DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
The Kentucky Resources Council (KRC) is a public-interest environmental law and advocacy organization. We combine smart policy and pro bono legal assistance to protect Kentucky’s natural resources and to fight for environmental justice. Since 1984, KRC has helped thousands of individuals across Kentucky secure protections for their homes, lands, and health, and has protected some of the Commonwealth’s most treasured places from mining, including Pine Mountain, Big Black Mountain, and the Lily Cornett Woods. We are seeking a Director of Development (DoD) to help us fund both our current programs and growth, as we broaden and enhance our work. KRC maintains a virtual office. About this position This is a unique opportunity to help build a development and major gifts program for one of Kentucky’s most trusted and effective environmental law and advocacy organizations. The DoD will be the lead fundraising professional for KRC. The DoD will plan and execute all KRC’s fundraising, membership, and advancement activities, with the assistance of the Director, Development Committee, and part-time Development Associate.
Essential duties and responsibilities include
- Coordinate and implement all aspects of the development department, including KRC’s annual fundraising plan, major gifts, grants, endowment, reporting, donor recognition, direct mail campaigns, fundraising and cultivation events, and board engagement;
- Build and maintain relationships with current and potential major contributors in order to cultivate, solicit and steward gifts; research and identify new potential major donors;
- Expand and diversify KRC’s annual fundraising program to increase long-term sustainable support for KRC’s program work that will aspire to $1M+ annually after three years;
- Grow KRC’s membership base and foster community engagement;
- Identify grant opportunities and maintain grants calendar; assist staff with writing grants as needed;
- Collaborate with staff and board members to plan and coordinate fundraising events and campaigns; plan and execute special events that assist with the cultivation and solicitation of larger gifts, including, but not limited to, an annual (or bi-annual) gala and house parties;
- Create and maintain donor materials, such as KRC’s Case for Support, letters of appreciation, and funding proposals, to enhance donor stewardship. Work with staff to prepare development communications materials that reach new and existing donors;
- With the assistance of our Development Associate, utilize CRM nonprofit software and donor databases to monitor and analyze data and development progress;
- Make reports to the Director, Board, and committee members; and
- Raise gifts to support both KRC’s general fund, including a new program, Good Trouble: a Proposal for Coordinated Strategies and Actions in Pursuit of Environmental Health and Justice in Kentucky. This program will advance environmental protection, health, and justice across the Commonwealth by combining meaningful citizen participation, science-backed information, and technical and legal expertise to ensure that Kentucky’s environmental decisions are protective of public health and the environment.
Candidate Qualifications and Attributes
- Prior experience as a front-line fundraising professional, including experience securing major gifts and fundraising experience aligned to goals of at least $250,000 annually or more in organizations where public charitable support accounts for at least half of the budget;
- Demonstrated ability to plan, execute, and steward major gift relationships, as well as a demonstrated track record of successful gift solicitations;
- Highly organized, strategic thinker with proactive problem-solving skills; Exceptional verbal and interpersonal skills;
- Experience managing and tracking donor contributions and preparing fundraising reports;
- A passion for environmental protection, health, and justice, as well as the ability to communicate effectively about environmental issues to our donors; and Available to work some evenings and weekends, including occasional overnight stays.
- Regular travel is expected in order to visit donors throughout Kentucky on a regular basis (weekly to bi-weekly). Must possess a valid state driver’s license.
The expected salary range is between $65,000 – $70,000 for a full-time role. KRC offers a strong benefits package including a monthly contribution to a Health Reimbursement Account, a 401K retirement plan with an employer match, four weeks paid vacation, and paid family leave.
Please send a cover letter, resume, and at least three references via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This position will remain open until filled.