About the Role
The Development Director is responsible for the development and communications strategies of the organization in alignment with the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors. The position works in collaboration with the executive director, the program/training director and the board of directors, and is supervised and evaluated by the Executive Director.
Development/Fundraising Responsibilities Increase and sustain ECO-Action sustainable and renewable philanthropic dollars from individuals, foundations, and corporations by 25% in the first year and by 35% per year for the next 5 years.
Specific Tasks : In collaboration with the Executive Director, staff and others , shape, manage, and drive the implementation of a successful diversified fundraising/development strategy to support organizational and project development needs, including:
· Immediately tune in to and support the ECO-Action staff collaborative process to compare a proposal to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to address equity issues for urban parks and greenspace including green infrastructure. Funding of $250,000 per year for two years will support state wide Georgia Grassroots Environmental Network green infrastructure initiatives as well as green infrastructure initiatives in underserved communities in the City of Atlanta and adjacent jurisdictions;
· In the first year, develop a cost-effective 3-5 year fundraising development plan and initiate implementation;
· As part of first year development planning, review existing ECO-Action reports and participate in ongoing field visits to draft brochures on ECO-Action programs;
· Develop and implement specific campaigns for planned giving, charitable trusts, and endowments;
· Assist in creation of print, digital and social media content;
· Identify, cultivate, recruit, and organize fund development leaders and volunteers;
· Generate donor communications, newsletters, and annual reports;
· Network and maintain regular correspondence with donors;
· Provide leadership to development team;
· Prepare and present regular reports on progress towards fundraising goals;
· Research and Identify new grant opportunities;
· Support annual fundraising events and appeals;
Skills and Qualifications: • Demonstrate excellence in development and communication skills • Excellent written and verbal communications skills • Ability to manage timelines and project budgets effectively • Capacity to manage multiple projects simultaneously • Excellent computer skills. Regular use of Word, Excel, Network for Good software • Experience with newsletter production and message development • Interest in and commitment to social justice, environmental/climate justice, equitable and sustainable infrastructural development; safe and healthy communities, and • Ability to work well with diverse individuals and balance a variety of needs.
· At least 3-5 years of funds development experience, and
· College degree
$50,000 to $57,000 per year for full-time with health benefits.