Director of Development, Broward County

Reports to

Vice President of Development and coordinates closely
with the entire Development team.

Type of Job

Full Time

Published Date

March 10, 2021, 1:00:00 AM

About the position

POSITION SUMMARY 

The Director of Development for Broward County will be an individual with a strong knowledge of philanthropy and documented success in stewarding major donors and securing major gifts of $10,000 and above. 


The ideal candidate possesses versatile development expertise, cares deeply about philanthropy, has worked with knowledgeable and sophisticated donors and Boards of Directors, and has a passion and enthusiasm for the Everglades. 


The Director of Development will be responsible for planning, organizing, and directing fundraising, stewardship, and donor acquisition activities in Broward County and the surrounding areas. Reporting to the Vice President of Development and collaborating closely with the Executive Leadership Team and Board of Directors (particularly directors in Broward County), the Director of Development takes initiative and actively seeks to deepen current donor relationships and to forge new ones. 


The Director will execute a comprehensive development strategy to acquire new donors and sustain the current major donor base for The Everglades Foundation in Broward County and the surrounding areas. The Director will plan and implement ongoing fundraising efforts and activities, including Everglades briefings, tours, and fundraising events. In the era of COVID-19, the Foundation looks for a self-directed individual who will utilize creative thinking and innovative strategies moving forward, and is comfortable in a remote work environment. 


Reporting to the Vice President of Development and collaborating closely with the Executive

Leadership Team and Board of Directors, the Director of Leadership Giving takes initiative

and actively seeks to deepen current donor relationships and to forge new ones. The Director will execute a comprehensive development strategy to acquire new major donors and sustain the current major donor base for The Everglades Foundation in South Florida. The Director will plan and implement ongoing fundraising efforts and activities, including Everglades briefings, tours, and fundraising events. In the era of COVID-19, the Foundation looks for a self-directed individual who will utilize creative thinking and innovative strategies moving forward and is comfortable in a partially-remote work environment.


Primary Responsibilities

The Director of Leadership Giving reports to the Vice President of Development and has the following responsibilities:


Fundraising Goals

Operate with annual fundraising goals for total dollars raised and acquisition of new donors,

with accountability for annual results.


Fundraising Strategy

Collaborate with the Vice President of Development and the Development Team to identify strategies for donor acquisition, solicitation, and retention, with particular focus on communities in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties. Develop and maintain key long-term relationships with donors and prospects, including a personal pool of major gift prospects to cultivate, solicit, and steward. Conduct research, prospecting, and application to multiple donor sources, and work to incorporate annual giving strategies and tactics to advance donors toward major giving.


Outreach, Education, and Events

Plan, organize, manage, and assess events and activities, such as tours, receptions, briefings, meetings, benefits, and other events in South Florida. Be willing and able to provide effective and engaging educational Everglades briefings, tours, and presentations as part of development efforts. In light of changing environment and practices due to COVID-19, it is essential that the Foundation and the Director are responsive to individual donors and groups of donors, and are able to provide opportunities to support the organization in non-traditional means.


Communications & Follow-up

Collaborate and communicate effectively and efficiently with the Executive Leadership Team, other members of the Development Team, the Communications Team, and Program Directors. Write and provide personal, proactive, timely responses and relevant updates on programs, initiatives, and activities of the Foundation.


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Personal Attributes

Ability to see and understand objectives of the fundraising program and to integrate personal goals with overall strategic objectives of the Foundation


Capability to analyze, monitor, evaluate, and advance strategic development plans


Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to passionately articulate the vision, mission, and goals of the organization to effectively secure gifts at the assigned donor level


Skill at establishing and cultivating strong relationships with donors and with peers across different levels of the organization and externally


Flexibility to adjust to and participate in occasional “all hands on deck” circumstances and events when they arise

A passion and enthusiasm for the Everglades and/or the environment a plus


An optimistic outlook and enthusiastic attitude

The highest level of professionalism and ethics

Ability to be flexible and work under deadlines and time constraints


Ability to thrive in a high-energy, fast-paced work environment as part of a team of ambitious, high-functioning, goal-oriented professionals


Capability to assess, manage and successfully complete multiple competing priorities


Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion


Ability to proactively solve problems and think analytically

Punctual, reliable and self-directed


Ability to effectively work remotely, independently, and under limited supervision


Accountability

The Director of Leadership Giving reports to the Vice President of Development and coordinates closely with the entire Development team.


