Website River Heritage Conservancy

Summary

The Director of Development (DD) is pivotal in advancing River Heritage Conservancy’s mission to create and maintain vibrant public parks along the Ohio River Falls and its surrounding shoreline. This role is responsible for driving revenue generation strategies and fostering partnerships critical for realizing the organization’s vision of dynamic, world-class public spaces for recreation, community engagement, and wildlife conservation.

Key Responsibilities

  • Revenue Generation Leadership
    • Lead the development and execution of comprehensive revenue generation strategies, emphasizing corporate, individual, and foundation donations, as well as planned and endowment gifts, to support park creation and maintenance.
    • Direct the activities of development committees, leveraging their expertise to support fundraising initiatives and effectively engage key stakeholders.
    • Drive the expansion and diversification of fundraising channels, integrating innovative approaches to enhance donor participation and revenue generation.
  • Development Department Leadership
    • Provide executive leadership to the Development Department, managing areas such as annual campaigns, major gifts, planned giving, public/private grants, membership programs and overall development operations.
    • Build a team to execute the organization’s fundraising objectives as RHC grows and foster a department team culture with a level of high performance and full accountability for results.
  • Donor Experience Cultivation
    • Cultivate a culture of philanthropy, ensuring donor experiences align with the organization’s commitment to excellence through personalized stewardship and engagement.
    • Collaborate closely with the Board of Directors, community leaders, and stakeholders to maximize fundraising potential and community impact.

Position Qualifications

  • Experience: Minimum of five years’ executive leadership and management experience in nonprofit, corporate, or similar organizations, demonstrating success in revenue generation.
  • Communication Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to effectively articulate the organization’s mission and fundraising priorities.
  • Integrity: Demonstrated integrity and credibility in representing River Heritage Conservancy, coupled with a commitment to ethical fundraising practices.
  • Strategic Vision: Ability to develop and implement ambitious fundraising strategies aligned with organizational objectives, driving sustainable growth and community impact.
  • Collaborative Leadership: Proven experience in fostering collaboration and building strong partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Mission Alignment: Strong belief in River Heritage Conservancy’s mission, with a passion for promoting community engagement and environmental conservation.
  • Professional Expertise:  A record of success in non-profits or businesses that have worked with, but not limited to, projects involving parks, gardens, conservation, urban redevelopment or even large and complex economic development projects.

Behavioral Expectations

  • Collaborative Mindset: Embrace collaboration and teamwork to achieve shared goals and enhance community well-being.
  • Innovative Thinking: Demonstrate creativity and resilience in addressing community needs, embracing change and innovation for meaningful impact.
  • Accountability: Take personal responsibility for actions and contributions, maintaining transparency and accountability in all interactions.

Additional Information

  • This role reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer and serves as a key member of the executive leadership team, contributing to the organization’s long-term vision and strategic direction.
  • As a start-up organization experiencing rapid growth, there is potential for this role to evolve into a Chief Development (CDO) or Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) capacity.

Salary Range
$100,000 – $120,000 Depending on Experience

Education

  • Education and Background: Bachelor’s degree or a demonstrated professional/volunteer work experience.

To apply for this job please visit www.riverheritageconservancy.org.