Director of Development
Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Development Director (DD) serves as a key leadership team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting The Royal Oak Foundation. In partnership with the ED, this position is responsible for all fundraising and development activities, and will also play a role in executing communications strategies for Royal Oak. The successful candidate will strengthen and expand relationships with existing donors while also identifying and developing new donors to build Royal Oak’s financial resources. The DD will also design and implement a comprehensive plan for cultivating philanthropic support.
The Development Director will have primary responsibility for establishing and implementing the infrastructure and fundraising capacities needed to grow funding through the solicitation of individual major gifts, patron membership support, planned giving, special events, and corporate and foundation support. He/she will expand and diversify the organization’s donor base and work closely with other team members at Royal Oak and the National Trust to secure funding for special campaigns and initiatives. In addition, the DD will work closely with the National Trust and will support Royal Oak board members in their fundraising activities.
- Support and partner with the ED on all major fundraising initiatives, including major gifts, patron membership, planned giving, annual appeals and special campaigns, grants and sponsorships, and all fundraising events, cultivation activities, and donor tour programs
- Work actively with the ED and staff to develop and implement a comprehensive, long-term fundraising growth strategy
- Oversee the development and execution of all funding proposals and reports
- Provide leadership and manage budgets for all fundraising programs and activities
- Identify, cultivate and solicit financial contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations to support National Trust priorities and annual appeals as well as the Royal Oak’s annual fund and its Legacy Endowment Fund
- Engage the Board Development Committee, other Board members and friends of the Organization as active participants in fundraising
- Expand the network of individual donors and prospects, conduct targeted outreach to build relationships and collaborations that reflect the full spectrum of diverse donors across the country
- Cultivate Heritage Circle membership at all levels
- Develop and maintain dynamic analytical reports that aid in the management and assessment of fundraising strategies; contribute to the effective management of the donor database and prospect research
- Work to promote new partnerships locally and nationally
- Expand legacy giving through enhanced outreach and active prospects engagement
- Manage, develop, and mentor a full-time Development and Communications Associate and part-time Development staff member
- Provide oversight, with ED, for all Royal Oak external communications
- Act as a spokesperson and liaison representing the Royal Oak to the external community, including related organizations, media, public sector and civic leadership
- 10 years or more of development experience and a demonstrated track record of success in fundraising strategy and execution
- Demonstrated ability to identify and move members to donors
- Experience with member engagement, including designing successful annual funds and capital campaigns
- Proven track record in closing $5,000 gifts and higher
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships
- Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also as a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority
- within and outside Royal Oak and the National Trust
- Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives
- Strong organizational skills and experience managing and motivating staff and volunteers
- Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree and/or CFRE preferred
- High energy and passion for The Royal Oak Foundation’s mission is essential
- Knowledge and demonstrated passion for art, architecture, preservation, and British culture a plus
Travel in the US and UK is required
Salary will be commensurate with experience. Full-time benefits include: employer paid health, dental, and vision plans; paid vacation and sick leave; employer-paid commutation within New York City; employer contribution to 403B plan after one full year’s employment.
About The Royal Oak Foundation
The Royal Oak Foundation is an American not-for-profit organization established in 1973 with a mission to raise awareness of and advance the work of the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland by inspiring support from the United States for the Trust’s efforts to preserve and protect historic places and spaces—for ever, for everyone.
Royal Oak is the Trust’s U.S. membership-affiliate. In the U.S., Royal Oak offers educational and cultural programs. www.royal-oak.org
How to Apply:
Please email cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Development Director.” Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls or emails please.