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Advancement Officer, Wildlife Conservation

Born Free USA
Maryland, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Feb 19, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Animal Protection
Employment Type
Full Time
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Born Free USA, an international wildlife conservation and animal protection nonprofit organization, seeks a seasoned fundraising professional with experience in cultivating major gifts to support the organization’s operational income and restricted projects. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual experienced in the animal welfare or conservation space to help achieve the organization’s ambitious advancement strategy.

Reporting to the Director of Development and with collaboration from colleagues, this position will be working to identify and cultivate prospective donors and develop strategies to increase their level of giving and engage more fully with the organization.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Manage an existing portfolio of major and mid-level gift donors, focusing on retention and upgrading.
  • Research and qualify prospective donors via wealth screening tools, phone calls, and in-person conversations.
  • Help develop and execute three-year strategy for major and capital campaign gifts.
  • Conduct thank you calls, virtual and in-person visits, and provide personal acknowledgements and updates.
  • Create compelling donor communications including personal letters, appeals, proposals, and campaigns.
  • In coordination with colleagues, help plan, engage speakers and sponsors, and execute and attend all fundraising events.
  • Identify and cultivate donors and corporate sponsors for capital projects.
  • In coordination with fundraising, communications, and program colleagues, develop stewardship materials to attract and retain donors.
  • Maintain accurate records in database to ensure all interactions and insights are documented.

Required Skills and Experience

  • At least three years of major gift solicitation experience.
  • A proven record of success in building relationship with individuals and securing major gifts.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience working in animal welfare or conservation.
  • Understanding of best practices for donor cultivation and acknowledgment.
  • Experience creating and adhering to fundraising budgets.
  • Ability to draft and edit personal communications, magazine articles, and technical reports for donors.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Experience with Donor Perfect and Donor Search or other CRM and wealth screening applications.
  • An understanding and appreciation of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Desired Attributes

  • An infectious passion for animals and the environment.
  • Alignment with and ability to represent Born Free USA’s values and ethics.
  • Creative and strategic thinking skills.
  • Ability to proactively develop initiatives and proposals to engage donors and prospects.
  • Collaborative team player with a keen sense of diplomacy and discretion.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with a wide range of people and personalities.
  • Professional demeanor with a high degree of personal initiative and accountability.
  • Respect for and understanding of cultural differences. International experience a plus, but not required.
  • Ability to complete tasks independently, on time, and at a high level of accuracy.

This is a full-time exempt position. The role will be remote, although welcome to use the headquarters office in Silver Spring if in the DC area or when traveling. This position requires collaboration with colleagues in various times zones. Primary working hours will be based on location, but candidates must be willing to be flexible and accommodating with other hours when needed. Occasional evenings and weekends will be required. Travel within the United States (dependent on COVID-related restrictions or other safety concerns) will be required.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Born Free USA offers a benefits package that includes health insurance, 401K with employer matching, and paid time off.



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