The Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, owned and operated by the City of Fort Worth, encapsulates 3,621 acres of wild lands and wildlife, located just north of Lake Worth. With more than 20 miles of hiking trails, the area is home to a wide array of species, including a demonstration herd of bison, and represents a variety of habitats, including forests, prairies and wetlands. The Nature Center hosts more than 60,000 visitors annually.
Established in 1974, Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center is dedicated to its mission to preserve, protect and conserve in perpetuity the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. The early work of the Civilian Conservation Corps to develop the area, followed by later efforts of the Audubon Society to lay out trails and spearhead funding for the Hardwicke Visitor Center, led to the eventual establishment of Friends as the non-profit organization that proudly recognizes its role as a significant financial supporter of the Nature Center. Historically operated by volunteers only, the Board of Directors added a part-time bookkeeper and interim executive director in recent years. The Board is now hiring a full-time executive director.
• Report to and manage all communication with the Board of Directors.
• Act as the face of the organization with major donors, prospects and members, while actively identifying and soliciting targeted prospects and managing donor relations.
• Lead by example to ensure an excellent working relationship and continued collaboration with Friends and City staff, including members of the City’s Park and Recreation Department.
• Assist Board Members with their roles in the fundraising process with an emphasis on major gifts, including coaching, speaking points, connecting relationships, etc.
• Work with the development committee on goals and strategies to meet the annual budget.
• Oversee the marketing and communication of the organization to sustain and raise its visibility, awareness and fundraising efforts.
• Partner with other organizations to increase and diversify revenue opportunities.
• Attend various functions, i.e. neighborhood associations, rotary and chamber meetings, schools, etc.
• Manage Friends’ email and phone calls.
• Work closely with financial staff and finance committee to ensure generally accepted practices are followed, books are well managed and the database is up to date.
Start date is negotiable.
• A person with the communication skills and compelling presence to empower others to give, and feel passionate about the great outdoors.
• A hands-on, involved style that is marked by tenacity, cooperation, a willingness to “think outside the box” and lead by example.
• A fair and personable manager who takes an open and collaborative approach to volunteers and staff but also has the discipline and tough-mindedness to ensure that goals are consistently being met.
• A successful track record for at least five years in development, with demonstrable experience in strategic thinking and execution, soliciting major gifts, and planning grant writing, communication and special events.
• Experience in growing, cultivating and managing relationships, specifically at the board level.
• Experience overseeing the development of marketing materials.
• Experience managing groups of volunteers
Skills and Knowledge
• Well-developed social skills and the ability to forge strong personal relationships.
• Broad knowledge of development including an understanding of development processes i.e., major gift solicitation techniques, direct mail and donor appeals.
• Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills.
• Ability (experience preferred) to work within a database and follow protocols.
• Ability to work within Constant Contact and social media
• A basic understanding of natural resource management preferred but not required
• A person of unquestioned honesty and integrity.
• One who brings a sense of passion to his or her work, a commitment to FONC mission, and a dedication to excellence.
• Self-motivated, self-directed, and well organized, can work autonomously as this position is currently a tele-commuting one.
• Energetic, enthusiastic, industrious, and results-oriented.
• Comfortable in all types of social settings and able to interact with a wide range of constituencies.
• Adept at acknowledging the efforts of others and encouraging their involvement.
• A true love and appreciation for the great outdoors.
• Education: Bachelor’s Degree preferably in a business, communications or liberal arts related field, or commensurate experience
• Required Knowledge: Knowledge of fundraising best practices.
• Experience Required: Minimum of five years combined experience in management and development, with experience in major gift fundraising, marketing and demonstrated track record in relationship and project management.
Send cover letter and resume to Laura Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org by November 3rd.