[Coral-List] 2 Position Openings at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Susie Holst Susie.Holst at nfwf.org
Fri Apr 20 11:28:09 EDT 2007

Title: Assistant Director of Development, Special Events
Summary:   The Assistant Director, Special Events will be the lead in
managing and planning all aspects of the Foundation’s bi-annual special
events and meetings of the Board of Directors.  This position will
closely work with the Director of Development and Marketing and other
appropriate staff to develop event themes, scheduling, and formatting
for all event elements.  The incumbent will plan and coordinate all
logistical details for special events and Board meetings including: 
staffing plans and onsite coordination, timeline monitoring, contract
compliance, vendor interface, and quality assurance.  This position
requires the ability to independently oversee key event and meeting
activities with minimal supervision and to serve as an event team
Duties and Responsibilities: 
 Plans, coordinates, and implements special events and meetings, as
well as special projects as directed by Director of Development and
Marketing.  Responsibilities will include creating and managing
timelines and budgets, administrative, staffing, entertainment,
production, contractors, catering, hotel, sponsorship, promotion and
registration arrangements.
Serve as hotel and site liaison and coordinate all aspects of hotel and
site arrangements.
Coordinate with event committees including: co-chairs, host committees,
and auction committees.
Mail sponsor letters and Table Solicitation Letters once approved by
Director of Development.
Assist with follow-up by preparing and scheduling sponsor calls as
directed by the Director of Development. 
Negotiate contracts with vendors and service providers.
Develop and manage events budget.  Forecast revenue and expenses and
maintain up-to-date accounting of expenses by event and meeting. 
Prepare profit and loss statement for each event and meeting.
Develop and maintain communication in a cooperative and professional
manner with all levels of staff and outside contacts.
Oversee production and distribution of communications and publications
for events, both internally and externally.
Develop and implement, in collaboration and coordination with the
Foundation’s Development staff, event follow-up strategies to broaden
the Foundation’s donor base.
Cultivate new and existing donors through exemplary donor stewardship,
planning and coordination of targeted events and conservation outing
Attend Board meetings and special events to provide onsite management
for events.
Develop and implement auction plan and goals.
Work with Foundation staff to generate copy for approval of thank you
letters for sponsors, auction donors, committee members, in-kind donors
and any volunteers to ensure compliance by Foundation with audit
Develop strong working relationships with industry-related vendors.

 Undergraduate degree and at least five years experience in event and
meeting planning and implementation, such experience to include contract
negotiation and a strong understanding of the financial management and
business opportunities of events and meetings.  Appropriate
certification preferred (Meeting/Event Specialist Certification or
Certified Meeting Planner).
Strong attention to detail and follow-through skills.
Excellent time management and organizational judgment and skills that
facilitate managing multiple priorities and concurrent projects on
Understanding of protocol for seating, invitations, etc.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and strong
interpersonal skills.
Ability to work independently and as a leader in a fast-paced work
environment with minimal supervision.
Ability to respond quickly and accurately to requests for information.
Outstanding skills in anticipating and addressing problems with
creative solutions.
Strong negotiation skills.
Adapts to changes in the work environment; able to deal with frequent
change, delays or unexpected events.
Computer proficiency.
Willingness and ability to travel.

Compensation:  Commensurate with experience.
Location:  Washington, DC
To apply, please send an e-mail, with attachments in Word format,
containing your cover letter describing your interest and
qualifications, resume, salary requirements, and three references with
phone numbers and e-mail addresses to Beth Christ Smith, Director of
Human Resources, at HR4 at nfwf.org ( mailto:HR12.Ad at nfwf.org ). National
Fish and Wildlife Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.  
Title: Assistant Director of Development, Corporate and Foundation
Summary:   This position will support the Foundation’s mission by
collaborating with the Director of Development and Marketing in planning
and implementing the Foundation’s development program with emphasis on
cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of corporate and foundation
donors and prospects.  The Assistant Director will work closely with the
Director of Development and Marketing, Executive Director, and program
and administrative staff to assure that corporate and foundation
development goals are achieved and are aligned with the Foundation’s
strategic goals.  Strong communication skills are required to articulate
the Foundation’s mission, goals and programs and successfully “make the
case” for support, as is the ability to interact effectively with high
profile individuals.  The position will work with and coordinate
development activities with the Executive Director, Initiative and
Program Directors and Directors of the Partnership offices of the
Duties and Responsibilities: 
 Cultivate and solicit current and potential corporate and foundation
donors for major gifts in collaboration with other Foundation staff.
Coordinate funding strategies related to corporations and foundations
in consultation with the Executive Director, Director of Development and
Marketing, Directors of the Partnership offices, and Initiative and
Program Directors.  Activities will include developing strategies,
preparing briefings, setting up meetings, writing and editing letters of
intent/inquiry, prospectus, case statements, proposals and reports.
Serve as liaison with program staff to develop, strengthen and expand
corporate and foundation partnerships.
Coordinate with Foundation staff to ensure the prompt acknowledgement
of grants and gifts to the Foundation.
Develop prospect strategies and collaborate on the preparation of
development presentations.
Meet with corporate and foundation representatives to increase support
of the Foundation’s strategic goals.
Prepare/coordinate contact reports for corporate and foundation
prospects and donors.
Provide information on corporate and foundation prospects for prospect
tracking system.
Coordinate departmental strategic planning related to current and
potential foundation and corporate partners.
Create, execute and evaluate corporate and foundation annual plan.
Support preparation of communication/marketing materials related to
corporate and foundation partners. 
Ability and willingness to travel on short notice.

 Bachelor’s degree and minimum five years of successful fundraising
experience with emphasis on corporate and private foundation giving
preferred.  Graduate degree a plus.
Knowledge of conservation issues preferred.
Proven development track record.
Highly polished and poised under pressure.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills including presentation
skills and ability to interact effectively with high profile individuals
a must.
A demonstrated ability to lead others and get desired results.
Ability to think strategically and plan for a period of 1-2 years in
the future.
Problem analysis and problem resolution at both a strategic and
functional level.
Ability to influence and persuade to achieve desired outcomes.
Strong team player.
Excellent attention to detail, organizational, and follow-through
Flexibility and ability to work independently in a rapidly changing
Computer proficiency with databases, spreadsheets, and word
Commitment to Foundation values.

Compensation:  Commensurate with experience.
Location:  Washington, DC
To apply, please send an e-mail, with attachments in Word format,
containing your cover letter describing your interest, qualifications,
development successes, your resume, salary requirements, and three
references with phone numbers and e-mail addresses to Beth Christ Smith,
Director of Human Resources, at HR1 at nfwf.org ( mailto:HR12.Ad at nfwf.org
). National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is an equal opportunity

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