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Director of Advancement

Posted: 12/17/2021

Northwest Youth Services is excited to announce that we are seeking applicants for our Director of Advancement position!
Come join our team of dedicated professionals, who are committed to meeting youth where they are, with open minds and hearts.
About Northwest Youth Services:
Northwest Youth Services is the only non-profit organization dedicated to serving young people ages 13-24 experiencing or at-risk of homelessness in Whatcom and Skagit Counties. We support youth in identifying goals and building the skills necessary to reach their own sense of stability. Northwest Youth Services offers housing, street outreach, help finding a job or enrolling in school, connection to mental health services, support for LGBTQ youth, restorative justice for juvenile offenders, and referrals to other services in the community.
Annually, we serve more than 1,250 youth between the ages of 13-24. What sets us apart is how we do what we do. At the core of our work is heart and relationships. Known for our strengths-based and trauma-informed approach, including a commitment to harm reduction, we meet youth where they are, with open minds and open hearts. As much an advocate for social justice as a direct service provider, we have a strong track record of serving LGBTQ youth and youth of color. Rather than dictate what youth should or must do to access services and remain in our programs, we offer options and a safety net to support them in achieving their own goals. We want what’s best for each individual and see the best in them.
Our Mission, Values, and Vision:
At Northwest Youth Services, we affirm youth experience and autonomy, as we work together to foster collective healing and justice, in order to dismantle the systems of oppression that perpetuate youth homelessness.
Core Values
Community – We promote interdependence and recognize that everybody needs a community to thrive. We know that we are stronger together.
Justice & Liberation - We believe that it is critical to acknowledge, name, and actively work to dismantle the historic systems and societal structures that fuel crisis and poverty.
Humanity - We work with respect and compassion for each other and believe that everyone deserves to belong: to be safe, heard, and valued.
Accountability – We believe that no one is done learning; as a community we hold each other to a high standard, and work to educate, grow and heal together. 
Guided by our values and commitment to becoming an Anti-Racist organization, Northwest Youth Services envisions a community in which all young people are seen as catalysts in creating a just and liberated society that supports each of our unique journeys through life.
Job Mission: 
The Director of Advancement contributes to NWYS’ success by maintaining and increasing funding from the community in support of the organization’s mission and vision. This position is responsible for effective and timely responses to opportunities for foundation and public funding according to the agency’s fund development strategy.
This position envisions, creates, and implements successful strategies to meet specific annual revenue goals and contributes to the overall achievement of the organization’s development goals.

For more information about this position and all open NWYS positions, please visit our website at the following link:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communications, Non-Profit Management, Fundraising, or related field; five years of experience described below may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree;

  • Three years successful experience in non-profit fundraising, with a proven track record of cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors resulting in gifts in the $50,000 to $100,000 range;

  • Three years’ supervision experience;

  • Knowledge of development principles, fundraising strategies and ethics including familiarity with “moves management” donor tracking systems;

  • Demonstrated experience working with a non-profit Board of Directors;

  • Demonstrated success securing major individual donor gifts;

  • Demonstrated experience coordinating donor-centered fundraising and event planning;

  • Demonstrated experience in effectively managing, coaching and supporting development staff and volunteer “face-to-face” solicitors;

  • Experience managing capital campaigns;

  • Experience planning major donor cultivation events preferred;

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office software suite;

  • Must be 21 years of age or older;

  • Requires full COVID vaccination by January 18, 2022 (may consider accommodation for medical or religious reasons); and

  • Proof of Washington State Driver’s License, driving record, and auto insurance; and

  • Must pass background checks.

Required within first 30 days of employment:

  • CPR/First Aid/Bloodborne pathogens certifications required;

  • A negative TB test; and

  • Full understanding of the CPS reporting requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Marketing, Communications, Non-Profit Management, Fundraising, or related field;

  • Previous training in de-escalation, Positive Youth Development, CSEC, Domestic Violence, Youth Mental Health First Aid, or other related trainings.


  • Starting Wage Range: $66,747 - $80,706 per year

  • Earn sick and vacation time based on hours worked;

  • Health benefits begin the first of the month following hire date;

  • Simple IRA Retirement plan with match up to 3% of employee contributions, per pay period, after first year of employment;

  • The position is located in beautiful Whatcom County, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest

Women, people of color, transgender individuals and members of other underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply.
Application Instructions: A cover letter and resume are preferred when applying for this position. Please address your experience related to the position and list how you meet the required minimum and preferred qualifications. For more information about Northwest Youth Services please visit our website at
Northwest Youth Services is an Equal Opportunity employer. Employment is based upon individual qualifications without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, marital status, veteran status, disabilities, political ideology, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. Alumni of foster care and those who have experienced youth homelessness are encouraged to apply.

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