Vice President for Development The Plains, VA, or Washington, D.C. June 18, 2017

Title: Vice President for Development

Supervisor: President

Location: The Plains, VA, or Washington, D.C.

This is a full-time position with American Bird Conservancy (ABC) in The Plains, Virginia. The Vice President for Development is a critical member of the senior leadership team of ABC and is a key position that will help take ABC to the next level. The VP of Development is responsible for a broad array of development duties including: leading and coordinating staff and board efforts to ensure that annual and long-term operating and program budgets are met or exceeded; producing development plans and budgets; writing and editing high-quality proposals and budgets; identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major donors; working with other staff on ABC program, project and institution development; and managing tracking systems, representing the development division, and supervising development staff. The Vice President for Development works across all fundraising platforms including digital and social media. This position is supervised by the President and supervises the development and membership staff. The Development Director represents the development division in board, division head, and organizational planning meetings.

This position requires knowledge of all ABC programs and structures. There is a great deal of contact, in person, and by telephone and correspondence, with the ABC Board of Directors, staff, members, potential and existing donors, and the public. Work requires initiative, excellent selling and writing skills, ability to multi-task, work in a team, supervise and motivate staff, and attention to detail. The ability to speak and read Spanish and Portuguese would be helpful.

Primary Duties:

1. Provide vision, leadership, and oversight to ABC's Development Division to ensure the goals of the division are met or exceeded, and Development capacity is matched to ABC's organizational and conservation financial needs at all times. Ensure that the Development division meets or exceeds its Gold Standards, particularly for donor tracking, updates, reports, and donor satisfaction.

2. Develop and implement annual and long-range development plans and budgets in coordination with the President.

3. Identify, cultivate, and bring in potential and existing major donor fundraising prospects.

4. Provide development training and support to ABC partners as needed.

5. Lead in developing new forms of fundraising such as internet campaigns.

6. Lead efforts in ABC's general membership program and the revenue generated.

7. Assist with implementing ABC's Planned Giving Program.

8. Participate in developing ABC program, project, and institutional development as requested by the President.

9. Work with the Communication team to ensure consistent, effective messaging and products that reflect and enhance the ABC brand.

10. Develop network of volunteer fundraisers for ABC in centers of wealth.

11. Other duties as assigned by the President.

Position Requirements:

1. A bachelor's degree and at least seven years work experience in development or other appropriate combination of education and experience. A passion for conservation is preferred.

2. Demonstrated ability to supervise and manage staff.

3. Demonstrated ability to raise funds and ability to implement online fundraising efforts.

4. Ability to work independently, efficiently, accurately, and keep deadlines.

5. Exceptional communication skills, in person and in writing.

6. Demonstrated ability to strategically plan annual and long-term programmatic goals.

7. Willingness to travel.

Development Officer The Plains, VA, or Washington, D.C. June 15, 2017

Title: Development Officer

Supervisor: Vice President of Development

Location: The Plains, VA, or Washington, D.C.

This is a full-time position with American Bird Conservancy (ABC) in either Washington, DC or The Plains, Virginia.

American Bird Conservancy is a fast-growing, results-focused wildlife non-profit seeking employees with an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to make a difference for birds throughout the Americas.

The ABC Development Officer serves as a lead fundraiser for ABC programs. In addition, Development Officers at ABC are integral members of conservation teams, and provide input into conservation project planning and implementation. In its twenty years of operation, ABC has partnered with hundreds of organizations to plant more than five million trees to restore habitat for birds, create 70 international bird reserves in fifteen countries, and protect threatened bird species across the entire U.S. landscape by taking on the most dangerous threats to birds.


1. Lead and coordinate fundraising efforts to meet or exceed annual and long-term fundraising goals.
2. Identify and cultivate prospective donors.
3. Develop and submit well-written proposals and reports.
4. Help maintain program budgets in coordination with the Finance Division.
5. Provide input into conservation planning and project implementation, and attend weekly program division meetings.
6. Develop and coordinate fundraising appointments, dinners, events, and field trips.
7. Keep Board members and major donors informed of ABC programs and needs through regular updates, special appeals, and special publications.
8. Maintain donor tracking systems and provide reminders to program staff of upcoming deadlines and donor-anticipated products.
9. Assist with projects as requested by President or Vice President of Development.

 Passionate about wildlife conservation.
 Bachelor's degree and at least three years' experience in fundraising, communications, marketing, or related work, or a combination of relevant education and experience.
 Excellent writing and oral communication skills.
 Excellent organizational skills and successful experience managing complex activities.
 Outgoing and flexible personality
 Entrepreneurial outlook
 Ability and willingness to contact donors.
 Proficiency with computers and software, including Excel. Proficiency with Salsa CRM helpful.
 Ability to work independently, efficiently and accurately, while maintaining deadlines.
 Ability to work well as part of a team.
 Ability to work with a wide range of people at all levels. Sense of humor.
 Willingness to travel nationally.
 Willingness to work some nights and weekends.
 Proficiency in Spanish a plus.
 Proficiency in graphic design a plus.
 Ability to maintain confidentiality of donor information.
 Must be authorized to work in the US.

Please send cover letter and resumes as ONE document to Merrie Morrison at Please put “Development Officer Application” in the subject line.