Director of Development and Communications

Texas Homeless Network
November 8, 2019
Austin, TX
Job Type
1713 Fortview Road
Contact Name (not public)
Eric Samuels



The Director of Development and Communications works with the President/CEO and Board of Directors to develop and implement Texas Homeless Network’s (THN) short-term and long-term fund development and communications plan that is consistent with the organization’s strategic plan. With the President/CEO, the Director will manage all fundraising and communication campaigns designed to further the goals and efforts of THN. The Director will work closely with the Director of Finance and Human Resources to develop and maintain the organizational budget. The Director will collaborate with THN’s directors to develop and implement the agency’s marketing strategy for its Texas Balance of State CoC (TX BoS CoC) and Statewide Initiatives focus areas. Finally, the Director will develop and coordinate a fund development/communications team within the THN team.


Fund Development

  • Direct all ongoing activities to diversify and increase funding and support from individuals, corporations, and foundations.
  • Use research, analysis, trends, technology, and communication resources to identify and create lasting relationships with supporters. Understand supporters’ desires and values and work toward improving THN’s ability to respond effectively.
  • Develop a strategic program to initiate and maintain contact with key individuals responsible for charitable giving in corporate, government, and foundation settings, and secure commitments for contributions.
  • Have primary responsibility for development and execution of all funding proposals; write and archive all proposals with a long-term relationship-management approach.
  • Strengthen relationships with donors, professionals, and community foundations to enhance THN’s solicitations of planned giving and possible endowment funds.
  • Monitor all fund development results; provide and present statistical analysis to Board of Directors and senior leadership.
  • Develop personal and business contacts; and leverage the resulting relationships to maximize the organization’s exposure to potential donors and/or donor sources.


  • At the direction of the President/CEO, serve as representative for THN to state and federal agencies; represent the organization at meetings and other activities; conduct site visits to supporters and current and potential donors.
  • Serve as THN’s point of contact for media relations, represent or assign staff to represent THN regarding media requests when the President/CEO is unable.
  • Identify brand marketing and outreach strategies (print and electronic), internal and external communications (i.e. printed materials, videos and website) and direct mail campaigns.
  • Lead the design and update of THN’s website.
  • Manage THN’s social media accounts, develop and maintain a schedule of social media posts.
  • Plan and organize campaigns that promote efforts that contribute to making homeless rare, brief, and non-recurring.
  • Ensure that THN’s accomplishments and needs are publicized accurately and timely to the community, and receive proper recognition via awards and publications.

Event Coordination

  • Lead planning for Annual Conference on Ending homelessness
    • Negotiate plenary, workshop, and meal arrangements with hotel and AV staff
    • Manage the process of soliciting workshop proposals, scheduling workshop tracks, and finalizing conference agenda
    • Lead logistics associated with conference preparation and activities
    • Other conference related planning duties as necessary


  • Serve as THN’s corporate secretary. Attend each THN board meeting and manage all the organization's internal communications, meeting agendas, and meeting minutes.
  • Prepare and maintain necessary fund development and communications reports and records

Other Duties

  • Perform additional duties as deemed necessary by the President/CEO. This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Minimum Qualifications

  • At least 3-5 years of communications/ publications and fund development experience, and Degree or equivalent.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, organizational, and analytical skills coupled with strong written and verbal communication skills and computer literacy.
  • Familiarity with a variety of nonprofit and corporate cultures and the ability to adjust to differences among organizations to attain results.
  • A strong professional presence that demonstrates skill and authenticity, thereby instilling confidence and trust in corporate, foundation, governmental, and other nonprofit representatives.
  • The ability to function as a leader as well as be an effective team player.
  • Understanding and commitment to THN’s mission and strategies and to all its programs and initiatives.
  • Experience working with nonprofit organizations is preferred.
  • An understanding of homelessness and the role homeless crisis response systems (CoCs) play in ending homelessness is preferred.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet multiple deadlines with excellent time management and organizational skills, detail-oriented, and the ability to work both independently with minimal supervision and as part of a project team.
  • Ability to relate to, and engender trust with people of different ages, races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic status.
  • Willing to travel in Texas to further the development and communication goals identified in THN’s strategic plan
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office products.

Working Conditions:

  • Must be available to work evenings and weekends to meet deadlines
  • Must be able to lift small to medium packages (less than 40 pounds)
  • Must be able to travel if necessary


  • Salary DOE
  • Benefits provided include health insurance, dental insurance, and a matching retirement plan


Incorporated in 1991, Texas Homeless Network (THN) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to addressing homelessness statewide through education, resources, and advocacy. THN provides training and technical assistance on best practices to prevent and end homelessness. THN serves as the lead agency, Collaborative Applicant, and Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) lead agency for the TX BoS CoC, which covers 215 counties in the state.

We are committed to Employment Equity and encourage applications from all qualified candidates. THN is an Equal Opportunity Employer that offers positions with varying skill levels and responsibilities that amplify our mission. We strongly encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ identified people, gender-nonconforming people, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people who speak a language in addition to English. People with lived experience of homelessness are encouraged to apply.

How To Apply

To Apply: Email a cover letter, resume, salary history and list of three references to

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