Now hiring Development and Communications Director

Posted:  September 29, 2020
Open until: October 30, 2020
Status: Full-time, exempt
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: 1106 East 30th Street, Suite G, Kansas City, MO 64109
Manages: Two team members: Development and Membership Coordinator, on-call graphic designer

Apply by email with cover letter and resume in PDF.

BikeWalkKC is a member-based nonprofit organization that works to make Greater Kansas City a safer and more accessible place to walk, bicycle, live, work, and play. We seek an accomplished development professional to join us in our mission to redefine our streets as places for people to build a culture of active living.

The Development and Communications Director, along with the Development and Membership Coordinator and an on-call graphic designer, is responsible for the full range of fundraising from all sources, including individual, corporate, and foundation. The Development and Communications Director is charged with increasing revenue to support the mission of our organization, while telling our story in ways that are compelling to our members, donors, funders, and stakeholders.

As a key part of the leadership team, the Development and Communications Director works with program directors and the Board of Directors, with responsibilities for executing or supporting several areas of the strategic plan we are currently drafting for 2021-2023. Depending on timing, there may be some opportunity to help shape that plan.


The Development and Communications Director will design, implement, and manage a results-driven program to:

1. Strategically increase unrestricted revenue from local sources

  • Increase giving from local sources: memberships, individual donations, sponsorships, corporations, and foundations
  • Generate new members/donors
  • Maintain and deepen relationships with current funders, board members, donors, and program officers
  • Build participation in corporate matching gift programs, major gifts and directed funds, and a potential planned giving program
  • Manage tracking and fulfillment of grants and sponsor deliverables and reporting
  • Lead our strategy for celebrating BikeWalkKC’s 10th anniversary and related fundraising campaign, tentatively April 2021-April 2022.

2. Pursue new funding opportunities regionally and nationally

  • Increase revenue from regional and national funders to support existing and/or new programs and projects
  • Identify funding opportunities for our growing work in technical and academic research
  • Support the Director of Community Planning in writing proposals for consulting work

3. Lead strategic communications in support of our mission

  • Cultivate relationships with the news media and serve as a spokesperson for the organization, with the Executive Director and Policy Manager
  • Work with the leadership team and program staff to understand funding needs for programs and projects
  • Strengthen internal processes for meeting program teams’ needs for marketing and promotion of their work
  • Help program staff translate their work into compelling stories that resonate with members, donors, funders, partners, and stakeholders
  • Evaluate our current brand and identify opportunities to refresh it

4. Lead special events to support mission and revenue

  • Evaluate our event portfolio to ensure alignment with mission delivery and revenue needs (Tour de Bier, KC Women’s Bike Summit, Safe Routes to School Summit, Handlebar Happy Hour, virtual Let’s Talk events)
  • Lead corporate sponsorship efforts for major events


These competencies are essential to success in the role of Development and Communications Director and our organization:

Persuasive – able to convince others that our mission is important and worthy of support

Collaborative – works across teams and partners to solve problems. Is skilled at managing up and across

Enthusiastic – has passion and excitement for the mission and the work

Thinks strategically – understands what to do and why to do it, not just how to do it. Can understand the connections between our large and diverse portfolio of programs and services.

Persistent – is tenacious and understands how our mission is a long game where the rewards are often in the future

Able to develop people – coaches people in their current roles and prepares them for future roles

Organized – able to work independently with multiple programs and projects

Adaptive – nimble and flexible, managing well and identifying opportunities in a changing environment


The Development and Communications Director will use a number of tools, including but not limited to: Salesforce, Click&Pledge, Asana, Slack, G Suite, Google Meet, Zoom, Adobe Creative Suite. Prior experience is desirable, but not required for candidates demonstrating competence in learning new tools quickly.

Organization Culture

BikeWalkKC is a team of passionate and hard-working advocates, educators, planners, and social entrepreneurs making Kansas City a better place to live, work, and play through professional advocacy and education. Our culture is collaborative and supportive, encouraging risk-taking, excellence, and constant learning. You will work hard, have fun, and make an impact on the community.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

BikeWalkKC is committed to supporting diversity and equal opportunity in its services, administration, and employment, as well as research and activities. We strive to foster a working environment that values contributions from team members regardless of race, color, creed, gender, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental disabilities, physical disabilities, or veteran status. We work with a wide range of external partners and stakeholders, and we seek candidates who are committed to their own cultural competency. We recognize this is especially important for a majority-white organization often working in communities of color.

People of color, women, and members of the LGBT+ community are encouraged to apply.

Pandemic Workplace Situation

We are currently in remote-work mode for most people, through at least the end of the year. Occasional face-to-face meetings with proper safety and distancing precautions are an option for those who feel comfortable.


These are the qualifications we think are needed for this job. We welcome diverse life experiences and alternative qualifications and credentials when explained in your cover letter.

  • 5-plus years’ experience in a nonprofit fundraising role, or equivalent in another sector
  • Demonstrated success with corporate fundraising, advertising, direct marketing/appeals
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, ability to effectively multi-task
  • Ability to work across and synthesize program areas for fundraising
  • Experience with donor cultivation and stewardship
  • Experience with board relations and development
  • Understanding of Kansas City’s major funders and the community’s funding environment

Compensation and Benefits

  • Salary range: $60,000 to $75,000
  • Health insurance premium reimbursement available immediately
  • SIMPLE IRA retirement plan and employer match up to 3% (after one year of employment)
  • Complimentary RideKC Bike membership
  • Discount programs for bicycle accessories and other outdoor equipment and clothing

How to Apply

Apply by email to: by Friday, October 30, 2020, 5pm CT.

Please attach to the e-mail in PDF format:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume


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