Advancement Manager, Donor Relations

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Are you looking for a rewarding career fueled by purpose? Do you want to leave a lasting positive impact on your community? Do you believe in the power of connecting people with nature?  Then we want to hear from you! The Dawes Arboretum is currently hiring an Advancement Manager, Donor Relations, to join our Advancement department.

Your purpose as an Advancement Manager, Donor Relations, is to lead a skilled and dynamic team who is responsible for developing and nurturing relationships with members and donors. You will champion our mission by identifying, cultivating, and strengthening donor relationships while presenting opportunities to invest in The Arboretum.

Some of the specific responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Plan and manage The Arboretum’s annual giving and membership programs.
  • Identify, research, and solicit major gift donor prospects.
  • Cultivate donor prospects, investing the necessary time and energy to build relationships designed to understand the donor/prospect goals with the expressed purpose of alignment with The Arboretum’s mission and objectives.
  • Oversee all aspects of the grants management process, including research, proposal development, and reporting requirements.
  • Develop stewardship strategies that continue the donor relationship for future gifts and planned giving opportunities.
  • Create, track, and assess monthly, quarterly and/or annual fundraising plans, donor solicitations identification, cultivation, campaigns, and stewardship efforts.
  • Oversee and lead the donor services and membership program staff.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and laws, maintain accountability standards to donors, and ensure compliance with code of ethics principles and standards of professional conduct of fundraisers.

If the above speaks to you, please submit your cover letter and resume demonstrating the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, non-profit management, or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 2 years of experience in a non-profit advancement function; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 2 years of demonstrated leadership and/or supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the grants management process.
  • Excellent customer service and/or donor relations skills, with the ability to present a professional and engaging demeanor to the public.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities and exceptional relationship building skills. Ability to influence, work pro-actively and effectively to build consensus among cross-functional teams and external partners.
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to work under pressure, balance competing priorities, and consistently meet deadlines.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.  Previous experience and/or comfort with public speaking is a plus.
  • Previous CRM experience preferred.
  • Innovative self-starter and problem solver with a propensity towards action.

Organizational Culture

At The Dawes Arboretum our staff members are dedicated team players, determined problem solvers, and resourceful stewards who are committed to an atmosphere of respectful, honest, and open communication. Our work environment is one of high energy, high activity, and mutual support. We provide opportunities for learning and professional development, and a gratifying work experience.

The compensation range for this position is $60,000 – $75,000.

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The Dawes Arboretum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions at The Arboretum will be made without regard or consideration of an individual’s race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, marital status, veteran or military status, genetic information, or any other protected status. The Dawes Arboretum values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment.

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