National Forest Foundation is pleased to offer a Development Associate position supporting our work in Southern California, particularly on the Angeles National Forest. The successful candidate will be primarily focused on fundraising but with a mix of conservation program implementation and running volunteer days with local communities.
The National Forest Foundation works with communities and organizations to conserve and enhance the watersheds, wildlife habitat and wild places across our 193-million-acre National Forest System.
The California Development Associate will work closely with the National Forest Foundation California Program Director focused primarily on fundraising and secondarily on program implementation. Duties will entail creating sustainable support of the Angeles National Forest Treasured Landscapes priority campaign site as well as developing funding, structure and community engagement for the Friends of the Angeles. Additional work in adjoining Southern California National Forests will be included as part of a regional strategy.
Working closely with donors, community non-profits and the Forest Service, the Associate will creatively network multiple resources, cause-related marketing, partners and capacity to ensure the long-term success of the California Program. The position provides opportunities to gain knowledge and experience in a broad spectrum of duties and responsibilities related to conservation management and grant-making.
The Associate will be responsible for the following:
Lead Southern California fundraising efforts including donor research, relationship development and tracking, proposal writing, stewardship fund development, donor research, event coordination and reporting;
Research, write and edit materials for print, email, press and online distribution to various National Forest Foundation constituencies, including regional audiences, donors, and corporate partners. Give talks to multiple audiences from partners, to Chambers of Commerce, agencies, general public and donors. Perform market research as needed.
Program Coordination: (20%)
Coordinate Southern California programs with oversight from the California Program director including partnership development, grant development and proposal review, project development and implementation; andVolunteer Events (10%)-Plan, schedule and lead Friends of the Forest® days to connect volunteer groups to restoration and stewardship projects on national forest lands.
Education and Qualifications:
The Foundation expects the Associate to possess the following educational and experiential qualifications:
Proven track record raising funds via multiple methods (e.g., cause-related marketing, proposals and campaigns) and sources (e.g., individuals, corporations and foundations);
Independence, innovation with multiple tasks and programs, willingness to take calculated risks and superior networking skills;
Experience with volunteer management;
At least 2 years' experience in the conservation and/or fundraising field;
Minimum of a B.A. or B.S. in ecology, forestry, resource economics, or related ecological and/or biological sciences.
Individuals with a successful track record with a conservation or environmental organization but educational background outside the ecological sciences will still be considered;
Excellent communication skills, particularly writing and editing;
Commitment to the mission of the National Forest Foundation;
Ability to speak a second language, particularly Spanish;
Experience and interest in conservation issues and nonprofit management required;
Knowledge of Los Angeles communities, institutions, donors and corporations; and
Demonstrated proficiency in common office software programs. Database management, web and other coding and innovative programs a plus.
Abilities and Skills:
National Forest Foundation expects the Associate to possess, or have a strong commitment to cultivating, the following abilities and skills:
Ability to represent the Foundation in a clear and professional manner through excellent written and oral communication, and interpersonal skills;
Ability to work well, and be flexible in, a team-oriented environment; and
A strong attention to detail.
Compensation: The National Forest Foundation offers an excellent compensation and benefits package. The salary for the successful candidate will be dependent on experience.
Please e-mail a cover letter, resume and 1 page writing sample as a single document in pdf or MS Word. Please make sure the e-mail has "NFF SOCAL ASSOCIATE" in the subject heading.
The National Forest Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates in this search.
Deadline: Wednesday, July 25, 2012
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