Development - General, Donor Relations/Stewardship
4 Year Degree
The Westport Library has undergone an exciting transformation that is taking the organization into the 21st century and beyond. Dramatic in its redesign, the new space is unparalleled in its ability to adapt and shift with the ever-changing needs of the community.
Working with the Executive Director, fellow Directors and the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees, the Development Director will raise funds to support the implementation of the Library’s strategic plan.
The position requires extensive experience and proven success with all aspects of fund development, including donor identification; cultivation and stewardship; annual giving programs; capital and major gift solicitation; legacy giving; and grants. Demonstrated excellent analytical, interpersonal, communication (verbal and written), influencing, framing, and leadership skills are key. Success depends on the ability to build rapport and credibility with multiple internal and external stakeholders, as well the ability to clearly articulate the Library’s mission to all.
Primary responsibilities include working with Executive Director to develop near-term and long-range plans related to raising funds to support the Library; engage and build the participation of Board members in the donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship processes; recommend and manage departmental staffing, organization and technical support; act as donor strategist in the design and execution of new development opportunities focusing on high net-worth individuals and funding partners; cultivate long-term, collaborative, strategic relationships with select individuals, foundations, and corporations, and develops a broader base of prospective donors; lead the development and implementation of donor recognition/stewardship program, launch and maintain a robust planned giving program, partner with Marketing and Communications staff and vendors to create outreach and cultivation opportunities and to develop donor-centric collateral; reviews, assesses and reports on the effectiveness of current and new donor programs and recommends strategies for streamlining, improving, adding or eliminating programs; manages fundraising events in conjunction with staff and external vendors.
Education and Experience:
7-10 years of relevant development experience and 3-5 years’ experience managing/supervising a team.
The successful candidate will demonstrate vision, diplomacy, imagination and a strong sense of community purpose; an entrepreneurial and creative mindset; excellent written and verbal communication skills; superior interpersonal and relationship building skills; strong organization and implementation skills with keen attention to detail and the ability to multi-task to meet multiple deadlines; an ability to motivate and engage staff at all levels of the development program; knowledge of complete fundraising cycle and ability to function in all phases; must have experience developing a variety of fundraising strategies; basic knowledge of income/expense accounting; technological proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite; familiarity with Access; experience with Raiser’s Edge fundraising/data management software; strong customer-service orientation; own transportation and ability and willingness to travel locally and regionally.
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About The Westport Library
Since 1886, the Westport Library has been devoted to enriching the intellectual and creative lives of the community. Situated in the heart of downtown Westport overlooking the scenic Saugatuck River, the Library is a vibrant community hub where people of all ages come to seek information, gain knowledge, exchange ideas and share experiences.
In all the Library does and offers, the organization strives to provide a warm, welcoming destination where individuals read and research, shop the store, meet friends at the Library Café or simply enjoy the camaraderie of being in a shared space. There’s never been more to learn or more to discover.
In 2019, the Library completed a long-awaited Transformation Project that entirely reimagined the space to provide more accessibility, adaptability and flexibility to better meet the needs of the approximately 1500 patrons that come to the Library each day.