Donor Relations/Stewardship, Environmental/Conservation, Major Gifts
Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation has grown into America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 51 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world, and the Federation is committed to inspiring all people around our shared love of nature and wildlife by creating a welcoming and inclusive community representative of all Americans. By respecting and valuing the diversity of connections to the natural world and wildlife, we work toward convening a powerful movement. To support our mission, we seek a #SaveLACougars Capital Campaign Director to join our team working remotely in the Los Angeles area. Our California office fosters a supportive and entrepreneurial workplace, and we work to inspire both personal and professional development for our staff, while striving to make visionary achievements in conservation.
The Director will drive fundraising strategy development and implementation for the #SaveLACougars Campaign which aims to build the world’s largest wildlife crossing over the 101 and reconnect critical wildlife corridors in the Los Angeles area. The incumbent will collaborate closely with the California Regional Executive Director and #SaveLACougars campaign lead, the national Director of Leadership Giving & Individual Philanthropy, and the Regional Philanthropy Officer for California, who together will lead staff and volunteers in securing significant philanthropic investments in the campaign from both individuals and institutions alike.
This is an exciting time of growth and expansion at the National Wildlife Federation, and in the California office especially. This role is ideal for an entrepreneurial self-starter seeking opportunities to contribute meaningfully toward the success of the Federation and its California office in the years ahead.
This is at least a 24-month contractual position offering full benefits.
In this role you will:
Provide overall fundraising campaign management and organization, to include but not limited to: strategy development, planning and implementation; prospect pipeline development and tracking; marketing and communication strategy and collateral materials development; task assignment, direction and coaching; timeline management; and evaluation and reporting.
Serve as the primary relationship manager for a portfolio of leadership and major gift prospects, developing winning engagement strategies, securing and stewarding investments, and orchestrating the range of activities and deliverables that support the same.
Inform the engagement of corporate and foundation prospects for the campaign, often in close collaboration with other colleagues across Philanthropy, contributing to the development of relationship-building strategies, the generation of funding proposals, and the stewardship of these investments, including deliverables tracking and reporting requirements.
Dedicate sufficient time for the identification and cultivation of new donors with the capacity for making leadership and major gifts investments, transitioning these prospects to the portfolios of key staff and volunteer leaders as appropriate.
Liaise with teams across the Federation to support campaign activities and overall fundraising management, collaborating closely with colleagues in Philanthropy, Finance, Legal, and Conservation Programs.
Assist in prioritizing key actions for the President & CEO; the Vice President for Philanthropy; the Vice President for Regional Conservation; the California Regional Executive Director; and other colleagues across the Philanthropy Division in the engagement, solicitation and stewardship of prospective donors to #SaveLACougars.
Offer fundraising coaching and resources for key staff and lead volunteers as needed, supporting their relationship building and fundraising efforts.
Contribute to a positive, inclusive and supportive team environment, and demonstrate the values of respect and cooperation in all relationships.
Perform other duties as assigned.
College degree required
At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in major gift fundraising and multi-million dollar capital fundraising campaigns.
Demonstrated ability in securing major philanthropic investments at the $100,000 level and above, developing and implementing funding strategies, partnering with senior staff and volunteer leaders, and crafting winning proposals and collaterals.
Comfortable in a fast paced environment, with changing conditions and multiple partners.
Passion for the preservation and protection of wildlife and wild places is highly desirable.
Experience in environmental conservation sector a plus.
Active commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and an ability to utilize these principals as the cornerstone of our work.
Entrepreneurial and self-starting, with the ability to both work independently and as an integral member of a diverse team. Solid team building skills will serve this position well.
Professionalism, with superior interpersonal abilities, communications and political savvy, and excellent time management and organization skills.
Ability to travel domestically, with occasional overnight trips.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and familiarity with donor databases or constituent management systems and management reporting tools.
Your actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus.
We strive to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote regardless of race, of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender or transsexual individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
The National Wildlife Federation offers excellent benefits, including 16 weeks of paid FMLA leave, competitive compensation, and a family-friendly, flexible work environment. We are committed to building a complementary team and strongly support candidates from all backgrounds to apply. If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we support your application. If selected, a background check will be conducted.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About National Wildlife Federation
Are you wild with ambition? Does the desire to achieve come naturally for you? Then you're a perfect fit for The National Wildlife Federation. As the nation's largest member-supported conservation organization, which is at the forefront of global warming issues, reconnecting our children with nature, and protecting America's wildlife and habitat, we're offering you every advantage to reach beyond your potential. You'll excel in your role and accomplish goals that you can proudly stand behind, all while helping others move forward in their careers. Join us today and share more than your passion for wildlife. Share our mission to make a difference in the world.