Development – General, Donor Relations/Stewardship, Special Events
4 Year Degree
The Development Officer will have day-to-day responsibility for the operation of the Development Department of the Wildlife Center of Virginia and will lead and manage a team of three colleagues [a Development Associate, a part-time Fundraising Coordinator, and a part-time Special Projects Coordinator]. The Development Officer works closely with and reports to the Center’s Executive Vice President.
The Wildlife Center is a non-profit organization; the Center’s budget for 2021 totals about $1.7 million. The Center relies primarily on contributions from individuals [an active donor-base of about 3,000 individuals], as well as foundation/corporate grants, proceeds from an annual Gala, and bequest revenue. The Center is also currently pursuing The Great Rebuild, a $300,000+ project to repair/replace a number of outdoor treatment enclosures.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Development Officer’s responsibilities include:
Leading the development staff in the formulation and implementation of a variety of fundraising activities, including:
Solicitation of contributions from individuals, through mailed appeals, online campaigns, special events, etc.;
In partnership with the Vice President for Outreach and Education, identification and pursuit of online giving opportunities and campaigns;
Preparation and distribution of the Center’s Annual Report, Caring for Critters brochure, other special publications;
Identification, cultivation, and solicitation of foundations, corporations, workplace-giving programs, and other grant sources;
Planning and management of the Center’s annual Fall Fundraising Gala [traditionally an in-person event, held online in 2020 and 2021];
Planning and management of additional donor-related events, including special open-house tours, Bald Eagle releases, etc.;
Cultivating relationships with existing and potential donors, with regular contact and in-person meetings both away from and at the Center; connecting potential and current donors with the President and other key staff;
In partnership with the Vice President for Outreach and Education, use of the Center’s website and social media for donor cultivation and solicitation;
Timely processing and acknowledgement of all donations; management of the Center’s donor list.
Assisting President, Executive Vice President and other Development staff in creation and effective implementation of annual fundraising and revenue targets and long-range fundraising plans;
Supporting Center staff in other special events throughout the year, such as the Call of the Wild conference and open houses;
Collaborating with other departments to communicate vital projects and funding opportunities with donors;
Other activities to advance the Center’s revenue and to advance the effective and efficient operation of the development department.
Bachelor’s degree and relevant professional experience, especially in development, event planning, marketing, sales, or business management
Experience with Microsoft software and a willingness to learn ABILA donor database
Experience with online media, communications, and fundraising
Experience in special-event planning
Demonstrated experience in effective development communication
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Outgoing personality and highly organized workstyle
Ability to motivate and engage volunteers, donors, and staff in planning and presenting fundraising events
Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and accomplish established goals
Ability to organize and advance multiple projects simultaneously
Must be reliable, responsible, enthusiastic, and adaptive
Flexibility in work schedule – able and willing to work occasional evenings and weekends
Willing to travel – visiting donors and holding occasional special events across Virginia
Able to work calmly under pressure, and in a busy office environment.
Commitment to wildlife, conservation, and the environment
Ability to work as a team player, and willing to share an office with one or more people
Professional appearance and demeanor
Additional Salary Information: The Wildlife Center will consider candidates with a range of experiences, including both those who may be early in their careers as well as more seasoned professionals. Compensation will be commensurate with credentials and experience.
About Wildlife Center of Virginia
The Wildlife Center of Virginia was formed in 1982 to provide quality healthcare, often on an emergency basis, to native wildlife. The Wildlife Center is a hospital for native wildlife, teaching the world to care about and to care for wildlife and the environment.