Fund Development Director Job Description
Salary – $80,000 to $100,000
Application Deadline: May 6, 2022
The Leelanau Conservancy, one of the nation’s top land trusts, is seeking an outgoing, self-motivated, organized individual to serve as Fund Development Director. Our mission is to conserve the land, water and scenic character of Leelanau County, Michigan. In our 33-year history, we have conserved over 16,000 acres, including 28 natural areas and preserves and 192 conservation easements. Our culture of philanthropy is donor-centric incorporating a sophisticated fundraising program, an engaged Board of Directors, and a dedicated fundraising staff.
The Fund Development Director is responsible for leading, creating and executing fundraising strategies for individual, foundation and corporation categories and is responsible for continuing to build, engage and retain a growing donor base for annual support. The successful candidate will have a passion for our mission and the Leelanau Peninsula; a zeal for cultivating, engaging and establishing strong, long-term relationships; be goal driven, highly accountable and have a strong work ethic; have an ability to create high-functioning relationships with the Executive Director, Staff, and Board; have demonstrated success in creating, leading and executing fundraising strategies; collaborate with other teams; be a team player and team builder; and exude a positive, professional demeanor.
- Minimum of 5 years’ experience in major donor fundraising
- Led or materially participated in one or more capital campaigns
- Minimum of 5 years’ experience in managing fundraising staff
- Willing to travel, work occasional extra hours and weekends
- Bachelor’s degree in related field
- Strong verbal, written and computer skills
- Strong interest in conservation and the land trust community
Please send your cover letter, resume, writing sample, three references and salary requirements to [email protected] by May 6, 2022.
RELATIONSHIPS AND AUTHORITY
- The Development Director reports directly to the Executive Director.
- The Development Director manages a team of professional staff including Charitable Giving Manager, Major Giving Officer, Membership and Outreach Coordinator and Events and Volunteer Manager.
- With the Executive Director, the Development Director is responsible for creating the organizational fundraising strategy and setting fund development goals.
- The Development Director collaborates closely with the Communications team.
- Serves as the LC’s primary fundraiser, working in tandem with the Executive Director on major donor engagement.
- Leads, creates and executes a fundraising strategy across all categories: Individual, Foundation, Corporation (Major Donors, Grants, Giving Circles, Annual, Planned Giving, Volunteer-In Kind).
- Ensures the engagement and leadership of our Board of Directors for fundraising.
- Works closely with the Board Fund Development Committee and/or other essential committees as needed.
- Creates an annual Fund Development Plan. Sets achievable and stretch goals, building towards future sustainability.
- Works with the Events and Volunteer Manager to create an annual Events and Volunteer Plan for managing the LC’s events and volunteer corps.
- Become familiar with all aspects of LC programs.
- Maintain an awareness of ongoing and future land protection and stewardshipprojects that may be of interest to current and potential donors.
- Advise, train, and motivate the Board, recognizing the critical leadership role it plays in fundraising at the LC.
- Facilitate education of the entire Conservancy community (staff, board, volunteers, and members) to create a culture of fundraising.
- Provide leadership, organization and staff support for the Board Fund Development Committee.
- Facilitate communications within the LC regarding development activities and needs.
- Such other responsibilities as the Executive Director may assign from time to time.
- Demonstrates a passion for the LC’s mission and an aptitude for internalizing our brand.
- Has a depth of experience and demonstrated zeal for cultivating and engaging donors.
- Is goal-driven, highly accountable and has a strong work ethic.
- Has an ability to create high-functioning relationships with staff, the ED and the board.
- Demonstrates an ability to create, lead and execute successful fundraising strategies.
- Commits to the short and long-term development of the fundraising team.
- Develops strong collaborative relationships with staff, particularly
communications/outreach and finance.
- Is a team-player and team-builder.
- Exudes a positive, professional demeanor.
- Easily adapts to change and encourages others to react positively.
- Uses and supports systems and processes to enhance productivity.
- Shares information strategically; seeks out supervisors, team members, and other stakeholder colleagues to explain and discuss ideas so decisions are informed and take into account the impact on others.
- Is able to persuade others; can obtain agreement and support from internal and external groups while maintaining relationships.
- Contributes to the success of others; pursues opportunities to share knowledge and assist others in achieving shared goals.
- Has led or materially participated in capital campaigns, or is capable of doing so