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Bilingual Development & Communications Assistant 

Report to:

Donor Engagement Director

Main functions:

The Development Assistant is an integral member of the YWCA Yakima Development team. The Development Assistant serves as the backbone of the operation by overseeing all administrative processes in place to manage the donor giving and engagement process. Additionally, the Development Assist ant conducts research, coordinates development events, programs, and coordinates communications. The Development Assistant must be extremely detail-oriented and work to ensure delivery of impeccable donor services. Reports to the Donor Engagement Director. Significant interaction with the CEO and Finance Director.




Administrative Development Tasks

Regularly manage updates to constituent database and constant contact mailing lists to ensure all contacts are properly moved through development process and coded appropriately.

Manage gift acknowledgement process and produce donor letters on a weekly basis.

Work closely with the Finance department on incoming gift processes.

Assist with special events planning, preparation and execution and processing of online RSVPs.

Compile and create folders and marketing materials for Development prospect meetings.

Coordinate, attend and draft minutes and other documents for Committee meetings.

Assist the Development department with the following duties: scheduling meetings, calendar and contacts

maintenance, meeting preparation and follow-up, among additional responsibilities.

Write, proofread, edit and send correspondence.

Monitor local media outlets for news and information on philanthropic trends, Foundation fundholders and


Create content for the organizational website and social media.

Other duties as assigned.

Communication Tasks

Develop, create and execute content that aligns with YWCAs brand/toolkit to engage and educate audiences about the YWCA across various channels, including newsletters, blogs, graphics, website, social media multiple channels.

Analyze and manage social media analytics.

Work with staff to update YWCA website as activities change.

Work with the Development Director to create and execute email and print fundraising programs and strategies including writing appeals and other calls-to-action messages.

Manage and drive event communication and campaign rollouts, including developing email and print invitations, managing invitation lists, managing “day of” social media and other needed communications.

Identify good stories and exercise good storytelling skills.

Create donor reports from YWCA website and social media for tracking.

Develop and execute media releases for television, radio, print, and online media.

Oversee coordination of public relations activities including social media and website.

Create a calendar of development events and related timelines.

Disseminating information to members of the media.

Other projects as assigned.

Minimum Employment Qualifications & Requirements:

Commitment to the YWCA Mission 2 years of relevant communications, social media, website experience or education in a relevant field.

Experience with various software for developing communications products.

Experience with website platforms.

Ability to work independently to produce high quality work products and manage multiple projects.

Team player with a positive can-do attitude. Creative problem-solver.

Creativity and Imagination.

Collaborative and eager to work in a team-driven environment.

Organized and process-oriented when managing multiple projects.

Excellent oral and writing skills, including attention to grammar and spelling.

Ability to create persuasive outreach letters and other communications.

Excellent organizational abilities and strong attention to detail.

Working knowledge of MS Office Suite (Word and Excel), and Google Apps, as well any graphic design or fundraising software.

Experience with donor databases, e-newsletter platform and Canva is preferred.

Experience and knowledge of social media platforms.

Ability to take initiative with projects to work independently or as a team.

Prior nonprofit work experience a plus.

Bilingual & biliterate in the Spanish language a plus.

Some evenings and/or weekends.

Special Requirements:

Must pass Washington State criminal background check.

Submit a resume and cover letter to


YWCA Yakima is an equal opportunity employer.