DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
Full-time: 40 hours per week
The Director of Development and Communications is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all of the Hitchcock Center’s fundraising including, the major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving, special events and capital campaigns. This position would also manage overall communications and oversee the development and execution of public relations, communications strategies, and initiatives across the organization. The Director works closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors in all development, fundraising and communications endeavors.
● Meet prospective donors and supporters on a continual basis to establish effective communications with them
● Oversee grant seeking including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements
● Direct and oversee the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, programming, newsletters, brochures, and the Hitchcock Center’s website and social media presence.
● Grow a major gifts program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors
● Build the planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts such as bequest expectancies
● Direct the annual fund program, including mailings and annual fundraising drives
● Direct capital campaigns and other major fundraising drives
● Coordinate fundraising special events
● Oversee prospect research
● Work closely with the Executive Director and Board of Directors
● Supervise the Development and Communications Coordinator
● Make public appearances/accept speaking engagements to share information about the Hitchcock Center with the community
● Participate in Board Development Committee meetings
● Oversee fundraising database and tracking/reporting systems
● Collaborate with other staff in identifying fundraising needs.
● Oversee creation of publications to support fundraising activities
● Oversee gift recognition programs
● Demonstrate professional conduct at all times
● Perform other related duties as requested
● Must embrace the mission to educate and inspire action for a healthy planet
● Strong interpersonal and writing skills
● Have knowledge and experience in fundraising and communication techniques, particularly major gift fundraising
● Possess the skills to work with and motivate staff, board members and other volunteers
● Have the desire to get out of the office and build external relationships
● Be a “self-starter” and goal driven to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls
● Be organized and exhibit “follow through” on tasks and goals
● Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense and good listening ability
● A bachelor’s degree
● 5 years minimum of increasing professional fundraising and communication experience
SALARY/BENEFITS: Range $ 56,160 - $ 62,400
Competitive/commensurate with experience and other qualifications.
E-mail resume and cover letter to the Hitchcock Center: email@example.com. Position will remain open until filled.
ABOUT THE HITCHCOCK CENTER
The Hitchcock Center for the Environment, founded in 1962, connects people with nature and encourages a deeper bond with the natural world that sustains us all. Through educational programs that offer a particular focus on children, the Center helps to develop a community that understands connections among human health, ecosystems and economies. Our mission is to educate and to inspire action for a healthy planet. We envision a world where people, communities and ecosystems thrive.
We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to adapting our operations and programs to create a relevant, meaningful, and inclusive culture where all are welcomed, supported, and engaged. This includes increasing the diversity of our Board, staff, and volunteers to be responsive to the communities we serve.