Established in 1999 on Bainbridge Island, WA by Debbi and Paul Brainerd, IslandWood’s 250-acre campus began as an environmental learning center to improve access to meaningful, nature-based learning experiences for the region's children. Since then, the organization has expanded the ways their work is advancing innovative and inclusive education that fosters greater environmental health, a sustainable future, and social and ecological wellbeing for all.
Each year, more than 10,000 students from approximately 100 schools participate in IslandWood programs – at IslandWood’s Bainbridge Island campus, in Seattle schools and neighborhoods, and at the Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Plant in Woodinville, Washington. In addition, IslandWood is extending its impact by co-developing science curriculums for Seattle Public Schools, providing teacher training in Next Gen Science Standards, offering two innovative Master’s level graduate programs, implementing a national and state policy engagement program, and through a newly launched app called Nature Passport.
IslandWood is also a resource and gathering space for community-building and education, offering summer day camps; free and low-cost community programs; and conferences and retreat services for nonprofits and corporations.
The Vice President of Philanthropy brings significant development leadership experience and is eager to play a proactive and influential role in advancing IslandWood’s work. Reporting to the CEO, the Vice President will lead the development and implementation of IslandWood’s fundraising plans, portfolios, team, and system. The Vice President will have the opportunity to find ways to diversify funding streams that allow for continued growth, while maintaining clear alignment and connection with the mission and work of the organization.
Learn more about the priorities for the position and the ideal candidate in the full position profile here.
Qualified candidates must have 10 or more years of progressively responsible and relevant experience in development with at least five years of management experience. Specific expertise in institutional or nonprofit settings is desired. A proven track record of developing and implementing fundraising strategies with an eye towards growth is essential. Impeccable communication skills with a natural affinity for relationship building and management are critical. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required and an advanced degree is preferred.
To Be Considered
IslandWood seeks qualified individuals who are passionately curious about the world around them, actively engaged in their stewardship of nature, and deeply committed to providing exceptional learning experiences. IslandWood is committed to recruiting, hiring, developing, compensating, and promoting the best-qualified individuals for positions at all levels within the organization. IslandWood believes the organization’s goals can only be obtained by utilizing the diverse skills and backgrounds of all employees.
Cover letters should be addressed to Heather Gantz and thoughtfully crafted to articulate your interest in the position and fit for the role. Please submit your resume and cover letter via Waldron’s Candidate Web Portal.