• Development Officer, Audubon National HQ, New York City

    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 Managing Director, Individual Giving, Atlantic Flyway/Northeast, the Development Officer serves as a member of Audubon’s national fundraising team. The Development Officer is responsible for managing a portfolio of 200 donors/prospects who live across the northeast (NY, CT and VT primarily) who are currently contributing or capable of contributing between $500 and $10,000 annually in support of Audubon’s work. The Development Officer will be tasked with engaging assigned donors/prospects with the goal of moving them toward increase investment while also working to identify and engage new donors in this gift range.


    Key metrics for success will include donor engagement (number of meetings, calls, correspondence with donors/prospects) and revenue (value of gifts; number of solicitations; and success rate of solicitations).


    This position represents Audubon to the public throughout the region, collaborates with other like-minded organizations, and interacts with a broad array of members, donors, prospective donors, other Audubon staff, local Audubon chapters, and volunteers. This position is based in our National headquarters in New York City.


    **Please submit a cover letter along with your resume. A cover letter is required to be considered for this role.

    Essential Functions

    • Manages an active portfolio of 200 mid-level donors/prospects. Create and implement personalized cultivation/solicitation/stewardship plans for each donor within portfolio.
    • Prepares with attention to detail and ensures timely delivery of written materials (print and online) to current and prospective donors, including, but not limited to, cases for support, grant applications, letters, proposals, stewardship reports.
    • Effectively partners with colleagues to ensure that assigned donors/prospects have an optimal level of interaction with volunteers, leadership, and program staff.
    • Develops strategies for attracting new and diverse mid-level donors and proactively forges relationships with individuals and institutions who are not yet invested in the organization.
    • Helps organize and engages prospects and donors in special events, tours, and field trips.
    • Regularly reviews portfolio and donor strategies with other development team members to refine approaches, share successes, and problem solve. 
    • Assists colleagues with fundraising and friend-raising events, leveraging them as a tool for the cultivation of prospects and donors.
    • Assists with the coordination of appeals and other solicitations throughout the year.
    • Participates in development team calls, shares work plans across teams, and enlists key staff as partners in cultivation visits, when appropriate.
    • Attends team meetings and training opportunities in order to interact with leaders and development colleagues across Audubon. Participates in external skills building opportunities.
    • Using donor database, records timely reports on all donor interactions.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Bachelor's degree required, as well as three to five years of nonprofit fundraising experience in complex and matrixed organizational structures.
    • Experience building donor relationships and closing a high volume of annual gifts.
    • Thoughtful writer, capable of telling a concise and compelling story in the context of institutional letters of inquiry, proposals, and reports.
    • Must be comfortable and productive in a fast-paced and results oriented environment.
    • An autonomous self-starter, one who is able to manage projects, establish and monitor priorities, maintain flexibility, and meet deadlines with little direct supervision. 
    • Exceptionally strong communicator; a strategic thinker with analytical skills, and strong attention to detail. 
    • Outstanding stewardship and relationship management skills. 
    • A can-do attitude and tolerant, friendly personality with a great sense of humor.
    • A flexible approach to work, as well as the willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends, when needed. 
    • Frequent travel throughout assigned territory is expected (60% of time, predominately locally within NYC/ CT). 
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, as well as comfort with donor databases. Experience with Salesforce desired, but not required. 
    • Interest, understanding, and commitment to the conservation of birds, other wildlife, and their habitat is critical, as is the ability to communicate Audubon's mission, goals, and programs effectively and with the highest professional standards.


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