Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.
The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC
The Donor Relations Manager (DRM) assists in the implementation of tactics for the ongoing cultivation of donors. They conduct initial exploratory meetings with donors and prospects to determine capacity for giving. The DRM provides ongoing opportunities for contact with past and current donors.
The Donor Relations Manager is responsible for the identification and qualification of major and planned gift prospects and assists in cultivating and soliciting donors through direct contact. The DRM will coordinate work with senior fundraisers. They will move prospects capable of gifts of higher amounts to the prospect pool for management by senior fundraising staff and integration into the Relationship Management process. They will work on a variety of activities including providing program information to prospects and drafting routine correspondence and acknowledgments. They will use the Conservancy's donor database to update donor information, produce reports, and track and cultivate donors. The DRM identifies the correct contacts to go to for information on gifts of assets. They will effectively communicate or distribute information to assist staff in making decisions, solving problems, and improving workflow.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
Act independently on assigned tasks and exercise independent judgment based on analysis and experience.
Annual fundraising goal of $100,000 or more, along with a goal for bequest notifications.
Coordinate projects with several variables, work within a defined timeline and budget.
Does not supervise any staff, but may supervise interns, volunteers and/or temporary staff.
Ensure compliance with TNC policies and procedures and external (donor/legal/IRS) requirements.
Financial responsibility includes working within a budget and meeting fundraising goals for local and worldwide conservation.
Manage a portfolio of 75 - 125 individual donors with the capacity to make a gift up to $10,000 once the portfolio is developed and be responsible for 75 - 125 visits and 225 - 375 moves annually.
Persuasively convey the mission of TNC to diverse groups who are important to the organization's overall prosperity.
Refers difficult questions and unusual problems to supervisors.
Travel at least 50%; occasional overnights.
Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements and minor physical exertion and/or strain.
Work is diversified and may not always fall under established practices and guidelines.
Work within scope of program's strategic goals.
Bachelor's degree and 2 years experience or equivalent combination.
Experience building relationships with staff, customers or similar.
Experience generating reports and interpreting the data.
Experience in business writing, editing, and proofreading.
Experience working across teams.
Experience, coursework, or other training in fundraising principles & practices.
Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
Ability to determine an individual's interests, capacity and potential for helping the Conservancy meet its goals, and act appropriately to tie those interests with the Conservancy's work.
Ability to implement individualized cultivation, solicitation and recognition plans.
AUTO SAFETY POLICY
This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers.
Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply to position number 47961, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 7, 2019.
Click "submit" to apply for the position or "save for later" to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited. Failure to complete required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration.
The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.
The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy's background screening process.