Direct Reports: Full Time Development Officer, Full Time Grants Manager, Full Time Development Coordinator (Executive to build or redirect team structure as needed)
About Butterfly Pavilion: Here at Butterfly Pavilion, we transform the way people think about invertebrates. These small but mighty animals that surround us are so much more than people think. They are everywhere, because everything depends on them. They are the hidden heroes of the animal kingdom. As the leader in invertebrate knowledge, inspiration and connection, Butterfly Pavilion works to foster an appreciation of these critical animals by educating the public about the need to protect and care for threatened habitats globally, while conducting research for solutions in invertebrate conservation. Whether it is providing unique, hands-on learning experiences in our exhibits and educational programs, conducting new research that sets the standard for zoos across the country or building innovative solutions for species and habitat conservation in countries around the world, Butterfly Pavilion is leading the way in ensuring invertebrates are protected for the future.
Founded in July 1995, Butterfly Pavilion believes that an appreciation of the environment begins with an appreciation of all living things. Every day we teach the young and old alike about the need for conservation, because with knowledge and empowerment we will protect the world's natural habitats for generations to come. Our mission is to foster an appreciation of invertebrates by educating the public about the need to protect and care for threatened habitats globally, while conducting research for solutions in invertebrate conservation.
Butterfly Pavilion is a Tier II member of the SCFD (Science and Cultural Facilities District) and is the eighth largest cultural facility in the Denver Metro area, attracting more than 4.5 million visitors in 23 years of operation. Butterfly Pavilion was the first stand-alone invertebrate zoo in the United States to become a certified member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and has become a prototype for many others. Our facility includes four indoor exhibit areas; eleven acres of public gardens; two educational classrooms; and event space, including a 2,200 square foot ballroom and patio overlooking Jefferson County Open Space.
Looking forward, we are committed to providing the most enriching experience for our audience, being recognized as a scientific authority, and being a leading educational resource on invertebrates. To this end, Butterfly Pavilion has begun the early stages of launching a $23 million Capital Campaign to expand Butterfly Pavilion into the Center for Invertebrate Research and Conservation (CIRC), a brand new, 81K sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility, that will serve as the preeminent local, national and global hub for invertebrate knowledge, conservation, inspiration and connection. Located in the Baseline neighborhood of Broomfield and in partnership with City and County of Broomfield and McWhinney, the site will also feature a 1200 acre pollinator district, ushering in a new, innovative model for real estate development and landscapes. At Baseline we’ll also partner with Adams 12 School District. A K-12 STEM School will be located on the very same campus, creating a very innovative and unprecedented model for advancing public education, as well as career and workforce readiness.
FLSA: Full Time/Exempt
Salary: Expected salary range for this position is $130,000-$140,000 per year. Regular work schedule is Monday through Friday, with evenings, weekends and holidays when needed.
Position Summary: The Vice President of Philanthropy is responsible for planning, developing and maintaining a comprehensive fund raising program on behalf of Butterfly Pavilion, and to enhance the long-term mission and vision established by Butterfly Pavilion’s Executive Team. The Vice President of Philanthropy staffs the Executive Team and coordinates the efforts of other appropriate staff and board committees at the invitation of the President/CEO and COO. This position will also manage asset development, including fundraising, donor services and gift recognition. This position may also be responsible for marketing and public relations as it relates to fund development, in conjunction with the Marketing & Communications branch.
Essential Functions & Responsibilities:
Oversee the successful deployment of all unearned income revenue generating programs from preparation of plans, preparation of proposals and donor cultivation, to donor recordkeeping, solicitation, donor recognition and follow through. This includes all sources; individual, corporate, foundation and government grants, as well as planned giving and endowments.
Orchestrate fund development strategies through goal setting, strategic planning, and communication of progress, keeping with the organization’s mission, vision, and goals.
Actively work with the CEO and Campaign Committee to develop and implement a comprehensive campaign development strategy to include individual, corporate, foundations, government grants, etc.
Orchestrate overall campaign management and organization including pipelines, prospect tracking, strategy, task assignment and maintenance of timelines.
Strategically manage the identification, cultivation and solicitation of individual, corporate, foundation and government gifts and pledges; and assist in planning and coordinating any annual giving programs associated with matching gifts, etc.
Aggressively seeks new funding sources, leads business development and fundraising through one on one and group engagements, and maintains relationships with current and past donors of all levels of giving, including major giving (over $1 million).
Coordinate and supervise the acknowledgement process for all gifts and grants. Oversee donor recognition efforts including those for gallery naming, onsite recognition, annual report recognition to ensure that all who give to the Butterfly Pavilion are part of a well appreciated family of donors/members.
Maintains ongoing contact with Butterfly Pavilion's supporters regarding programs and plans.
Support and partner with the Executive Team, Board Committees and the Board of Directors on all major fundraising initiatives.
Lead and participate in Board Committees, Fund Development Committee and External Relations Committee, to expand the organization’s network and impact.
Monitor all donor information and provide and present statistical analysis to Senior Leadership Team and the Board of Directors.
Work as a team with the Marketing department to identify collaborative marketing strategies and compile donor information for the Annual Report.
Innovatively advance a collaboratively strategy with branch leadership and staff to identify avenues of support for programs and projects.
Represents Butterfly Pavilion in meetings with potential funding sources.
Other duties as assigned.
How to Apply:
Butterfly Pavilion is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply for open positions and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or veteran status.
Position is open until filled. No phone calls or drop in’s please.
10-plus years of professional experience in a nonprofit organization; demonstrated success in a development function (managing and forging relationships with multiple donor sources).
Proven track record in fund development and managing success with donors and corporate sponsorships.
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships.
Strong organizational skills.
Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives.
Ability to work independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within Butterfly Pavilion
Bachelor's Degree required in fundraising related field (Business, Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, English or other related field).
Master's degree in planning, finance, or nonprofit management preferred.
Five (5) or more years of successful staff management experience.
Demonstrated experience in annual giving, major gifts, capital campaigns, membership and planned giving.
Manage all employees within the Development branch and is responsible for employee lifecycle (hire, inspire, coach, develop, and reward), including TinyPulse performance management, coaching, development, and hiring of the employees.
Recruit and oversee volunteers and interns as part of the Service Enterprise Program initiative.
This position will be a managerial liaison for other staff members and visitors when necessary.
Regular attendance to organization, branch and department staff meetings and trainings, including Board of Directors and Board Committee meetings.
Extensively work with President/CEO, COO and VP of Finance in coordinating a $23 million Capital Campaign and ongoing annual operational funding.
Other duties as assigned
Work Environment / Physical Requirements:
While performing the responsibilities of this position, these work environment characteristics are representative of the environment the position will encounter. At Butterfly Pavilion, the employee is occasionally exposed to moderate to loud environmental noise for extended periods of time. While performing the responsibilities of this position, the employee is required to see, talk and hear. The employee is often required to sit and stand, use their hands and fingers, to handle/feel/grasp. The employee is occasionally required to reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 15 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The employee may be asked to park offsite to accommodate guest experience.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
About Butterfly Pavilion
Butterfly Pavilion is the first stand-alone, Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited non-profit invertebrate zoo in the world. Our immersive exhibits and educational programs provide guests the opportunity to discover the wonders of nature's hidden heroes through hands on, interactive experiences catered to all ages.