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Employer:  Mass Audubon.
Categories:  Fundraising/Development
Job Type:  Full Time
Preferred Degree:  Bachelors
Experience Required:  6-9 years
State/Province:  MA - Massachusetts
City:  Lincoln
Salary:  non-disclosed
Job Description: 

The Director of Philanthropy will be the primary “go to” individual for the development staff in the field. The Director will help establish goals, provide resources, and determine what support can be provided to them to enhance the functioning of the development organization. The six current development professionals have extensive experience in the development field. The initial focus will be on listening, mentoring, and understanding the complexities of the Mass Audubon sanctuary system and how it relates to the development process. A strong working relationship with the Vice President of Philanthropy, a 14-year Mass Audubon veteran, will be essential in understanding the organization and in building a cohesive team. Building a similar relationship with the three Regional Directors (each oversees 8 sanctuaries) will be essential as well. While respecting the uniqueness of each sanctuary and their fundraising challenges, the Director of Philanthropy will have a successful first year if he or she brings the team together and is able to create an atmosphere where best practices are accepted and all of the Development Directors feel well supported.


  • Work creatively within Mass Audubon’s statewide system of sanctuaries and conservation programs with the development staff to set realistic fundraising goals and fully integrate fundraising efforts that maximize revenue. Manage allocation of existing resources and leverage strong programs and opportunities throughout the system to increase field-based support.
  • Work closely with the three Regional Directors and other senior staff to assess fundraising needs and opportunities and ensure that the fundraising goals are attained.
  • Hire additional staff when necessary and provide training and other support that helps sites grow in their abilities to raise resources locally. Leverage the support and involvement of volunteers as appropriate.
  • Manage the Development Director team who are engaged in fundraising efforts for sanctuaries and programs. Help set annual workplan goals, maintain performance standards, manage workloads, and mentor and train as needed.
  • Maintain a portfolio of sanctuary sites to help achieve fundraising goals and assess the viability of capital campaigns or special project initiatives. Conduct internal feasibility studies as needed to determine resource needs and campaign viability.
  • Create, manage and reconcile financial reports for campaigns and special initiatives consistent with Mass Audubon standards.
  • Ensure the data integrity for Team Approach database by consistently using, enhancing, and updating the information. Understand current and create new opportunities for data-mining and data-related donor reports.
  • Assume additional responsibilities as requested.


Qualifications: Mass Audubon is seeking a talented individual with the experience and ambition to impact the field development operations. The successful candidate will be an excellent listener, maintain a practical approach, have superb social skills, have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and be calm under pressure. The individual will be able to influence improvement and change in a non-theoretical pragmatic way. The ideal candidate will also have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 7 years experience managing complex development program/s and supervising a development staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to construct, articulate, and implement annual and multi-year development plans.
  • A proven track record as a development leader with a consultative style, team building success, success and passion as a mentor, and a good sense of humor.
  • The successful candidate should have experience working in a conservation/environmental organization professionally or as a volunteer, and/or a strong interest in the natural world.


Compensation and Benefits: Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience.

To inquire about this position:
Please send resume and cover letter to:
Tim Schaefer
Schaefer Partners

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