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Development Director

Company: Deschutes Land Trust
Location: Bend
Posted on: May 8, 2022

Job Description:

The Deschutes Land Trust is seeking an experienced Development Director to join its dedicated team!What You'll Do:The Development Director designs and implements strategies to meaningfully engage and solicit support from Five Rivers Society donors, planned giving donors, foundations, and corporations to the organization. This includes establishing systems and creative strategies for donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, tracking, acknowledgement, recognition, events, and donor stewardship. As part of the Land Trust's leadership team, the Development Director assumes an important role in helping to develop the strategic direction and overall management of the organization, while exercising a significant degree of independent decision making within the development department.Essential Functions:Management, Organizational Sustainability, GovernanceParticipate in the strategic planning and overall management of the Land Trust with the Executive Director and leadership team:

  • Participate in strategic planning, long-range goal setting, and organizational development for the organization.
  • Annually create and implement and manage the development department's detailed goals, strategies, timelines, budgets, and evaluation practices that will engage major donors, foundations and corporations and support the Land Trust's mission.
  • Work with the Land Trust's donor database and supervise development staff in carrying out database management.
  • Work with Operations Director to ensure financial systems that adhere to best practices in donor confidentiality and gift processing.
  • Understand fundraising best practices and monitor trends, issues, and regulations that affect fundraising. Ensure the Land Trust is compliant.
  • Lead Board members, fundraising volunteers, and staff in implementing the development plan. This includes fostering an understanding of philanthropy and identifying training opportunities for successful fundraising.
  • Act as the lead staff member for the Board Fundraising Committee, developing work plans, agendas, and ideas to engage Board and other volunteers in creative ways to help the Land Trust meet its mission.
  • As a department head, may be designated as Acting Executive Director while Executive Director is away.Five Rivers Society ProgramOversee and grow Five Rivers Society fundraising program to engage and elicit support from donors at $1000+ annual giving levels:
    • Grow membership in Five Rivers Society through strategic solicitation, events and board supported outreach.
    • Coordinate with the Outreach Department in development and implementation of strategies, to convert general members to Five Rivers Society.
    • Collaborate with Outreach Department to create solicitation materials.
    • Collaborate with Outreach Department to manage current and prospective donor lists, segmentation, list procurement, and ensure accuracy of data.
    • Track return on investment, evaluate overall program effectiveness, report to staff and board, and make adjustments as needed.
    • Works closely with Executive Director to solicit gifts from donors and donor prospects to meet organizational funding needs.
    • Meet with donors and discuss Land Trust programs and activities while listening for opportunities for gifts of assets or other non-cash gifts, such as planned gifts.
    • Motivate, train, support, and coordinate Board members, fundraising volunteers, and staff to help implement the development plan.
    • Design, manage and carry out donor cultivation events.
    • o Track return on investment, evaluate overall program effectiveness, report to staff and board, and make adjustments as needed.Planned Giving ProgramCreate and implement a Planned Giving Program to engage and elicit support from donors of all levels.
      • Implement strategies for planned giving donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
      • Work closely with Executive Director to solicit planned gifts and provide stewardship of donors who have already committed to such gifts, including documentation of donor intent and interests.
      • Work with attorneys and financial advisors as needed to build awareness about the Land Trust and planned giving opportunities.
      • Coordinate and carry out planned giving donor cultivation and recognition events.
      • Track return on investment, evaluate overall program effectiveness, report to staff and board, and make adjustments as needed.Foundation, Corporate, Community RelationsBuild relationships with foundation, corporate and other community stakeholders to advance the mission and fundraising goals of the organization:
        • Create and manage multi-year grant strategy that helps fund the organization's operating budget and help meet development plan goals.
        • Oversee Development Associate's role in monitoring grants tracking and reporting requirements.
        • In close coordination with the Executive Director, build and maintain relationships with key individual, corporate, and foundation donors.
        • Build positive relationships with all types of community partners, supporters, donors, and other stakeholders.
        • Help identify and recruit prospective Board members, Advisors, and Fundraising Committee volunteers.
        • Strategically serve as a representative of the Land Trust at community eventsReasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

Keywords: Deschutes Land Trust, Bend , Development Director, Executive , Bend, Oregon

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