Development Associate, Restore America’s Estuaries
Arlington, VA (adjacent to the Courthouse Metro station)
Restore America’s Estuaries is seeking an experienced, highly self-motivated, and successful fundraiser to lead and grow relationships with strategic partners. This is an exciting position that is responsible for creating and implementing an annual goal-oriented fundraising plan to secure sponsors and funding for conferences and workshops, and develop and implement a strategy to grow a small individual giving program while cultivating relationships to promote long-term partnerships. This position supports the creative and innovative use of social media and the RAE website as marketing and outreach tools for fundraising. The Fundraising Associate will report directly to the President and is expected to work collaboratively with RAE staff and interact with the Board of Directors on a regular basis.
The successful candidate will have a passion for the environment, willingness to travel and meet with prospective funders, and the ability to clearly and passionately share RAE’s story, vision, and funding needs. This is a unique opportunity for the right individual to have a positive and lasting impact on our nation’s estuaries and coastal environment.
• Plan and implement key fundraising strategies for conferences, workshops and public events including the biennial national Summit for 1,500 individuals next being held December 10-15, 2016;
• Develop sponsor communication/marketing plans and materials for each event.
• Lead Individual Giving and Donor Cultivation, including Annual Appeal;
• Act as RAE lead for annual EarthShare participation, including annual application and DC events;
• Design and implement regular donor stewardship communications such as email blasts and mailed letters;
• Manage website and social media content related to donor/sponsor outreach and stewardship.
• Provide written and verbal updates to the Board of Directors for each quarterly Board meeting.
• Collaborate with board members and/or their organizations to promote and seek local event sponsors.
Our ideal candidate is someone who is deeply aligned with the mission, values and principles of Restore America’s Estuaries, takes pride in his/her organizational skills and attention to detail, and derives joy from making asks.
• Position requires a Bachelor’s degree and at least 4 years event or related fundraising experience with a track record of success;
• Successful track record in reaching fundraising goals, particularly with individuals and corporations;
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including high level of responsiveness to funders;
• Solid understanding of non-profit budgets and financial reports; Strong collaborative work ethic and relationship skills (working with staff colleagues, Board, funders, volunteers, and participants);
• Must have an outgoing personality;
• Ability to organize, expedite, and manage multiple complex projects simultaneously;
• Detail-oriented, solid record of project management and goal attainment;
• Ability to track detailed financial information and create accurate timelines and budgets;
• Ability to work in a small team environment;
• Solid computer skills and proficiency in the use of ACT, Word, Excel, Outlook, and design software;
• Ability to work independently with minimal supervision;
• Other duties as assigned.
• Experience with social media particularly Twitter and Facebook;
• Knowledgeable in use of Constant Contact and Joomla CMS;
• Good understanding of the coastal environment is strongly desired, along with experience working in a non-profit environment;
• Experience securing funding from state and federal agencies.
This is a mid-level position with a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, consistent with Restore America’s Estuaries’ personnel policies including, but not limited to, health insurance, retirement plan, vacation, and professional development opportunities.
Restore America’s Estuaries encourages a creative work environment and is a drug-free and smoke-free workplace, and an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities and people of color are encouraged to apply.
Deadline for applying is COB May 20, 2016. Please send your resume, cover letter including examples of successful fundraising, three references, and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Fundraising Associate” in the subject line. All applications will be held in strict confidence. Please, no phone inquiries.