hiring an Associate Director of Fundraising and Communications

Associate Director of Fundraising and Communications (80% FTE)

Southeast Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC) is expanding and looking for a community-minded professional to join us as our Associate Director of Fundraising and Communications. This is a four-day a week (.8 FTE) exempt position with a salary range of $34,000-38,400, depending upon experience. This position may become full-time as funding becomes available.

About Us:

Southeast Seattle Education Coalition is a coalition of community based organizations, schools, and parents/caregivers working together to improve education in SE Seattle. We believe by having a collective voice–one that is inclusive of communities of colors and those who are often missing from important conversations– we can advocate and see important changes for our children and families. SESEC’s work is divided into two broad categories: 1) advocacy/policy/systems change and 2) community building and communications.

The Work:

The Associate Director of Fundraising and Communications supports SESEC’s work by building relationships with schools and partners that will help to drive our advocacy work and bring resources to SE Seattle. The following are the key responsibilities:

Fundraising and Communications (70%):

  • Partner with community-based organizations and schools to determine projects and write approximately 3-5 grants or letters of inquiry per month for SESEC, schools, and partners (this position will write grants for both SESEC and for community partners)
  • Conduct prospect research and track projects ready for grantwriting
  • Write donor communication pieces, write blog pieces for SESEC’s blog and website
  • Maintain and manage the SESEC website, including a redesign or comprehensive update of the website
  • Support a new SE Seattle education blog by recruiting writers, proofreading and editing, and posting content, moderating comments
  • Work closely with the Executive Director to build relationships with funders and donors

Administrative and Fiscal oversight (10%):

  • Track and write grant reports to ensure timely submission and compliance
  • Maintain coalition documents via Dropbox and Google Drive
  • Research, recommend, and help build a donor and membership database

Community engagement and relationship building (10%):

  • Build authentic and long-lasting relationships with coalition members and school partners to learn about their needs and help to close achievement, opportunity, and implementation gaps
  • Work with SESEC members to plan and execute community events, i.e. kindergarten registration drive, SESEC member gatherings, community events, etc.

Other duties as assigned (10%):

  • Periodically attend evening and weekend events and meetings at schools, school board meetings, or other SESEC related events


  • Minimum two years of grant-writing experience; preferably around education and communities of color, and other overlooked communities
  • Experience working with schools and nonprofits, communities of color, and/or immigrant and refugee communities reflective of SE Seattle
  • Minimum two years of experience building relationships with communities of color, school leaders, and/or community members
  • Experience building and maintaining effective relationships with funders
  • Experience working with coalitions and in small-organizations helpful
  • Strong project and time management skills
  • Familiarity with WordPress, Facebook, Twitter to maintain and manage communications channels
  • Results and detail-oriented
  • Flexibility and adaptability, and able to deal effectively with ambiguity and change
  • Ability to work efficiently and collaboratively in an open concept office
  • Must be available to work nights and weekends, on occasion
  • Committed to the mission of equity, cultivating a coalition, building the capacity of schools and community based organizations

What you will get out of this:

This is a great opportunity for someone who wants not just a job, but an opportunity to grow a movement around quality and equitable education. Benefits include:

  • 18 days of Paid Time Off
  • 12 paid holidays
  • Medical, vision, and dental insurance covered at 75%

Other Information:  Send a resume, cover letter and three professional references as one document to If you advance to the interview round we will ask you to provide two writing samples, one should be a grant proposal you authored.

Position is open until filled, first review date is Monday, 27 April 2015, 5.00 p.m.

Application Process: Because SESEC is fiscally-sponsored by the Vietnamese Friendship Association (VFA), all SESEC staff are employed by VFA and subject to VFA’s personnel policies. VFA is an equal opportunity employer. People of color and those from Southeast Seattle are strongly encouraged to apply.


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