Communications and Development Specialist

  • Puyallup Watershed Initiative
  • Sep 13, 2018
Full time PR Communications Marketing Communications Marketing Manager Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

The Puyallup Watershed Initiative (PWI) launched in 2012 as a new model for community-centered change, and aims to improve social and environmental conditions throughout the watershed that comprises more than 1,000 square miles from Mt. Rainier to Commencement Bay. The PWI is committed to all people’s right to a healthy environment and to participate in the decisions that most affect their lives. The Initiative is engaged in building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace that honors lived experience and community connections. The PWI values transparency, accountability, inclusivity, collaboration, and learning. We seek to demonstrate these values in all our activities and our workplace. For more information visit


We are looking for a Communications and Development Specialist to join our team in Tacoma, WA. This role directs the collaborative development and implementation of a comprehensive communication and outreach plan for the organization through engagement with internal and external stakeholders. This person will lead the implementation of newly created communication and outreach plans that enhance community and funder understanding of the Puyallup Watershed Initiative, will build energy and interest, and cultivate strategic partnerships that further organizational sustainability efforts.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement an integrated strategic communication plan to advance the organization's identity and broaden awareness of its Communities of Interest (COI), priorities, and accomplishments.
  • Develop and oversee internal communications goals, plans, and progress in support of PWI’s mission and work; use internal communications to create a sense of team, common mission, culture, and celebration.
  • Develop and oversee external communications goals, plans, and progress; produce an annual PWI report or similar publication.
  • Cultivate and support implementation of a strategic, cohesive COI internal and external communication plan with specific attention to development of appropriate infrastructure for plan execution.
  • Provide oversight and direction on PWI’s media relations, including online community and social media.
  • Oversee effort to create and manage annual communications plan and calendar; identify key messages, audiences, timing, vehicles, and performance measures.
  • Support Acting Director in developing strategies and ongoing programs to further the active engagement of Community Board members with participants, funders and partners, elected officials, and community at-large.
  • Partner with the PWI Community Relations Manager for Capacity Building and COIs to streamline, strengthen, and intra-connect individual COI communications.
  • Support PWI resource development efforts including grant writing (for PWI and COI specific grants), donor and funder relations.
  • Support Acting Director in developing an annual grant revenue budget and supervising activities to achieve these goals.
  • Support Acting Director in identifying funding sources, reaching out to funders, and soliciting grants to support development of PWI operations and projects.
  • In collaboration with the Acting Director plan and implement development strategies, and establish marketing and public relation activities to support fundraising efforts.
  • Identify opportunities and build partnerships to promote and realize resource development goals.
  • Participate in the creation and execution of a PWI resource development plan, and support examination of single and multi-year resource development efforts focused on organizational sustainability. 
  • Oversee website maintenance; identify opportunities and lead projects related to website enhancement.  
  • Perform work on weekends and evenings as needed to meet applicable deadlines and support organization events.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Prior work/volunteer/lived experience (3+ years) in relevant fields such as communications, public relations, resource development or fundraising.
  • Bachelor’s Degree and/or certificate in marketing, communications or related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Prior experience (3+ years) grant writing.
  • Must be familiar with non-profit environments.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Office 365/SharePoint required. Must be comfortable with CRM platforms, like Salesforce, and website platforms, including WordPress, and website maintenance skills. Desired knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, or other graphic design tools.
  • Must have excellent communication, strong organization and time management skills, and the ability to build and develop productive relationships.
  • Occasional local travel required.

The salary range for this position is $70,000-$80,000 annually, depending on experience. The PWI offers a strong benefits package to employees, including medical, vision, and dental insurance, life insurance, generous paid time off, and a 401k retirement savings plan.  

How to Apply

Applications for this position are accepted through our online application process only. Please send your letter of interest and resume in a single document to

We support workforce diversity and are an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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