[Coral-List] Development position at REEF Key Largo

lad akins Lad at reef.org
Mon Apr 4 12:45:16 EDT 2016

Hello Listers, 


Please see the announcement  below for a new Director of Development
position at REEF, based in Key Largo, Florida.  Please note that this is not
a grant writing position, but rather a member donor relations position.
Please feel free to forward to qualified potential applicants.


All the best,




Lad Akins

Director of Special Projects

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF)

P O Box 370246

98300 Overseas Hwy

Key Largo  FL  33037

(305) 942-7333 cell

(305) 852-0030 work

www.REEF.org <http://www.REEF.org> 





Director of Development


Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF)


Location: Key Largo, Florida


Position: Development, Programs


Field: Conservation, Education, Environment, Aquatic, Oceans, Diving


Salary: Commensurate with experience


Website: www.REEF.org <http://www.REEF.org> 


Application Deadline: Open until filled


Employment Level: Full-time, 12-month salaried position with potential for

REEF is seeking a Director of Development to increase major donor
contributions and oversee fundraising for a new capital campaign. We are
looking for a seasoned professional with at least 5 years of experience in
fundraising and development. Must possess a demonstrated success in
developing donor relations, proven track record of securing seven-figure,
multi-year commitments, and experience with capital campaigns and planned
giving. Position will be based at REEF's Headquarters in Key Largo, Florida.


This is an exciting time of growth at REEF, and this role is ideal for a
self-starter, eager to take an established program toward greater
significance and reach.

REEF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to conserve marine
ecosystems for their recreational, commercial, and intrinsic value by
educating, enlisting, and enabling divers and other marine enthusiasts to
become active stewards and citizen scientists. REEF programs include marine
life education, field research, and one of the largest citizen science
programs in the world through unique partnerships with private,
governmental, scientific, and educational sectors. REEF's programs directly
benefit and help to protect marine life worldwide.


The Director of Development will be responsible for 

1)      Working with staff to create and maintain an annual development plan

2)       Meeting measurable financial goals set for REEF programs

3)       Work with staff to develop a new bricks and mortar capital campaign
totaling  $5 million over 3 years

4)      Researching giving potential of current major donors and encouraging
an increase in their giving level

5)      Identifying major donors and prospects, including individuals,
corporations, and foundations with potential to contribute gifts of $20,000+

6)      Initiating contact and cultivating relationships with potential
donors, moving potential donors toward closure, and maintaining donor
relationships between gifts

7)      Maintaining necessary database records, files, reports, and resource
materials pertinent to donors and gifts

8)      Creating fundraising materials to be utilized in capital campaigns,
corporate sponsorship, major donor giving, and planned giving

9)      Developing and implementing donor cultivation events

10)   Updating donation-related website content as necessary

11)   Reporting to the Board of Trustees on fundraising goals and progress

Minimum Qualifications include:

1)      Bachelor's degree with a proven track record of securing
seven-figure, multi-year commitments from a variety of funding sources 

2)      Minimum five years' nonprofit fundraising experience with
demonstrated mastery of a wide range of donor engagement and solicitation

3)      An established network of contacts among foundations, major donors,
and social investors 

4)      Experience building and maintaining long-term relationships with
fundraising constituents

5)      Excellent presentation skills and ability to strongly and
effectively make the case for REEF, its mission, and needs

6)      Experience negotiating and securing financial commitments 

7)      High energy, results-oriented leader with personal initiative and a
sense of humor. Friendly, outgoing and collaborative approach to foster a
strong team-oriented style.

8)      Experience working closely with a Board of Trustees

9)      Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel, and an
understanding of database management 

10)   Ability to stay on task while working in a busy office with staff,
interns, visitors, and program participants. Agile and able to work in a
fast-paced and, sometimes unpredictable, environment.

11)   Passionate commitment to and drive for REEF's mission and vision

Desired Qualifications:

*         Experience working with environmental, non-profit organizations

*         Dive certified

Salary:  Commensurate according to experience

Continuation of this position after one year is dependent on the successful
candidate meeting jointly determined financial goals. Some travel may be
required. To apply for this position, send a cover letter including salary
requirements, resume and references to  <mailto:Martha at REEF.org>
Martha at REEF.org  Position will remain open until filled.

Organization Background:

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) was founded in 1990 as a way
to educate scuba divers and snorkelers in marine life identification and to
utilize their marine life sightings. Patterned after the successful Audubon
and Cornell birding programs, REEF has grown into a 60,000 plus member
organization with programs in place throughout the western hemisphere.
Primary among these programs is the Volunteer Fish Survey Project, enabling
marine enthusiasts to conduct surveys and submit sightings data from
throughout the Tropical Western Atlantic, coastal North America, Tropical
Eastern Pacific, Hawaii, and South Pacific. Data are managed by REEF staff
and made available to researchers, scientists, managers, and the public free
of charge via REEF's on-line database at www.REEF.org <http://www.REEF.org>
.. To date more than 200,000 marine life surveys have been submitted.


In addition to the Volunteer Fish Survey Project, REEF maintains a large and
active diver education program with standardized course materials for each
of its survey regions. Strong partnerships within the diving industry and
effective outreach provide opportunities for thousands of divers to learn
about marine life and take part in surveying activities throughout the year.
REEF manages the July-long Great Annual Fish Count; the Grouper Moon Project
- researching grouper spawning aggregations; the Exotic Species Program -
tracking the impact and control of non-native marine fish species,
particularly the human-induced invasion of Indo-Pacific lionfish into the
Tropical West Atlantic; Special Projects - assessing fish population changes
in and around marine reserves and on and around newly developed artificial
reefs; printed and e-newsletter communications; and, numerous field survey
and data gathering expeditions. REEF maintains strong partnerships with
federal, state, and local government agencies as well as other US based and
international agencies, NGOs, and business entities. 


To apply for this position, send a cover letter including salary
requirements, resume and references to Martha at REEF.org
<mailto:Martha at REEF.org>   Position will remain open until filled.

REEF is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer



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