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Job Opening: Director of Development, IslandWood (WA)

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    Director of Development, IslandWood About IslandWood: IslandWood is a unique 255-acre outdoor learning center designed to provide exceptional learning
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 17, 2005
      Director of Development, IslandWood

      About IslandWood:

      IslandWood is a unique 255-acre outdoor learning center designed to
      provide exceptional learning experiences and inspire lifelong
      environmental and community stewardship. We offer programs for
      schools as well as community programs for adults, children and
      families; volunteer opportunities; a host of speaker's series and
      other community events open to the public.

      About the Director of Development position:

      Overview: The Director of Development oversees all aspects of donor
      relations, fundraising and special events. The Development Director
      works with the development staff to update and implement the
      departmental plan which includes: the annual fund, the completion of
      endowment campaign, major gifts development, planned giving and
      special events focused on raising funds and community awareness of
      IslandWood. The Development Director must work collaboratively with
      the organization's Leadership Team (including the Executive
      Director, Finance Director, Marketing Director, and Education

      Reports to: Executive Director

      Supervises: The Development Team (Grants Coordinator, Foundation
      Relations, Database Manager, Development Associate Special Events
      Coordinator and Annual Fund Coordinator).


      Development Plan
      • Annually, create a development plan setting forth the operational
      work plan, goals and timelines for the development department.
      Annual Fund
      • Implement an annual fund plan that includes appropriate donor
      categories and donor recognition.
      • Develop an ongoing cultivation, solicitation and recognition
      program to retain and recruit new annual fund supporters.
      • Create and implement annual fund strategies that increase
      individual and family support.

      Corporate and Foundation Relations
      • Work with development staff to strengthen existing relations with
      corporate and private foundations.
      • Work with staff to identify prospective corporate and foundation
      support, and oversee proposals and follow up reports.
      Major Gifts
      • Work closely with the Chairperson, Executive Director, Board
      Development Committee members and staff to develop and execute major
      gift solicitation strategies.
      • Identify appropriate donor prospects, research appropriate fit,
      cultivate relationships and prepare proposals.

      Planned Giving
      • Develop planned giving materials that invite donors to make
      planned gifts towards endowment and other special projects and
      • Promote planned giving through newsletters and donor updates to
      existing donors and community supporters, and through a new
      IslandWood "Make a Gift" brochure.

      Special Events
      • Work with the Special Events Coordinator to plan appropriate
      events that create financial support for IslandWood and also
      increase the visibility of IslandWood in the Puget Sound
      • Develop positive working relationships with IslandWood staff to
      plan events well in advance minimizing disturbances for events on

      Gift Processing and Database Management
      • Understand and supervise all aspects of Blackbaud's Raiser's Edge
      gift processing software.
      • Oversee the system to assure that all donor information is entered
      and tracked appropriately.
      • Update each contact with acknowledgement letters and notes
      previously sent.
      • Provide monthly gift reports to the Director Team and Development

      Management Team
      • Serve as a member of IslandWood senior management team and strive
      to educate other Directors about the Development Team's efforts to
      support the needs of the organization.
      • As a senior manager, play an active role in building a healthy and
      positive work environment for the organization.
      • Manage day-to-day activities of the development staff. Provide
      annual staff evaluations and provide ongoing guidance.

      Board Development Committee
      • Assist Board members in their efforts towards all the above goals.
      • Work with the Development Committee chairperson to structure
      • Support the Board Development Committee by attending meetings and
      providing staff to support them with donor cultivation and special
      event planning.

      • BA/BS degree or equivalent combination of education and work
      • Minimum of five years of successful non-profit professional
      development experience in a leadership role with demonstrated
      success in planned and endowment giving, annual fund
      development, grant writing, individual giving and special events.
      • Strong PC skills with proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Outlook and
      database management programs (Raiser's Edge preferred).
      • Demonstrated ability to develop and address strategic priorities.
      • Proven ability to mentor and provide leadership, create and manage
      meaningful donor projects related to IslandWood's mission; work
      within tight timelines and limited budget; communicate with passion
      and relevancy to a diverse constituency; thrive in a competitive
      marketplace; contribute to a collaborative and team oriented

      Competitive plus excellent benefits.


      Send cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 references
      Search Committee for Director of Development
      4450 Blakely Avenue NE
      Bainbridge Island, WA 98110-2257

      or email: info@...

      Application period will remain open until position is filled. No
      phone calls please.

      We welcome and encourage diversity in our staff.
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