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Development Director

Global Gardens seeks an optimistic team player, skilled relationship builder, and seasoned fundraising event manager to join its leadership team in the role of full-time Development Director.

Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director (ED), the Development Director (DD) spearheads and manages all development efforts for Global Gardens in order to achieve annual fundraising goals. The DD is directly responsible for the creation and implementation of the annual development plan, with emphasis on major gifts, donor cultivation, stewardship, and event planning. As a member of the GG leadership team, the Development Director participates in strategic planning, organizational development, and budgeting initiatives. The DD works within the guidelines, policies and mission of Global Gardens.

Essential Responsibilities

  1. Works with the ED and Board development committee to create and execute Global Gardens’ annual development plan.
    1. Creates and maintains an annual development plan and calendar.
    2. Identifies strategies for increasing contributions and tracks their success.
    3. Reports to board on success of development strategies.
  2. Secures annual contributions and major gifts from individuals.
    1. Plans development strategy for year-end campaign, working in collaboration with Community Outreach team to execute campaign.
    2. Maintains list of major gift prospects and works with ED to plan and execute individualized approaches to donor cultivation.
    3. Works with the Development Committee to facilitate Board Member giving and leverage Board relationships for fundraising.
  3. Develops/maintains relationships with donors/prospects through cultivation and stewardship.
    1. Works with Board and ED to identify and engage donor prospects through face-to-face meetings, tours, and other year-round strategies.
    2. Manages donor appreciation and ensures timely execution.
    3. Designs and implements annual plan for prospect/donor touchpoints, including cards, emails, phone calls, and meetings.
    4. Manages giving society relationships and plans/executes giving society events.
  4. Directs two special events, the “Planting Futures” luncheon and “GLOW” evening fundraiser.
    1. Creates an annual timeline, meeting schedule, and work plan for each event.
    2. Works with Event Chairs, Committees and Event Planners to plan and execute events.
    3. Develops and manages gift tables and prospect lists for events.
    4. Communicates with donor prospects and supports/facilitates this communication for the ED and Event Committee members.
    5. Collaborates with the Community Outreach team to create printed materials and other media for events, and to promote community awareness.
    6. Manages vendor relationships and volunteer recognition.
  5. Assists Executive Director with identifying and cultivating grant prospects.
    1. Maintains knowledge of local grantmaking entities.
    2. Provides outreach to new foundation and corporate prospects.
    3. Engages corporate and foundation prospects on tours.
    4. Assists with grant submission and follow-up when needed.
  6. Oversees implementation of eTapestry and staff responsible for data entry and gift processing.
    1. Ensures that all information entered into e-Tapestry is accurate.
    2. Works with Administrative Coordinator to develop accurate reports for foundations, Executive Director, and Board of Directors.
    3. Develops, updates, and monitors timeliness of donor correspondence.

7)    Miscellaneous

  1. Represents Global Gardens in the community.
  2. Collaborates with the CO team to pursue PR opportunities and staff community events.
  3. Develops and implements fundraising strategies for new initiatives and special projects.
  4. Serves as agency speaker for TAUW campaign and other requests.
  5. Conducts internal TAUW campaign.
  6. Serves as liaison with The Advancement Group’s planned giving department.

Professional Qualifications

A Bachelor’s Degree and three years of experience with nonprofit fundraising are preferred. The Development Director will also possess the following demonstrated skills and qualities:

  • Creativity/Innovation: Develops new and unique ways to improve the finances of the organization and to create new opportunities.
  • Ethical Behavior: Understands ethical behavior and business practices; ensures own behavior is consistent with these standards and aligns with values of the organization.
  • Relationship Building: Establishes and maintains positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.
  • Effective Communication: Speaks, listens and writes in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
  • Focus on Donor Needs: Anticipates, understands, and responds to the needs of donors to meet or exceed their expectations within organizational parameters.
  • Teamwork: Works cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
  • Leadership: Positively influences others to achieve results that are in the best interest of GG.
  • Decision Making: Assesses situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and makes clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.
  • Organization: Sets priorities, develops a work schedule, monitors progress towards goals, and tracks details, data, information and activities.
  • Planning: Determines strategies to move the organization forward, sets goals, creates and implements action plans, and evaluates the process and results.
  • Multi-tasking: Manages multiple projects at the same time, with attention to details and quality.
  • Problem Solving: Assesses problem situations to identify causes, gathers/processes relevant information, generates possible solutions, makes recommendations and resolves the problem.
  • Cultural Sensitivity: Values and respects diversity and is open to learning, critical self-reflection, and inclusion of diverse perspectives in decision-making.
  • Confidentiality: Handles sensitive donor, participant, and organizational information with the utmost respect for privacy and confidentiality.

Global Gardens provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

To apply for this position, please send resume and cover letter to

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