About this Position
Trekkers is a key part of our midcoast Maine community and has impacted the lives of hundreds of students and families who have been involved with the program. With the growth in organizational structure and programmatic success, there is an increased need for a philanthropy program that supports this work. Trekkers is about to celebrate its 25 anniversary and is launching a program to train practitioners from across the country in our youth development principles through Trekkers Training Institute; http://www.trekkersinstitute.org/ .We are at a transformational moment in our history and this position will have a substantial role in the continued growth and success of Trekkers.
The Director of Development will be responsible for raising private and public funding, with a particular focus on crafting an annual, strategic fundraising and communications plan, and expanding an individual major gifts program. In keeping with the culture of Trekkers, the Director will be a thoughtful, creative and relationship-focused fundraiser who has a proven track record of success planning, initiating and sustaining successful fundraising strategies. This role will collaborate closely with the Executive Director, the Grant Writer -Development Associate, the Trekkers staff, a passionate Board of Directors, and members of the Midcoast Maine community.
· Development of comprehensive annual fundraising and communications plan including goals and strategies for implementation.
· Oversee and implement Trekkers fundraising campaigns and communications: major giving, planned giving, annual giving, foundation relations, business sponsorship, and capital support to meet development goals;
· Work collaboratively with the Executive Director, Grant Writer -Development Associate, Development Committee and Board of Trustees to implement development plan.
· Oversee training of Trekkers fundraising volunteers and coordinate their efforts to successfully implement fundraising strategies
· Partner with key staff and board on Trekker’s annual fundraising event strategy, with a goal of maximizing fundraising results.
· Oversee use of Trekkers’ eTapestry Constituent Relationships Management tool system.
· Significant professional experience and a proven track record of creating and cultivating a base of donors for a non-profit organization. Experience soliciting gifts of $10,000+ from both individuals and foundations;
· Passion for the mission of Trekkers - including youth development, education and community-building - and the ability to serve as an ambassador for the organization;
· Demonstrated ability to foster solid relationships with Board Members, volunteers, and community members;
· Knowledge of fundraising best practices, including deep understanding of fundraising software tools;
· Self-motivated and goal-oriented with an aptitude for metrics and the use of data to inform decisions and goal-setting;
· Proven ability to conceptualize and frame funding needs in a way that is compelling to prospects and donors; and
· A desire to be a part of a tight-knit community and a committed team of mentors and educators.
Compensation and Benefits:
· Salary range: $65,000 - $80,000, based on experience
· Competitive benefits package
· Flexible, family friendly environment including ability to work from home
Located in Thomaston, Maine, Trekkers is a non-profit, outdoor-based mentoring program that connects young people with caring adults through expeditionary learning, community service and adventure-based education. Trekkers began in 1994 and offered programs to a small group of local students from 7th to 12th grades living year-round in the small fishing communities of Cushing, St. George, and Thomaston. Over two decades later, Trekkers has completed an expansion plan that has significantly increased overall student enrollment and serves more than 200 students a year in its core programs.
For more information about Trekkers, visit http://trekkers.org/.