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Development Manager, Land Conservation Industry

Santa Lucia Conservancy
California, United States
$95,000.00 - $110,000.00
Closing date
Jun 11, 2024

The Development Manager is responsible for identifying and researching individuals, foundations, corporations/businesses, and public agencies for potential funding opportunities; developing, writing, submitting, and tracking compelling appeals and grant proposals; creating and maintaining strong positive relationships with current and prospective funders and supporters; and overseeing accurate funder/gift data with associated pipeline and reports using the Little Green Light CRM; and supporting annual funder/supporter cash flow budgeting.

The Development Manager supervises the Communications and Outreach Coordinator, co-supervises the Executive Assistant along with the Executive Director, and works directly with finance and program staff to assure effective grant administration.

Primary Responsibilities

Major and Planned Gifts from Individuals (40%)

Manages major giving and planned giving. Responsible for overall strategy and execution, long range planning, donor relations, and data management:

  • Create and execute a strategy for a large, sustained base of individual donors.
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors.
  • Maintain donor base and CRM using Little Green Light and Donor Search.
  • Create and maintain donor portfolios.
  • Make direct solicitations to prospective donors; support Executive Director with solicitations.
  • Work with Communications and Outreach Coordinator to send mailings.
  • Make and track acknowledgement of gifts and donations.

Public Agency, Foundations (Private & Family) and Corporate Grants (40%)

  • Identify and research public agencies, private foundations, and corporations for potential funding opportunities:
    • Create and maintain a fundraising pipeline that classifies all foundation/public agency donors and prospects by program interest and type of support; and outlines a medium-term grants work plan.
    • Investigate program guidelines and previous giving history for all prospects; and qualify them according to opportunities, needs, and existing or potential relationships; analyze and track whether Conservancy programs qualify for funding from each prospect and why.
    • Identify and assure implementation of appropriate recognition for corporate and business sponsors.
  • Seek funding through targeted solicitations:
    • Work with staff to understand program strategies and identify, research, and pursue funding opportunities aligned with those priorities.
    • Coordinate overall foundation, public agency and corporate funding strategy in partnership with conservation, stewardship and communications staff.
    • Assist staff in creating and/or implementing program evaluation frameworks that leverage and demonstrate program effectiveness and help sustain grant support.
    • Develop, write, submit, and track effective/compelling grant proposals.
  • Oversee grant management and stewardship of funder relationships:
    • Identify and assure implementation of appropriate recognition for foundation and agency supporters.
    • Notify finance and program staff when new grants are received, and work with finance and program staff to assure effective grants administration.
    • Coordinate with program staff to monitor grant commitments to ensure timely completion of deliverables.
    • Utilize Moves Management techniques and CRM database to assure timely and coordinated prospect/funder cultivation and relationship-building by a variety of staff.
    • Maintain SLC’s grant/contract reporting calendar, send notices of upcoming reports and prepare and/or support staff in preparing grant and contract reports.
    • Develop, draft, and produce progress reports for funders, elevating key achievements relative to funder priorities for relevant SLC program activities.

Program Oversight and Administration (20%)

  • Work with Executive Director to develop and execute Conservancy’s annual and capital fundraising campaigns.
  • Manage the implementation of Donor Search and Little Green Light and oversee staff responsible for data entry and gift processing.
  • Develop and track proposals and reports for individuals, foundations, and agencies.
  • Develop effective working relationships with donors, volunteers, government and foundation representatives, and others to nurture their connection with the organization.
  • Oversee and assist with the planning and execution of special events in support of fundraising efforts.
  • Coordinate placement of advertisements.
  • Develop effective working relationships with donors, volunteers, government and foundation representatives and others to nurture their connection to the organization
  • Occasional administrative support for the Executive Director.

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