Nonprofit

Development and Outreach Director

Remote
Work must be performed in Washington, US
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Published 16 days ago

Details at a Glance

Job Type
Full Time
Start Date
July 1, 2024
Application Deadline
June 7, 2024
Education
4-Year Degree Required
Experience Level
Mid-level/Managerial
Salary
USD $70,000 - $85,000 / year
Salary DOQ. Possibility of bonuses.

Description

Washington Wildlife First is seeking a development and outreach director to create and execute a comprehensive development and fundraising plan and to help design and implement an outreach strategy.

The development and outreach director will join a growing nonprofit, with small staff and an engaged, volunteer board. Successful candidates will be self-motivated and entrepreneurial, with the confidence and expertise necessary to develop a fundraising program as a one-member development team, as well as the ability to work with the executive director and the advocacy director to create and implement a communications and outreach plan.

Candidates should have a proven track record in fundraising and development, with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience, preferably in the animal advocacy and nonprofit fields. Successful candidates will have the knowledge and experience necessary to implement a variety of fundraising and outreach strategies, including running fundraising campaigns; cultivating and communicating with individual, corporate, and foundation donors; curating planned giving; planning fundraising events; researching grant opportunities and writing grant applications; and expanding outreach through social media and paid advertising.

Position Overview

The development and outreach director will report to the executive director of Washington Wildlife First. They will have responsibility for the development and implementation of a successful fundraising plan and will work closely with the executive director and the advocacy director on the development and implementation of a communications and outreach strategy.

Desired attributes

  • Dedication to helping us create a better future for Washington’s fish and wildlife—including both individual animals and species as a whole.
  • A proven track record in fundraising and development, with a minimum of 3-5 years of experience, preferably in the animal advocacy and nonprofit fields.
  • A high degree of motivation, energy, and confidence.
  • Professional appearance and demeanor.
  • Exceptional strategic ability with strong organizational and planning skills.
  • Ability to develop and maintain relationships with a diverse range of people.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write compelling donor communications, grant applications, and social media messages.
  • Broad experience with nonprofit communications and media strategy.
  • The motivation and experience necessary to develop a fundraising program as a one-member development team and to implement a variety of fundraising and outreach strategies.
  • Comfort with working quickly, both independently and as part of a small team, while maintaining organization, responsiveness, and attention to detail.
  • Expertise in developing and maintaining systems to track development, communications and member involvement.
  • Commitment to accuracy and abhorrence of typos.
  • Comfort with DonorPerfect or similar CRM platforms, grant management software, computer applications, email marketing software, basic graphic design tools, and a variety of social media platforms. Ability to use WordPress to update our website a plus.   
  • The confidence to take on a variety of challenges, the flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances, and the willingness to take in new information and learn new skills.

Specific Responsibilities

We have estimated time allocations for each area of work but expect those time allocations and the list of responsibilities to evolve with the development director's input.

Strategic Development, Planning, and Management (~15%) (estimated ongoing time allotment, we expect significantly more time to be needed at the outset)

  • Develop a strategic fundraising and development plan to present to the executive director and board for review and approval.
  • Identify resources needed for the successful execution of the plan.
  • Develop annual fundraising goals and create tracking mechanisms to demonstrate progress.
  • Adjust fundraising and development plan as needed, with a full revision once a year.
  • Aid and advise on board recruitment and enlist board support in reaching development goals
  • Work with executive director and board treasurer to create revenue forecasts.
  • Work with executive director and advocacy director to develop a communications strategy that will raise the organization’s profile, advance its advocacy campaigns, and attract new revenue sources.
  • Work with executive director and advocacy director to develop and maintain a master calendar of events, campaigns, and communications to support both fundraising and advocacy work.
  • Conceive and plan fundraising and outreach events and campaigns.
  • Develop strategies for keeping website and social media content fresh, timely, and compelling.
  • Assist with revision of strategic plan and organizational branding.
  • Provide regular reports to the executive director and board, presenting fundraising progress, outcomes, and recommendations for improvement.

Implementation of Fundraising Strategies (~60%)

  • Drive revenue for the organization using a variety of development strategies.
  • Run fundraising campaigns, including campaigns for GiveBig, Giving Tuesday, and end-of-year giving.      
  • Organize fundraisers and other events aimed at attracting potential donors.
  • Research and identify grant opportunities aligned with the organization’s goals and programs; prepare and submit persuasive grant proposals; and oversee the grant management process, ensuring compliance with grant requirements and reporting deadlines.
  • Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with donors, ensuring excellent donor stewardship and engagement.
  • Develop and implement strategies to attract new donors and retain existing donors, focusing on building long-term relationships that result in annual giving.
  • Acknowledge and recognize donor contributions in a timely and meaningful manner, including with personalized communications, recognition programs, and donor-only events.
  • Identify and pursue opportunities to develop high-net-worth donors.
  • Begin a planned giving program.
  • Identify and pursue new strategies for raising revenue.
  • Translate advocacy content, campaigns, goals, and achievements into effective messages to current and prospective donors.
  • Develop professional and compelling fundraising materials.
  • Oversee and contribute to drafting the annual report and reports to foundations and large donors.
  • Draft and design donor and supporter communications using Constant Contact or other mass email software.
  • Design simple communications, donor materials, and advertisements, and oversee contract designer on more complex projects.
  • Use DonorPerfect to track, manage, and analyze donor relationships and inform future efforts.

Communications and Outreach (~25%)

  • Work with executive director, advocacy director, and contract designer to develop and maintain high-impact website with meaningful content that will effectively engage prospective and current donors and supporters.
  • Collaborate with executive director and advocacy director to develop and implement outreach strategies that effectively communicate the organization's mission and impact and raise public awareness of important issues.
  • Oversee and contribute to communications to supporters and general public, social media content, and radio and web-based advertising.
  • Expand contact list and social media following.
  • Track and monitor communication metrics including engagement, event attendance, media impressions, open and click rates, and social media following.
  • Manage and advise on advertising buys, placements, and content.
  • Organize and oversee volunteers working on outreach activities.
  • Table at community and college events.
  • Identify and facilitate opportunities for executive director and advocacy director to speak to generate awareness and support.
  • Provide feedback to improve press releases and materials for advocacy campaigns.

Washington Wildlife First is seeking a development and outreach director to create and execute a comprehensive development and fundraising plan and to help design and implement an outreach strategy.

The development and outreach…

Benefits

Health insurance reimbursement, flexible paid time off, and home office equipment subsidies.

Health insurance reimbursement, flexible paid time off, and home office equipment subsidies.

Location

Remote
Work must be performed in Washington, US
Associated Location
Olympia, WA, USA

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Please apply with a resume and a cover letter explaining relevant qualifications and describing your track record of fundraising success.

Not sure you meet all our qualifications? If you are motivated to help us achieve our mission and believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply and use your cover letter to explain why you would be a good fit!

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