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Development Manager

Development Manager

 

Location: Okemos (Lansing area), Michigan

Reports to: Executive Director

Supervises: shares some supervisory duties of the Communications & Marketing Coordinator and Operations Manager with the Executive Director

Status: Full Time; Exempt

Classification: Salaried

Michigan Audubon offers a generous benefits package including full health benefits, a 401K match, family and vacation leave, and professional development opportunities.

OVERVIEW

Michigan Audubon seeks a dynamic, experienced, proactive nonprofit development leader to take our fundraising efforts to new heights. Working with a supportive Executive Director and a talented staff, the Development Manager will lead our work on major gifts, strategic and planned giving, oversee our membership and grants management, and capital campaigns, as well as develop the board of directors’ capacity to engage in fundraising and development activities.

Essential Functions

  • Lead organizational fundraising strategy and execution through development planning, implementing tactics, and overseeing day-to-day tasks and development staff.
  • Identify top major donor prospects and work closely with the Executive Director to execute a thoughtful stewardship strategy.
  • Steward major donors through regular meetings and interactions.
  • Build and oversee a planned giving program.
  • Develop appropriate communications and miscellaneous donor materials (brochures, promotional materials, appeals, and online content) in alignment with conservation, education, and research strategies for the organization.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive annual giving program to achieve revenue goals and growth at all levels of annual giving.
  • Supervise and support staff members who manage membership, grants, and gifts processing, ensuring efficient operations and collaboration with relevant staff and advisors.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of fundraising initiatives and bring forward new ideas and approaches for fundraising and stewardship.
  • Serve as staff liaison to the development efforts of the board.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree, as well as a minimum of 5 years’ experience running a successful annual giving program, cultivating and closing individual gifts, developing donor strategies and stewarding donors. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
  • Understanding of, and experience with, effective fundraising pipeline development.
  • Experience and demonstrated success leading fundraising strategies and activities in a nonprofit organization, including major donor cultivation, grants, and planned giving.
  • Ability to represent Michigan Audubon’s mission and goals with the highest professional standards.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity in handling confidential information.
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues to integrate development and build a culture of philanthropy across the organization.
  • Experience managing capital campaigns.
  • Experience with reporting from donor/event databases, as well as comfort with research tools and developing donor profiles.
  • Stellar project management skills required – ability to take a project from concept to completion in a determined period of time within a determined budget. Experience using project management software (e.g., Asana) is a plus.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, Gmail, and Google Drive programs. CRM experience highly preferred.
  • A self-starter, one who is able to work independently in a fast-paced environment, manage multiple projects simultaneously, can prioritize workload, and ensure deadlines are met. Also a team player who works collaboratively with others; has strong judgment and decision making skills and a positive, proactive work ethic and attitude.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; understanding of person-to-person relationships and ability to convincingly articulate needs and goals that motivate potential donors to make gifts and existing donors to make bigger gifts. Ability to interact with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders, such as Board members and colleagues at all levels of the organization also important.
  • A flexible approach to work, with the willingness to work some evenings and weekends and travel for events when necessary.
  • Ability to travel throughout Michigan up to 20% of time as needed.
  • Commitment to conservation and the mission of the Michigan Audubon.

How to Apply

Submit resume, cover letter, three to five relevant work samples, and contact information for three professional references in a single PDF document to hgood@michiganaudubon.org by February 15, 2019, at 11:59 PM EDT. Please indicate “Development Manager” in the subject line. Applicant review will continue until the position is filled. No phone calls or follow-up emails about this position, please.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Michigan Audubon is committed to recruiting, selecting, and retaining the best employees by affording equal employment opportunity to all individuals. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.

About Michigan Audubon

Michigan Audubon is a statewide conservation organization founded in 1904 and based in Okemos, Michigan. Michigan Audubon has a network of 41 local chapters and owns 18 bird sanctuaries throughout the state. We own and operate Whitefish Point Bird Observatory as a program, and conduct programming, advocacy, outreach, and stewardship on behalf of birds and their habitats throughout Michigan. Michigan Audubon’s mission is to connect birds and people for the benefit of both through conservation, education, and research programs.

 

Operations Manager

Operations Manager

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CLASSIFICATION: Full-time

WAGE CATEGORY: Exempt

REPORTS TO: Executive Director, Michigan Audubon

LOCATION: Okemos, Michigan

HOURS: 8:30 am – 5 pm, Monday-Friday

Michigan Audubon offers a generous benefits package including full health benefits, a 401K match, family and vacation leave, and professional development opportunities.

Position Summary:

The Operations Manager promotes efficient office and organizational management that supports team success and the achievement of the organization’s mission, programs, and strategic plans in coordinating and effectively managing the day to day operations in our Okemos headquarters office.

