As a member of the Advancement Team, the Development Coordinator is responsible for assisting with the implementation of marketing and fundraising campaigns in support of Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper’s mission to protect and restore our water and surrounding ecosystems while connecting people to water. This position will be part of a team working under direct supervision to undertake aspects of marketing, grassroots fundraising, donor cultivation and management, special events, sponsorships, and other activities to contribute to the financial growth and visibility of the organization.
Plans, implements, and coordinates development activities with a primary focus on cultivating relationships and understanding donors’ and sponsors’ objectives and their capacity to give.
Supports the development and implementation of a strategic fundraising plan to meet donor and organizational goals.
Completes accurate and timely tracking of donor relations efforts and outcomes.
Works in close collaboration with marketing, communications and Waterkeeper team members to assist in the conception and implementation of fundraising events, appeals, family, private and corporate foundation cultivation and solicitation, corporate sponsorship solicitations and fulfillment, and will contribute to the fiscal reporting associated with fundraising activities.
Supervises and works closely with the donor database consultant to ensure all donor information and income are being properly recorded.
Analyzes giving trends and patterns and lead strategies to identify, prioritize, cultivate, and solicit donors and prospects.
Conducts prospect research and cultivate relationships with individual and corporate donors, small and large local foundations.
Coordinates a stewardship plan and its execution in some donor categories, including preparation of the annual donor report.
Helps manage donor relationships including strategic follow up and personalized engagement strategies.
Participates on the Board of Directors’ Advancement Committee, and assists in the coordination of all meetings, agendas, and working group efforts.
Manages grassroots fundraising efforts including direct mail (annual appeal), events, telemarketing, social media, donor accountability and other e-fundraising campaigns.
Manages organizational donor database – create profiles and track donors, gifts, and prospects.
Categorizes and tracks organizational income from all sources including digital platforms.
Engages in annual goal setting.
Works closely with team managers and all areas of the organization to effectively identify revenue producing and fundraising opportunities that align with Waterkeeper’s interests and priorities, (i.e.: tours, rain barrel sales, tabling events, volunteer experiences, etc.).
Special event assistance, as needed.
Internal: Effectively report to the Program Director, or equivalent supervisor. The Deputy Executive Director will engage directly when appropriate. This position requires clear, frequent and consistent communications with team members and will have a close working relationship with members of the Advancement and Administrative Teams, and works closely with the Executive Director.
External: Effective communication with numerous donors, external community groups, partners, foundation program officers, collaborators, database consultant, production vendors, and others as required.
ENVIRONMENT & WORKING CONDITIONS:
The majority of the work time is conducted in an office setting, with occasional events taking place out of the offices.
Some flexibility in schedule is required; occasional work in the evening and weekends for meetings or event participation may be required.
Comfortable working outdoors in inclement weather preferred.
Comfortable and capable of performing field operation in and around water preferred.
Must possess access to reliable transportation with the ability to travel to various work site locations throughout WNY.
Ability to occasionally lift and carry up to 30 lbs. preferred.
Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, or any other basis covered by law. Employment decisions are based solely on qualifications and business need.
Directions for applying:
No phone calls, please!
Apply by mail, or email, and include a cover letter and resume.
PLEASE include the POSITION TITLE in the subject line of the email and the cover letter.
Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in non-profit management, marketing/fundraising, business administration, communications or related fields required.
1-2 years direct fundraising experience or equivalent transferable skills preferred.
1-2 years CRM / Database software experience preferred.
Demonstrated experience prospecting, cultivating, soliciting and securing gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations and in meeting annual fund goals.
Customer service (Account Management) experience a plus.
Grant writing and event planning experience a plus.
Essential Skills and Abilities:
Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
Ability to prioritize tasks in a fast paced environment.
Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment with extensive cross-team collaboration.
Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Ability to maintain a high energy level and be comfortable managing multi-faceted tasks in conjunction with day-to-day activities.
Strong organizational skills.
Ability to process, organize, interpret, and present fundraising data.
Knowledge and expertise with Donor Database/Customer Relationship Management Systems experience preferred.
Proficient in Microsoft Office products, specifically Word and Excel.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office 365.
Additional Salary Information: Hourly compensation range is $17-$26 per hour commensurate with experience. A robust benefits package is included with this position and the details of this package will be discussed with the final candidates.
About Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper
Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper® protects and restores our water and surrounding ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations. We protect clean water. We restore the health of ecosystems. We connect people to water. We inspire economic growth and community engagement.
For the past 30 years, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper has been the guardian of Western New York’s fresh water. Our mission is four-fold: we PROTECT the water, we RESTORE both the waterways and the surrounding ecosystems, we CONNECT people to their waterways, and we INSPIRE both economic activity along the waterways and community engagement.
In the late 60s, the Buffalo River was officially declared dead. Fast forward to 1989, with not a lot of improvement, and Friends of the Buffalo River is formed. Our organization worked tirelessly for the last three decades, and with many partners, to bring the Buffalo River back to life. It’s a tremendous, largely untold success story that played a large part in the city’s resurgence and renaissance in recent years. The story of the Buffalo River is a tale of caution, determination, hope and resurgence, and our mission going forward is to work to achieve the same su...ccesses on our other waterways, as well, in addition to protecting our headwaters throughout the watershed.