Bloedel Reserve (Reserve) is looking for a dynamic, effective,
and collaborative Director of Development & Communications to
join our team and further advance our mission “to enrich
people’s lives through a premier public garden of designed and
natural Pacific Northwest landscapes.” The Reserve connects people
to nature through its key mission priorities of horticulture,
conservation, well-being, and creativity. With recent successes,
the Reserve has now raised $25,000,000 to complete its first
comprehensive fundraising campaign, which provided vital funding to
support mission delivery, capital projects, and endowment building.
The Reserve is serving a record number of guests, and new
membership sales and renewals continue to accrue at a healthy
Bloedel Reserve still has an eye on organizational
sustainability and is focused on completing key initiatives in
process, including funding remaining phases of the Environmental
Horticulture Center and an endowment for the Creative Residency
Program. The Reserve’s next phase of philanthropy will build on
recent success and create lasting impact by funding future phases
of the Reserve’s Master Plan and furthering new initiatives in
sustainability and inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.
Success will balance the needs for annual support, special
initiatives, and growing the endowments.
The scope of responsibilities will include creating, planning,
and implementing successful initiatives in major gifts, planned
giving, annual giving, and membership programs in partnership with
the Reserve’s President/CEO, Staff, and Board members. The
Director will manage the Development and Communications department
and assigned staff, including the development and implementation of
a philanthropy plan to guide future direction and strategies and
the selection and hiring of individuals to support the strategy.
About Bloedel Reserve
Bloedel Reserve is a 150-acre wonder of nature, created by the
imagination, vision, and a passionate love of the natural world
shared by our founders, Prentice and Virginia Bloedel. Working with
the rugged geography of the land, they artfully transformed a
rough-hewn Northwest forest into a harmonious series of curated
gardens, structural features, and distinctive landscapes. The
Reserve is on the north end of Bainbridge Island, a short 35 minute
ferry ride from downtown Seattle. We share the wonders of nature
with visitors from both around the world and close to home, through
unguided walks and targeted programs to support a connection with
nature, horticulture, and the environment.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Develops and implements creative and compelling initiatives and
strategies for identifying and engaging diverse constituencies and
expanding the donor base to meet Bloedel’s fundraising goals.
- Develops strategies for the identification, solicitation,
cultivation, stewardship, and growth of major gift donors.
- Manages a portfolio of leadership and major gifts donors,
including solicitation and gift completion.
- Creates and implements comprehensive strategic fundraising and
membership development plans to support annual and multi-year
institutional vision and goals. Assures effective planning
processes are established for strategy development, goal setting,
reporting, metrics, and evaluation of results.
- Develops compelling philanthropic cases for support aligned
with institutional vision and goals through the engagement of key
- Serves as the staff lead for Board Development Committee and
develops and supports Board engagement in donor development and
- Manages the performance of assigned staff, to include hiring,
developing, and evaluating. Exercises expertise in evaluating and
aligning development and communications functions and processes
needed to meet objectives.
- Builds and maintains strong collaborative relationships with
staff across the organization with a focus on strong partner
relationship with the Leadership Management Team (Director
colleagues) to advance development and membership initiatives in
accordance with the Master Plan.
- Develops and manages development, communications, and
membership program budgets.
- Represents Bloedel in speaking engagements at internal and
external events as appropriate.
- Ensures successful communications, public relations, and
marketing efforts in support of strategic and annual plans.
- Development Experience: five (5) years of
nonprofit philanthropy experience or equivalent. Brings progressive
thinking and understanding of development trends and best practices
in fundraising. Knowledge of all facets of Campaigns. Direct
experience in setting and implementing prospect/donor stewardship,
cultivation, and solicitation strategies. Proven major gift
solicitation skills and success.
- Leadership & Planning: proven track record
in building a culture of philanthropy. Significant strategic
planning experience and the ability to influence leadership and
mobilize stakeholders behind a vision and supporting plan.
- Relational & Collaborative: ability to
successfully develop and build relationships and strategic
alliances resulting in collaboration across the organization with
volunteers, staff, and board members.
- Building & Leading Teams: successful
experience building, developing, and leading a team, including
excellent facilitation skills and the ability to engage assigned
teams in the collective work and success of the group.
- Working with Board Members and Volunteers:
experience working with board members and volunteers; ability to
create appropriate avenues for their successful participation
infundraising strategy and activities, including the skills needed
to help volunteers identify and qualify new prospects.
- Communication: exceptional written and verbal
- Emotional intelligence: demonstrates the
ability to work in harmony at all levels, listen toand respect the
viewpoints of others, and share recognition.
- Education: undergraduate degree from a college
or university is preferred. Evidence ofcontinuing education through
a graduate degree, conferences, seminars, and workshops
infundraising techniques is a
- Demonstrated passion for horticulture, the arts, and/or
- Must pass background check
- Must comply with and maintain a smoke-free and drug-free work
Authority & Reporting
This position reports directly to the President / CEO and
oversees the Development & Communications Team, which is
comprised of Development Manager, Communications Manager, and
Development & Communications Coordinator. The Director of
Development & Communications is one of the Bloedel Reserve’s
most public faces and will be responsible for interacting with
volunteers, staff, and Board members every day.
Salary & Benefits
This is a full-time, exempt position. Starting salary is
$100,000 – 120,000 annually, depending on the candidate’s skills
The Reserve also offers a generous benefits package.
- Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance – 97% of the premiums
paid by the Reserve
- Life Insurance, Short-Term Disability, and Long-Term Disability
– 100% of the premiums paid by the Reserve
- Flexible Spending Accounts – Health Care, Dependent Care, and
- 401k Retirement Plan – discretionary 4% employer match after
one year of service
- Support for professional development and training
- Generous vacation and sick leave, plus 8 paid holidays, and 2
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choose Bloedel Reserve as the next step in your career, and details
your connection with or understanding of the experience and
benefits the Bloedel Reserve provides its visitors and