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Development Communications Manager

Braille Institute of America, Inc.
90035, Los Angeles
$72,000 - $82,000 annually
Closing date
Jun 10, 2023

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Focus Areas
Education, Human Services, Philanthropy / Social Responsibility
Job Function
Development / Fundraising, Marketing / Communications
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

Job Details

Braille Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is to positively transform the lives of those with vision loss. We offer a broad range of free programs, classes, and services serving thousands of students of all ages helping to demonstrate that vision rehabilitation is a beginning, not an end.

We serve the community from seven centers, and hundreds of community outreach locations throughout Southern California, and lead popular national programs like Braille Challenge and Cane Quest. Our staff and volunteers understand that losing your vision can be scary, but we believe it is not the end of independence but a new way of living.

About the role:

Reporting to the Vice President of Marketing and Communications and working in close partnership with the Vice President of Development, the Development Communications Manager will play a critical role in the design and implementation of all strategic fundraising communications for Braille Institute.

The Manager is responsible for creating and executing exceptional marketing and communications efforts that advance the organization’s annual fundraising goals and campaigns. They will create communication strategies for key stakeholders that deliver consistent, clear, and compelling messages about the value of our services and the impact of giving to the organization.

The Manager will work closely with Development Department, Programs Team, and Gift Officers to craft effective donor-facing messages and engaging stories. Materials may include but are not limited to, annual reports, impact reports, videos, physical and electronic newsletters, fact sheets, case statements, etc.  The Manager may work with external partners and agencies to help develop print and digital creative communications pertaining to fundraising campaigns and initiatives. They will collaborate with members across the Development Department to create appropriate and strategic outreach and recognition to key donor groups with the end goal of strengthening relationships, aiding the donor journey with resources and recognition, and generating donations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development and execution of high-level donor communications for major and mid-level donors and corporations, including cases for support, capital campaigns, donor pitches, event materials, and email campaigns. Develop and plan stewardship campaigns and messaging for print and digital fundraising content for mid-level donors ($1,000-$9,999) and major donors ($10,000+). Provide analytics assessment for mid and major-level donors and planned giving prospects, including audience segmentation, engagement metrics, and tracking revenue for all materials. Ability to identify donor trends, areas of growth, and upgrades and plan continual iteration for the highest impact. Create, implement, and optimize email programs to meet fundraising goals. Provide high-level writing and creative direction to create compelling and visually appealing presentations. Manage creative agency relationships and freelancers, including content, tracking deliverables, and managing budgets and expenses.


Knowledge and Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in marketing or communications is required. Working knowledge of Salesforce, Mailchimp/Constant Contact, and other marketing & communications tools. Strong understanding of philanthropic marketing, stewardship, and communications.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Superb writing and editing skills with the ability to translate complex concepts into succinct, clear, accessible language for multiple audiences; exceptional storytelling to create compelling and memorable stories that motivate audience support.
  • Ability to establish clear goals and objectives via creative briefs and strategic documents to manage outside content developers - graphic & web designers, photographers, and videographers. Strong project management skills with attention to detail and demonstrated ability to set priorities and complete tasks on schedule.
  • Skilled at managing all phases of the creative development process, from kick-off, research, planning, and final execution.
  • Team player with the ability to work with cross-functional, virtual, and diverse teams to develop plans and drive results.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the confidence to interact effectively with all levels of management, staff, and external partners.


  • At least 5 years of related work experience in philanthropy/fundraising marketing and communications.
  • Experience developing multi-year and single-year fundraising/campaign communication plans and strategies. Light design/editing experience in Adobe Creative or Canva.


Braille Institute of America, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform the lives of those with vision loss. Through educational training, programs and services, Braille Institute helps people regain and maintain their independence through six regional centers (Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Anaheim, Laguna Hills, Coachella Valley, and San Diego) and through more than 300 community outreach locations. Each year, Braille Institute serves more than 37,000 people of all ages and demonstrates that vision rehabilitation is a beginning, not an end.

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741 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles

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