Join Our Team: Communications & Development Specialist

Join The Shadow Project’s team! Craft high quality communications that celebrate the students we serve, engage our community of supporters, and expand support for our mission.

The Communications and Development Specialist (CDS) is a full-time, 40 hour/week position that maximizes the organization’s capacity to grow through engaging communications and development support.  This is a hybrid position, requiring an average of 1 day/week in person in our NE Portland office and school sites. During peak seasons, more in person work may be required.

Together with all Shadow staff, volunteers, and Board members, the CDS is responsible for centering equity in all aspects of their processes and products, and continually seeking out opportunities to improve practices of equity and anti-racism.

The CDS reports to the Executive Director.

Primary Job Duties

Communication (75%)

Supports execution of the organization’s communications and marketing plan to increase brand awareness, drive donor support, and expand school partnerships:

  • Ensures communications strategy is consistent and reflects the organization’s mission, vision, and strategic goals
  • Writes and produces newsletters, press releases, website content, supporter newsletters and semi-monthly family resource newsletters, and other internal and external communications, under the general direction of the ED and Grants Manager
  • Procures and maintains all elements (interviews, photos, video, photo releases) of Impact Stories to raise profile of children experiencing disability and support fundraising & outreach
  • Manages social media platforms (Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram) to achieve strategic marketing, fundraising, and engagement goals.
  • Tracks & produces regular reports on digital marketing analytics
  • Maintains up-to-date website content, escalating technical issues to contractors as necessary
  • Liaisons with communications contractors, as needed

Outreach & Development (20%)

  • Executes donor stewardship communications, under the general direction of the ED and Grants Manager
  • Supports Development efforts:
    1. Secures in-kind donations
    2. Tracks and acknowledges all gifts
    3. Assists with grants tracking, acknowledgement, and reporting
    4. Assists with fundraising campaigns
  • Coordinates with Communications and Development contractors
  • Maintains accurate donor and partner records in CRM Little Green Light, produces reports to support program and development efforts
  • Supports marketing and outreach to prospective school district partners:
    1. Produces marketing collateral
    2. Designs and maintains system to track inquiries and move prospective partners through the sales funnel

Events (5%)

  • Supports Shadow Project’s developing events program, including one donor thank you event and one major in-person fundraising event each year

Minimum Requirements

  • 2-3 years’ experience in communications or a related field such as fundraising, public relations, or sales/marketing
  • Strong computer skills, including Google Suite, MailChimp or equivalent, Canva, and website editing (we use WordPress).
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently, collaborate in person and virtually, and learn new skills via research & collaboration
  • A sense of service and commitment to The Shadow Project’s mission
  • Willing to reflect on and take action to increase racial justice and equity
  • Able to perform work at The Shadow Project’s two offices in NE Portland and Multnomah County school sites
  • Able to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination
  • Able to pass a criminal background check

Desired Qualifications

  • Life knowledge/experience of disability, neurodiversity, racism, and/or poverty.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, and/or sit. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Collaborative work with team members is regularly performed within the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, with occasional evenings or weekends required. Flexible work schedule friendly. The CDS will be provided with a laptop and reimbursement for general office supplies and mileage for travel between work sites.


$51,500/year. The Shadow Project covers 100% of the premiums for employee medical, dental, and vision insurance.  Generous paid time off totaling up to 28 days of leave. $50/month WFH stipend.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Shadow Project’s mission is centered on advancing educational equity for underrepresented students. We believe that diversity of experience and perspective makes us stronger. Thus, we encourage and support applicants from all backgrounds to join us in our work. This includes — but is in no way limited to — people experiencing disability, those from communities of color, and people who are LGBTQIA2S+.


Applicants should email a resume and cover letter outlining key qualifications and interest in the position to with subject line “Communications & Development Specialist.”

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