The Development Director, working with the ED, Board members and staff, is responsible for the preparation, planning and implementation of the development strategy and annual plan to achieve and expand philanthropic support of the International Wolf Center. This position is responsible for all development components of the organization, including donor communication, individual giving, corporate and foundation grants, fundraising events, planned giving, and special campaigns.
APPLIES TO ALL EMPLOYEES
Represent the International Wolf Center (IWC) in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current members, donors, visitors, vendors and the communities the organization serves.
Be honest in all dealings as an employee.
Interact effectively with a diverse group of staff, interns, volunteers and customers the IWC serves.
Learn and use operating practices of the IWC.
Uphold the organization’s mission.
Adhere to organizational standards of objectivity and scientific accuracy in all educational activities.
Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Individual, Major Donor and Planned Giving responsibilities (40%):
Develop and implement fundraising strategy and annual plans to achieve budget goals
Identify new donor prospects and develop cultivation and solicitation plans
Schedule and participate in donor meetings and solicitation calls
Increase participation in the planned giving (Alpha Legacy) program
Organize impactful special events, field trips and other activities for major donors
Lead efforts to solicit new, renewed and expired major donor gifts through direct mail, electronic solicitations, onsite initiatives in Ely, promotional booth opportunities and annual fundraising events such as Give to the Max Day (GiveMN), Brackets for Good, Howl at the Moon Gala, etc.
Develop strategies for measuring donor satisfaction
· Support Board Chair in implementing annual Board campaign
Develop and implement plans for identifying and approaching potential major donors at the Ely interpretive building
Foundation and corporate fundraising responsibilities (20%):
Develop and implement foundation and corporate fundraising strategy and annual plans
Research, identify and cultivate corporate and foundation prospects including corporate cause-related partnerships and in-kind support
Prepare funding requests to foundations, corporate, government and other potential funders
Develop organizational capacity-building support as requested
Maintain strong relationships and regular communication with foundation staff
Other fundraising responsibilities (20%):
Serve as the staff lead for the annual Coordinated Federal Campaign, work with other departments to collect application data and ensure that qualifications are met
Expand matching gifts, royalties, sponsorships, and gifts-in-kind.
Oversee the development of fundraising materials with Communications Director
Look for nontraditional fundraising opportunities with volunteers, staff and board members
Identify and implement fundraising campaigns using social media
Budget and Administrative Responsibilities (20%):
Prepare and implement an annual budget for the Development department
Maintain an annual calendar of fundraising plans, grant application deadlines, project timelines
Meet or exceed established fundraising revenue goals and maintain expenses within department budget
Provide monthly development reports to ED and Board Development committee.
Maintain accurate computer records of all fundraising and major donor activities
Serve as the lead staff liaison to the Board Development Committee and assist volunteer Chair in the preparation of meeting agendas and coordination of Committee projects and initiatives
Assist in the administration of restricted grants as necessary
Support good communication with supervisor, volunteers and other employees
Other duties as assigned by the ED
Proven professional with a minimum of five years successful fundraising experience
A bachelor’s degree is required in a related field of study
Experience in goal-setting, budget development and management
Knowledge of local, state, national and governmental funding sources
Interest, skill and experience in using technology for fundraising
Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
Experience in working with Raiser’s Edge preferred
Previous development experience with an environmental or conservation is preferred, but not required
Strong writing skills for grant-writing and donor communication
The International Wolf Center’s mission is to advance the survival of wolfpopulations around the world by teaching about wolves, their relationship towildlands, and the human role in their future. The world famous educationinterpretive building in Ely, Minnesota features daily presentations and field trips, anaward winning museum exhibit and a pack of ambassador wolves living in theirwooded territ...ory. The Minneapolis office manages fundraising, membership, communications and organizational administration.