Location

This is a full-time position based in Palm Beach, Broward, or Miami-Dade counties in South Florida. Frequent in-person attendance for meetings and collaboration will be required at the organization’s main office in Palmetto Bay, Florida, with the opportunity for occasional to regular work from home. Occasional to regular weekend and evening work, as well as local and regional travel, will be required.


To apply, please submit a detailed cover letter and resume to Shannon Trivino, Director of Board & Employee Relations, at strivino@evergladesfoundation.org. No phone calls, please.

Requirements

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required 

  • CFRE a plus

  • Minimum of three years of fundraising experience, plus proven success fundraising for a mid- to large-sized nonprofit including:

  • Knowledge and experience in fundraising techniques with particular attention to major gifts fundraising

  • Thorough understanding of and ability to participate in all aspects of the gift cycle that includes generating prospect leads, initiating contacts with current and prospective donors, developing appropriate cultivation “moves management” strategies that at times involve working with volunteers and board members, moving potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation, personally making solicitations, and maintaining stewardship contacts with donors

  • Experience with and thorough knowledge of Raiser’s Edge database a plus

  • Demonstrable experience planning, leading, and managing development projects, including coordinating with peers to achieve desired outcomes and tracking and reporting on progress to senior leadership and Board of Directors

  • Demonstrable experience in achieving fundraising goals

  • Commitment to the educational mission of the Everglades Foundation and ability to communicate it confidently and persuasively

  • Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Personal Attributes

  • Ability to see and understand objectives of the overall fundraising program and to integrate personal goals with overall strategic objectives of the Foundation

  • Capability to analyze, monitor, evaluate, and advance strategic development plans

  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to passionately articulate the vision, mission, and goals of the organization to effectively secure gifts at the assigned donor level

  • Skill at establishing and cultivating strong relationships with donors and with peers across different levels of the organization and externally

  • Flexibility to adjust to and participate in occasional “all hands on deck” circumstances and events when they arise

  • A passion and enthusiasm for the Everglades and/or the environment a plus

  • An optimistic outlook and enthusiastic attitude

  • The highest level of professionalism and ethics

  • Ability to be flexible and work under deadlines and time constraints

  • Ability to thrive in a high-energy, fast-paced work environment as part of a team of ambitious, high-functioning, goal-oriented professionals

  • Capability to assess, manage, and successfully complete multiple competing priorities

  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion 

  • Ability to proactively solve problems and think analytically

  • Punctual, reliable, and self-directed

  • Ability to effectively work remotely, independently, and under limited supervision


Accountability

  • The Director of Development reports to the Vice President of Development and coordinates closely with the entire Development team.


Location

  • This is a full-time telework position based in Broward County, Florida; the Director will work from home. Occasional to regular weekend and evening work, as well as local and regional travel, will be required. 

Salary

$80,000 - $100,000 annually commensurate with experience

About us

About Us:
The Everglades Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to leading efforts to restore and protect the greater Everglades ecosystem. Since its founding in 1993 by a group of local outdoor enthusiasts, the Foundation has become a respected and important advocate for the sustainability of one of the world’s most unique ecosystems, working tirelessly to bring people together and provide a powerful voice for Everglades restoration at the state and national levels.

Funds raised by the Foundation are used for scientific research, advancing understanding of the greater Everglades ecosystem, advocating for key restoration and preservation projects, and providing grants to conservation partners. The Foundation’s world-class science department conducts and sponsors scientific research and analysis so that its policies, positions, and actions are governed by facts.

The Everglades Foundation is a responsible employer that seeks to recruit and retain outstanding, high-performing professionals who are at the top of their fields, to thrive in a
dynamic, mission-driven culture committed to excellence, innovation, collaboration, and
diversity. The Foundation has an operating budget of $10+ million, a talented staff of 34, and a high-profile national 35-member Board of Directors committed to personally supporting the organization’s administrative and fundraising costs so that every dollar raised from outside donors goes directly toward programmatic work in science, research, education, and advocacy.

Location

Broward County, FL, USA