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Development Manager
This position is open until filled 

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, impact-oriented 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 fundraising narratives and practices that do not advance diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. This position requires a high level of organization, systems-thinking, tech skills and time management.

Full-time, exempt position. Salary range of $50,000 - $56,000.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work closely with Executive Director and other staff to design, execute and evaluate annual fundraising plan to ensure all fundraising goals are met for general operating support and our $1.275 million capital renovation campaign (we are at 72% of this goal with 12 months remaining). Revenue streams include:

    • individual donors

    • grants(*no grant writing required)

    • corporate sponsors

    • social enterprise

    • fee for service

    • fundraising events

  • Maintain donor database (Salesforce) and grant management systems, working closely with grant writer and Director of Programming to ensure all aspects of grant management are completed

  • Participating in revenue forecasting, data analysis and strategic planning for future growth

  • Steward and grow a portfolio of individual funder relationships

  • Co-lead the design and execution of annual fundraising events with development team

  • Prepare monthly development reports for Executive Director and Board of Trustees and annual reports for the public

  • Work closely with Executive Director and other staff to cultivate outreach opportunities to grow public awareness of the organization, mission and impact

  • Other duties as assigned Essential Qualifications and Attributes

  • Demonstrated success in project management and meeting deadlines

  • Exceptional communication skills including interpersonal, professional, written and presenting to audiences

  • Proven experience working with diverse populations

  • Deep commitment to equity, social justice, inclusion and diversity

  • Creative problem-solving and conflict resolution skills

  • Prior success in collaborative environments

  • Ability to research, distill and integrate new information

  • Superior organizational and time management skills

  • Proficiency in current office technology and a willingness to learn and

    consistently employ technology and systems

    Other Requirements

  • Successful completion of full BCI background check required.

  • Physical Requirements:

  • This position requires presence at all fundraising events. Some evenings and weekends required. Reliable transportation and schedule flexibility is a must.

Download the job description here.


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. 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.