The Governance and Stewardship Manager is responsible for the strategy and execution of the organization’s relationships with its complex governance bodies, specifically the Corporate Trustees, Advisory Board and Chairman’s Council. In addition, this position oversees the Stewardship of our donors, and donor relations. Working closely with all gift officers, the Manager will write and execute materials needed for both general solicitation, acknowledgement and stewardship of all donors and members of governance to ensure a clear, consistent voice. The Manager is responsible for designing, implementing and coordinating institution-wide donor and governance relations and stewardship programs (such as stewardship mailings, Annual Report and more) to promote interaction with and recognition of donors and governance members at all levels.
Serve as the primary staff liaison for the organization’s volunteer governance members and key volunteer leaders.
Collaborate with TTOR colleagues who manage subcommittees, property committees, task forces and volunteer engagement opportunities to place key donors and prospects.
Manage the work of the Chairman’s Council including: planning programming for and overseeing CC engagement meetings and events, evaluating members for renewal and developing donor strategies in collaboration with gift officers.
Manage the work of the Advisory Board including: planning programming for and overseeing engagement meetings and events, evaluating members for renewal and developing donor strategies in collaboration with gift officers.
Staff the CEO on meetings, activities and related events pertinent to governance cultivation and orientation. Serve as main point of contact on committee development, managing recruitment and renewal opportunities.
Work with the Chief of Staff & Executive Assistant to ensure prominent level of care is given in relations with all members of governance.
Collaborate with all Gift Officers to develop and implement quantifiable fundraising strategies for governance members and volunteer leaders.
Participate in the planning and implementation of the Annual Meeting, Advisory Board and other volunteer leadership group meetings to ensure a standard of quality and consistency is being achieved.
Oversee all aspects of governance orientation.
Develop and implement a plan to engage governance via regular communication regarding organizational priorities and activities.
Track changes of governance in database system, oversee all governance communications, and maintain records and notes for each member of governance.
Writes and reviews all copy for general development mailings: including general solicitations, acknowledgements, governance correspondence and invitation text.
Oversees the recognition level programs for the Trustees including holiday and other recognition mailings, and annual reporting.
Tracks, organizes and reports on endowment funds and endowment donors. Works with the Finance Department and Controller to ensure we are stewarding these important donors. Seeks out additional opportunities for this work, including with our Land Conservation and Curatorial departments.
Working with Marketing department, develops content for stewardship mailings for our donors in select interest areas (ex. ecology, agriculture).
Works closely with all gift officers and staff in the field to ensure identification of potential governance members, or potential giving society donors and assigns methods for moving the individuals through cultivation and stewardship.
Continually identifies and implements creative, strategic methods to help development officers engage prospects, donors and members of governance.
Seeks ways to continually adapt and change the Stewardship program to meet engagement, donor retention, and giving goals.
Works closely with annual giving, gift officers, events and development services to ensure efficient and effective integrated programs and activities.
Stay abreast of trends within the field and find ways to continuously develop skills and strategies for improved outcomes that advance organization and departmental goals and initiatives.
Work collaboratively with other members of the Development Office on special projects as needed.
Other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience:
A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 4+ years in a fast-paced Development Office
Experienced in understanding the relationship of donors/volunteers to the organization
Previous measurable success as a front-line fundraiser
Experience in coordinating special events to support development goals
Superior writing skills
Proven leader with exceptional management and customer service skills
Articulate, with the ability to listen, write and speak effectively
Strategic, entrepreneurial problem solver
Highly motivated self-starter who thrives in a fast-paced environment
Ability to communicate through multiple levels of an organization, and to work collaboratively with colleagues, members, donors and volunteers
Demonstrated ability to develop and implement an effective donor stewardship plan
A track record of managing volunteers to attain quantifiable goals
Experience with Raiser’s Edge a plus.
Detail oriented with ability to plan and execute complex initiatives
Ability to establish priorities and meet deadlines
Commitment to the mission of The Trustees
Travel across Massachusetts required on a regular basis. Personal car and valid state license required.
Occasional evening and weekend work required for events and individual meetings.
The Trustees offers competitive compensation and the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across the Commonwealth who love the outdoors, who love the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.
We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.
In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, the Trustees of Reservations aims to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts, who are at the core of our mission.
About The Organization:
The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 26,000+ acres on 116 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 50,000 members.
The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the ...state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 26,000+ acres on 116 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 50,000 members.