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Development Director

Company: Environmental Health Strategy Center
Location: Portland
Posted on: January 26, 2023

Job Description:

Cross-Organizational - Portland, Maine - Full Time - Starting at $81,000.00 per year Job Description Development DirectorHelp fuel the fight for public health and environmental justice! Join us to protect children's health and end racial disparities in access to safe food and water, healthy homes, and products free from toxic chemicals and plastic pollution.What you'll do: We're looking for a seasoned leader to help significantly grow our revenues from individual giving, especially major gifts. The successful candidate will have at least seven years of experience in major donor development, supervising fund development staff, and revenue planning in support of strategic growth. The Development Director fills a senior staff position and reports to the Executive Director.Who we're looking for: An external-facing fundraiser who loves to talk with people every day, whether they're old friends or cold contacts. An excellent organizer who effectively tasks and motivates other team members, bringing out their best and holding them accountable. A strategic thinker who thrives on relationship building, organizational development, and growth.Major Responsibilities and DutiesMajor Gifts - Lead our major donor program, including our capacity-building campaign:

  • Discover, research and qualify major donor prospects
  • Organize senior staff and board volunteers in support of their major donor work
  • Lead all efforts to cultivate relationships with donor prospects
  • Make direct asks of donor prospects and support the team in their direct fundraising
  • Lead all efforts to steward current major donors, including donor-advised funders
  • Maintain next steps and assignments to move donor/prospects through all stages
  • Evaluate and regularly report on progress and program results
  • Coordinate with other staff on communications, marketing, and program content
  • Ensure engagement of major donors and prospects in events and house parties
  • Planning and forecasting using gift charts and other tools and metrics -Management - Oversee and manage the fundraising work led by other staff, including:
    • Supervise the Community Giving Manager to raise funds from direct mail and online appeals, events, small grants, workplace giving, corporate gifts and other annual giving
    • Engage other staff, board members, and volunteers in appropriate fundraising activities
    • Manage the grants program and work plan of the grants team
    • Lead annual development and budget planning for fundraising revenues and expenses
    • Develop and maintain year-end revenue forecasts on a monthly basis
    • Manage contractors on fund development related projects -Leadership - As a senior staff member, held shape organizational growth & development:
      • Advise the Executive Director as an active member of the staff Leadership Team
      • Lead long-range and strategic planning for fund development
      • Build and lead a board/volunteer Development Committee to support fundraising
      • Report to the board of directors on fundraising success and opportunities
      • Develop a planned giving program and other capacity-building initiativesMinimum Qualifications
        • At least seven years of directly relevant fund development experience
        • Demonstrated success with major donor development and major gift campaigns
        • Proven ability to organize and motivate others to engage in fundraising activities
        • A work history with progressive increase in management and leadership responsibility
        • Prior experience as an effective supervisor of other staff
        • Prior responsibility for budget planning and revenue forecasting
        • Excellent verbal communications and people skills
        • Good writing and editing capability
        • Must be tech savvy, including highly capable with contact relationship management and spreadsheet software, with related reporting and analytical capacity
        • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and a sustainable future -Preferred Qualification:
          • We have a strong preference for a candidate who previously held primary responsibility for managing and successfully growing a major donor development programDefend Our Health believes that all people have a right to safe food and drinking water, healthy homes, and products that are toxic-free and climate friendly. We'll stand up for this right whenever it is threatened. We use the best science, strategy and people power to persuade governments and corporations to deliver environmental health and justice. In the workplace and in the world, we are committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, access and justice. With an annual budget of $2.1 million, Defend Our Health employs 12 staff who work nationally and at the state level in the United States.Location: We prefer that you work in our office in Portland, Maine or remotely within northern New England. However, for exceptional candidates willing to travel frequently, a remote work environment within the United States is possible.Salary: Minimum of $81,000, with higher starting salary possible based on experienceBenefits: Medical, disability, dental, and vision insurance; 401(k) with employer matching; four weeks paid vacation, a generous number of paid holidays, as well as sick leave.To Apply: Please submit a cover letter highlighting your interest in the position and how your skills and background align with the qualifications, a writing sample, and your resume using this application portal.Application Deadline: Application review will take place as applications are received and until a hire is made. If this portal is open, we are still accepting applications.Defend Our Health is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, disability, or national origin.

Keywords: Environmental Health Strategy Center, Portland , Development Director, Executive , Portland, Oregon

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