Development - General, Donor Relations/Stewardship
4 Year Degree
ORGANIZATION: NOLS is a nonprofit, global wilderness school that educates students in leadership and wilderness skills. Our students learn to step forward on expedition- and classroom-based courses. Graduates have a lifelong desire for leadership, commitment to continued skills development and conservation. Since 1965, NOLS has embraced and explored the unknown through outdoor- and classroom-based courses. We currently educate over 25,000 students annually and have over 300,000 alumni. The annual budget is $40 million and we manage a $40 million endowment. We raise $2 million in our annual fund and award close to $2 million in scholarship support each year. For more information visit www.nols.edu.
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
JOB OBJECTIVE: The Development and Alumni Director serves as a key leadership team member in making strategic decisions for NOLS. The director works in partnership with the executive director to oversee all fundraising, development and alumni relations. He/she recognizes the value and fosters the development of long-term relationships with alumni and all donor prospects, whether individuals or foundations. The director will promote our ability to leverage and advance our mission by raising money and fostering alumni participation in spreading the NOLS mission. The director would work out of our world headquarters in Lander, Wyoming.
QUALIFICATIONS: Practical leadership and management skills, especially in fundraising and alumni relations. Must be effective with a variety of personality types, and able to motivate a variety of people’s ongoing involvement with NOLS. Skills necessary include the ability to network and work with people, creativity, organization, public speaking and presentation skills, event planning, financial management, objectivity, supervision, data and query experience (RE-7) and writing skills including grant/proposal writing. Knowledge of annual fund management, capital campaign planning and implementation and planned giving desired. Ability to plan, articulate and implement annual strategic development plan.
Ability to work both independently with little close oversight and be an effective team player with staff and volunteers both within and outside of NOLS. Enthusiasm, high energy and passion for the mission of NOLS is essential. Professional and resourceful style, future oriented, opportunity thinking and possibility focused. Tangible experience of having expanded and cultivated existing donor relationships over time.
Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s preferred. NOLS graduate preferred. Six to 10 years of experience in development.
LEADERSHIP/SUPERVISORY DUTIES: Directly oversees staff in alumni relations and development and also reports to the Board of Trustees on these areas. Works as a member of the school’s leadership team to develop, implement, communicate, and evaluate NOLS’ strategic priorities. If the Executive Director is unavailable, the Development and Alumni Director may serve as Acting Executive Director. Works as a part of a schoolwide crisis response team, especially in the event of a fatality or serious injury.
FUNDS AND/OR PROPERTY: Supports the NOLS mission by overseeing all fundraising and alumni revenue goals. This position has financial oversight for all sub-department budgets, is responsible as a signer to obligate NOLS funds, and works with the other directors to build and prioritize the schoolwide budget.
35% Plans and leads all fundraising campaigns, coordinating the efforts of the board, campaign committees, campaign counsel, advisory council and staff. Leadership of overall alumni plan, goals, and fundraising and development events.
30% Develop and implement a stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with donors. Monitor all donor information and provide statistical analysis to the leadership team and board. Manage a portfolio of major gift prospects.
10% Works with other directors to develop and implement strategic priorities and direction, including program, finance, compensation, alumni, educational outreach and partnerships for achieving our mission. Serves on director team in responding to any significant problems and serves on schoolwide crisis response team.
10% Identify, develop and mentor the development team. Supervises major gifts officers, annual fund manager, alumni relations director, foundations relations officer, research and prospect coordinator and development communications coordinator in their duties. Primary oversight for development and execution of all written proposals.
10% Oversees and supports the advisory council, including work with the co-chairs, nomination of new members, updates, and semi-annual meetings.
5% Performs other special projects and duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
NOLS is a nonprofit, global wilderness school that educates students in leadership and wilderness skills. Our students learn to step forward on expedition- and classroom-based courses. Graduates have a lifelong desire for leadership, commitment to continued skills development and conservation. Since 1965, NOLS has embraced and explored the unknown through outdoor- and classroom-based courses. We c...urrently educate over 25,000 students annually and have over 300,000 alumni. The annual budget is $40 million and we manage a $40 million endowment. We raise $2 million in our annual fund and award close to $2 million in scholarship support each year. For more information visit www.nols.edu.