• VP of Development

Founded in 1989, Western Resource Advocates (WRA) is dedicated to protecting the Wests land, air, and water to ensure that vibrant communities exist in balance with nature. We use law, science, and economics to craft innovative solutions to the most pressing conservation issues in the region within four core program areas: Clean Energy and Climate, Healthy Rivers, Clean Air and Water, and Western Lands.

In the face of population growth and climate change, the Western United States needs a strong and effective advocacy voice at the regional level to address changes that are already underway and to steer the West towards a sustainable future. WRA has aggressive plans to tackle these challenges. We envision a future in the West where:

Western rivers and lakes will have abundant clean water to support habitat for fish and wildlife, communities and agriculture, and world class recreational opportunities. The Colorado River will flow to the sea;
Our homes, buildings and transportation systems will be powered by clean energy. The West will prosper in a zero-carbon economy;
Half of Western landscapes and habitat will be protected and connected to support thriving wildlife populations and unparalleled opportunities to enjoy the Wests natural beauty; and
The West will have clean air and clean water to support healthy communities and vital habitat.

Leading WRAs Development Team, the Vice President of Development is responsible for the development, planning, oversight and implementation of a comprehensive development program that secures financial resources from foundations, corporations, family foundations, government, and individuals to support WRAs conservation goals across the Intermountain West. The Vice President of Development supervises four direct reports: the Individual Donor and Stewardship Officer, the Outreach and Events Manager, the Foundation Relations Manager, and the Development Coordinator.

Working from WRAs Boulder office, the Vice President of Development reports to the President, serves as a member of the organizations senior leadership team, and works collaboratively to bring substantial financial resources to the organization and to support a Culture of Philanthropy.
In partnership with the President, the Board of Directors and the Development Team, the Vice President of Development embraces and acts upon fundraising activities of annual, capital, and major donor campaigns in a collaborative and donor-focused effort. The Vice President of Development in close collaboration with the President, establishes and meets fundraising goals, supports long-term strategic planning and fiscal management, and ensures integration of organizational priorities within the Development Team.

We are a dynamic organization, experiencing substantial growth and investment in our work to protect the west. Our ambitious Climate Fix initiative seeks to cut carbon emissions from the utility sector consistent with calls by the worlds leading climate scientists, reducing carbon pollution by 40% over the next seven years in the Intermountain West; our Western Water initiative will remake the water landscape in the west by 2027, protecting our rivers from the threats of climate change and drought and leading to sustainable water use in the growing cities of the West.

Our plans to protect the west are necessarily accompanied by equally aggressive efforts to expand support from new foundations and to attract individual donors that have the desire and capacity to advance our work. Our recent success in these funding arenas leads us to seek a Vice President of Development that is passionate about protection of the natural environment, excited to lead our Development Team and enthusiastic about working closely with a talented group of conservation professionals to advance these and other initiatives that will Protect the West.

Specific Responsibilities:
Create, lead and manage strategies to meet, or surpass, organizational funding goals for short-term and long-term objectives.
Work with the President and the Development Team to grow WRAs philanthropic program across all realms foundations, corporations, and family foundations, with an emphasis on growing contributions from individual major donors.
Lead, empower and manage our Development Team, taking care to build each team members professional skills, capacity and value to our team and to the conservation movement.
Structure the Development Team for highest impact possible, laying the foundation needed for the team to effectively meet all fundraising goals, while also pursuing new opportunities for growth.
Work closely with the Development Team to ensure the highest quality grant applications, grants management and effective foundation prospecting.
Design and develop new programs for planned giving and small donor cultivation.
Design and implement donor development, stewardship and recognition strategies to enhance donor relationships.
Partner with the President to create new opportunities to build resources to advance our conservation objectives while developing and maintaining relationships with institutional, corporate, and private funders.
Work with the President, Board members, staff and current donors, foundations and corporate contacts to identify and engage new funding prospects and tactics.
Plan and lead funder meetings and special events, engaging other staff and board members as needed.
Lead Development Team to ensure successful annual event and look to expand other targeted fundraising events across the region.
Partner with communications and program teams on fundraising projects to build resources for the organization.
Coordinate with the Finance Department to monitor expenditures of grant funds and preparation of financial reports to funders.
Assess and update current systems, policies, and procedures for development efforts including: gift/pledge processing, fund reporting, acknowledgments, tracking, and reporting.
Optimize the Presidents time spent on fundraising 60% of Presidents time so that he is doing the most strategic and useful fundraising work possible.
Work closely with and report regularly to the Board of Directors and its Development Committee regarding development strategies and outcomes.
Staff the Boards Development Committee and provide support, education and leadership to the Board, to increase their understanding of our work, engage them in the work of our organization and to enhance their ability to bring resources to the organization.
Work with the President and the Development Committee Chair to build and cultivate a Culture of Philanthropy among WRA board members, staff and supporters so that the organization increases resources and its capacity to raise resources for its work.
Aid in the development of the annual budget by projecting revenue sources and amounts for fiscal year.
Work with WRAs communications team for content and design of annual report and other materials that have fundraising components.
Maintain high quality and performance in all development activities.

At least 10 years of experience with nonprofit fundraising, marketing, outreach, and positioning organizations for growth. At least 3 years of that experience at the senior and/or management level.
Demonstrated successful team leadership and management skills.
Experience managing multiple staff and multiple projects with deadline pressures.
Demonstrated track record of securing financial resources and support through a variety of sources, including: individual donors, foundations, corporations, and endowments.
Demonstrated experience stewarding, cultivating, and soliciting individual major gifts at the six-figure level and above.
Track record of working collaboratively.
Proficient in Microsoft Office suite of products, with knowledge of Raisers Edge or similar fundraising software.
Outstanding interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence.
Commitment to positively representing the organization.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Strong organizational skills, with attention to detail and follow-through.
Strong and engaging entrepreneurial spirit and a willingness to experiment.
Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
Contributes to the recruiting, hiring, developing and retaining of a diverse and inclusive workforce.
An appetite and excitement for development work.
A genuine passion to carry out our mission to preserve and protect the Wests land, air, and water.

Competitive salary based on relative experience. WRAs excellent benefits package includes health, dental and vision coverage, a 401(k) retirement plan, life & disability insurance, 3-week paid vacation leave, parental leave, sabbatical leave after five years, and a public transit EcoPass. Position is full-time exempt.

WRA has retained the services of Jobplex. Inc., a DHR International Company. Please send your resume, expression of interest and salary requirements to wra-vpofdevelopment@jobplex.com.

Kara Teising
Partner, Nonprofit Practice
Jobplex, Inc.
424 Church Street, Ste. 2000
Nashville, TN 37219
T: 615-651-7449
E: kteising@jobplex.com
Justin Leibrecht
Jobplex, A DHR International Company
8000 Maryland Avenue
Suite 1010
St. Louis, Missouri 63105
E: jleibrecht@jobplex.com

Western Resource Advocates is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or veteran status.
Executive (SVP, VP, Department Head, etc)
Full Time
Western Resource Advocates
Rick Trilsch
2260 Baseline Road, Suite 200,Boulder,Colorado,80302
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PostedAugust 01, 2018

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