ABOUT US: The McHenry County Conservation District owns or manages over 25,540 acres of open land diverse with woodlands, prairies, wetlands, ponds, creeks, and rivers. Thirty-three sites are currently open to the public year-round featuring regional biking, hiking, multi-use, equestrian and snowmobile trails, picnic shelters, campsites, fishing areas, canoe/kayak launches, educational facilities and rare plant and animals.
Looking for a success driven individual to take the McHenry County Conservation Foundation to new heights in growing financial contributions and gift giving on behalf of the McHenry County Conservation District. This position is responsible for the oversight, planning and implementation of a comprehensive development program that secures significant financial and/or land resources from individuals, foundations, or corporations, that support District goals. Focus of the position is on major gift functions, with emphasis on establishing a planned-giving program. Principal gifts, donor prospecting and research, and special multi-year fundraising campaigns will also be managed by this position.
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Job responsibilities include: • Responsible for developing/defining the pool of prospective major donors. • Conceptualizes and designs annual and long-term comprehensive fundraising plans to implement and manage giving activities that ensure adequate funding for designated District programs. • Develops and oversees the methods and implementation of prospect cultivation strategies. • Develops individually tailored and detailed gift opportunities for potential major donors. • Develops and implements a Planned-Giving Program specifically targeted at individuals with the capacity to provide major gifts through wills, estates and trusts. • Prepares and administers the annual budget for the Foundation and Development office. • Prepares written proposals, solicitation appeals, reports and/or other specific development materials for use during donor cultivation and solicitation. • Develops and helps conduct strategic cultivation activities such as field trip meetings and special events for donors and prospects. Manages efforts in a way that maximizes efficiency and utilization. • Management of donor relations to include database management, fulfillment and recognition programs. • Participates in and facilitates the creation of District plans and goals as a member of the Leadership Team. • Directs the work of the McHenry County Conservation Foundation in consultation with the Executive Director. Identifies and cultivates prospective new members to serve on the Foundation board and stewards relationships with existing board members. • Identifies and writes major grants for various projects within the District. • Drives a motorized vehicle to travel to different locations. • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
QUALIFICATIONS: Qualifications for this position include, but not limited to: • Bachelor's degree in marketing, communications or related field. Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE or ACFRE) credentials preferred. A minimum of five (5) years development or related experience with the development function such as gift and pledge processing, prospect research, data and information management, financial management, donor recognition and accountability. Or equivalent combination of education and experience. • Expert knowledge of current and evolving trends in major gifts giving, solicitation and capital campaigns. • Proven success in asking for and closing major gifts ($1K, $5K-$25K-$50K) and building and maintaining long-term relationship with fundraising constituents such as major donors, foundations and corporations. • Broad working knowledge and effective understanding of the principle and practices of charitable gift planning, including techniques and methods accepted by the IRS, annual giving, special events and major gift fundraising. • Strong/proficient writing skills to prepare clear concise and effective correspondence, proposals and other documents. • High level of organization, energy, ambition and orientation to asking. • Possess good analytical skills to make strategic decisions based on analysis, wisdom, experience and judgment. • Knowledge of the region’s philanthropic community. • Knowledge and understanding of environmental issues and terminology used to describe open space, conservation, restoration, interpretive education and outdoor recreation. • Leadership abilities and comfort in working in a team environment and speaking before the general public. • A requirement of the job is occasional weekend and evening work to attend meetings and special events/programs.
CLOSING DATE: July 2, 2018, 12 Noon CST
APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED TO: Applicant must complete an online application located at www.mccdistrict.org.