Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations

NJ Audubon Society | Bernardsville, New Jersey

Background

New Jersey Audubon is a privately supported, not-for profit, statewide membership organization. Founded in 1897, and one of the oldest independent Audubon societies.*

New Jersey Audubon is committed to connecting all people with nature and stewarding the nature of today for all people of tomorrow.

We will build and integrate our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion  and justice into our vision and mission, as well as our conservation priorities and organizational structure.

By celebrating New Jersey’s diversity as a strength and affirming everyone has a right to enjoy and conserve nature we are able to carry out our work with mindfulness and inclusivity.   Through reaching out beyond our centers to connect all people with nature where they live, work, and play, we endeavor to promote a greater understanding and respect for diversity and nature by all whose lives we touch.

Job Summary

The Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations (DCFR) has primary responsibility for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding businesses, corporations, civic groups, corporate and private foundations.  The DCFR is actively engaged in working to establish long-term partnerships and strengthen existing relationships with the corporate and foundation sector, as well as other key stakeholders, which will result in increased funding for the immediate and long-term goals of New Jersey Audubon.

Reports To

Vice President for Development and Communications

Responsibilities

Major Responsibilities:

  • Designing, implementing and managing a comprehensive proactive development plan focused on expanding and enhancing corporate and foundation giving including corporate sponsorship for NJA events and signature programs.
  • Proactively seeking opportunities to generate new proposals based upon foundation and corporate guidelines and interests.  Taking the lead with key staff to develop new approaches to foundations and corporations and coordinate these contacts to initiate the cultivation/fundraising process.
  • Identifying, researching, and developing cultivation and partnership strategies for emerging corporate and foundation prospects.
  • Cultivating and maintaining relations and strong communication ties with existing donors and prospects.
  • Managing foundation and corporate giving including grant writing and grant reporting.
  • Cultivating corporate volunteer opportunities in collaboration with center directors, serving as the lead contact with the corporate volunteer liaison to ensure an excellent volunteer experience.
  • Developing and maintaining strong working relationships with program staff in order to obtain information to craft funding proposals, updates, and compliance reports.
  • Advising staff and volunteers on corporate and foundation areas of interest and cultivation of corporation and foundation special requirements.
  • Compiling and maintaining current, accurate information about corporate and foundation donors and prospects utilizing the Raiser’s Edge software.  Maintains a rigorous schedule of contacts with corporate and foundation representatives, creating moves management plans, monitoring proposal deadlines, submissions and reporting due dates.
  • Coordinating the reporting and tracking of non-federal grants and contracts.
  • Works closely with the development team in responding to strategic institutional priorities as needed.
  • Works closely with the Stewardship team to identify prospective members for NJA Corporate Stewardship Council.
  • Help assure that membership trends and best practices are utilized to help position NJA ahead of funding changes.
  • Perform other general administrative duties as needed.

Qualifications

Qualifications/Knowledge/Skills:

  • Five or more years of paid professional experience in fund development for nonprofit organizations preferred, with an emphasis on grant writing and major gifts.
  • Demonstrated success in implementing effective major gift fundraising strategies involving corporate and foundation giving, including prospect research and a donor-centered approach to giving
  • A bachelor’s degree or relevant experience may be substituted for education.
  • Proven ability to research, investigate, and pursue funding opportunities.
  • The ability to draft compelling communications about the society’s work, whether in the context of a grant application, special appeal, or acknowledgment letter.
  • Ability to solicit support in a face-to-face meeting with corporate and foundation representatives.
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills essential.
  • Experience using Raiser’s Edge software is preferred.
  • Proficient Computer Skills - Microsoft Office 365 and web-based research tools.
  • Excellent organizational, time and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, shifting priorities and meet deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills with the ability to relate to and motivate a diverse range of people, exercise cultural competence and inclusion, and accept direction and constructive feedback
  • Motivated self-starter able to work independently in the execution of his or her responsibilities while collaborating with other people and organizations with the ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude
  • Strong professionalism and work ethic with the ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality
  • Flexibility to adjust hours to meet deadlines and needs of the organization, including availability to work occasional evenings and weekends and travel as needed.  This requires a reliable vehicle and a valid New Jersey Driver’s License.

Must be able to walk on uneven surfaces and be able to lift at least 25 pounds in order to participate 

Compensation

Commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Starting Date:  Immediate

Salary:  Commensurate with experience.

Application Deadline:  This position will remain open until filled.

Application:  Qualified applicants may apply by emailing resume with cover letter, sample writing (grant proposals, fundraising letters, etc.) and three professional references in a single pdf document, listing the job position in the subject line, to:  hr.development@njaudubon.org

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