Corporate Relations Manager

US-NY-New York
Type
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Development/Fundraising
ID
2017-3276
New York
NY

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 Audubon’s National Development office. This is an opportunity for a highly motivated development professional to develop a corporate fundraising strategy for a highly respected, century old organization working across the United States as well as Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

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

 

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

Essential Functions

  • Manage a portfolio of corporate supporters and prospects, primarily capable of making $100K+ investments in Audubon, and shepherd them through the moves management process.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive plan to more than double Audubon’s corporate support in a three-year period.
  • Focus on new business development to identify top prospects for comprehensive corporate partnerships spanning the local/state and national levels.
  • In partnership with the Marketing team, identify opportunities for philanthropic and cause marketing relationships; develop and implement strategies to bring these new relationships to life.
  • With colleagues in Audubon offices across the country, create a menu of corporate sponsorship opportunities that provide companies a way to achieve their CSR goals while satisfying Audubon’s conversation priorities.  
  • Work with development and marketing colleagues to develop strong donor materials—including concepts, proposals, reports, pitch decks, etc.
  • Develop a strong knowledge of Audubon’s strategic plan and conservation priorities at local, regional, national, and international levels.

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least five years of progressive corporate fundraising experience with a strong understanding of corporate philanthropy and how it intersects with business goals.
  • Proven track record of building donor relationships and securing corporate gifts at the $100K+ level; experience with $1M+ partnerships is desirable.
  • Outgoing and dynamic communicator with excellent listening, speaking, and writing skills.
  • Team player with a natural ability to develop strong relationships, with donors and peers alike.
  • Ability to quickly synthesize complex ideas and align them with funder priorities.
  • Highly motivated, energetic, and enthusiastic—with a willingness to push supporters to think big.
  • 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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