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Dynamic Development Director Job Opportunity - Washington Trails Association

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Published 16 days ago

February 24, 2020
$90,000 - $105,000

Washington Trails Association has a unique opportunity for a strategic and innovative leader to help us leverage this time of exciting momentum for our organization’s vision of trails for everyone, forever.

WTA’s next Development Director will be an experienced trailblazer who wants to guide a strong team to take WTA’s resource development to the next level, foster a robust culture of philanthropy across the organization, and help the organization unlock its potential to achieve even greater mission impact. We are well-positioned to transition tens of thousands of our members and hikers into active donors, and we need a Development Director with the skills and strategy to help us grow our community and our impact.  

The successful candidate will join WTA’s leadership team as a key partner to the Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors and will lead a team of seven fundraising professionals, helping WTA explore our mountain of funding opportunity and significantly increase investment in our new programmatic campaigns.

Beyond a personal commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, we are looking for candidates who are motivated to integrate equity and inclusion best practices into WTA’s fundraising strategy and tactics. People who have personal experience in historically marginalized and excluded communities are especially encouraged to apply.

The Opportunity

The Development Director position is an exciting opportunity for a motivated and strategic leader to help WTA achieve greater reach and impact for Washington’s hikers and trails. The successful candidate will spearhead WTA’s diversified fundraising program to unlock our substantial resource development potential over the next five years. As a key member of WTA’s leadership team, the Development Director will also have an important role in shaping the organization’s future direction and mission advancement strategies.

Key Responsibilities of the Development Director

The full-time, exempt Development Director will build and execute WTA’s multi-year fundraising strategy to significantly grow income from individuals, corporations and foundations over the next five years. The development team is tasked with raising $4 million in 2020, with expectations to grow the team’s fundraising goal to $6-7 million over the next five years.

The Development Director reports directly to the CEO and leads a seven-person team. The Development Director has four direct reports: Annual & Institutional Giving Manager, Donor Services Manager, Major Gifts Officer, and Administrative Assistant. They will work closely with the CEO, Board of Directors and Communications Director to develop and implement fundraising strategy and engage donors. They will also partner with the Director of Business Operations to guide WTA’s overall revenue plan.

Key priorities and primary responsibilities include:

Leadership & Strategy

●     Develops, executes and evaluates individual and institutional fundraising goals and strategy to achieve increased investment in WTA's programs.

●     Collaborates with and supports the CEO and Board of Directors in setting strategy and monitoring results.

●     Works with the CEO and Leadership Team to identify resource development priorities, ensuring alignment with funding opportunities and organizational goals.

●     Fosters an organizational culture of philanthropy where fundraising is embraced as an essential part of building WTA’s community and advancing its mission.

●     Manages the development team and direct reports to achieve results by encouraging collaboration, leveraging strengths and skills and supporting professional development.

●     Collaborates with the Communications Director to deliver compelling multi-channel fundraising appeals, donor-centered impact stories, and print and online donor communications.

Planning & Implementation

●     Leads the development and execution of the annual fundraising plan and team work plan to achieve income goals, including overseeing a robust annual and institutional giving program and a growing major gifts program.  

●     Guides donor management systems and processes to ensure accurate information and strong donor stewardship.

●     Partners with Director of Business Operations to prepare annual and multi-year revenue projections and funding priorities, and manages development team budget.

Donor Stewardship & Fundraising

●     Supports and guides the CEO, Board of Directors and other fundraising volunteers to steward donors and engage in fundraising. 

●     Collaborates with the Major Gifts Officer to identify major donor prospects, develop major gift proposals, and manage a portfolio of 20-30 donors and prospects, including cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.

●     Represents WTA at community and partner events.

Ideal Candidate

First and foremost, you are passionate about our vision and mission and committed to building an equitable organization and outdoor community.

You will find WTA’s Development Director position a compelling opportunity if you are an innovative leader with at least 5 years experience driving strategy and managing high-performing teams, and fit one of these profiles:

●     An accomplished fundraising leader with experience managing a team and demonstrated experience in individual giving, institutional partnerships, and donor engagement in growth-oriented organizations with annual budgets of $2 million or more; OR

●     You’ve worked as an executive director for a growing nonprofit with a paid staff of at least 5, and are looking to take your diverse leadership and philanthropy skills to an organization with an inspiring vision and endless opportunity for mission impact;

OR

●     You’ve cut your professional teeth in the private sector as a marketing or business development professional managing strong teams, but now want to bring those transferable skills to a mission-driven organization in the nonprofit sector. 

You are also:

●     A strategic and entrepreneurial thinker who is eager to build funding strategies that achieve income growth through a combination of proven approaches, experimentation with new tactics, and exploration of new funding opportunities;

●     An intuitive and authentic communicator with executive presence, who is able to persuasively communicate across diverse audiences in ways that instill confidence and inspire people to action;

●     A highly skilled internal and external relationship builder, who engenders trust and deepens commitment and engagement;

●     An exceptional manager of people and teams. You have a strong track record of inspiring excellence, creating a culture of feedback and supporting staff members in their growth through mentoring and professional development;

●     Motivated to integrate equity best practices into fundraising strategy and implementation, and have a strong personal commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. People who have personal experience in historically marginalized and excluded communities are especially encouraged to apply.

Washington Trails Association has a unique opportunity for a strategic and innovative leader to help us leverage this time of exciting momentum for our organization’s vision of trails for everyone, forever.

WTA’s next Development…

Details at a glance

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  • Full Time Schedule

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 salary range is between $90,000 - $105,000, depending on qualifications and experience. WTA offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision, retirement, disability, transportation, paid leave (holiday, vacation, sick). The organization’s offices are located in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square neighborhood.

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 salary range is…

How to Apply

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 your experience, interests and values are a fit with WTA and the Development Director position. 

Applications received by February 24, 2020 at 5pm Pacific time will be given full consideration, but candidates will be considered as they apply. Early applications are strongly encouraged! All applications will be acknowledged via an email receipt. Phone interviews will take place in February and in-person interviewing will begin in early March. A final hiring decision is expected in early April.  

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 your experience…

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