Annual Fund Manager - Part TimeCompany: Black Rock Forest Consortium
Date Posted: October 13, 2015
Annual Fund Manager (Part-Time)
Reports to: Director of External Affairs
The goal of this new position is to improve donor acknowledgment, cultivation, and follow up processes, and to increase the volume of solicitation activity through better coordination of the development team, which includes the Director of External Affairs, Executive Director, and Board of Directors. This is a two-day-a-week position that could grow to full time, as annual fund revenues grow. At least two years of relevant, prior experience in nonprofit development is required. This is not a suitable position for entry level professionals.
The annual fund manager, while part-time, will be expected to take significant responsibility for the growth of his or her program, using initiative to identify opportunities to improve performance, and good judgment to execute projects through to closure with minimal supervision. Tenacity, creative problem-solving skills, strong results orientation, the desire to build on a fundraising track record, and great interpersonal skills are required. Strong writing skills and a good sense of humor are very helpful.
• Overhaul acknowledgement process so that it’s more efficient and informative for donors, using clips/maps/photography to greatest effect. Generate flawless acknowledgement letters using templates provided, and/or create new template letter language on a seasonal basis. Coordinate with office manager/ finance.
• In coordination with the Director of External Affairs, implement the current program, which includes a fall annual fund drive, December eblast, and a spring event appeal. Provide coordination and scheduling of in-person visits, conduct prospect research. Analyze and follow up on the best opportunities to acquire new names/lists for the annual fund.
• Respond promptly to donor requests and take primary responsibility for all stewardship materials, including new donor kits and production of the Executive Director’s correspondence.
• Add new acquisition and segmented cultivation mailings as time and opportunity allow. Propose and implement new ideas for cost-effective outreach to constituencies including lapsed donors, hikers, workplace giving/matching gift donors, and planned giving donors.
• Spearhead the materials prep for, and follow up from, the May benefit luncheon to ensure that as many new guests as possible receive our mailings and invitations.
• Anything else you recommend we should test in order to substantially improve annual fund performance. Creativity encouraged.
• Run monthly reports, such as LYBUNT/SYBUNT and similar, to reconcile with finance, identify current performance issues of the program, set or revise internal fundraising projections, and prioritize visits for the development team.
• Keep relationship management chart updated so that we don’t miss any dates of significance.
Education: Bachelor's degree required. A degree in English, Communications or similar is preferred.
Related Work Experience: Two to four years of experience in not-for-profit fundraising, and a demonstrated track record leading or providing substantive contributions to fundraising programs that generate increased revenue. Prior work for an environmental nonprofit preferred.
Outstanding interpersonal skills; excellent verbal communication skills. Strong writing skills are preferred.
Capacity to discern work priorities, anticipate project needs, take initiative, and work with minimal supervision. Great attention to detail.
Capacity to prioritize and managing multiple projects simultaneously, while working under the pressure of deadlines.
Ability to think creatively and strategically to advance project goals, while helping to enhance the Consortium’s reputation and strengthen our relationships with all constituencies.
Email cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. No calls please!