Director of Fund Development

Heckrodt Wetland Reserve, Inc.
Job Description
Position Summary: The Director of Fund Development is a full-time professional position. The Director of Fund Development, with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors, is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive fundraising program as part of the organization’s long-range strategic plan. This role will embrace the mission and goals of HWR and will be responsible for raising philanthropic funds from the community. This position works mostly during the week and sometimes during evenings and weekends.
  • Manage a comprehensive fundraising program that will secure philanthropic support of the mission.
  • Raise funds through direct contact with donors and funders.
  • Contribute to the overall strategic plan implementation and success of the organization.
1. Manage Comprehensive Fundraising program: (45%)
  • Plan, set goals and execute initiatives for annual fund, foundation grants, major gifts, planned giving, government relations, campaign, events and special projects
  • Engage Executive Director, Board members, and staff in strategic conversations and activities tied to planning and securing philanthropic funds
  • Provide support to the Fund Raising Committee of the Board of Directors as needed
2. Raise Funds: (55%)
  • Identify, research, cultivate, solicit, steward and recognize donors and prospects
  • Write grant proposals and reports, and development materials such as cases for support
  • Write and submit foundation, government and corporate proposals.
  • Inform donors and prospects about the HWR’s mission and programs, develop the case for support, and create opportunities for giving
  • Oversee and develop donor tracking system to ensure accountability and support long-term goals
  • Provide leadership to the fundraising programs by securing funds through individual and team efforts
  • Oversee and build a donor stewardship program;
  • Uphold the organization’s mission and adhere to the Association of Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethical Principals and Standards
  • Oversee appeals, correspondence and record keeping
  • Create and manage a department budget that includes fundraising goals
  • Provide regular fundraising reports
  • Ensure timely and consistent communication within the organization
  • Train and mentor volunteers in fundraising practices and techniques
  • Attend full staff meetings and participate in staff development;
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Fundraising experience with demonstrated success as an individual performer in a fundraising capacity and as a member of a fundraising team with a nonprofit organization
  • Familiarity and/or direct professional experience with all areas of fund development, including annual fund, major gifts, grant writing, planned giving, administration and correspondence.
  • Demonstrated ability to use good judgment and take initiative
  • Excellent writing, listening and presentation skills
  • Ability to organize and prioritize multiple assignments and activities
  • Knowledge of the local philanthropic community preferred
  • Enthusiasm, poise, flexibility, sense of humor and positive attitude
  • Commitment to consistently present a positive image for HWR
  • Computer proficiency with fundraising databases and Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience using social media to promote an organization
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