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. The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion, and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.
As a member of Audubon’s Development team, the Development Manager will assist in growing the major gifts program at Audubon through collaborative fundraising efforts together with regional leadership and other conservation professionals working across the Audubon Network. Reporting to the Senior Director of Development, overseeing the Carolinas and International Alliance Programs, the Development Manager leads the development and expansion of the major gifts program for Audubon in South Carolina. Additionally, the Development Manager supports the Sr. Director of Development, the Executive Director of South Carolina, and volunteer leaders in their role as fundraisers. 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 Development Manager directly and indirectly identifies, cultivates, and solicits gifts from donors and prospects using a range of activities, including personal visits, Zoom video calls, bird walks, written proposals, telephone, email, events, and tours. They must have exceptional written and oral communication skills and demonstrate a commitment to a collaborative workstyle.
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 five and six-figure gifts. This position requires up to 50 percent travel throughout South Carolina and occasional evenings and weekends.