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).
The Director of Philanthropy, Audubon Arizona (based in Phoenix) reports to the VP for Development, Central and Mississippi Flyways and will assist in growing the major gifts program at Audubon through collaborative fundraising efforts in support of all Audubon priorities together with specific state directors and other conservation professionals working across the Audubon Network. Their role is to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward high capacity donors toward gifts that support Audubon to achieve its ambitious local, state, and national goals. They will manage a portfolio of major gift donors and prospects capable of giving $10,000 + annually, working collaboratively to leverage donors across projects, states, and the national organization with the goal of moving donors up the giving pyramid. The Director of Philanthropy will collaborate across the organization to coordinate and coach various program staff and Board members engaged in fundraising as well as to identify giving opportunities. S/he must have exceptional written and oral communication skills and demonstrate a commitment to a collaborative workstyle.
In addition to their role as a frontline fundraiser, the Director of Philanthropy will devote 20 percent of their time supporting the development and implementation of sustainable revenue plans for all contributed income for Audubon Arizona with the VP for Development. The Director of Philanthropy will manage a staff of one. They will oversee and execute comprehensive fundraising plans for Audubon Arizona.
Key metrics for success will include donor engagement (number of personal meetings with prospects and volunteers), revenue (value of gifts; number of solicitations; and success rate of solicitations; achievement of programmatic contributed revenue goals and a portion of the national revenue target), increased board engagement and support for Audubon Arizona, and the strategic deployment of Audubon’s senior conservation professionals including the Executive Director for Audubon Arizona. The successful candidate will be an entrepreneurial, result driven, development professional with success in closing five, six, and seven figure gifts and as well as management experience. This position requires up to 30 percent travel throughout Arizona as well as occasional evenings and weekends.
Please submit a cover letter along with your resume.