Director of Development

Born Free USA
Published
March 18, 2019
Location
Silver Spring, Maryland
Job Type

Description

Born Free USA is seeking an exceptionally talented, driven leader to serve as its Director of Development. The Director of Development will play an imperative role in ensuring that Born Free USA has strong partnerships and resources to support and further the remarkable work dedicated to wild animal advocacy, animal welfare and conservation. The Director of Development oversees a highly productive development function, including maintaining positive relationships with existing philanthropic and organization partners, cultivating exciting new partnerships, and providing support to the Executive Director and leadership team in all development-related engagements.

Born Free USA has retained the services of Scion Executive Search, a national executive search firm specializing in mission-driven organization recruitment, to assist in conducting this important search. All inquiries, applications, and nominations for this opportunity should be directed to the firm as indicated at the end of this position announcement.

About Born Free USA:

Born Free believes that every individual animal matters. Inspired by the story told in the Academy Award®-winning film Born Free, and founded by the film’s two human stars, Virginia McKenna and her late husband Bill Travers, together with their eldest son, Will Travers (President of Born Free USA), the organization works locally, nationally, and internationally on the conservation front lines, in communities, classrooms, courtrooms, and the halls of Congress to end wild animal cruelty and suffering, and protect threatened wildlife. Born Free also operates the country’s largest primate sanctuary, which is home to 532 monkeys, many rescued from abuse in roadside zoos and private ownership or retired from research.

In 1966, after Virginia and Bill completed the classic wildlife film Born Free which told the true story of conservationists Joy and George Adamson successful rescue and release of an orphaned lion cube, Elsa, to the wild, the couple   went on to make several wildlife films together, including in 1969 An Elephant Called Slowly with an elephant calf called Pole Pole. When filming ended, and despite Virginia and Bill’s entreaties, Pole Pole was gifted to the London Zoo by the Kenyan government of the day. In 1982, Virginia and Bill went to visit Pole Pole at the zoo and the elephant, in clear distress, remembered Virginia and Bill and stretched out her trunk to reach them across the moat. It was after this interaction that Virginia and Bill launched a campaign to give Pole Pole a better life but, in 1983, at age 16, Pole Pole was destroyed by the zoo authorities, having ’lost the will to live’. Determined that her death would not be in vain, in 1984, Virginia, Bill and their eldest son Will, launched Zoo Check – the charity that has evolved into Born Free.

In 2002, Born Free USA was launched in the United States to bring its vision to the American public. In 2007, Born Free merged with Animal Protection Institute (API).

Position Summary:

The Director of Development will lead and oversee the organization’s overall fundraising and development strategy, including philanthropic and industry partnerships. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development will provide strategic direction and development oversight internally as a contributing member of the Executive Leadership Team. Working closely with the Executive Director and leadership team including the President and where appropriate, members of the Board, the Director of Development will be responsible for creating short and long-term development goals and strategies to ensure the organization’s growth, sustainability, and success.

Born Free USA has a global presence and does not want the Director of Development to be limited geographically. The Director of Development opportunity could be located anywhere in the United States and offers the possibility of remote work plus domestic travel.

Key Director of Development Responsibilities:

Development Team Leadership:

  • Create and execute a comprehensive, diverse, and sustainable development plan that includes corporate, foundation, and government grants to ensure the continuation of necessary financial support for Born Free USA’s programs and initiatives.
  • Oversee Born Free USA’s Development Team and plan, coordinate, and successfully implement strategies to develop future and continued partnerships and contributions.
  • Set fundraising goals and establish appropriate metrics to measure performance and progress towards those goals; monitor and report on the progress of the comprehensive development strategy on a regular basis.
  • Increase internal capacity while striving to maintain the organization’s strong financial health and its ability to fund programmatic and core priorities.
  • Conduct market research to stay abreast of emerging trends in funding sources and development while analyzing, assessing, and recommending new development plans for the programs of Born Free USA.
  • Collaborate with the Born Free USA’s programmatic staff to streamline and enhance internal strategies and processes that will prioritize development needs across the organization and manage philanthropic relations and grant management systems efficiently and effectively.
  • In close cooperation with the Executive Director and the President, help develop and build operations synergies and opportunities between Born Free USA and Born Free Foundation (headquartered in the UK) to maximize the potential of the Born Free brand and what it stands for.
  • Meet regularly with the Executive Leadership Team and ensure that philanthropy and fund development are carried out in ways which align with the organization’s values, mission, vision, and strategic plan.
  • Provide strong leadership, encourage and support staff to grow professionally, integrate effective feedback loops, and ensure core values are embodied in how Born Free USA executes its work.
  • Maintain accountability and compliance standards for partners and funding sources.

