• Philanthropy Director at Wilderness Workshop

Position Summary
To ensure sufficient funds for Wilderness Workshop (WW) to fulfill its mission, the Philanthropy Director develops, leads and implements WW's fundraising program in partnership with the Executive Director and other program staff. The Philanthropy Director is responsible for creating WW's fundraising strategy and for raising the necessary funds for the organization through major gifts, grants, membership development, sponsorships, events and other donations. The Philanthropy Director collaborates with other staff and board members in developing and implementing successful brand marketing strategies, campaigns and events that enhance development opportunities and grow membership. With support from the organization. the Philanthropy Director is responsible for planning and implementing all fundraising events.

Primary Responsibilities

1) Fundraising: Work with the Executive Director, other staff and board members to design and implement a fundraising strategy across a variety of income streams with a focus on major donors. Integrate WW's fundraising strategy into other work of the organization including communications/branding, events and community outreach programming. Ensure WW has fundraising materials and information necessary to fulfill the responsibilities described below.
a) Major Donors - Cultivate, solicit, thank and update major donors. Research and cultivate new donors. Grow WW's national council (the Maroon Bells Circle) through house parties, receptions, hikes, personal meetings and other events. This work requires significant time in the "field" meeting with and creating and deepening relationships with existing and potential major donors. Approximately 70% of WW's revenue come from major donors and a commensurate amount of work should be devoted to these donors.
b) Grant Development - Manage WW's grant program working with institutional, family and government grant-making organizations. Maintain relationships and track changes in priorities with all WW's grantors. In collaboration with other WW staff, write grant applications and reports and arrange meetings with staff from granting institutions. Maintain WW's grant calendar, including application and report deadlines. Work with the Executive Director and program staff to identify and research new granting opportunities and institutions.
c) Gala and Donor Events - Plan and implement Wildfeast, WW's annual gala in celebration of public lands. Oversee all aspects of gala including venue selection, logistics, event program and initiations. Work with other WW staff to produce the event in a manner that reflects WW's mission and character and connects with WW's donors. Plan and implement other donor events throughout the year as needed to achieve fundraising goals.
d) Planned Giving - Design and develop a planned giving program for WW. Work with the Executive Director and other staff to develop a strategy to build a planned giving program at WW. Research other planned giving programs and design a program that matches WW's mission culture and donors.
e) Business Sponsorship - Maintain relationships with WW's existing business sponsors and supporters. Research potential new business sponsorships. Cultivate and engage business sponsors with WW's conservation, community, and philanthropic work and events. Maintain a data-base of business sponsors.
f) Digital Fundraising - In partnership with other WW staff create and maintain online fundraising pages and content to match other fundraising efforts and events.

2) Maintain Donor Records: In collaboration with the Operations & Outreach Coordinator and other staff ensure that donor/member data is entered on a regular basis and the donor database is maintained. Ensure donation acknowledgments, renewal reminders and new-member packet mailings occur on timely basis.

3) Events: Plan and oversee all events whose primary purpose is to support the development program and engage WW's donors. Collaborate with other staff to design and implement "friend-raiser" events that engage WW's membership.

4) Membership: Engage WW's membership by participating in events and branding and communication efforts. Working with the Communications Manager and Operations & Outreach Coordinator, oversee WW's annual year end appeal and membership renewals. Work with the Community Organizer to manage and engage the Conservation Leadership Council, a next generation advisory board for WW.

5) Branding and Marketing: Work with Executive Director and Communications Manager to strategically develop and build WW's organizational brand; coordinate and assist other staff in creating marketing materials and strategies, fundraising e-blasts and social media communications that enhance fundraising.

6) Revenue Management and Reporting: Liaise with WW's Bookkeeper and Executive Director on tracking revenues; supply regular fundraising updates to the board and E.D.; make weekly bank deposits.

7) Board Relations: Develop close relationships with board members and collaborate with them on personal giving and fundraising efforts with their networks; organize donor meetings and requests in collaboration with board members.

8) Artist in Wilderness Program: With support from staff and the board, manage WW's Artist in Wilderness Program in support of fundraising efforts.

Qualifications and experience
Qualified candidates will have a proven track record of fundraising in the non-profit sector with a history of making asks of up to $100,000, writing grants and managing events. A minimum of three to five years of relevant work experience is required. Ideal candidates will have a strong connection to public lands and knowledge of conservation work. Additionally, candidates will have experience and skills in these areas:

Leadership and Philanthropy
- Previous experience raising funds for non-profits with an emphasis on major donors.
- Experience in developing and implementing fundraising strategies including segmentation of donors and analysis of revenue streams.
- Experience participating in or leading fundraising campaigns for non-profits.
- Direct experience soliciting donors for major gifts, and multi-year pledges.
- Experience writing grants for institutional, family and government grant-making organizations.
- Ability to plan and implement events to achieve philanthropic goals.
- In-depth knowledge of philanthropic best practices and donor relations and cultivation.
- Previous experience leading internal functions or large projects for businesses, non-profit organizations, political offices or government agencies.
- Proven ability to manage staff and volunteers to achieve measurable results.
- Intuitive sense of marketing and promotion.

Personal Qualities
- Able to connect and develop relationships with people with varying backgrounds, philanthropic capacity, and personalities.
- Strong interpersonal skills; ability to quickly interpret and strategically respond to others emotions, opinions and statements.
- Self-motivated and ability to work outside of a highly structured work environment.
- Ability to professionally represent the organization in front of donors, grant-making institutions and the public.
- Outgoing, personable, enthusiastic and fearless.
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a high-functioning team.
- Detailed oriented; excellent organizational and office skills.
- Sense of humor.
- Collaborative by nature.

- Experience with donor or other similar database programs.
- Excellent writing, public speaking & presentation skills.
- Familiarity with basic bookkeeping and financial reports.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office and other basic computer skills.

- Undergraduate degree in applicable field required.
- Willingness to live in and be an active member of the Roaring Fork Valley Community.
- Flexibility - some evening and weekend work is part of the job.

The salary range for the Philanthropy Director position reflects the senior level of the position and the market conditions of the surrounding area. The benefits package includes a sabbatical policy, health insurance, wellness days, sick days, and a retirement plan. Relocation support is also available for qualified candidates who are ready to move to our mountain community.

Ready to Apply?
Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by sending a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to WW's Executive Director, Will Roush at: Will@wildernessworkshop.org with the subject: "Philanthropy Director." All applications are to be submitted electronically. To learn more about this position and the work of the Wilderness Workshop, please visit us at www.wildernessworkshop.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and candidates are encouraged to submit materials prior to November 1st, 2019.

The Wilderness Workshop provides equal employment opportunities to all persons.
No employee or applicant for employment will be discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, otherwise qualified handicap or disability, or veteran status.
Executive (SVP, VP, Department Head, etc)
Full Time
Wilderness Workshop
Will Roush
P.O. Box 1442,Carbondale,Colorado,81623
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PostedOctober 15, 2019

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