The Development Director, along with the Membership and Volunteer Coordinator, will assist the Executive Director in raising funds necessary to carry out the mission of Mobile Baykeeper. The Development Director will be responsible for all fundraising efforts through corporate sponsorships, major donor development, general membership development, fundraising events, and local foundation grants. The ideal candidate will have considerable experience building personal relationships with individual donors, corporate sponsors, and various partners throughout the community as well as excellent writing skills. The director will be a passionate protector of our environment and a strong advocate for the Mobile Bay Watershed. This is a full time, exempt position. Primary work hours will be scheduled during normal business hours (MondayFriday 8:30 am-5 pm). Evening and weekend work is often required.
Duties and Responsibilities Development (Fundraising, Membership, Special Events, and Grants) • Lead and manage overall development efforts to raise funds for Mobile Baykeeper • Lead the Board of Directors’ Development Committee and Baykeeper team in updating and implementing the Development Plan each year to increase revenue for membership, grants, and fundraising events • Direct the Mobile Baykeeper team in the development, marketing, and implementation of fundraising events. Recruit and secure sponsors for major events including: o Grandman Triathlon o Bay Bash o Bay Awakening o Bay Bites o Bay Splash Events • Maintain a calendar of responsibilities and logistics guides to run each fundraising event efficiently • Cultivate and nurture relationships with new members, current members, past members, and volunteers • Cultivate members into major donors and members giving multi-year and/or recurring gifts • Coordinate the Mobile Baykeeper team in seeking out grants for the organization and developing relationships with funders • Manage membership database in Network for Good Communication • Work with Communications Coordinator to develop strategies to increase new memberships, renewed memberships, and major donors • Train and lead team members to support fundraising and marketing efforts in all communications • Work with the Membership and Volunteer Coordinator to reach out to new members to thank them for new memberships, remind them of renewals, and cultivate an increase in major donor giving • Work with Communications Coordinator to garner PR, social media, and perform outreach for general membership, sponsors, and fundraising events • Work with Communications Coordinator to promote fundraising events through local media outlets i.e. print, television, radio, and social media channels i.e. Facebook, Instagram, e-newsletters, blogs, etc. • Assist as needed at tabling and outreach events • Write articles and/or blogs for Mobile Baykeeper publications as requested Programs • Gain and maintain big picture understanding of major issues • Work with Executive Director and Program Director to develop sponsors for SWIM: Swim Where It’s Monitored Other Duties • Along with the Executive Director and Program Director, help lead the Mobile Baykeeper team • Coordinate and manage the Mobile Baykeeper team members dedicated to raising funds • Report to Board of Directors on development activities • Schedule regular Development Committee meetings and work with Board of Directors to implement Development Plan • Lead the team in developing and managing budgets for all development activities including: each fundraising event, membership, and advertising • Assist as needed with general office administrative duties • Regularly review updates for strategic plan Qualifications • Minimum of 2 years’ development experience with a nonprofit organization, preferably within an environmental organization • Demonstrated track record of successful fundraising experience that includes special events, corporate/foundation giving, donor cultivation and recognition, donor records, and acknowledgement • Self-motivated, results-oriented leader with strong organizational skills • Team player with an ability to interact effectively and respectfully with people from different cultures and experiences and those who live in nearby communities • Strong verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively • Demonstrated ability to think strategically • Thorough understanding of strategic development • Highly organized and detail oriented • Ability to develop and manage budgets and prepare financial reports • Demonstrated ability to prospect, cultivate, and manage new members and/or donors • Ability to multitask and meet changing deadlines • Must be self-directed and able to complete projects with limited supervision • Working knowledge of Network for Good or comparable CRM • Highly proficient with Microsoft Office and Google Suite • Demonstrates initiative, is conscientious, and provides follow-through on areas of responsibility • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field Preferred Qualifications • Familiarity with environmental issues • Possession of a registered and insured personal vehicle, and a valid Alabama Driver’s License • Knowledge of local area and surrounding waterways Physical Requirements • Able to work on a computer, including sitting at a desk for extended periods; to read a computer screen; and manual dexterity to operate a keyboard • Able to lift, carry, and arrange small-to-large objects at major fundraising events • Able to climb stairs and occasionally lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds Compensation Salary and benefits are competitive with other Alabama not-for-profit environmental organizations; salary is commensurate with experience plus paid time off (PTO) and 100% individual health insurance benefits. The position requires travel within Mobile/Baldwin County area. Available to work occasionally on nights and weekends.