Director of Development & Communications

Portland, OR

Title:                         Director of Development & Communications

Status:                    Regular, non-exempt position

Reports to:               Executive Director

Location:                  Remote or Portland, OR

Hours:                      Full time

Starting Salary: $83,000-$98,000 annually


Forth is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) trade association with a closely related 501(c)(3) charity, the Forth Mobility Fund. Forth’s mission is to electrify transportation by bringing diverse stakeholders together to eliminate barriers to access, so that communities prosper and the planet thrives. We advance our mission through industry development, innovative demonstration projects, policy advocacy, and public engagement. Learn more on our website.

The Director of Development & Communications leads a team responsible for communications, fundraising, events and membership. This team works collaboratively in support of the entire organization to convene and communicate with key stakeholders and develop the revenue, partnerships, and awareness Forth needs to successfully advance our mission.

This role calls for someone who has demonstrated leadership in both internal and external-facing activities including business development, fundraising, marketing, communications, strategic events, and partnerships; who is a great manager and can inspire and strengthen a growing team (currently three direct reports, and a total of ten staff); and who will hold the team accountable to Forth’s strategic goals and process improvements, including operationalizing our commitment to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion. This person also serves as a member of Forth’s leadership team to guide the organization through continuing growth and impact.



Leadership & Management (20%).  

●      Lead a growing team responsible for marketing and communications, events, business development, fundraising, and strategic partnerships in support of these activities

●      Provide guidance, direction, and coaching for direct reports (3 Senior Managers of sub-teams)

●      Ensure team cohesion, effective strategy and tactics, efficient processes, data-driven decision making, systems to set and track KPIs, and proactive communication with other teams

●      Create an inspiring team environment by connecting staff’s daily work with Forth’s strategic plan and by providing ample development, recognition, and leadership opportunities

●      Model ongoing performance management, including regular bidirectional feedback, goal setting, reviews, and coaching/mentoring

●      Evaluate and refine the team’s roles and structure as Forth grows to streamline work, align with organizational needs, and ensure that staff members feel valued and supported

●      Serve as an active member of Forth’s organizational leadership team; champion transparency and feedback loops between the industry network team, leadership team, and broader team

●      Support one or more relevant board committees to activate the board  

●      Guide continuous improvement in operationalizing racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in the industry network team’s internal and external practices, culture, and activities

●      Lead the annual budgeting process, including fundraising budget, for the team

●      Guide the team in continuous process improvements for systems and work flows to grow efficiency, transparency, tracking, and impact (including Salesforce)

●      Support the strategic plan revisiting process to sharpen our desired outcomes, key audiences, revenue plans, and strategies; and ensure the team supports strategic goals and KPIs

Development & Fundraising (30%)

●      Direct the growth of Forth’s membership program, including moves management, retention strategies, and process improvements

●      Help the business development and fundraising team prioritize and apply for a steady stream of funding opportunities—including grant, fee-for-service, and productization opportunities—to align with the strategic plan, budget needs, and evolving goals for both existing and new projects

●      Help identify funder, sponsor, fee-for-service, and partner prospects and support with outreach

●      Support with proposals as needed; help project-manage large grant opportunities, e.g. USDOE

●      Lead the team in building best nonprofit development practices to strengthen partnerships with members, sponsors, and funders; ensure that practices are shared org-wide to build capacity

●      Lead the integration of development strategies with staff and activities across the organization

●      Ensure the business development team establishes, evaluates, and regularly updates Forth’s program/service/product development process and “menu of services”

●      Work with the Executive Director and Senior Manager of Business Development to build a sustainable three-year revenue model for the organization to support growth


Strategic Events & Partnerships (25%)

●      Ensure the successful execution and expansion of a robust portfolio of Forth-hosted events (such as the Roadmap Conference) and partner events; identify cross-promotion strategies

●      Direct the implementation of partnership strategies, processes, and training across the organization to coordinate and deepen relationships with key contacts

●      Direct the development, launch, and evaluation of a “key account” management system

●      Support staff with international partnership priorities, goals, and strategy

●      Work with staff to create a three-year plan for strategic events (including Forth-hosted events, partner events, and external events we attend)—including strategies for growth and evaluation

Organizational Marketing and Communications (25%).

●      Support the Senior Communications Manager and the marcom team in the development and implementation of strategies and tactics to reach key audiences, grow Forth’s community of supporters and stakeholders, raise Forth’s national profile, and advance organizational goals

●      Help the MarCom team establish an annual marcom plan, budget, and KPIs to engage target audiences and maximize Forth’s visibility as a valued leader and partner in the sector

●      Ensure policies and procedures are in place to promote efficient and proactive collaboration between the communications team and other Forth staff

●      Ensure that Forth’s branding, key messaging, and storytelling is consistent across the organization, aligned with the strategic plan, and clearly communicates vision/mission/values

●      Make sure that the staff and board have up-to-date resources to promote Forth in a consistent, compelling, action-oriented manner




●      A passion for Forth’s mission and values

●      Demonstrated commitment to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion, understanding of key concepts, and desire to grow your knowledge in this area

●      Bachelor’s degree and 7+ years of experience in business development, fundraising, communications, or related field

●      Experience and ability to train others in best development and communications practices, including funder relationship building and multi-year grant scoping and budgeting

●      An entrepreneurial approach proven through successful business development experience; ability to work independently on diverse projects and maintain strategic perspective

●      Demonstrated ability to manage multiple conflicting projects and meet deadlines while maintaining work-life balance

●      Demonstrated strength in team management; passion for supporting and developing staff

●      Strong ability to motivate team members and assess performance; remotely and in person

●      Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communications skills, both written and verbal

●      Willingness and ability to travel, occasionally overnight; valid driver’s license and passport



●      Experience working for a nonprofit organization with a mission-driven staff and board

●      Experience working with electric utilities, local governments, or transportation companies

●      Advanced degree in a relevant field



Starting salary range is $83,000 to $98,000, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include four weeks paid vacation annually, fully paid health, dental and vision insurance for the employee and all dependents and an employer retirement contribution after six months (no match required.) We also provide access to electric vehicles for business use, a professional development budget, an Employee Assistance Program, and a flexible working schedule.



To ensure full consideration, please apply by submitting your resume and cover letter through our HiringThing site. We will continue accepting applications after this date, but cannot ensure all will be reviewed. All candidates will be notified once we have made a hiring decision.

Forth values a diverse workforce. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQI(+) community are strongly encouraged to apply. Forth believes an equitable and inclusive work environment and a diverse, empowered team are key to achieving our mission. We’re looking for candidates who can expand our culture, challenge business as usual, and bring their whole selves to work. We strive to provide those candidates with an equitable and accessible recruitment process. If we can offer accommodations for you in the recruitment process or you have feedback on how to make our recruitment more accessible, please contact Associate Director Gina Avalos-Limardo at