Director of Development
ShoreRivers protects and restores Eastern Shore waterways through science-based advocacy, restoration, and education. We work collaboratively with our community yet maintain an uncompromising voice for clean rivers and the living resources they support. We are a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization working with many diverse partners throughout the Eastern Shore of Maryland; our main office is in Easton, with regional offices in Chestertown and Galena.
The Director of Development is a senior level position, responsible for planning and implementing our fund raising activities that cultivate and expand existing funding sources and developing new funding opportunities. The Director of Development reports to the Executive Director and manages the Events and Communication Coordinator, “The Development Team,” and will work closely with ShoreRivers Board and Committees associated with fund raising and communications.
The Director will craft an annual development plan in collaboration with our board and staff to fulfill our development goals and create an effective strategy for environmental philanthropic giving. The Events and Communication Coordinator is a direct report to this position and works with the Director of Development as a team to fulfill ShoreRivers fundraising goals. This is a full-time position; the employee must be flexible to work weekends, evenings, and longer hours when necessary and to travel when necessary. The position is exempt salaried and “at-will.”
Public/Corporate Fundraising (45%)
•Annual Fundraising Plan work alongside Executive Director and Board Development Committee Chair to create annual plan
-Annual Appeal—create and execute annual end of the year appeal mailing
-Keep a Calendar of Events
•Membership Giving (under $1,000)
-Stewardship Plan—phone calls, thank you letters, renewal letters, annual appeal
-Donation Engagement Calendar
•Funder Giving ($1,000+)
-Stewardship Plan—thank you letters, renewal letters
-Donation Engagement Calendar
-Develop and promote a planned giving program
•Special Interest Groups
-Board of Directors—work with Executive Director & Board Chair on board engagement, reports, and stewardship
-Development Committee—planning meetings and agendas, use skills on committee to expand ShoreRivers
-Watershed Boards- Local stewardship groups focused by region or watershed
-Sponsorship opportunities for events and programs
Government/Foundation Grants (25%)
Write and assist with individual grant proposals, develop & track proposals and reports, research new funding opportunities and coordinate with staff
•Local/State/Federal Government—programmatic giving
ShoreRivers holds recurring annual events that are the direct responsibility of the “Development Team”. The Director of Development will supervise the Events & Communications Coordinator on all event tasks such as securing locations, organizing catering, invitations, promotion…etc.
•Ride for Clean Rivers
•Wild & Scenic Film Festival—Cambridge & Easton
•Summer Solstice - Chestertown
•Cinco de Miler
•State of the Rivers—Cambridge/Easton/Kent Island
•River Clubs (thru Development Committee)
Creating and maintaining a cohesive “branding” and promotion strategy and utilizing the support of the Events & Communications Coordinator to execute the strategy.
•Social Media Plan—Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
Position Requirements and Qualifications
The employee must have a strong commitment to environmental protection and to ShoreRivers’ mission and create a compelling connection between philanthropy and the health of our rivers.
•Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Communications or related field
•2 years or more of non-profit development experience
•Have a proven track record of cultivating donors
•Ability to speak, listen, and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques
•Develop new and unique ways to build the contributed income of the organization and to create new opportunities
•Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization
•Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of donors
•Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization
•Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization
•Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities
•Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results
Annual salary range for this position is $ 55,000 to $ 80,000 depending on qualifications and experience.
Additionally, ShoreRivers offers a competitive benefit package.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please include a cover letter and resume.
About this company
Healthy waterways across Maryland's Eastern Shore
ShoreRivers protects and restores Eastern Shore waterways through science-based advocacy, restoration, and education. We work collaboratively with our community yet maintain an uncompromising and independent voice for clean rivers and the living resources they support.
Location/Region: Easton, MD