Nonprofit

Development Director

Hybrid
Work must be performed in or near Lompoc, CA
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Published 16 days ago

Details at a Glance

Job Type
Full Time
Start Date
July 15, 2024
Application Deadline
July 10, 2024
Education
4-Year Degree Required
Experience Level
Director
Salary
USD $75,000 / year
Can discuss bonus schedule

Description

Hybrid Remote: 

Some work can be done remote but at least part time on site for work and as needed for donor stewardship, events, meetings. Must be able to travel for events and conferences as needed.

Return to Freedom, Wild Horse Conservation seeks an experienced, results driven Director of Development with a proven track record. This position reports directly to the President.

We are looking for a committed individual who is dedicated to the mission of this unique organization, will help grow the organization and grow with the organization. This can also be perfect for someone who may want to advance to Executive Director..

Background

Founded in 1997, Return to Freedom (RTF) is a national non-profit wild horse conservation organization. RTF also operates it's American Wild Horse Sanctuary since 1998.

Return to Freedom is dedicated to preserving the freedom, diversity and habitat of America’s wild horses and burros through sanctuary, education, advocacy and conservation, while enriching the human spirit through direct contact with the natural world.

RTF currently provides refuge for over 440 wild horses and 50 burros in California.

General Purpose:

RTF is seeking a dynamic Director of Development. First and foremost, the Director of Development shall be an animal lover and understand that sanctuary and educated advocacy is at the core of RTF’s mission; additionally, the Director of Development will have experience working with the national philanthropic community. The Director of Development is responsible for planning, organizing and directing Return to Freedom’s fundraising activities, platforms and channels including, major gifts, grants, direct mail, online and special appeals, planned giving, events and help with capital campaigns. The Director works closely with the President, the advocacy/communications team, administrative staff and board members in development and fundraising endeavors. She/he supervises a small Development Team including the Program and Volunteer Coordinators.

The development director's primary responsibility is to drive fundraising and works with the Administrative team and Controller on budget and reporting. He/she develops and implements a strategic plan to raise vital funds for the organization in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner.

The Development Director ensures accurate reporting, transparency and that the organization's ratings are maintained. Ability to grow donor base and donations from $ 2 M to $5 M+ annually.

The Development Director manages regular donor programs such as Sponsor A Horse, special fundraising campaigns and corporate sponsorships. The DD oversees fundraising messaging on social media platforms and channels including Patreon and works with the social media manager on content.

Reports To

Executive Director

List of Functions

  • Create opportunities to strengthen communication and interest with prospective donors, corporate sponsors and supporters.
  • Works closely with Administrations Manager to support professional, effective, tracking and transparency, monthly, quarterly and annual reports to President and the Board of Directors
  • Supervise and evaluate Development and Program staff
  • Work with Controller and Admin support on budget preparation and control, cash flow projections and audits.
  • Maintain the integrity of online and offline databases and provide training for staff members on data management as needed;
  • Maintain the integrity of RTF’s brand and help build the organization's visibility in identified constituent markets.
  • Ensure compliance with IRS rules.
  • Knowledge of marketing strategies and practices, media and social media.
  • Provide input for website re: donor programs
  • Oversee production of print materials and fundraising collateral.
  • Coordinate direct mail solicitations.
  • Oversee fundraising on social media platforms
  • Grow a major gifts program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors.
  • Conduct and/or oversee grant seeking including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements.
  • Build the planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts such as bequest expectancies.
  • Direct annual fundraising/Donor programs, including direct mail, email solicitations, and social media solicitation and other annual fundraising drives.
  • Oversee fundraising events.
  • Conduct and/or oversee prospect research.
  • Assist with Board training, and development for fundraising and events.
  • Develop public appearances/ speaking engagements to share information about RTF with the national, regional and local community.
  • Maintain gift recognition programs.
  • Demonstrate professional conduct at all times.
  • Ability to multi-task and work under pressure with competing priorities.
  • Perform other related duties as requested.

Qualifications

  • A passion for animal welfare, the protection of wild life and wild horse preservation, conservation of natural habitat and resources.
  • Must embrace the mission of Return to Freedom.
  • Five or more years of experience as a professional fundraiser in the non-profit sector.
  • Communications experience a PLUS
  • A proven track record of significant donor growth, effectively soliciting large philanthropic gifts;
  • Demonstrated leadership in designing, managing and implementing a full suite of development efforts, including major gifts, planned giving, institutional grants, donor programs, corporate sponsors, capital campaigns, and membership-building strategies;
  • Experience in supervising and managing a small team toward accomplishing goals.
  • Organized and good follow through.
  • Experience with Salsa, Engage, Donor Pro, Donor Perfect, maintaining donor software platforms and building data management systems for optimum efficiency and impact;
  • Experience managing multiple projects with deadline pressures and competing priorities;
  • Ability to motivate and work collaboratively with other staff, Board members and volunteers;
  • Bachelor's degree; MBA a plus
  • Valid drivers Liscense
  • Ability and willingness to travel within the US, and to work some evenings and weekends;
  • Ability to lift up to 30 lbs. and to sit at a computer for multiple hours a day.
  • Familiar with or interested in familiarizing themselves with Santa Barbara and North County philanthropic community.
  • Must have proficiency in Donor Pro, or similar database systems; Microsoft Office suite and PowerPoint. Quickbooks a plus!

Compensation & Benefits

Starting $75k. Bonus incentives based on quantifiable results.

This full-time position offers health care benefits (Anthem Gold PPO) with the premium paid for by RTF, shared cost dental and vision insurance, optional Section 125 and optional 401K and 10 vacation days in addition to 3 paid holidays, and 3 days of paid sick leave.

Requirements/Other

  • Experience with donor stewardship, communications, social media, events and capital campaigns.
  • Organized
  • Passion for wildlife conservation, helping animals and educating people.
  • Must maintain constituent (donors/volunteers/directors/employees) confidentiality
  • This leadership position requires a commitment to promote, protect and enhance the brand and reputation of RTF as a Pioneering, Respected, Unwavering, Inspirational, Collaborative, Solutions-based organization.
  • Professional and positive attitude, consistent.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: From $75,000.00 per year

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

Schedule:

  • Choose your own hours
  • Weekend availability

Supplemental pay types:

  • Bonus pay

COVID-19 considerations:

We observe social distancing. Masks indoors if preferred. Disinfectant provided in barn, bathrooms, office and picnic area.

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Lompoc, CA 93436: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Education:

  • Bachelor's (Required)

Experience:

  • Supervising experience: 3 years (Required)
  • Marketing: 3 years (Required)
  • Microsoft Office: 3 years (Required)
  • Fundraising: 3 years (Required)
  • Communications experience: 3 years

License/Certification:

  • Driver's License (Required)

Willingness to travel:

  • 25% (Required)

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Lompoc, CA 93436

 

Hybrid Remote: 

Some work can be done remote but at least part time on site for work and as needed for donor stewardship, events, meetings. Must be able to travel for events and conferences as needed.

Return to Freedom, Wild Horse Conservation…

Benefits

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance
  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

Level of Language Proficiency

English

English

Location

Hybrid
Work must be performed in or near Lompoc, CA
Lompoc, CA, USA

How to Apply

Please include cover letter

Resume

any samples off work if relevant

Three Professional References upon request

Please include cover letter

Resume

any samples off work if relevant

Three Professional References upon request

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