Director of Development, Communications & Marketing

The Position

Reporting to the Executive Director and serving as a member of the senior management team, the Director of Development, Communications, and Marketing is responsible for developing, implementing, and supervising a sustainable fundraising and communications program that ensures Lindsay’s future financial stability, public relations strategies, programs, and initiatives to expand the organization’s audience and maximize revenue.

She/he plans, manages, evaluates, cultivates, acquires and stewards support with an emphasis on major gifts from individuals, corporation foundations and governmental agencies, and supports the leadership in networking within the philanthropic community. She/he is also responsible for overseeing our communication and marketing strategy and implementation. The director establishes and oversees department policies, systems and procedures, and recommends fundraising and communications goals. She/he collaborates with leadership staff and volunteers; prepares and administers the development department budget, and hires, leads, evaluates and manages development staff.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Build strong community relationships and ensure the department goals and objectives are achieved.
  • Oversee all aspects and functions of fundraising, communications, and marketing. Establish and oversee policies, systems and procedures; recommend goals; prepare and administer the Development department budget; hire, lead, evaluate and manage development staff.
  • Ensure that goals and objectives are met in all fundraising areas, including, but not limited to: individual gifts (annual fund, major gifts, planned giving), foundation and corporate grants, membership, donations, and fundraising events.
  • Work in collaboration with leadership volunteers (board members, museum volunteer leaders, Alliance members) and organization staff. Create and leverage cross functional teams within the organization to cultivate a culture of philanthropy; coordinate development activities with other facets of the organization.
  • Lead and actively participate in the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of top-level gifts.
  • Supervise staff in a manner that enhances and maximizes individual’s skills and builds team rapport in the pursuit of institutional goals that directs the annual giving process, including major donors and organizations.
  • Assist in recruiting volunteers for the organization’s development program, particularly board members and well-established volunteers within the museum community. Work closely with the board development committee in their oversight of all development efforts, and specific fundraising initiatives. As appropriate, organize special fundraising task forces from among the volunteer groups.
  • Oversee and work closely with the Membership Coordinator to execute a comprehensive membership program.
  • Be an active participant in senior staff planning for the activities and direction of the organization, especially where this relates to the museum’s fiscal needs.
  • Keep informed on current information about philanthropy, especially tax law and other IRS rulings which affect charitable giving.
  • Oversee all e-mail marketing. Oversee the museum’s online tools and emerging technologies including but not limited to website, social media, mobile applications; produce and disseminate newsletters.
  • Oversee the organization’s collateral (rack cards, brochures, invitations, on-line ads, and website).
  • Work with the Marketing manager to create annual marketing plans to achieve revenue goals. Work with board of directors to promote image and visibility in the community. Assist with any and all volunteer marketing efforts.

Qualifications

  • Minimum five (5) years senior development experience including supervision of professional and support staff.
  • Fundraising experience in areas including: board giving, appeals, individual gifts (annual fund, major gifts, planned giving) corporate support, foundation and corporate grants, membership, donations and fundraising events.
  • Demonstrated results in major gift solicitation, and the ability to work comfortably with individuals who have the capacity of making significant (five- and six-figure) gifts.
  • Excellent communications, interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Possess demonstrated success at motivating and developing staff and volunteers.
  • Established connections in the greater Bay Area with ability to draw on existing relationships, where appropriate.
  • Experience working with government funding agencies.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Must be up to date on current marketing and development best practices.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Medium strength demands include exerting 20-50 pounds occasionally, 10- 25 pounds frequently, or up to 10 pounds constantly.
  • Frequently requires standing, fine dexterity, walking, lifting, sitting, reaching, pushing/pulling, balancing, and twisting. Occasionally requires carrying, kneeling, bending, and crouching. Rarely requires climbing.

NON-PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Frequently requires time pressures, frequent change of tasks, irregular schedule/overtime, performing multiple tasks simultaneously, working closely with others as part of a team, tedious or exacting work, and noisy/distracting environment. Rarely requires emergency situations.

OVERALL WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Occasional exposure to unpleasant environmental conditions and/or hazards.
  • Primarily office environment, as well as public exhibit hall, and infrequent outdoor event and/or outreach sites.

Hours, Benefits & Compensation

Exempt, full time.
Medical and dental benefits. Vacation, sick days and holidays.
Salary commensurate with experience.

It is the policy of Lindsay Wildlife Experience to afford equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizen status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic or status that is protected by federal, state or local law.

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Send cover letter, resume and three references to: [email protected] Please put “Director of Development, Communications & Marketing” in the subject line.

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Position Availability

Open until filled.