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Smart Start Central Oklahoma is always looking for dynamic people who want to help Oklahoma's babies, young children, and families! 

Development and Communications Director   

The Development & Communications Director is an integral part of Smart Start’s dynamic leadership team working to engage and support families. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Development & Communications Director will plan, execute, and maintain a fundraising and communication plan for SSCO; coordinate and execute annual campaigns and events; oversee the donor database; and coordinate all donor communications and outreach.



●    Develop and execute a comprehensive development plan in partnership with the board of directors and development committee
●    Communicate fundraising goals throughout the organization and equip the staff and board to reach them
●    Conduct regular outreach efforts to identify, engage, and secure new donors
●    Cultivate relationships with potential and current donors
●    Make direct, face-to-face solicitations
●    Design and coordinate the execution of direct campaigns, such as through direct mail, email, social media, and events
●    Research and apply for local, regional, national, and federal grants on behalf of the organization
●    Facilitate planning and execution of fundraising and friend-raising events
●    Develop additional giving avenues, including virtual, to meet annual fundraising goals
●    Ensure donor stewardship

Public Awareness and Communications

●    Work with SSCO staff to develop, coordinate, and execute a comprehensive marketing plan, including material distribution and external communications
●    Participate in community meetings and events to promote the organization and early childhood issues

Data Collection, Evaluation, and Reporting

●    Strengthen donor database – track all donor interactions, ensure data is clean and organized
●    Prepare fundraising reports for staff, board members, and others as requested
●    Prepare regular reports on plan targets, future fundraising strategies and direction, etc.
●    Provide staff support on board of directors’ development committee


●    Proven successful fundraising track record.
●    Ability to maintain donor confidentiality.
●    Exceptional interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
●    Good PC and software application skills.
●    Ability to handle multiple tasks in a competent and professional manner.


●    Dependable transportation (regular travel to meetings required)
●    Valid driver’s license
●    Full-time position that requires some evening and weekend work


●    BS/BA in communications, marketing, sales, community development, or a related field preferred.
●    Significant fundraising experience.
●    Experience in a management or leadership position as well as experience working with a team or group to accomplish a goal.


While performing duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and work at a computer for long periods of time in an office environment; must be able to lift/move weight up to 20 lbs. Employee is also required to accept incoming calls and must be able to hear and speak. Must have visual acuity to read and draft reports, memos, letters, etc. Specific vision abilities required by this job include vision adequate for the employee to perform the responsibilities and functions of the job efficiently. Must have the manual dexterity to manually operate and use a computer. The noise level is quiet to moderate; non-smoking environment. Must be able to drive in all weather conditions; some sites may not be wheelchair accessible. 

The qualifications, physical demands, and work environment described herein are representative of those an employee will encounter and must meet to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. 

Please send cover letter and resume to lbryan@smartstartokc.org.


Early Birds, a signature program of Smart Start, is a family support and school readiness program for parents-to-be, parents and caregivers of children from birth to five. Classes are offered for prenatal, birth-1, 1-2, 2-3, 3-4, and 4-5 age groups. After the prenatal class, families with children in each age group can attend classes three times per year with support available in between; a series of 16 classes are available. Classes cover developmental milestones, parent and child activities, everyday learning, purposeful parenting and discipline, and family health and wellness. Classes are available in both Spanish and English. With each class, families receive curriculum, activities, educational toys, and books to stimulate their child's development and learning. Early Birds Instructors build responsive parent-child relationships, promote positive early learning experiences, and empower parents and caregivers as their child’s first and most influential teacher by developing parenting, school readiness and life skills.
Complementary Background areas:

•    Early Childhood Education and/or Child Development, degree and/or experience
•    Current or previous Early Education teacher experience
•    Counseling or Psychology, degree and/or experience
•    Parent Educators
•    Parenting coach or trainer
•    Experience teaching diverse groups


•    Energetic, encouraging and motivating
•    Positive communication skills that build trusting relationships and promote social and emotional skills, discussion and collaboration
•    Knowledge of Positive Redirection techniques
•    Knowledge of Strengthening Families protective factors
•    Commitment to a strengths-based approach to working with families

Early Birds instructors are trained in the Early Birds curriculum and must participate in ongoing professional development. Assistance with data collection is required.

This is a contract, part-time position. Most work is during evening and weekend hours. Classes are approximately 90 minutes and are offered in-person and virtually. In-person instructors must have reliable transportation. Virtual instructors must have a reliable internet connection and equipment. 

Please submit your resume to cflores@smartstartokc.org

Smart Start Central Oklahoma accepts 1-2 interns per semester. Interns may be at the undergraduate or graduate level. If you are interested in applying for an unpaid internship, please submit your resume along with a cover letter that includes your school name, the number of hours required, your career goals, and why you are interested in interning with SSCO. Applications should be emailed to Shannon Dennis at sdennis@smartstartokc.org.

The pandemic has changed the way we utilize volunteers. For more information, please contact Rufus Howard at rhoward@smartstartokc.org.