Director of Donor Relations and Development (Community Foundation)
About the Opportunity
If you are a mission and values-driven, engaging, entrepreneurial, and highly motivated fundraiser with superb communications, storytelling, and organizational skills, Humboldt Area Foundation needs you to join our Advancement and Philanthropic Innovation team! As Director of Donor Relations and Development, you will be responsible for the care and maintenance of relationships with regional donors, creating and implementing a strategic donor cultivation and development plan, and fostering a world-class donor experience through exceptional donor stewardship. An experienced leader focused on donor engagement and cultivation, you bring proactive customer service skills alongside a deep understanding of the myriad of issues that underserved communities face in our region, and the ability to articulate those issues to donors while building and maintaining strong relationships.
In this role, you will provide expertise, direction, and support to regional donors, including planned giving, new fund and legacy creation, while promoting the work and values of the foundation. You will be part of the Foundation’s leadership team, and will supervise donor related staff and volunteers.
Humboldt Area Foundation is a place-based organization, seeking candidates who are planning to live in our four-county service area. We are happy to consider non-local candidates; if you are not currently located in Humboldt, Trinity, Del Norte, or Curry county, please include in your cover letter an explanation of your interest in potentially relocating.
A successful candidate is expected to have a Bachelor’s degree and eight (8) years of progressively responsible work experience developing long-term customer/client/donor relationships, leading to the knowledge, skills, and abilities as described above. Preferred qualifications include a Master’s Degree and/or 10+ years demonstrated experience in donor relations, stewardship, and service offerings.
A truly outstanding candidate has experience and knowledge of the full spectrum of fund development, including planned giving, gift solicitations, stewardship, donor recognition, and administration, and a verified track record of meeting or exceeding measurable fundraising goals in a fast-paced environment. Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge of and experience/relationships within our four-county region and diverse communities. Proficiency with Raiser’s Edge software is helpful, as is experience with legal and regulatory compliance issues related to community foundations and nonprofit grant making. Bilingual proficiency of one or more languages spoken in our four-county region is a strong plus.