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Development Director - Oakland, CA HQ

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location California - America North
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 25/04/2011
Company Name Alliance for Climate Education
Contact Name Ms. Sam McKelvie
Telephone No phone calls please.
Website Further Details / Applications
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IMPORTANT:  This Advertiser has requested that applicants MUST be National Residents / Valid Work Permit-holders.  Other applicants need not apply.


What we need: A dynamic, capable Development Director who will raise significant revenue for theorganization.

The Organization: ACE :: Alliance for Climate Education ACE is a national nonprofit dedicated toeducating America's high school students about the science behind climate change and inspiring them to do something about it—while having fun along the way. We’re based in Oakland, CA, with satellite offices in Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, North Carolina, Houston, Washington D.C., New York, and Boston.  

ACE offers a powerful mission, a spirit of innovation and a fast-paced environment that focuses on
accountability and results. In just two years, ACE educators throughout the country have reached over800K students. This increased knowledge has led to increased action, and we have already seencountless change agent stories. Think of what’s possible if we can reach the 22 million high schoolstudents in America. Unlike an investment in a candidate or legislative agenda, an investment in ourprogram pays a guaranteed dividend. At a minimum, we educate students at the moment they areforming lifelong impressions and behaviors. And in many cases, they unleash leaders that empowerchange – unleashing a new generation of climate leaders that will drive our country forward across allindustries.

Roles and Responsibilities:

The Development Director will lead all aspects of the fundraising function. The primary role is to designand drive development efforts to meet a near-term annual revenue goal of $3M (with a view of doublingrevenue within three years) for the national office and support and expand the overall fundraisingcapacity of regions from a variety of sources including foundations, corporations, individuals,government, and events. Working closely with the Senior Management Team, this individual will ensure that fundraising strategies align with the goals and direction set forth in the strategic plan and guarantee financial sustainability for the organization while managing a strong fundraising team to ensure the tactical implementation of all strategies.  

Specific Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and the Senior Management Team to expand and implement an ongoing development plan that supports the strategic growth of the organization.
  • Initiate, cultivate, manage, and steward relationships with the organization’s portfolio of foundation, corporate, and individual donors.
  • Strategically leverage the time of the ED and other senior leaders to support aggressive fundraising targets, including developing the capacity of the Board to support development goals.
  • Lead and supervise development team in the effective implementation of a variety of fundraising activities, including preparation of high-quality proposals, grant reports and donor communications, execution of fundraising events, and implementation of the annual appeal.
  • Work collaboratively with the ED to develop and execute a comprehensive corporate engagement strategy, including sponsorship opportunities.
  • Design and support regional development strategies to strengthen local efforts.
  • Design and deliver reports that engage and inform members of the Senior Management Team and the Board of Directors in the work and progress of the development function. 
  • Oversee financial reporting – maintain accurate accounting of all income and its sources and donor acknowledgement.
  • Collaborate internally on special projects and provide leadership as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated success building and leading the development function in fast-paced, entrepreneurial nonprofit organizations; experience with national, multi-site organizations preferred.
  • Substantial experience designing and implementing comprehensive fundraising plans for all funding streams including major gifts, corporate, foundation, and annual giving with successful track record of raising funds at the $2M+ level annually; knowledge of government funding and capital campaigns is a plus.
  • Excellent leadership, strategy, management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to effectively engage senior staff and Trustees in solicitation and cultivation activities.
  • Commitment to ACE’s mission, vision and strategic direction and a solid connections within the climate science, environmental and/or youth environmental movement a plus.
  • Exceptional communication skills, with proven ability to write effectively and speak persuasively and an ability to listen to and learn from others with a sense of inquisitiveness.
  • Intellectual agility, high professional standards, and demonstrated ability to think strategically and execute on multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Ability to manage a variety of team members and projects simultaneously.
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Calendar, Documents, and Spreadsheets.
  • Minimum of 5 years of direct corporate or foundation fund raising experience.

Reporting Relationship:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Director manages the activities of development staff.  

 Full-time position, 40 hours per week
Salary: The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and expertise, plus generous medical and dental benefits, 403b retirement plan and vacation leave.
Start Date: Immediately
Deadline: Open until filled
Location: Oakland, CA  

To Apply:
 Please send your resume and cover letter to Ms. Sam McKelvie: sam.mckelvie(at)climateeducation.org.  

Please include salary requirements in your cover letter. No phone calls please. Candidates may be subject to background checks. We value and respect the diverse viewpoints and individual differences of 
all people. ACE is an equal opportunity employer and encourages everyone interested and meets requirments to apply.

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