Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with the Executive Director, along with an active Board of Trustees, the Development Officer (DO) will be responsible for the design, execution and evaluation of designated philanthropic activity necessary to achieve BOPC fundraising goals.
The DO will be responsible for creating and implementing a multi-faceted strategy for philanthropy to include a comprehensive work plan to achieve unrestricted and corporate giving goals. The plan should be developed with the Executive Director and Sr. Director for Finance and Administration and should reflect a 3-year budget cycle, as well as identify a diverse portfolio of private donors, corporate sponsors and corporate foundations. The DO, along with the Executive Director, will jointly produce analytics, budgets and plans in conjunction with the Sr. Director of Finance & Administration.
The DO is responsible for major donor identification and solicitation at the $1,000 level and up. The DO will oversee coordination with the Institutional Advancement Team overall to ensure corporate partnerships are fulfilled and donor stewardship is consistent.
This position is exempt according to the Fair Labor Standards Act and the NYS Department of Labor rules and regulations. The workweek includes flexible schedules depending on the workload, with some weekend and holiday work as needed.
The Development Officer must set an example and conform to organizational rules, policies and procedures, safety protocols and dress and grooming standards as designated in the Employee Handbook of the Conservancy, and Safety Procedures Manual.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Develop, oversee and manage strategic work plan components for philanthropy and fundraising, with quarterly reports
Develop and continually update a portfolio of active philanthropic prospects; working in conjunction with Executive Director and others for donor identification and goal setting for major prospects of both Corporate and Individual giving, and proposal development
Spearhead annual year end appeal, and other major fundraising appeals, along with reporting metrics, analysis and trends in giving
Continually conduct research to identify potential donors; working in conjunction with the Special Assistant to the Executive Director on prospecting, key relationships and historical data
Donor interactions tracking in BOPC database software; adhering to a system of input and reporting on visits, cultivation, goal targets, and asks
Assist as needed in fundraising or membership events; coordinate and manage functions primarily with other assigned staff or consultants
Qualifications and Attributes:
A Degree in a Development related field, such as Business, Public Relations, or Non-Profit Management; or a minimum of 3 consecutive years in a Major Gift role
Qualified to manage a portfolio of at least 50 annual and active prospects.
Familiarity with donor-centric fundraising, donor movements, plan development, goal setting, and metrics; from qualification stage to long-term stewardship.
A successful track record of donor solicitations from $1,000 and higher.
Effective and skilled in professional proposal development, persuasive writing, and presentations.
Experience and skills with prospect research to identify capacity and assessment to expand the active portfolio by at least 10% annually.
Proficiency with fundraising software systems, donor tracking, and reporting.
Annual Fund experience and a core understanding of donor re-engagement, retention, and strategies for annual growth.
Familiarity with fundraising events and strategies for analyzing return on investment.
Adheres to code of ethics for confidentiality, discretion, and policies pertaining to donor rights.
The ability to form respectful relationships quickly with Board members, leadership, and key external constituents for immediate dialogue and trust.
Possess the ability to maintain a network of colleagues and collaborators as resources for problem solving and professional best practices.
Job may require some after office hours, as needed
Team environment across departments must be supported and demonstrated
Responsiveness in communication in multiple formats is required
Job duties may require an employee to bend, reach, stoop, sit, stand and/or walk for extended periods of time as well as lift and/or move heavy objects at times up to 30 lbs.
Must be able to adapt to ever changing resources and limited budget
The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, independent, community organization that promotes, preserves, restores, enhances and ensures maintenance of Olmsted Parks and Parkways in the greater Buffalo area to guarantee Olmsted park experiences for current and future generations.