The Development Manager will provide critical fundraising support for Farrington Nature Linc (FNL). We are looking for a mission-focused, highly organized, detail-oriented, process-minded team member with experience in individual donor solicitation, social media, marketing, database management, and event planning, promotion and implementation. This person should have great people skills, emotional intelligence, and the ability to deliver measurable, cost-effective results.
Farrington Nature Linc is committed to to becoming an anti-racist organization and as such is moving toward a Community Centric model of fundraising.
Overall Development Management (30%)
- Work with Executive Director to build a Culture of Philanthropy, which includes the creation of a yearly fundraising and communications plan that involves individual donors, grants, events and property rentals.
- With assistance of Executive Director and the Board Development Committee manage, engage, steward, and cultivate individual donor, corporate sponsor, foundation, and grant relationships.
- Research, identify and secure new funding opportunities including property rentals for events.
- Write and edit letters of inquiry, grant proposals and reports, program summaries, and other funding correspondence to private foundations and public entities
- Manage system to track grants and institutional giving patterns and funding deadlines
- Serve as an active member of FNL’s Development Committee and provide support to the Board Development Committee as it pertains to an annual fundraiser and third-party fundraising events.
- Provide assistance with other fundraising and development tasks.
Event Planning and Implementation (40%)
- In collaboration with the Executive Director, plan creative, community events (in-person and virtual) that powerfully communicate FNL’s impact and need for support. (8-15 events per year, some on evenings and weekends).
- Work closely with the Executive Director in developing themes, collateral and messaging for events.
- Oversee all event logistics (sourcing and managing vendors, event timelines, venue scheduling, auctions, staff/volunteers, etc.) before, at the event and after each event.
- Create and track budgets for each event, and help create a follow-up plan for event attendees.
- With Social Media Manager, manage all event publicity (online, social media, local) to drive ticket purchases and to support org list building initiatives.
Communications and Database Management (20%)
- Collaborate with ED and Social Media Manager to create and implement a strategic communications plan that involves email newsletters, social media and paper mail.
- Assist with planning and implementing of online campaigns, appeals and donor cultivation including drafting email newsletters and paper mail.
- Create informative and persuasive newsletter and website content that supports the strategic fundraising objectives of the organization
- Create plan and marketing materials for nontraditional revenue streams (homeschool pods, birthday parties, event rentals)
- Manage entries, reports, templates and tracking in donor database.
Administrative Duties (10%)
- Our small team requires that everyone pitch in to help with some administrative projects from time to time. These hours will fluctuate seasonally.
- 4+ years experience in fundraising and events for a non-profit or similar type organization
- High proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Google Drive, fundraising databases (Little Green Light is a bonus), email management programs, social media platforms
- The ability to conceptualize major projects, coordinate detailed plans, solve problems, and follow through to meet deadlines
- Multitasking, shifting attention from one project to another
- The ability to communicate clearly, effectively and kindly with diverse constituencies, be self-motivated, and work independently
- Discretion in managing confidential information
- Maturity, humility, excellent work ethic, enthusiasm, positivity, “roll-up-my-sleeves” attitude, and sense of humor
- Demonstrated commitment to cultural competency and living nonprofit work through a social and racial justice lens.
Employees are required to utilize their personal cell phones for business-related needs. However, FNL provides reimbursement and a virtual phone system. If an employee does not possess a reliable cell phone, alternative arrangements may be made.
Applicants must agree to a CORI and driving records check as part of the job screening, but evidence of a criminal record is not necessarily an impediment to hiring. A copy of our CORI policy is available on request.