Jan 18, 2023

Director of Marketing and Communications - Rainier Scholars

$100,000 - $120,000 yearly
  • Clover Search Works
  • Seattle, WA, USA
Full-Time Marketing/Communications

Job Description

Rainier Scholars is excited to welcome an innovative and mission-driven communications professional to our collaborative team. Rainier Scholars offers a pathway to college graduation for low-income students of color by providing access to transformative educational opportunities. The Director of Marketing & Communications will be responsible for the strategy and oversight of the organization’s marketing, communications, and public relations efforts. They will be a key member of the senior leadership team and will act as a primary storyteller and spokesperson for Rainier Scholars throughout our community.

The successful candidate will be an excellent collaborator who has experience developing communication strategies and plans, as well as creating content across many communication channels, including website, newsletters, social media, video, program collateral, and promotional pieces. The Director of Marketing & Communications will demonstrate a passion for the mission of Rainier Scholars, understand the lived experience of the students and families we serve, and be able to represent their stories in an authentic and respectful way.

This is a pivotal moment in the fight for racial equity and a more just society, and this role is an exciting opportunity to make a difference. The Director of Marketing & Communications will work with a diverse and mission-based team, helping to guide an organization with a national reputation for excellence through an exciting period of expansion, impacting the lives of students, families, and communities for years to come.


To cultivate the academic and leadership potential of underrepresented students of color through rigorous, transformative opportunities that increase college graduation rates and empower new generations of leaders.

We envision a more just and inclusive society with equitable representation of people of color at all levels of leadership and influence.

For more than 20 years, the Rainier Scholars program model has focused on long-term investment in the lives of the students we serve – those with the greatest number of barriers to achieving a college education – underrepresented students of color, many of whom will be the first in their family to earn a college degree. By offering a holistic, 12-year approach with personalized support from 5th grade through college graduation, we are committed to eliminating barriers to educational opportunities and growing new generations of diverse college graduates, career professionals, and community leaders.

Rainier Scholars has experienced tremendous growth over the past several years, and this is the optimal time to join the team! With a budget size of $7 million, a staff team of 55 and over 950 scholars and families whom we currently serve, Rainier Scholars has established a positive brand for our unwavering commitment to education, proven success rate, and sustainable impact. Now serving a new geographic region with the launch of Rainier Scholars - Tacoma in June 2022, we are poised for continued growth with a new 5-year Strategic Plan that was approved by the Board of Trustees in December 2022. As we continue to expand and improve our programs and services, we’re ready to take the strong Rainier Scholars brand and communications platform to the next level. We’re looking for an innovative, collaborative, and mission-driven communications professional to join our high-powered and passionate team.


Reporting to the Director of Advancement, the Director of Marketing & Communications will be an integral member of the Advancement Team, while also collaborating regularly with Academic and other program teams as well as the Board of Directors. The position’s primary focus will be to lead and develop effective messaging by audience. Communications goals include: scholar recruitment, donor cultivation, corporate engagement, community partnerships, and exposure on a local, regional, and national level. These powerful communications must consistently articulate Rainier Scholars’ impact, while bringing the organization’s mission to life.

Strategic Communications Leadership

  • Develop and implement an integrated strategic communications plan to increase awareness, support strategic plan initiatives, achieve development targets and programmatic goals, and build external relationships with the organization’s constituencies.
  • Set and guide the strategy for all communications, website, social media, and public relations messages and collateral to consistently articulate the Rainier Scholars mission and impact.
  • Research and collect data to inform content and marketing strategy.
  • Serve as one of the primary spokespeople for the organization, including speaking to stakeholders or the public as needed.
  • Lead the annual media approach and work plan to enhance local, regional, and national exposure. Serve as the primary liaison coordinating all media projects.

Content Creation and Oversight

  • Produce all print, online, and electronic communication pieces across the organization; this will include creating original content as well as overseeing the work of the Marketing & Communications Coordinator. Projects and publications include newsletters, social media, event communications, targeted donor updates, recruitment materials, program collateral, and promotional pieces for corporate audiences.
  • Build-out and strengthen the Rainier Scholars brand; expand branding guidelines and maintain brand integrity across all platforms. Support the Marketing & Communications Coordinator and other members of the staff and board to ensure a consistent look, style, feel, and language for the Rainier Scholars brand.