Equal Key Functions:

Applicants demonstrating diverse professional backgrounds with experience leading in all or most of the following areas will be given first preference for interviews:

Office/Administrative Support

  • Oversee and enhance administrative systems that will allow for efficiency and smooth functioning of operations throughout Michigan Audubon. Ensure compliance with Michigan Audubon policies and procedures.
  • Support the Executive Director and staff with board activities. Coordinate logistics for the Michigan Audubon board and committee meetings. Communicate meeting details, assemble and edit meeting agendas and packets. Maintain board meeting minutes and records.
  • Assist in overseeing and providing support to Communications & Marketing efforts of the office, including writing occasional press releases, social media posts, emails to members, and other projects as needed and requested by the Executive Director and/or CMC.
  • Provide general office management and support the team, the organization, its programs and sites as needed.
  • Serve as a point of contact for HR systems and procedures; ensure background checks are completed on all volunteers and new hires; verify citizenship status; monitor staff members’ compliance of HR processes.
  • Support the hiring, evaluating, supervising, and strategic growth planning of paid staff (including seasonal contractors and resident managers).

Financial Processes Oversight and Support

  • Coordinate the annual budget process. Independently prepare and summarize periodic budget reports for multiple programmatic accounts. Work alongside staff to review expenses and develop recommendations for adjustments and new projections.
  • Manage the monthly revenue and expense report requirements for Michigan Audubon. Manage program’s restricted, reserve, and capital accounts by reconciling as needed and managing transfers. Meet with the treasurer monthly to review financial activities of the organization.
  • Oversee payroll; accounts payable and receivable. Maintain effective and accurate financial controls and accounting systems and ensure compliance with Michigan Audubon financial policies and procedures.
  • Assist the director in compiling and presenting board financial reports.

Project Management & Executive Assistance

  • Support the Executive Director in an executive administrative capacity.
  • Negotiate with independent contract vendors to help finalize agreements in accordance with Michigan Audubon policies. 
  • Serve as primary point of contact for Whitefish Point Bird Observatory contracted field staff and gift shop staff.
  • Assist in overseeing grant management for Michigan Audubon projects. Maintain grant financial files/records and provide guidance and support to Executive Director and staff in the preparation of program financial components of grant reports, ensuring compliance with grant terms. Work as needed with staff to coordinate all audit activities in regards to government grants.

Outreach, Events, & Community Engagement

  • Support Michigan Audubon events and program activities by assisting with facility logistics, food arrangements, invitations, name tags, signage, and evaluations.
  • When applicable and as requested by the Executive Director, travel outside the organization (events, programs, institutions, etc.) to support program activities and promote the mission of Michigan Audubon.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree with five years of relevant experience preferred.   
  • Proven ability to set and manage priorities (for self and for projects), handle multiple assignments and effectively meet deadlines while operating in a flexible, professional, positive, well-organized manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain high level of confidentiality and exercise discretion and judgment in managing projects and handling requests for information.
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to be flexible and responsive to organizational and staff needs.
  • Proven record in project management, including managing budgets, overseeing grants, office management, reporting in the nonprofit sector, etc.  
  • Support projects and platforms across the organization, helping to both create and maintain projects, assign tasks when needed, update progress, and keep team members on track.
  • Work independently with minimal supervision, serving as the full-time office management presence and as primary assistant and support to the Executive Director.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills and be a team player.
  • Strong organizational and relationship building skills with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Self-motivated, dedicated to accomplishing tasks, able to take initiative and creatively solve problems while maintaining strong communication with staff and other stakeholders with an enthusiastic, professional demeanor.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite.
  • Proficiency with CRMS such as Neon strongly preferred.

Compensation: Salary will be commensurate with experience; $32,000-42,000 annually.

How to Apply:

Submit resume, cover letter, three-five relevant work samples, and contact information for three professional references in a single PDF document to hgood@michiganaudubon.org by February 18, 2019, at 11:59 PM EDT. Please indicate “Operations Manager” in the subject line. Applicant review will continue until the position is filled. No phone calls or follow-up emails about this position, please.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Michigan Audubon is committed to recruiting, selecting, and retaining the best employees by affording equal employment opportunity to all individuals. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.

About Michigan Audubon

Michigan Audubon is a statewide conservation organization founded in 1904 and based in Okemos, Michigan. Michigan Audubon has a network of 41 local chapters and owns 18 bird sanctuaries throughout the state. We own and operate Whitefish Point Bird Observatory as a program, and conduct programming, advocacy, outreach, and stewardship on behalf of birds and their habitats throughout Michigan. Michigan Audubon’s mission is to connect birds and people for the benefit of both through conservation, education, and research programs.

 

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