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Chief Development Officer – U.S.A.

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Wildlife Alliance (WA)
Location: Washington, DC, with regular trips to the Cambodia headquarters office in Phnom Penh (PP)
Last Date: January 7, 2011


VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
Chief Development Officer – U.S.A.

About Wildlife Alliance

Wildlife Alliance (WA) is a U.S. tax-exempt not-for-profit organization working to preserve forests and wildlife in Southeast Asia. We are seeking a qualified candidate to fill a new position of Chief Development Officer that combines strong management, fundraising and writing skills. The successful candidate will join a pioneering team of dynamic leaders in conservation who are working to preserve Cambodia's natural heritage and the future of the planet.

Wildlife Alliance’s mission is to protect and preserve forests and wildlife for future generations. We work directly with communities and governments to improve forest management and institute good governance to comprehensively address the devastation of ecosystems and combat the illegal wildlife trade. Our programs in Southeast Asia and the Russian Far East fight forest crime in high biodiversity areas and actively promote diversified agriculture, community-based ecotourism, and reforestation. We create economic incentives and build political will within communities to preserve the environment. For more information visit www.wildlifealliance.org

Wildlife Alliance is creating this new position to propel the organization into its next stage of outreach, promotion and fundraising.

The position is based in Washington, DC, with regular trips to the Cambodia headquarters office in Phnom Penh (PP).

Skills and experience

• Candidate must be a strong fundraiser with practical, hands-on management skills and strong fundraising skills particularly involving major individual gifts.
• Entrepreneurial fundraising experience, particularly involving face-to-face meetings with donors and their advisors to procure unrestricted major gifts.
• Planned giving development experience will be of significant value.
• Must be an excellent writer and strategic planner.
• Minimum 7 years experience in direct solicitations of major individual gifts (including those in excess of $100,000.00) and in working with fundraising teams in not-for-profit organizations to assure that they follow schedules and deliver outputs in time.
• Fluent with Microsoft applications including Word, Excel and Power Point.

Responsibilities

The Chief Development Officer will work closely with the Grant Coordinator, Project Managers and Field Supervisors based in Cambodia in addition to serving as the chief professional officer of the U.S. office responsible for the direction and supervision of the U.S. fundraising team.

A. Oversee fundraising efforts in the U.S. and PP offices. Take the lead in fundraising from all sources including individuals, institutions and governments. Solicit major gifts directly from individuals and institutions. Develop strategic fundraising plans and oversee the implementation of the fundraising team’s work plan and schedules. Identify fundraising initiatives and submit proposals in a timely and efficient manner for all projects. Raise the profile of WA through strategic fundraising initiatives. Identify and secure funding from domestic and overseas foundations. Work directly with the Chief Communications Officer in PP to obtain necessary information for proposals and on any matters relating to fundraising. Provide regular funding and progress updates, including reports of funds raised, to the CEO of the organization and to the Board of Directors.

B. Stay in constant communication with PP office. 1. Ensure smooth and fast flow of information from DC to PP. 2. Ensure that DC has precise plans for raising funds according to Cambodia programmatic budgets. 3. Oversee that DC issues precise work plans on a quarterly basis, follows schedules and delivers outputs as projected in the work plan. 4. Monitor that each member of the DC fundraising staff is fulfilling his/her part in the plan with respect to fundraising goals and performance objectives.

C. Working with Cambodia Project Managers. Set up and manage interactions and exposure for Project Managers to donors in the U.S. and elsewhere in coordination with the Chief Communications Officer in Phnom Penh as required by the DC team and ensure that at least three tours a year are scheduled.

D. Coordination with the Chief Communications Officer in Phnom Penh. Establish a donor-oriented attitude for program managers and staff in advance of donor interactions in the United States and donor visits to Cambodia, including regular mission tours. Provide feedback after tours.

E. Reporting. Direct reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors; supervise fundraising staff; work in coordination with the Managing Director of the DC office.

Salary & Benefits: Competitive salary and benefits will be offered to the successful candidate depending upon experience and skills. This is a staff position and includes health and dental insurance, paid vacation, death and long-term disability coverage, and other benefits.

Schedule: Normal weekday hours. Weekend or evening work required during fundraising events and outreach. Domestic travel as required to perform the functions of the position.

Application with a comprehensive CV and a recent photograph should be emailed to nmyerberg@myerbergshain.com  and lperlman@online.com.kh  on or before January 7, 2011.


Only short listed candidates will be contacted for interview.

 

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