Supervision and Cross-Team Collaboration

  • Supervise the Marketing & Communications Coordinator, who is responsible for project management, photo and asset management, graphics design, website oversight, and social media.
  • Work with the Senior Leadership Team and Board of Trustees to recognize external communications opportunities, challenges, and emerging issues, and develop strategies and tools to support them.
  • Collaborate with program leadership to document and share knowledge and emerging best practices to consistently position Rainier Scholars as a thought leader.

Hiring Organization

Rainier Scholars


Candidate Qualifications

Rainier Scholars is seeking a collaborative leader who brings significant strategic experience in marketing and communications, and who is a compelling storyteller and communicator. The Director of Marketing & Communications will demonstrate a passion for the mission of Rainier Scholars, understand the lived experience of the students and families we serve, and be able to represent their stories in an authentic and respectful way. Ideal candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 5 years of professional experience in marketing and/or communications. We are particularly interested in candidates who bring the following skills and experiences, while recognizing that no candidate will bring all the desired skills and experiences listed below, and that learning happens on the job.

Strategic and Innovative Thinker

  • Experience in creating and implementing communications and marketing strategies for different audiences that align with mission and goals, ideally for a nonprofit organization.
  • Ability to build partnerships and develop relationships and media contacts to create opportunities for the organization.

Compelling Storyteller and Content Creator

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to connect with diverse audiences to support them in sharing their stories.
  • Exceptional writer and confident editor, with a creative eye.
  • Experience developing clear and compelling materials in a wide variety of formats.
  • Experience with video production is a plus.

Collaborative Nonprofit Team Leader

  • Experience directly supervising staff.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with all levels of internal management and staff, as well as independently.
  • Experience with budgeting, planning, and project administration.
  • Ability to prioritize projects effectively, take initiative, demonstrate resourcefulness, meet deadlines, and respond flexibly to changing work demands.

Experience in an educational nonprofit, as well as lived experience with the communities Rainier Scholars serves and the issues the program addresses are a plus.


The Rainier Scholars community is grounded in four core values, referred to as EPIC: Excellence, Perseverance, Integrity, and Courage. We promote these high expectations among staff and students alike. Our inclusive, collaborative work culture, based on authentic communication, the desire to always keep learning and innovating, and an unwavering commitment to our mission of educational equity, remains key to our organization’s success. Our staff team reflects the diversity of the communities we serve and is 72% BIPOC.

Rainier Scholars supports a hybrid work format, with most staff working 1-2 days per week in the office. The Director of Marketing & Communications will be expected to attend critical meetings in-person, such as the Leadership Team and Board of Trustees as well as other community events and activities. Travel to the Tacoma program will be on an as-needed basis. The overall work schedule of the Director of Marketing & Communications is flexible; the successful candidate will work with their supervisor to determine a mutually agreeable weekly schedule. The Rainier Scholars offices are located in the Treehouse Building which is home to many other nonprofit organizations and is close to public transit.

Industry/Service Area

Education, Youth Development




Compensation and Benefits
This is a full-time salaried position requiring a willingness to work some evenings and weekends and occasional travel throughout the state of Washington. The expected salary range is between $100,000-$120,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Rainier Scholars offers generous benefits including full medical, dental, and vision benefits, in addition to retirement contribution matching, 11 paid holidays, generous vacation and sick leave, and professional development opportunities.

Commitment to Equity
Our work is rooted in ensuring people from marginalized communities have the opportunity to thrive in education and careers that they are passionate about. Rainier Scholars is committed to promoting an equitable and inclusive environment for our scholars, families, and staff. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, and strongly encourage people of color, first-generation college, and people from working-class backgrounds to apply.

Application Instructions

Online applications only, please no email or paper submissions. You will be asked to upload a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please describe how this opportunity aligns with your experience, interests, and values. Applications will be considered as soon as they are received. All applications will be acknowledged via an email receipt. Interviewing will begin in early February.


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