Employment Opportunities

The Wolf River Conservancy is currently seeking qualified candidates for a Director of Development.  Please see full job description posted below.  
Applications will only be accepted via email.
Please send résumé along with cover letter to Kelsey Hamilton, Chief Development Officer, at kelsey.hamilton@wolfriver.org.
 
Director of Development 

Background

The Wolf River Conservancy is a nonprofit corporation organized in 1985.  Its mission is “dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the Wolf River corridor and watershed as a sustainable natural resource”.  Through the cooperation of landowners and the generosity of the local community, the Conservancy has protected over 16,000 acres of sensitive wetlands which provide habitats for a variety of plants, trees, grasses and flowers and a rich wildlife population.  Lands have been protected by means of direct purchases, donations and conservation easements.

General Position Summary

The Director of Development has a key role in securing philanthropic contributions and increasing community support to further the mission of the Wolf River Conservancy.

The purpose of this critical position is to expand organizational philanthropic funding through annual giving, special events, memberships, corporate giving and provide assistance with the Wolf River Greenway capital campaign, under the direction of the Chief Development Officer.

The Wolf River Conservancy provides all full-time employees health/dental/vision/life insurance, paid time off and 13 paid holidays.

Position Status           Full-time

Reports to                   Chief Development Officer

Coordinates with       Office Manager; Program and Marketing Manager; Program Directors – Education, Recreation, Conservation/Lands; Interns

Essential Functions

  • Grow operational funding with key responsibilities for both membership and annual giving
  • Work closely with the Chief Development Officer on grant writing, corporate giving, special campaigns and other development duties
  • Oversee fundraising components for the Conservancy’s three tent-pole events at the Conservancy: Annual Tree Planting (February/March), Cycle the Greenway (June) and Greenway Soirée (November)
  • Increase special event revenue through sponsorships, in-kind contributions, auction donations, ticket sales, peer-to-peer fundraising and registrations
  • Oversee volunteer committees and hold monthly committee meetings, especially as it relates to Conservancy’s special events
  • Contribute to weekly e-blast communications, social media content, annual report, newsletters, mailings and marketing materials
  • Attend board Development & Marketing Committee Meetings
  • Assist Chief Development Officer in all aspects of campaign with special emphasis on: 
  • Planning and implementing cultivation/recognition events and activities for the campaign
  • Tracking moves management
  • Researching current and prospective donors and providing background info (summary/strategy) to solicitor(s)
  • Monitoring acknowledgment and stewardship process
  • Grow operational funding with key responsibilities for both membership and annual giving
  • Work closely with the Chief Development Officer on grant writing, corporate giving, special campaigns and other development duties
  • Oversee fundraising components for the Conservancy’s three tent-pole events at the Conservancy: Annual Tree Planting (February/March), Cycle the Greenway (June) and Greenway Soirée (November)
  • Increase special event revenue through sponsorships, in-kind contributions, auction donations, ticket sales, peer-to-peer fundraising and registrations
  • Oversee volunteer committees and hold monthly committee meetings, especially as it relates to Conservancy’s special events
  • Contribute to weekly e-blast communications, social media content, annual report, newsletters, mailings and marketing materials
  • Attend board Development & Marketing Committee Meetings
  • Assist Chief Development Officer in all aspects of campaign with special emphasis on: 
  • Planning and implementing cultivation/recognition events and activities for the campaign
  • Tracking moves management
  • Researching current and prospective donors and providing background info (summary/strategy) to solicitor(s)
  • Monitoring acknowledgment and stewardship process

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or five to seven years’ experience in comparable job situation
  • Computer skills: database/CRM management, research tools, MS Office software (particularly Excel, Word, and PowerPoint a)
  • Knowledgeable about Memphis area philanthropic community
  • Experience in event planning and securing event sponsorships
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage relationships, meet goals, and articulate marketing message
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment

 

Physical Requirements*

  • Standing and/or sitting for long periods of time.
  • Continuous verbal communication, visual activity to effectively manage others.
  • Continuous manual dexterity to type, operate a computer, operate a phone. 
  • Occasional reaching, lifting, pushing and/or pulling up to 50 pounds.
  • Occasional outdoor work to visit events (educational and recreational programs and activities, service projects, etc.) and properties where good physical condition, vision and hearing are required to walk. Properties may or may not have developed trail systems and can consist of steep terrain.
  • Driving to sites requires use of personal vehicle (Note: mileage reimbursed).
  • Must be capable of working periodically in harsh environments as needed including, but not limited to cold, damp conditions, hot humid conditions, exposure to hazardous plants and animals such as poison ivy, venomous snakes, biting insects, and other natural hazards

*Note: Wolf River Conservancy, Inc. will modify these requirements to reasonably accommodate employees with disabilities.   

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person assigned to this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.