Based remotely and reporting to Executive Director Mike Daulton, The Chief Development & Communications Officer (CDCO) will oversee all fundraising and communications for Bat Conservation International. S/he will partner closely with the Executive Director, the Board, Leadership Team, donors and other key constituents to advance BCI’s brand and mission. S/he will be responsible for securing significant financial resources from individuals, foundations, government agencies, and corporations that are necessary to support BCI’s global conservation agenda, and will oversee the development of content and collateral. The ideal candidate will be an entrepreneurial, results-driven, senior advancement professional with proven experience in leading development and communications teams to success.
Manage and establish goals for the development and communications teams and conduct annual performance reviews for direct reports.
Oversee all fundraising functions, which include institutional and individual giving, planned giving, donor prospecting and research, and special annual or multi-year fundraising initiatives.
Grow support from institutional funders; work with program staff in the development and strategy of government and foundation proposals.
Envision, plan and execute strategies to grow BCI’s membership base, ensure donor retention, and increase overall dollars per donor.
Work with communications and program staff to organize national and international marketing and communications outreach as well as events to support development goals.
Coordinate strategy for major gifts fundraising, guide and support the BCI Executive Director in his fundraising work with major donors, and directly cultivate a core group of high-value prospects and donors.
Develop an external affairs plan for the organization and ensure organization-wide commitment to partnerships.
Manage and ensure compliance with all BCI gift-related policies and procedures, as defined by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Serve as staff liaison to the BCI Development & Communications Committee.
Qualifications and Experience
Bachelor’s degree preferably in nonprofit management, business, public relations, marketing or related field, as well as a minimum of seven years of senior-level development experience with increasing responsibility and results.
Demonstrated track record of securing $5M or more annually in operating or campaign funds through a variety of sources, including governmental agencies, major donors, foundations, corporations, membership drives, and endowments.
Extensive management experience, including the ability to motivate, lead, set objectives and manage the performance of a large, multi-disciplinary team. Ability to foster an environment of creativity and professional growth.
Effective understanding of charitable gift planning and experience building and refining a planned giving program.
Ability to design, implement and direct multiple projects, setting deadlines and ensuring accountability.
Experience working in a distributed organization, both leading a team and collaborating with other departments remotely.
Experience securing U.S. Government grants, working specifically with the Department of the Interior, Department of Energy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and others, a plus.
CFRE certification or commitment to pursue a plus.
Proficiency with MS Office, as well as strong expertise in donor database management systems essential; experience with Raisers Edge a plus but not a requirement.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation for the Chief Development and Communications Officer includes a competitive base salary commensurate with experience and an excellent package of employee benefits.
About Bat Conservation International
Bat Conservation International is a unique and growing global conservation organization based in Washington, D.C. and Austin, Texas. With a $6.7 million annual budget; employing a staff of more than 30 biologists, conservation experts, and administrators; and supported by members in 60 countries, BCI’s mission is to conserve the world’s bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet.
Bats have been on Earth for more than 60 million years. With over 1,400 species, they are the second largest order of mammals and are widely dispersed across six continents. Annually, they provide hundreds of billions of dollars in pest control, plant pollination, and seed dispersal, making them essential to the health of global ecosystems. Today, bats are under unprecedented threat from widespread habitat destruction, invasive species, hunting, accelerating climate change, and other stresses. Without concerted international action, their populations will continue to fall, driving many species to extinction.
Since 1982, BCI has addressed bat conservation issues ranging from the destruction of bat habitats in caves and mines to the dangers posed to bats by the devastating threat of White-Nose... Syndrome. As the world's bats face increasing challenges to their existence, BCI is committed to ending bat extinctions, working worldwide to conserve caves, restore habitats in danger, and ensure the survival of these extraordinary mammals.