Pongo is Hiring a Development Manager

Job Description for Development Manager

TITLE:                            Development Manager

REPORTS TO:              Richard Gold, Executive Director

HOURS AND PAY:       .75 FTE (30 hours/week)
                                      Salary range $50,000-$55,000/year

BENEFITS:                    No medical benefits, at this time.


The Pongo Teen Writing Project is a 23-year-old, award-winning nonprofit that offers therapeutic poetry to youth (and others) who have suffered traumas, such as abuse, neglect, and exposure to violence. We work in the most sensitive institutions and agencies, such as detention centers, homeless shelters, and psychiatric hospitals. Our mission is to help our authors, through personal poetry, to understand their difficult feelings, find their strong voices, and address their life challenges and best hopes. Our goal is to work toward social justice by enabling our authors to address the personal impact of trauma, where trauma is often the product of historical inequities and oppression.

Pongo’s approach is based on its own specific methodology that has proved to be effective, safe, and replicable. We collect data and support pilot studies of our outcomes. Pongo also teaches its method nationally and internationally, as an important aspect of our future service and impact. There are “Pongo-inspired” projects around the country and the world. As an organization, Pongo believes in diversity and strives to be a sensitive and equitable workplace.


The Development Manager will be responsible for the following tasks:

Annual Fund

  • Coordinate the annual plan to cultivate, solicit and steward individual donors including major donors

  • Coordinate Pongo's participation in GiveBig

  • Coordinate end of year appeal

  • Build relationships with major donors

Grant Writing  

  • Write an average of 2 grants per month

  • Research new local and national grant opportunities

  • Create reports for grantors

  • Build relationships with institutional donors

  • Collaborate with other staff to collect stories and data about Pongo's impact


  • Plan and implement annual PONGO Live! event and play the leading  role in organizing other PONGO fundraising events

  • Organize house parties

  • Facilitate third party events

  • Build relationships with event corporate sponsors

  • Represent PONGO at corporate giving events and fairs

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Maintain Little Green Light donor database and keep other records of donor contacts

  • Send thank you notes and provide other communication to honor donors

Outreach (in collaboration with other Pongo staff)

  • Identify opportunities to share the work of Pongo writers with the public

  • Attend community events to represent Pongo in the greater Seattle area

  • Develop content for Pongo social media platforms


The Development Manager must be a strong leader and advocate for Pongo’s mission and values. The Development Manager must function as a team player, which means that the Development Manager must be part of the communication, collaboration, and support that are essential for productivity within Pongo. The Development Manager must be a flexible individual who can adapt to the sensitive environments, vulnerable people, and challenging societal context of Pongo’s work. The Development Manager is encouraged to help Pongo to become a sensitive and equitable work environment. The Development Manager must meet standard professional expectations, including timeliness, recordkeeping, etc. The Development Manager must maintain the highest ethical standards.


The Development Manager candidate will have the following qualifications and skills: 

  • 3+ years of experience in nonprofit fundraising with an emphasis on individual giving

  • Grant writing experience

  • Event planning experience

  • Proficiency or better with Little Green Light, MailChimp, social media platforms, Microsoft Office

  • Excellent communications skills (written and oral) and ability to collaborate on a team

  • Personal values that exclude any form of discrimination or prejudice

  • Valid Washington Driver’s License and car in order to travel to various Pongo sites

  • Interest in poetry a plus! (If you write creatively, feel free to include sample with application.)


To apply please send a resume, cover letter, and an example of a grant application you have written to Richard Gold at pongo_publishing@hotmail.com . No phone calls please.