Position Description
Director of Development
Primary Location: Atlanta, GA

Position Summary

The Director of Development is an essential part of Georgia Audubon, providing leadership in the fundraising activities of the organization and on the senior management team. Georgia Audubon seeks a dynamic individual who will be responsible for creating the strategy and overseeing the implementation of development and fundraising efforts to raise between $1.5 and $2M annually. This position works closely with the executive director, program staff, board of directors, and communications team to sustain and expand the organization’s fundraising efforts. The Director of Development is a full-time position and reports to the executive director. 

Leadership and Management

The Director of Development leads fundraising activities to support the organization’s strategic plan and fundraising goal to significantly grow revenue over the next four years. Partnering with the Executive Director and the Board Development Committee, the Director sets annual fundraising goals, develops a fundraising strategy in alignment with the organization’s strategic plan, and manages efforts to secure funding for Georgia Audubon’s programs and operations. This position supervises, mentors, and trains development staff, volunteers and consultants and oversees staff managing Georgia Audubon’s membership and CRM database.

Fundraising and Stewardship

The Director takes responsibility for achieving annual and multi-year fundraising goals, while strategically expanding the organization’s fundraising capacity, designing, implementing and managing all fundraising activities, including relationships with foundations, individuals, and corporations.

The position will have a major gifts focus. The Director will work with staff to identify and research new foundations and corporations that will support the organization and our programs, targeting five and six-figure and multiyear funding opportunities. They will prepare and submit proposals, grant applications and maintain deadlines to meet goals and reporting requirements. The Director of Development will:

·       work with staff to manage and implement the giving circles and donor stewardship strategies to cultivate, track, acknowledge, and recognize donors

·       manage cultivation process for the engagement of major donors and other prospects by the executive director, or board members

·       launch strategies to establish and grow a planned giving program

·       maintain an annual development calendar with relevant dates for appeals, solicitations, applications, renewals, and stewardship reporting.

·       work with staff to create talking points and guiding questions for current and prospective funder meetings with the executive director, staff and volunteers 

·       conceptualize and implement an event in celebration of the organization’s 100th anniversary (slated for 2026), in collaboration with the communications team and marketing committee


Position Qualifications

·       Bachelor's degree with 6+ years of development and/or nonprofit experience required, including experience with institutional partnerships, grant writing/reporting, and major donor management.

·       Demonstrated ability to manage a portfolio of institutional and individual donor relationships, raising $500K+ annually, with target revenue growth year-over-year.

·       Proven track record of building relationships and closing five- and six-figure gifts from individuals and foundations.

·       Ability to build strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders, both in-person and virtually.

·       Experience building and managing relationships with institutional funders.

·       Proactive and organized with impeccable attention to detail. Must be able to work in a fast-paced multicultural environment, with demonstrated ability to handle multiple competing tasks and demands.

·       Excellent communication, interpersonal, and written communication skills. Ability to travel throughout Georgia to meet with donors and for events as needed.

·       Experience working with Neon or another CRM database a plus.

·       Additional duties as assigned or needed.


Status, Pay and Benefits

The successful candidate will be a full-time, 40-hour per week exempt employee, with occasional overtime, including some nights and weekends. ng pay will be commensurate with experience in the range of $70,000 - $90,000 annually, including paid time off. Benefits include generous PTO, retirement match, employer-paid health insurance, life insurance, disability, and cell phone stipend.


To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample in one PDF document to jobs@georgiaaudubon.org.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement

Georgia Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Just as bird diversity strengthens ecosystems, the diversity of human experiences, traditions, and viewpoints strengthen our conservation, education, and community engagement efforts. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization is a priority, and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status, or other status protected by law.

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