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Development Manager

This position has closed. 

Job Summary 

The Development Manager reports to the Executive Director and is a key member of the fundraising team responsible for ensuring operating and capital revenue goals are met. This includes close collaboration with the Executive Director, staff and board to design, implement, evaluate and evolve all fundraising initiatives to fuel the growth of the organization.


WordPlay’s Development Manager is a natural relationship-builder who thrives in a creative environment and is deeply aligned with the organization’s commitment to racial equity and social justice. It is essential for this individual to embrace innovation and the necessity to disrupt traditional philanthropic narratives and practices that do not advance diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. This position requires a high level of organization, systems-thinking, and time management.

Full-time, exempt position.

Chief Storyteller

This position has closed. 

Job Summary 

The Chief Storyteller reports to the Executive Director and is a vital member of WordPlay’s Leadership Team. This director-level role is responsible for internal and external communication, marketing, outreach and community engagement strategy from design through execution and measurement. The Chief Storyteller relates WordPlay’s mission, impact, values and vision across multiple media and other platforms to grow awareness and increase overall engagement in programming, funding, partnerships and other resources to fuel organizational growth.   


This role requires innovative thinking with a diverse lens; a creative disrupter who is fluid and compelling in crafting communications that center youth voices, equity, justice and strengths-based narratives.

Full-time, exempt position.


WordPlay offers a monthly pre-tax Healthcare Reimbursement Allowance, a 403b retirement plan, paid holidays, PTO and flex time, an annual professional development budget and strong potential for growth within the organization. 

To apply:

1. Please take a few minutes to complete the free VIA Character Strengths Survey and look through your results.

2. In your email to us, share a short paragraph about how a top strength shows up for you at work.


3. Send your resume and cover letter as one pdf to No phone calls, please.

4. For the Chief Storyteller position, please also include 3 professional writing samples. 


5. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


WordPlay Cincy is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in our workplace. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, color, marital status, political affiliation, medical conditions or any other dimension of difference. 

Our working norms are:

Trust. We value building a culture of trust in ourselves, the organization and each individual’s unique process. 


Communication. Clear, direct, honest communication is essential to all relationships and is a central to our teams’ successes and how we demonstrate respect for each other.


Best Interests. We believe that everyone on our team has the best interests of the organization in mind, reflected in their actions, speech and relationships.


Safety. WordPlay is a safe and inclusive work space, free of judgment, bias and prejudice; it is a space where vulnerability is honored and respected.

Conflict Resolution. Conflict can be beneficial. It is inevitable, and we remain open and respectful in our communication where there is conflict, committing ourselves to work through it for the best interests of everyone involved, those we reach through our programs, the organization overall.


Failure. Failure is important to recognize; it is an essential step in the path to success and we resolve to acknowledge and learn from each failure so we can improve and continue to progress as individuals and as an organization.


Authenticity. We value and honor the authenticity of each staff member, our students, their families, and WordPlay’s community partners. 


Creativity. We honor each individual’s creativity and the unique energy they bring to their work.  


WordPlay’s workplace culture promotes the recognition and activation of strengths among

individuals, teams, partnerships, and the greater community.


4234 Hamilton Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45223

p: 513-996-0010

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WordPlay Cincy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.