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Director of Development Operations

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Sectors Terrestrial / Aquatic Ecology & Conservation

Location District of Columbia - America North
Town/City Washington, DC
Salary Additional Information We offer a very competitive salary and benefits package, including a pension plan
Salary Range Dependent on Experience
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 02/11/2008
Company Name Wilderness Society
Contact Name HR
Email Kelly_White@tws.org
Website Further Details / Applications
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The Director of Development Operations (DDO) works with the Vice President and Directors in the Development Department to initiate and direct supporting functions for development activities including: financial management and budget; database systems; information management; prospect management; gift processing and acknowledgements; analysis, and evaluation and reporting of revenue performance toward meeting annual revenue goals. This position initiates and directs the department's operating policies, procedures, and practices to facilitate effective and efficient fulfillment of objectives and goals. As needed, recommends and directs the planning and implementation of major initiatives in support of Development operations.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Financial Management

  • Directs the management of all information regarding restricted and unrestricted revenues, including the creation and maintenance of analysis and reports to be coordinated and communicated with Development and Finance.
  • Designs and implements the annual planning process for the execution of restricted and unrestricted revenue projections and expense budgets. Coordinates the budget process with the VP for Development and works closely with Finance. Oversees reconciliation of accounting reports.
  • Monitors, analyzes, reports and provides projections on the status of restricted and unrestricted fundraising performance by Development program on regular basis.
  • Monitors, analyzes, reports and provides projections on the department's fundraising progress toward specific program goals, including cash flow, pledges, pledge payments, and projected results. Directs the preparation of special reports for the senior management team, the Development Committee of the Governing Council, and the wider Governing Council, as appropriate, integrating performance trends and financial analysis.
  • Manages the expense budget for the Development department. Provides assistance to the VP and Directors in preparing annual expense budgets. Evaluates expense budgets to ensure they support proposed level of fundraising activity. Review and evaluate contracts and expenditure requests; approve items for payment.

Information Management

  • Works closely with IT to directs the management of Team Approach database including workflow management and documentation; report generation; and ongoing training for the development department. Identifies short and long term issues relating to information systems, and oversees or performs analysis of issues and provides analysis and proposed solutions to VP. Ensures optimal integration of Development systems with finance and membership databases.
  • Oversees the maintenance and organization of all information systems, paper and electronic, of the development office. Leads the reduction of paper files in DC office and the transition to electronic storage of donor information and files.
  • Evaluates internal business processes and recommends proposed solutions to VP.

Gift Processing and Accounting

  • Oversees all gift acknowledgments, and ensures timely and accurate receipts to donors and reports to appropriate TWS staff.
  • Ensures proper recording of gifts; analyzes existing gift processing procedures and accounting procedures. Implements improvements involving technical advances, and changes in accounting practices and laws.
  • Oversees the processing of gifts of securities. Communicates these transactions to appropriate TWS staff.
  • As appropriate, researches and implements TWS procedures for following IRS and FASB regulations regarding charitable giving.

Supervisory Responsibility

  • Supervises one staff member, Major Gifts Coordinator


  • Bachelor's degree required. Graduate degree in accounting, finance or business administration preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years experience in financial and/or administrative management, with demonstrated ability to facilitate the development of budgets, successful project management skills, and the ability to analyze fundraising performance.
  • Must possess the ability to communicate complex information effectively, take a team approach, and initiate work. Experience within a Development office strongly preferred.
  • Position requires excellent organization, time management, analytical, and problem solving skills.
  • Must work effectively with a wide range of staff across several departments. Good judgment and a high degree of confidentiality a must.. 

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including health and dental insurance and a pension plan. The Wilderness Society is an equal opportunity employer; diversity is a core value for TWS.

Submit resume, cover letter, at least two writing samples, and references to:

Mr. Kelly White
Director, Human Resources
The Wilderness Society
1615 M St., NW
Washington D.C. 20036
Fax (202) 454-2546
No phone calls please.

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