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).
Audubon Connecticut is expanding its focus on major gifts fundraising and seeks to hire a Major Gifts Officer. This position provides an opportunity for a highly motivated development professional to build and manage a portfolio of donors capable of making five and six figure gifts, as well as to help Audubon grow its major gifts program toward the seven-figure range. Reporting to the Executive Director of ACT, this individual will be a dedicated partner with other ACT and NAS staff, and ACT advisory board members and supporters. S/he will supervise the Development Officer and act as a leader for fundraising through the state program, providing guidance to program staff as needed.
The Major Gifts Officer will play a key role maintaining engagement with current major donors that support ACT and its programs/centers, and will identify, engage, and cultivate new donors as well. Working closely with the Executive Director and other staff at ACT, as well as Audubon state and center board members, the MGO will lead efforts to enhance ACT’s connection with donors, including a variety of engagement opportunities throughout the year, and the identification/creation of distinct giving opportunities that would complement funds raised through ACT’s annual gala. The Officer will also work with National staff on collaborative fundraising for the Atlantic Flyway and other National conservation priorities. Key metrics for success will include donor engagement (number of personal meetings with prospects and current donors; number of successful cultivation and donor engagement events) and revenue (value of gifts; number of solicitations; and success rate of solicitations).
Interested individuals should also submit a cover letter with their application.