Managing Director of Development and Communications

The Position

Do you want to work for a dynamic organization committed to promoting the health and dignity of individuals and communities who are affected by substance use? Do you want to join a dynamic and growing organization working to advance harm reduction policies and practices across the United States? Are you a dynamic and entrepreneurial professional ready to lead a national organization’s revenue generation, communications, and stakeholder growth strategies?

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Managing Director of Development and Communications (MDDC) is an integral member of National Harm Reduction Coalition’s executive leadership team, providing strategic direction on constituent relationship management, cultivation of institutional giving, brand management, and the broader communications strategy.  Initially the MDDC will be tasked with co-creating a new department within the organizational structure that bridges three key functional areas: Development, Communications, and the biennial National Conference. 

The MDDC will lead a team of several development, communications, and event planning staff. Beginning with team building and visioning, the MDDC will ensure each group and individual within the department has the resources and support necessary to attract new donors, promote NHRC messaging, brand, and values, and host the biennial National Conference - NHRC’s largest source of unrestricted revenue.

NHRC is working on an ambitious fundraising and sustainability plan for the next 3-5 years, and the MDDC will be responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring the vision, making adjustments when appropriate, and keeping the broader team and Board of Directors updated on progress.

We envision a culture where systems are consistently transparent, staff feel their voices are valued and included in decisions about our organization’s future, and effective tools and professional development opportunities are accessible for people to deepen their knowledge and skills in areas specific to their roles and interests. We aim to maintain a diverse community where people feel a sense of belonging and equitable experiences are available to everyone. As a member of the executive leadership team, the MDDC must share and uphold this vision in all functions and elements of their role.

The ideal candidate is someone who is a dynamic entrepreneurial individual who enjoys relationship building, soliciting, and developing long-range strategies to expand National Harm Reduction Coalition’s visibility, impact, and sustainable funding. 


Organization Description

The National Harm Reduction Coalition is an advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the health and dignity of individuals and communities who are affected by drug use and structural violence. As a national organization we advance harm reduction policy and practice through six core programs:

  1. harm reduction policy and advocacy
  2. harm reduction resources including in-person and virtual trainings, self-paced online learning modules, publications, and maps to locate syringe service and naloxone programs
  3. national and regional convenings
  4. grantmaking
  5. fiscal sponsorship
  6. technical assistance on overdose prevention education, hepatitis C prevention and treatment, syringe access expansion, and the US opioid crisis

Our programs center racial equity as guided by our North Star: the National Harm Reduction Coalition creates spaces and dialogue that help heal the harms of racialized drug policies.


Leadership (10%)

  • As a member of the executive leadership team, ensure resources and strategies are mission-driven, responsive to the harm reduction community, and grounded in a racial equity and inclusion framework.
  • Provide consistent and supportive problem-solving and supervision to team leads and organize Department-wide meetings to facilitate communication and collaboration.
  • Oversee the Department’s overall budget, work plans, and corresponding timelines for deliverables and other activities that require project planning and budget management. 
  • Ensure bi-directional communication between the Executive Leadership Team and the Department.
  • Assess and monitor the Department’s infrastructure to determine optimal functioning.
  • Collaborate across teams to prepare and submit high quality grant proposals and reports as needed.

Development and Fundraising (30%)

  • Design, implement, and monitor a multi-year fund development program that aims to generate unrestricted revenue that reduces dependence on grants and contracts.
  • Take NHRC’s major gifts and individual giving program to the next level, by building the giving pipeline, launching a benefactors club portfolio, and growing Harm Reduction Champions, the monthly giving program.
  • Oversee the preparation of effective fundraising appeals and campaigns that result in sustained and upgraded giving.
  • Meet with and facilitate introductions between NHRC staff and prospective individual and institutional donors.
  • Oversee and develop a strategy to grow support from corporations and foundations that aligns with NHRC’s mission and values.
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director work with the Board of Directors to maximize their personal and professional fundraising contributions.
  • Use the CRM platform to plan, monitor, and evaluate the fund development program.


Communications (30%)

  • Support the Director of Communication and their team to create and implement NHRC’s internal and external communication strategy. 
  • With a focus on access and equity, ensure vendors and content collaborations reflect racial equity, accessibility, and the harm reduction community in our content, messaging, and who we feature.
  • Support the creation of a strategy to manage and routinely revise the organization’s catalog of products and promote merchandise to contribute to development goals.
  • Collaborate with the communications team to utilize CRM platforms to plan, implement, and evaluate impact.
  • Support the creation of processes to write and publish original content, blog posts, press releases, organizational statements, and crisis communications. 
  • Lead the ongoing capacity building and training of internal team members to follow best practices and processes, build thought leadership, and increased awareness of communications tactics that align with program goals. 

National Conference (30%)

  • Support the National Conference Director to develop a program that speaks to attendee interests, reflects their lived experience, and ensures their well-being through reasonable accommodation of needs.
  • Oversee and advise Communications team in the creation of the National Conference editorial calendar, promotional materials, and strategies to increase conference visibility.
  • Lead the solicitation and fundraising goals in support of the biennial National Conference.
  • Support the National Conference Director with the creation of the National Conference sponsorship prospectus and exhibitor relationship building. 
  • In collaboration with the National Conference Director and event planning team, monitor the selection of National Conference host city and venue. 


    • A minimum of eight (8) years of fundraising and communications experience.
    • Inspired by the National Harm Reduction Coalition’s mission and strategic priorities.
  • Commitment to harm reduction principles and meaningful inclusion of people with lived experience.
  • Understanding of intersectional issues that impact people who use drugs along with a strong racial justice analysis.
  • Ability to articulate and translate National Harm Reduction issues and priorities into an effective national fundraising and communications strategy.
  • Excellent and nuanced writing ability and range with demonstrated ability to create clear and persuasive communications and compelling proposals.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with senior executives and other staff to achieve goals, while creating trust, exuding credibility and elevating enthusiasm across the organization.
  • Outstanding project management and planning skills, including the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously in a decentralized environment. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, persuasive presentation and public speaking skills. 
    • Experience in brand management and leveraging social media and digital platforms to create audience behavior change resulting in stronger relationships.
  • Experience in leading and participating in strategic planning processes and implementation
  • Experience creating and implementing digital fundraising strategies using social media, email,  video, web and other online platforms
  • Knowledge of strategic communications and marketing, preferably in a nonprofit setting; experience with EveryAction or equivalent system preferred
  • Proficiency with technology including Microsoft Office Suite, CRM systems/platforms, and fundraising software such as Salesforce, Raiser’s Edge, Salsa, or an equivalent system



Position requires moderate travel (approximately 14 days per year)


NHRC offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience in a similar position with the potential for an annual performance-based bonus. The salary range for this position is $115,000-150,000. New hires are typically brought into the organization at a salary between the range minimum and the salary range midpoint depending on qualifications, internal equity, and the budgeted amount for the role.