Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center is seeking a dynamic,
results-oriented fundraising professional to fill the newly created
position of Director of Individual Giving. This person
will have the unique opportunity of joining Eagle Bluff’s growing
Advancement team as the organization builds on the success of its
40+ year history of environmental education and experiential
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Individual
Giving will employ best practices and industry knowledge to broaden
and deepen Eagle Bluff’s base of individual support: growing our
annual fund by developing and implementing proven strategies;
creating and implementing planned, legacy, and leadership giving
societies; and deepening our relationships with individuals by
maintaining a personal portfolio of donors.
The Director of Individual Giving will be a key member of Eagle
Bluff’s Advancement team which also includes the Executive Director
and the Marketing Director. Collectively, this group shapes and
implements Eagle Bluff’s development initiatives—with additional
support provided by its Board of Directors.
This position has the option for a hybrid work model which can
include working from home for a portion of the week and onsite at
Eagle Bluff in Lanesboro, MN. Within this flexible approach, we
anticipate the person in this position will work onsite on average
1-2 days a week.
- Oversee annual fund
As a member of the Advancement team,
design and implement an annual development plan; establish
fundraising goals for the organization including specific
objectives and strategies for growing individual giving.
Implement an annual work plan to
achieve individual-giving goals, including:
- New and existing donor engagement strategies to
increase funding from current and lapsed donors, with a keen focus
on moving donors up the giving ladder.
- Build and manage relationships with prospects and donors
through personalized cultivation and outreach efforts including
in-person meetings, event invitations, and regular communication
and acquisition/stewardship efforts.
- Identify and create cultivation strategies for top
prospects; implement these strategies in conjunction with the
Executive Director and Board of Directors.
In conjunction with the Marketing
Design and implement a streamlined
digital communications program, incorporating key development
strategies and messages.
Create and manage direct mail and
Coordinate regular donor
communications, including but not limited to quarterly donor
newsletters, email and digital correspondence, annual reports, and
Evaluate and, as appropriate, adjust
fundraising activities on an ongoing basis.
- Plan and implement special
In conjunction with the Advancement
team, increase donor engagement and cultivation through regular
events (annual fundraising banquet, donor appreciation gatherings,
Work with internal departments and
external vendors to create successful events; train and supervise
event staff and volunteers.
Oversee the design and implementation
of an annual fundraising banquet:
Co-lead (with the Advancement team) a
banquet committee made up of board, staff, and community
Coordinate securing live and/or
silent auction items, selling tickets, and other event fundraising
Manage volunteers and act as the lead
for the banquet.
- Support and advance the organization’s
comprehensive advancement initiatives.
Develop an understanding of Eagle
Bluff’s programs, initiatives, and needs.
Co-chair the Board Advancement
Committee and other committees as needed.
Maintain an active presence in the
community via attending chamber of commerce events, networking
activities and mixers, civic organizations, and other opportunities
to engage with current and prospective donors.
As applicable, work together with
Board committees and consultants to manage capital or other special
Provide consistently prompt, friendly
customer service to all stakeholders.
Manage the Fundraising expense
Attends weekly leadership team
Attend quarterly board
Performs additional work as assigned
by the Executive Director.
Bachelor’s degree with minimum three years of experience.
The successful applicant will embrace working in a highly
collaborative environment at a growth minded organization, who is
ready to commit to taking Eagle Bluff’s fundraising to a new
Dynamic interpersonal skills with
ability to effectively engage key prospects and current
Demonstrated ability to cultivate
relationships with major donors that result in five-plus figure
Excellent written and verbal
Strong strategic thinking skills, and
efficient, timely plan execution.
Ability to work and thrive in a team
Flexibility and enthusiasm to refine
and enhance current systems and operations.
Well organized and able to meet goals
Must clear background
Bachelor’s degree with minimum three years of experience in
not-for-profit fundraising or management preferred.
Experience working on a capital or
other special campaign
Communication, detecting, traversing, and operating skills are
needed. The physical demands of this job will vary but typically
Remaining stationary for extended
periods of time while using a computer
Constant movement and use of limbs
including but not limited to typing, bending, pushing, and
Frequent communication (speaking and
hearing) and information exchange on phones, in-person, and
occasionally over radio.
Frequently uses standard office
equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets,
and fax machine.