Development - General, Donor Relations/Stewardship
4 Year Degree
The Sylvia Earle Alliance / Mission Blue is offering a unique opportunity for a Director of Development who will lead fundraising efforts for the organization led by legendary oceanographer, Dr. Sylvia Earle. We are seeking a professional who is as passionate as we are about saving our blue planet, with the ability to help us scale up significantly in the next 3 years.
The Director of Development is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all of Mission Blue’s fundraising including, the major gifts program, corporate sponsors, special events and online fundraising campaigns. The Director works closely with The Executive Director, the Board of Directors, and Staff in all development and fundraising endeavors.
Manage and expand Mission Blue’s Fundraising Program
Leverage existing Corporate Partners, Foundations and HNW individuals to reach annual target of $1.5-$2M.
Grow funding portfolio with a specific focus on grants $25K or higher
Manage a development coordinator (staff of 1) and interns as needed
Coordinate one annual fundraising event
Work closely with Executive Director, and BOD, to build relationships with potential donors
Persuasively convey SEA’s mission to diverse groups
Oversee fundraising database and trackingsystems
Oversee creation of publications to support fund raising activities
Must embrace the mission and vision of Mission Blue and be passionate about ocean conservation.
Have knowledge and experience in fund raising techniques, particularly major gift fundraising.
Be a “self-starter” and goal driven to initiate donor visits and fundraising
Display a positive attitude, show concern for people, the environment and community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense and good listening
5 years minimum experience in professional fundraising.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive/commensurate with experience and other qualifications.
Internal Number: 0028
About Sylvia Earle Alliance/Mission Blue
Mission Blue inspires action to explore and protect the ocean. Led by legendary oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue is uniting a global coalition to inspire an upwelling of public awareness, access and support for a worldwide network of marine protected areas – Hope Spots. Under Dr. Earle’s leadership, the Mission Blue team implements outreach campaigns that elevate Hope Spots to the world stage through documentaries, social media, traditional media and innovative tools like Google Earth.
Mission Blue also embarks on regular oceanic expeditions that shed light on these vital ecosystems and build support for their protection. With the concerted effort and passion of people and organizations around the world, Hope Spots can become a reality and form a global network of marine protected areas large enough to restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet.