DEVELOPMENT OFFICER POSITION DESCRIPTION
Title: Development Officer
Supervisor: Director of Philanthropic Services
North Florida Land Trust
North Florida Land Trust is a 501(c)3 accredited land trust founded in 1999 with a mission to conserve natural areas, historic resources, and working lands of northeast Florida. With headquarters in Jacksonville, NFLT operates primarily in twelve counties in Northeast Florida and has protected over 19,000 acres of land throughout the region. NFLT works with public agencies at all levels of government, not-for-profit partners, private landowners, and foundations.
The Development Officer works closely with the Director of Philanthropic Services to conduct fundraising, grant writing, and relationship-building activities that support ongoing operations and growth in accordance with the goals determined by the President and Board of Directors through the Development Committee.
• Develop a deep understanding of the North Florida Land Trust’s mission, values, and often complex campaigns locally and nationally.
• Assist Director of Philanthropic Services in developing and maintaining a development program plan, complete with metrics, to benchmark progress throughout the year.
• Maintain computerized donor management system.
• Ensure appropriate donor recognition, including acknowledgments for cash and in-kind contributions.
• Maintain a working knowledge of deferred and planned giving vehicles, opportunities, and best practices.
• Assist Director of Philanthropic Services in the planning, management, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major donors and prospects, prioritizing donors who have the capacity of $100,000 or more.
• Act decisively upon identified leads with qualifying calls and visits. Ensure that donor records are up-to-date and track moves in the relational database.
• Research grant opportunities and produce professional submissions.
• Assist Director of Philanthropic Services in soliciting contributions from corporations, foundations, and board members. Implement annual fund-raising activities.
• Work with Director of Philanthropic Services to coordinate all sponsored special events and donor engagement opportunities.
• Develop sustainable donor giving programs and a plan for execution
• In consultation with Director of Philanthropic Services, represent the North Florida Land Trust at community functions as necessary to increase our presence in the community.
• Maintain an excellent public relations status with the community and staff.
• Coordinate Amelia Forever campaign activities and manage Amelia Forever Committee and Task Force on behalf of North Florida Land Trust
• Assist Director of Philanthropic Services and staff on content development for marketing communications and media, including but not limited to newsletters, brochures, swag, email communications, video production, photography, stewardship and solicitation mailers, and website updates.
• Serve on the grants committee with the Friends of American Beach, Nassau County, and others to assist with grant writing for the purpose of preserving the historical and natural sites in historic American Beach.
• Present to community groups (i.e., Rotary groups and garden clubs) as requested to inform about NFLT programs and gain new donors.
Any other duties assigned.
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and at least three years of experience in fund development is required.
• Knowledge of significant citizens, organizations, and companies within the North Florida Land Trust service area and its funding opportunities is preferred.
• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. Ability to work independently.
• Familiarity with grant writing and track record of successful grant awards preferred—the ability to work with a diverse population, clients, and volunteers, with sensitivity to people in need.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to grasp and articulate multi-layered programs and campaigns in a way that meets the interests and passions of donors.
• Excellent interpersonal skills.
• Strong organizational and project management skills, team-building skills, and familiarity with relational databases required.
• Must be creative, flexible, responsible, well-organized, and able to balance a variety of activities.
• The ability to manage systems, set priorities, and work within deadlines is essential.
• Demonstrated empathy and ability to actively listen to build strong relationships with colleagues and donors.
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