POSITION SUMMARY: The Development Director’s purpose is to strategize and oversee all aspects of the Gardens’ fund-raising and “friend raising” efforts, including “Gatekeepers of the Garden”, the annual fund, underwriting for special events, major gifts/foundations, grant writing and to provide leadership to the Development and Planned Giving Committee.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Strategize and oversee all development aspects of McKee Botanical Garden.
Develop and execute an annual fundraising plan to support the Garden including strategies and tactics for individual donors, foundations, corporations, sponsors and in-kind gifts.
Lead fundraising efforts including identification, cultivation, solicitation of prospects and acknowledgement/stewardship of donors and sponsors.
Create and provide monthly donor reports of solicitation efforts and results to the Executive Director and Development Committee.
Responsible for writing all grant applications.
Coordinate and implement two annual appeal campaigns.
Work hands-on developing and executing fundraising events, including but not limited to McKee’s major event, including donor solicitation, sponsorship and event execution.
Responsible for management of the highest level of Garden membership, the Gatekeeper of the Garden membership program - goals, recruitment, retention, marketing and benefits.
Recruit, strategize and oversee efforts of volunteer Development and Planned Giving committee.
Draft and implement plan to increase Garden endowment.
Build donor base by engaging new donors and ensure that all contributors, both monetary and in-kind, are acknowledged and stewardship continues past gift.
Responsible for management of membership program, including corporate –goals, recruitment, retention, marketing and benefits.
Ensure continuous and professional communication to Garden constituencies; produce articles for annual report, newsletters, monthly e-blasts to donors and write all letters on an annual basis.
Assist Executive Director in constituency development through high profile role in Garden and community-wide events.
Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
POSITION STATUS: Full-time; Exempt
QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree; 7 years development experience at the Director or other supervisory level; excellent communications and organizational skills; volunteer management; demonstrated commitment to mission. Proven success in a goal-driven nonprofit setting is required. Working knowledge of computer applications, including word processing, spreadsheet (Excel) and database software (Raiser’s Edge); strong interpersonal skills; ability to accommodate flexible work schedule; knowledge of professional development strategies, standards and ethics.
About McKee Botanical Garden
In 1932, Arthur G. McKee and Waldo E. Sexton opened McKee Jungle Gardens on an 80-acre tropical hammock in Vero Beach, Florida. The two land developers employed landscape architect William Lyman Phillips, from the esteemed firm of Frederick Law Olmsted, to design the basic infrastructure of streams, ponds and trails while they focused their efforts on assembling one of the most outstanding collections of waterlilies and orchids ? augmenting native vegetation with ornamental plants and exotic specimens from around the world. By the 1940’s, more than 100,000 tourists were visiting the Gardens each year, deeming it one of Florida’s earliest and most popular natural attractions.In the early 1970's, the development of I-95 and competition from large-scale attractions caused attendance to decline. By 1976 the Gardens were forced to close, and the property was sold and zoned for development. All but 18 acres were developed into condominiums while the remaining land lay dormant for twenty years. In 1994, the Indian River Land Trust launched a fund- raising campaign and successfully purchased the property. An additional $9 million was raised to purchase, stabilize and restore the Garden, an...d in November 2001 a formal dedication ceremony was held for McKee Botanical Garden.With a renewed focus on native horticulture, the Garden remains true to its jungle heritage, featuring 10,000 native and tropical plants as well as one of the area's largest collections of waterlilies. The Hall of Giants and Spanish Kitchen, historic to the Garden, were both meticulously restored to Sexton’s original vision, and in 2002 the United State’s first permitted bamboo structure was built on site.McKee has garnered national attention in publications such as Better Homes and Gardens, Coastal Living, House and Garden, Southern Living and The New York Times, and was named one of "22 Secret Gardens – Soothing Places of Surprise and Sanctuary in the U.S. and Canada" by National Geographic Traveler. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places and endorsed by The Garden Conservancy as a project of national significance.