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Institutional Gifts Manager — San Francisco

Position Summary

The successful candidate will assume leadership and continuity of a well-established institutional giving program, with a robust portfolio of institutional donors, focused programmatic metrics, and a strong organizational track record. The Institutional Gifts Manager will join a collaborative, successful development team supporting a dynamic organization growing in size and impact. A grant writer supports the Institutional Gifts Manager with shared responsibility for writing proposals and reports, prospect research, and management of the grants timeline.

The Institutional Gifts Manager will develop and implement strategies to cultivate long-term, comprehensive relationships with all institutional grant-making organizations, successfully securing revenue from a growing portfolio of corporate and foundation funders to ensure a reliable and diverse revenue stream for Sustainable Conservation. Initiating contact with prospective funders and corporate partners and maintaining appropriate cultivation and stewardship of prospects and funders are essential roles of the Institutional Gifts Manager. The position reports to the Director of Development and collaborates with the Executive Director, program staff, and Board members on specific proposals. This is a full-time, exempt position based in the San Francisco office.

Specific Responsibilities to Include:

  • Partner with Director of Development and Executive Director to establish fundraising goals and design, implement, and communicate a detailed development plan related to corporate and foundation supporters
  • Responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of foundations, corporations and other philanthropic institutions and organizations that currently support or could support Sustainable Conservation
  • Apply an entrepreneurial approach to identifying new sources of support
  • Drive the institutional gift solicitation process, involving program staff and board members as appropriate
  • Research, write, and submit foundation and corporate grant proposals and reports
  • Supervise and mentor newly-hired grant writer who will assist with proposal and report writing, tracking and meeting deadlines, and maintaining donor records
  • Participate in funder/prospect cultivation meetings and field trips as needed
  • Prepare background materials and brief staff and Board members for meetings with institutional funders
  • Assist Director of Development in forecasting revenue and managing budget related to institutional giving
  • Collaborate with Development and Marketing/Communications teams in meeting overall development goals
  • Promote understanding of Sustainable Conservation's mission and programs

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5 years' experience in foundation relations, corporate giving, and/or donor relations in the non-profit sector
  • Successful track record in securing major corporate and foundation funding
  • Experience working with corporations and foundations in California
  • Knowledge of development and fundraising concepts and appropriate solicitation techniques, including strong selling and closing skills
  • Superior professional writing skills. Several writing samples of proposals, reports, and letters of inquiry demonstrating the ability to create a compelling case for support and tailor it to targeted audiences will be required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with program staff, Board members, and other partners
  • Demonstrated project management skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to maintain relationships with influential donors and diverse groups, interacting with diplomacy, tact, and a high level of confidentiality
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Positive, cheerful, and professional demeanor, especially under high-stress situations
  • Interest in and commitment to the mission and goals of Sustainable Conservation
  • Experience working with non-profit boards
  • Knowledge of the conservation field preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, prospect research tools, and ability to use donor database (DonorPerfect, preferred)

Education:

Bachelor's degree required.

What we offer:

A competitive compensation package based on experience, fully-paid health insurance benefits, generous match on 401k, vacation, sick leave, paid sabbatical (eligible to apply after three years), plus paid holiday leave the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. Our best benefit is our culture! Our entire staff is collaborative and caring. Our Development and Marketing/Communications team is amazingly talented, hard-working, and supportive of each other.

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter, in a single PDF file, describing how your prior experience will set you up for success in this position. Please also include salary of last position as well as salary desired. Please email PDF to jobs@suscon.org, with "Institutional Gifts Manager" in subject line.

No phone calls please. We will contact you if we need more information or wish to set up an interview.

Sustainable Conservation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Executive Assistant — San Francisco — Full Time

About Sustainable Conservation

Sustainable Conservation helps California thrive by uniting people to solve the toughest challenges facing our land, air, and water. Every day, we bring together business, landowners, and government to steward the resources on which we all depend in ways that make economic sense. Because we know that common ground is California’s most important resource

Position Summary:

We are seeking an energetic, exceptionally organized, and highly professional Executive Assistant to support our Executive Director, a highly regarded leader whose vision, integrity, and dedication inspire our staff. In close partnership with the Executive Director, the Executive Assistant will serve as a liaison to a variety of external and internal constituents, ensuring good communication and collaboration across a broad spectrum of activities and situations. In becoming familiar with the Executive Director’s responsibilities and needs, the Executive Assistant should be able to anticipate and proactively execute the administrative tasks intended to support those needs, applying good judgment and communication on a consistent basis. The Executive Assistant will also provide similar support to the Director of Resource Stewardship, who oversees several program areas and works outside the SF office 3 days per week.

The ideal candidate will enjoy working in a dynamic, results-oriented environment that values collaboration. Prior experience providing high-level support that includes complex scheduling, planning, problem solving, and prioritizing is essential for success in this role. Creative thinking and the ability to propose efficient systems to support a high volume of work are highly desired.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage Executive Director’s and Director of Resource Stewardship’s calendar and time, with direct responsibility for complex scheduling and coordination of internal and external meetings, conference calls, interviews and events. Must be able to work effectively with last minute changes.
  • Attend and take minutes at all board and committee meetings. Attend, take notes, distribute and occasionally draft agendas for leadership team meetings as requested.
  • Research or obtain and compile reference material as needed.
  • Support meeting preparation, logistics and follow up.
  • Manage and coordinate domestic travel, lodging and meeting logistics, and prepare itineraries.
  • Prepare expense reports.
  • Assist Executive Director and Director of Resource Stewardship in managing, prioritizing and staying on track with responsibilities and tasks; propose and set up executive support systems as needed.
  • Assist Executive Director in following up and returning phone calls.
  • Draft e-mail and other correspondence on behalf of Executive Director as needed.
  • Special projects as requested.

Related Experience and Qualifications:

  • Five plus years of relevant experience, must include 1 or more years supporting senior level executives.
  • BA or BS degree.
  • Highly organized, deadline- and detail-oriented.
  • Previous experience maintaining complex calendars and coordinating meetings/events.
  • Friendly, independent self-starter with a can do "make it happen” attitude.
  • Ability to anticipate issues before they arise and proactively recommend solutions to problems.
  • Excellent problem solver, with the ability to think creatively and improve upon existing systems.
  • Professional demeanor with good interpersonal communication skills.
  • Good writing ability, experience drafting correspondence and proofreading.
  • High degree of proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, SharePoint).
  • Ability to handle sensitive matters with discretion.
  • A good sense of humor and the ability to work in collaboration and partnership.
  • Commitment to Sustainable Conservation's mission.

What we offer:

A competitive compensation package based on experience, fully-paid health insurance benefits, generous match on 401k, vacation, sick leave, paid sabbatical (after three years), plus the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is holiday leave. Our best benefit is our culture! Our entire staff is collaborative, amazingly talented, hard-working, and supportive of each other.

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter describing how your prior experience will set you up for success in this position. Please also include salary of last position as well as salary desired. Jobs@suscon.org. No phone calls please. We will contact you if we need more information or wish to set up an interview.

Please include “Executive Assistant” in Subject line

Sustainable Conservation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.