• Institutional Giving Officer

    Job Locations
    US-NY-New York
    Regular, Full-Time
    Job Category
    New York
  • Overview

    Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).



    Position Summary

    Reporting to the Vice President of Development, s/he will be a key part of institutional fundraising in the National Development office. The Officer is responsible for qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major foundations and corporations. Key metrics for success will include donor engagement and revenue secured as well as proposals submitted, success rate, and number of new gifts secured. The Institutional Giving Officer will collaborate effectively with program staff and leadership across the organization. This is an opportunity for a highly motivated development professional to build and manage a portfolio of corporate and foundation prospects and donors capable of making six and seven-figure investments in Audubon’s work.


    The position will be based out of Audubon’s Headquarters in New York City, with possible travel approximately 25% of time.


    Candidates should submit a cover letter and writing sample (preferably an LOI or funder proposal) when applying.

    Essential Functions

    • Manage and grow a portfolio of corporate and foundation supporters and prospects, primarily capable of making $100K+ investments in Audubon, and shepherd them through the moves management process.
    • Write clear and compelling reports and proposals that align closely with funder priorities and tell the Audubon story; must be able to distill complicated programs into compelling donor materials.
    • Brief and prepare volunteers, executives, and program staff for interactions with the donors—from research and strategy to execution.
    • Work closely with conservation, policy, and science leadership to prioritize organizational funding needs and identify appropriate new opportunities for support.
    • Develop a strong knowledge of Audubon’s strategic plan and conservation priorities at local, regional, national, and international levels.
    • Maintain accurate and current records in donor database (Salesforce).
    • Adhere to the highest ethical standards and fundraising best practices, demonstrate perseverance, and have an optimistic and positive attitude.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree required as well as 5-7 years’ progressive institutional fundraising experience.
    • Proven track record of building donor relationships and securing corporate and foundation gifts in the six-figure range. Experience with seven-figure gifts a plus.
    • Strong writer with proven ability to develop high-level, compelling proposals; ability to quickly synthesize complex ideas and align them with funder priorities.
    • Persuasive communicator with excellent presentation and listening skills.
    • Team player with a natural affinity for building close, effective working relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders.
    • Must be good with numbers and comfortable with budgets and financials.
    • Outstanding stewardship and relationship management skills.
    • Highly motivated, energetic, and enthusiastic.
    • Willingness to travel and work some evenings when needed.
    • Experience and knowledge of the environmental landscape is a plus, but not required – however interest in conservation and the mission of the National Audubon Society is a must.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications; knowledge of Salesforce is a plus.


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