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).
As a key member of Audubon’s development team, the Director of Development will manage and grow a comprehensive development program in Nebraska that supports the Central Flyway conservation initiatives, including Audubon Nebraska, Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary, and Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center.
Reporting to the VP, Development, the Director of Development will play the leading part in the creation and implementation of an effective fundraising program for Audubon Nebraska, and will be a vital part of the National Audubon Society’s Development office, an integrated team that is working together to deliver the next quantum leap in fundraising.
Climate change and the environment are increasingly urgent philanthropic causes. Birding is second only to gardening as this country’s favorite pastime. There is an exceptional pool of wealthy individuals who have the capacity to make major and transformational gifts to Audubon. In this context, Audubon has the opportunity to develop a universe of support and influence, leveraging individuals’ personal, voluntary, professional, political and business networks in order to support Audubon and to make a positive impact on the quality of life on Earth.
This position is an opportunity for a highly motivated and experienced professional to build and manage a comprehensive development program including managing the current staff of two and developing a staff structure to support and advance the fundraising aspirations of Audubon Nebraska. This individual will be responsible for all aspects of creating sustainable contributed income streams including significant expansion of the major gift program. Additionally, this position will be responsible for conducting special fundraising campaigns in order to advance Audubon’s strategic priorities in the Central Flyway. Key metrics for success include return on development investment, donor engagement (number of personal meetings with donors, prospects, and volunteers) and revenue (value of gifts; number of solicitations; and success rate of closing gifts), donor acquisition, and retention rates within the annual fund, and outcomes of any special campaign.
After 12 months in the position, the successful candidate will have:
Development Planning and Strategy:
Support for Lead Volunteers:
Other duties as required: