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Senior Director of Advancement


JOB TITLE:    Senior Director of Advancement

EMPLOYER:  Catalyst Miami

DEPARTMENT:  Advancement (Development & Communications)


EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2024

SALARY RANGE: $90,780 – $102,000



Catalyst Miami’s vision is a just society in which everyone can lead healthy, prosperous, self-determined lives. To realize this vision, we build power with frontline communities throughout Miami-Dade County to collectively advance justice and achieve shared prosperity.

We are seeking a Senior Director of Advancement to lead our Development & Communications Team. This role will lead communications and narrative strategy across the organization’s programmatic and fundraising work, tailoring our messaging to various audiences, including program participants, media, government officials, and donors. The position also involves leading the development and execution of strategic fundraising initiatives, fostering a culture of philanthropy among our supporters.


Responsible for defining and developing Catalyst Miami’s communications efforts for a variety of audiences. Plans, directs, and manages the development office’s activities and operations. Supports operations, programs, and development in accomplishing key objectives with strong communications to clients/alumni, partners, and donors/funders. Ensures donor satisfaction and institutional success in fundraising efforts.



  • Oversees the expansion of our major donor program, Catalysts for Change, researching opportunities, building donor relationships, and effectively stewarding new and existing donors.
  • Co-creates and leads execution of annual plan for development
  • Co-leads strategy and implementation for organization-wide fundraising events
  • Assures that the “culture of philanthropy” is thoroughly and effectively integrated with all other departments so the goal of each may contribute to higher revenues every year.
  • Leads the fundraising team and oversees the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of corporate and individual donors locally, regionally, and nationally.
  • Ensures that all grant application and reporting language aligns with organization-wide communications and fundraising strategies
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors to engage them in the organization’s development efforts
  • Oversee the development, creation, distribution, and maintenance of all print and digital campaign, initiative and event collateral including, but not limited to, promotional merchandise, social media content, newsletters, brochures, website, videos, and flyers
  • Develop, implement, and coordinate media outreach strategies to target specific outlets and secure coverage by cultivating and maintaining relationships with media contacts.
  • Ensures website aligns with strategic plan and communications strategy
  • Develop and oversee implementation of a comprehensive social media strategy that aligns with organizational brand identity and messaging.
  • Develop strategies including training to build brand awareness among key stakeholders including Catalyst Miami board members and staff; Ensure brand consistency and integrity across all communications channels, materials, and campaigns.
  • Address communications "gaps" in the organization and develop ways to meet staff and organizational needs.
  • Develop and implement key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure the success of campaigns and initiatives and adjust strategies accordingly.
  • Act as a spokesperson for the organization by preparing and/or editing key messages, talking points and speeches for press releases, media advisories, blogs, op-eds, and other content coordination as needed.
  • Represents the institution through participation at professional meetings and other events
  • Develop a strong familiarity with the organization and its program-related activities
  • Develops, maintains, and allocates department budget; operates within approved budget
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by management.



  • Directly supervises 2 employees within the Advancement department.
  • Indirectly supervises 1 employee within the Advancement department.
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with Catalyst Miami's policies and applicable laws.
  • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, onboarding / training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.



  • Language: Professional working proficiency in oral and written English
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) in related field or equivalent
  • A minimum of six (6) years of related experience or equivalent
  • A minimum of three (3) years of managerial experience or equivalent
  • Computer skills required: Microsoft Office Suite and working knowledge of web-based platforms.
  • Demonstrable experience as a fundraising generalist, with hands-on practice at institutional giving/grant writing, major gifts, annual giving, corporate partnership building, special events, CRM management, and online giving campaigns
  • Deep understanding of communications strategies and best practices, with a demonstrated ability to apply them effectively in a mission-driven organization.
  • Strong project management skills, with the ability to manage multiple initiatives and meet deadlines
  • Excellent leadership and team management skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate a diverse team
  • Passion for social justice, dedication to the mission of Catalyst Miami, and a high level of integrity, professionalism, and ethical conduct.



  • Leadership
  • Performance Management
  • Talent Development
  • Social Justice
  • Execution
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Meaningful Work/Impact
  • Collaboration
  • Accountability
  • Change Agility
  • Community Engagement
  • Compassion
  • Inclusion & Equity



  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
  • Ability to work in a shared-workspace environment
  • Stretch and bend to organize and distribute materials for Catalyst Miami activities
  • Able to sit at desk for long periods of time and utilize computer for extended periods
  • Must be able to work flexible hours to accommodate organization needs, including evenings and weekends. Out of town travel may be required.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The above describes the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or physical requirements.  Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


To apply:

Please email a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Only applications submitted via email will be reviewed.