Director of Development - Ladew Topiary Gardens

Director of Development

Ladew Topiary Gardens

The Director of Development will be a collaborative and outcomes-oriented professional who will build on the strengths of the existing fundraising strategy. The Director of Development will have a deep and demonstrated passion for the mission and vision of Ladew Gardens and an understanding of and dedication to fundraising best-practices. Essential responsibilities: manage and continue to grow a donor-centric major gifts program, with attention to both annual and long-term strategies and goals, that positions Ladew Gardens for financial stability and long-term success. Manage and own a personal portfolio of major donors/prospects through frequent and personalized engagement. Direct and manage the Executive Director’s portfolio of major donors/prospects by creating tailored cultivation strategies, drafted correspondence and written proposals as needed for the Executive Director to consistently engage her assigned donors. Manage and own a portfolio of institutional donors and write foundation and corporate grant proposals and reports as assigned. Consistently input moves management updates and information into the fundraising database, including meeting debriefs, donor notes and research. Strategically partner with the annual fund officer to identify and cultivate new major gift prospects. Develop compelling messaging around organizational vision and goals and develop strategies for consistent, clear communication with internal and external stakeholders. Leverage existing strategic events, such as the Garden Festival, to maximize fundraising impact through engagement and follow-up with major gift donors and prospects. In collaboration with the development team, identify opportunities to organize and host targeted major donor prospecting and cultivation events and devise and implement timely follow-up strategies for guests. Build a major gift stewardship program that adheres to best practices for non-profit fundraising. Work with donors to leverage the full array of giving methods including current and deferred/planned giving. Ensure consistent, clear communication of fundraising strategy and messaging to the Development Committee in order to maximize volunteer engagement and participation in fundraising. Leverage best practices and follow appropriate fundraising policies and procedures. Utilize and make recommendations for optimization of existing donor software to track all aspects of the giving cycle for major gift donors and prospects. Ensure that all gifts and pledges are tracked and provide regular reporting on the status of fundraising initiatives.

Salary Range: $90,000 - $110,000

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