Engage with Partners and the Community:

  • Provide support for the Executive Director in fundraising and partnership opportunities, making available necessary background information and giving advice or counsel on communication and fundraising strategies.
  • Serve as an organizational representative at conferences and in meetings with partner and philanthropic officers.
  • Lead the Strategic Partnerships Team to ensure Born Free USA proactively identifies new, innovative, diverse, sustainable strategies to create and execute a comprehensive development plan for current and future grant funding and industry partner opportunities.
  • Collaborate with the communications team and other teams across Born Free USA to masterfully and effectively communicate the importance and full scope of the organization’s work with external audiences.

Provide Executive-Level Finance and Operations Expertise:

  • Work closely with Born Free USA’s leadership to establish and monitor budgets, setting budgetary expectations and ensuring employee understanding of programmatic finances.
  • Contribute to the development of the operating budget by working with the Executive Leadership Team and other staff to determine potential program and budgetary needs.

Qualifications:

  • A passion for Born Free USA’s mission, as well as a proven track record establishing and achieving an organization’s vision by spearheading organization-wide development strategies, cultivating and stewarding crucial partnerships, and expanding the reach of work.
  • 5+ years of leadership experience in fundraising, development strategy, partner relations, grants management, and grant proposal development, with a record of success in these areas at an organization with an annual budget of $1 million or higher.
  • Strong nonprofit and/or federal grants experience.
  • Experience in successfully securing five and six-figure (or larger) individual financial commitments that fund organizational work in a substantial way.
  • Broad and deep experience in varied wildlife conservation and wild animal welfare aspects including policy and strategic planning, as well as familiarity with key wildlife bodies (USFWS, CITES, SSN etc.), is highly preferred.
  • Persistent yet patient approach to development, in addition to experience coaching and mentoring internal staff in development best practices and strategy.
  • A big-picture approach to development strategy and a detail-oriented approach to execution; a strong ability to anticipate major shifts and proactively course correct.
  • Outstanding communication skills, both orally and in writing, with an ability to effectively engage with individuals from all walks of life.
  • Experience working with senior/executive leadership to set organizational goals and implement strategy.
  • Ability to work within an exciting, fast-paced environment while multitasking and meeting deadlines in a results-driven fashion; demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities and guiding investments in people and systems.
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office suite and creating charts, spreadsheets, and databases.
  • Ability and willingness to travel; approximately 25% required.

Compensation and Benefits:

This exciting opportunity offers the ability to make a significant impact leading and growing an established nonprofit committed to ending individual wild animal cruelty and suffering and to protecting threatened wildlife. Starting compensation includes: a competitive salary dependent on experience, plus full benefits package that includes a 401K with employer matching, paid medical insurance, a dental/vision/veterinary (DVV) benefit, sick time, and paid time off.

Our client is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Applications and Nominations:

Review of applications, nominations, and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue on a confidential basis until an appointment is made. Nominations, applications, and inquiries should be sent in confidence to:

Elizabeth Andrzejeski

Scion Executive Search

503-405-4292

http://scionstaffing.com/jobportal/#/jobs/5224

Electronic submission is required for formal consideration. Please submit your cover letter and CV, in either PDF or MS Word format, through the application page linked above.

Born Free USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity and equity in all facets of the organization’s work. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

About our Firm:

Scion Executive Search is a retained executive search firm connecting executive nonprofit leadership to nonprofit organizations and foundations across the country. Born out of the nonprofit sector, we provide expert search strategies and leadership for organizations. Our executive candidates are true agents for change, and we are experts at matching their talents, motivations, and passions to the right organization’s mission. Scion Executive Search has led hundreds of successful executive searches. Information about our firm and successes can be found online at scionexecutivesearch.com.

Scion Staffing is an equal opportunity employer and service provider and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation or belief, or any other protected class. We are committed to the principles of Equal Opportunity Employment and are dedicated to making employment decisions based on merit and value, for ourselves, our client companies, and for the candidates we represent.

How To Apply

Review of applications, nominations, and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue on a confidential basis until an appointment is made. Nominations, applications, and inquiries should be sent in confidence to:

Elizabeth Andrzejeski

Scion Executive Search

503-405-4292

http://scionstaffing.com/jobportal/#/jobs/5224

Electronic submission is required for formal consideration. Please submit your cover letter and CV, in either PDF or MS Word format, through the application page linked above.

Born Free USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity and equity in all facets of the organization’s work. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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