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Magnolia Clubhouse seeks

Director of Development and Communications

Magnolia Clubhouse seeks an innovative candidate with development and communications experience to join our holistic Clubhouse community.  Magnolia Clubhouse (est. 2004, formerly Hill House, est. 1961) is a unique and dynamic center of psychiatric rehabilitation for people who live with mental illness.  Our mission is to ensure that people living with mental illness are respected co-workers, neighbors and friends.

The main responsibility for the position is fundraising. The Development and Communications Director organizes and provides staff leadership in all fundraising efforts and in strategic donor cultivation and stewardship, in order to achieve short and long-term fundraising goals. Fundraising efforts include an annual fund, major gifts, endowment and planned gifts, corporate gifts, special events and other fundraising campaigns.  The Development and Communications Director provides key support and guidance in related fundraising areas including board development, marketing and public relations. 

The Director of Development and Communications is responsible for guiding the development and maintenance of the agency’s communications, marketing, public relations, media and social media strategies.   The work includes outreach and cultivation of individuals throughout the community and strengthens the organization’s position and relationships with donors and the broader public.  Communications includes reaching more of those in need for our service and educating the community to promote social justice for those living with mental illness. 

All of the functions will be done by working closely with the Clubhouse leadership (Executive Director and Board of Directors), Clubhouse members and staff, and members of the broader Clubhouse community.  A foundation of the Clubhouse model is that the Clubhouse members are needed to operate the Club and work in partnership with Clubhouse staff to conduct all the Clubhouse operations and functions.  There is the expectation to work collaboratively with Clubhouse members and staff (mental health professionals), and to share the process and work with Clubhouse members as much as possible. 

The work schedule will include some nontraditional work hours; such as cultivation events, participating in a holiday at the Clubhouse, a Wednesday evening meal, 4:30-6:30 pm, approximately 10 times a year, and on occasion, a Saturday afternoon, 10 am-2 pm, all in assistance to mental health professional staff.


  • Evaluate current strategies and stewardship practices; implement processes to expand individual giving and major gifts to reach and/or exceed annual budget and fundraising goals.
  • Identify, research, cultivate, and solicit new annual, major, and special gift prospects. This will include working with existing donors as well as initiating new relationships with prospects with high capacity.
  • Enhance annual and other campaigns to corporate, endowment, and planned giving prospects. Meet or exceed annual goals.
  • Create and execute a comprehensive plan for each donor/prospect in the database that ensures donor retention and advancement. Establish individual goals for each major gifts prospect.
  • Strengthen the commitment of current donors and prospects through individual meetings, site visits, phone calls, special mailings and other relationship-building correspondence and activities.
  • Collaborate with staff and Board of Directors to cultivate donor engagement and stewardship opportunities through fundraising or cultivation events, taking the lead in the execution of events. Event Management includes establishing the vision, strategy and budget for each event within the context of the overall stewardship plan, and planning aspects such as coordinating retrieval of mailing lists, invitation productions, taking RSVPs, determining and coordinating staffing needs for specific events, and conducting event follow up activities.

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