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Development Manager

Website friendsofnvwild Friends of Nevada Wilderness

Development Manager with Friends of Nevada Wilderness

Location: Reno/Sparks office with regular travel throughout the state (1-3 times per quarter)

Supervisor: Associate Director

Employee Classification: Regular, Full-Time, Exempt

Schedule: Flexible 40 hours mostly within standard business hours, with occasional evenings or weekends for mandatory events, with the ability to work from home as duties allow

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Who We Are

Friends of Nevada Wilderness is a statewide conservation non-profit founded in 1984. Friends’ mission is to protect all present and potential wilderness from ongoing threats, educate the public about the values of and need for wilderness, and improve the management and restoration of wild lands. We are knowledgeable, passionate, and joyful professionals who feel connected to the lands that we are dedicated to protecting. These are the core values that guide our work:

  • Credible: We understand that our long-term success is built through trusting relationships and integrity.  We are reliable community leaders who are committed to accuracy, honesty, and follow through in all that we do.
  • Effective: We think outside the box to find areas of collaboration and compromise, and actively work towards reaching tangible, workable outcomes.
  • People-oriented: We wholeheartedly believe that the outdoors is for all and are devoted to fostering safe spaces where everyone can thrive and express their true selves. We prioritize benefits and policies which ensure that our board, staff, members, and volunteers are well cared for and feel valued.
  • Resilient: We use story-telling, record-keeping, and retention of long-term staff and board to cultivate a thorough understanding of Wild Nevada’s rich history and future trajectory. Through this collective understanding, we have learned that setbacks are inevitable, and that our work is never done.

Purpose of Position

The Development Manager will work closely with Leadership to manage the growing Friends of Nevada Wilderness community, focusing on building a stable base of foundation, corporate, and individual support. Responsibilities include:

  • Establishes an annual giving plan, working with finance to establish reasonable goals for unrestricted income. This will include drafting all letter solicitations, electronic solicitations, event-based membership growth, and retention and growth strategies.
  • Processes all philanthropic gifts through multiple giving platforms and maintain an accurate donor database that can produce reports for staff and board members on a regular and as-needed basis. Manage the thank-you process with support from staff and move membership donors up the pyramid of giving by ensuring that all donors are properly acknowledged and appreciated by nurturing relationships though various contacts and outreach efforts, and ensure those contacts are logged within the database.
  • Works in partnership with the Executive Director and Leadership Team to grow and maintain a robust base of major individual donors. The Development Manager will be responsible for donor identification, cultivation, long-term stewardship and solicitation by analyzing the database and seeking input from longtime staffers, board members, and supporters.
  • Maintains the Wild Nevada Legacy Circle planned giving program to secure legacy gifts from individual donors. Legacy gifts are essential to Friends’ future and thus considered an integral part of the major donor program.
  • Maintains and grows the Stewards of the Wild Monthly Giving Program.
    As the lead on membership, responsibilities include organizing member-centric events, giving days/fundraising drives, training necessary staff members and volunteers, and crafting communication for regular and social media channels to support the event. Ensure a membership component is integrated in all Friends of Nevada Wilderness events.
  • Maintains website components related to community, finance  and donations – Donate page, About Us section, Finances, and others.
  • Works with Communications Team to ensure membership and donation components are integrated into print and online newsletters, website, social media, and other platforms.

Skills and Abilities

  • Attention to detail and critical thinking skills required. Intermediate to advanced computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (especially Excel and Word) and database management (preferably  donor database) experience.
  • Ability to sit or stand for periods of up to four hours and lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Someone who enjoys people and can display and cultivate enthusiasm for the membership program, and has a knowledge of or willingness to learn about the issues facing wild Nevada.

Experience and Education

  • Four years in position working directly with the public and volunteers, and an enthusiasm for generating interest in wild Nevada and the issues facing public lands in our state.
  • Experience with a 5,000+ record-database and major donor experience highly desired.
  • Experience with updating and maintaining a website or blog and knowledge of social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) highly desired.
  • Experience with email blasts and action alerts highly desired.
    High school diploma or GED required.

Compensation: $54,000 – $61,500, dependent on experience and skills, plus generous benefits package including 100% company-paid health/vision/dental premiums and long-term disability premiums, IRA match, and paid time off package including 14 annual Holidays, 12 accrued Vacation Days, and 12 accrued Sick Days.

To Apply: Email your cover letter, resume, and three professional references with the subject line ‘Development Manager’ to No phone calls, please. References will be called after interviews as part of final candidate screening.

Employer of National Service

We support service to community, with national and international impact, and the ability to make a difference. As an Employer of National Service, we encourage former AmeriCorps and Peace Corps service volunteers to apply with us.

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Friends of Nevada Wilderness is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to being a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay, and to do their best work. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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