Director of Development

Accokeek, Prince Georges, Maryland
May 26, 2014
Jun 30, 2014
Full Time
The Accokeek Foundation cultivates passion for the natural and cultural heritage of Piscataway Park, a national park on the Maryland shore of the Potomac River, through engaging educational programs and visitor experiences focused on stewardship and sustainability. Founded over fifty years ago to “preserve the view” from George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the Accokeek Foundation was one of the first land trusts, blazing new trails in preservation with a public/private partnership that led to the creation of this nearly 5000-acre park of which the Foundation stewards 200 acres through a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service.
This working landscape includes the National Colonial Farm (living history museum that serves as a gateway for connecting people to our agricultural past), the Ecosystem Farm (an 8-acre organic vegetable farm that engages the public in sustainable agriculture), heritage breed livestock, nature trails, gardens, a fishing pier, and boat dock (with kayak launch). In addition, this is the sacred homeland of the Piscataway people, and its significance as an indigenous cultural landscape makes it a key site on several national trails. 
Overview - Director of Development
Working with the Board of Trustees, President/CEO, and senior staff, the Director of Development manages fundraising for an annual operating budget of approximately $1.5 million. The Foundation receives a federal appropriation through the National Park Service which represents part of this budget, but is striving to lessen its dependence on this appropriation by expanding other public and private funding, including individual and corporate support, as well as foundation funding. The Accokeek Foundation has just completed a new Strategic Plan and the Director of Development will play a key role in its successful implementation.

Responsibilities and Expectations - The Director of Development:
● Serves as a member of the senior management team, reporting to the President and CEO.
● Plans and executes the Accokeek Foundation’s corporate and individual giving programs, including membership campaigns, workplace giving, major gifts, planned giving, special events, and ongoing fundraising initiatives each year.
● Researches foundations, corporations and individuals to identify and evaluate prospects.
● Develops grant proposals for general operating support and works with senior staff to identify projects and develop proposals for specific programs and projects. 
● Generates new resource development initiatives and coordinates special projects as assigned
● Builds and maintains strong, ongoing relationships with current and prospective key financial donors, members, and contributors.
● Collaborates with the Director of Marketing on the development of donor communications such as the Annual Report, year end appeal, donor newsletter, etc.
● Builds and supervises staff development team.
● Assists the President/CEO with budgeting for revenue and fundraising expenses, analysis of revenue trends, and creating and managing a development plan that is consistent with the Foundation’s strategic plan.
● Keeps current with fundraising best practices, trends, and issues in all areas related to the Foundation’s work.
● Participates in board meetings, board committee meetings, and other development and outreach events outside the organization’s normal operating hours. Serves as staff liaison for board resource development committee. 
We are looking for candidates with the following background:
● Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree (or equivalent).
● At least 5 years demonstrated success in fundraising for a science center, history museum, nature center, or other non-profit focused on informal learning and visitor engagement.
● Experience in generating new revenue sources.
● Strong background in project budgeting and grants management.
● Ability to work with high level constituents (including donors and board members).
● Comfort working in a fast-paced, collegial, team-oriented, and entrepreneurial environment.
● Skills in using online integrated technology tools for fundraising (Accokeek uses Salesforce for database, online giving, event registration, and other ecommerce, as well as Constant Contact for direct email).
● Excellent writing, research, and communication skills.
● Strong administrative and organizational skills.
● Strong people skills.
● Supervisory experience. 

The starting salary for this full-time position will be approximately $50,000, plus an excellent benefit package.

To apply: Send a resume and cover letter describing your experience and skills as they relate to this position to, with “Director of Development” in the subject line. Please include two relevant writing samples, no more than 6 pages total. Preference given to applications received by June 10, 2014.

The Accokeek Foundation conducts background checks in order to insure the safety and well-being of the organization’s staff and visitors. Positions are open until filled. The Accokeek Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.