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 Managing Director, Individual Giving, reporting to the VP for Development, Atlantic Flyway, Northeast, will assist in growing the major gifts program at National Audubon Society through collaborative fundraising efforts together with 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, working collaboratively to leverage donors across projects, Flyways, and beyond with the goal of moving donors up the giving pyramid. The Managing Director, Individual Giving will collaborate across the organization to activate and leverage natural partners (both internal colleagues and board members); engaging them in fundraising as well as helping to identify and/or shape giving opportunities. They 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 Managing Director, Individual Giving will support the development and implementation of sustainable revenue plans for contributed income for Audubon PA and Audubon MD-DC together with the VP for Development, Atlantic Flyway, Northeast. They will also manage Audubon development staff imbedded in the Audubon PA and Audubon MD-DC state offices. When required, they will help lead a resource development planning exercise in conjunction with any multi-year strategic planning efforts undertaken in assigned territories.
Key metrics for success will include donor engagement (number of personal meetings with prospects and volunteers) and revenue (value of gifts; number of solicitations; success rate of solicitations; and achievement of programmatic contributed revenue goals). The successful candidate will be an entrepreneurial, result driven, development professional with success in closing six and seven figure gifts and with management experience. This position requires up to 50 percent travel in the assigned territories and occasional evenings and weekends.
This position can be based in Philadelphia, Baltimore or Washington DC