Development Officer

  • Southern Environmental Law Center
  • Charlottesville, VA, United States
  • Nov 22, 2016
Full time Administrative/Environmental Support Advocacy Business Development

Job Description

Are you a people person who enjoys connecting like-minded individuals and families with a great cause? Do you want to use your skills and talents to protect a healthy and beautiful environment for ourselves and future generations? Would you enjoy traveling to the best cities and towns the South has to offer and build new relationships there? 

Then pack your suitcase, grab your boarding pass, and come to work for the Southern Environmental Law Center.  

SELC is a non-profit organization that is headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia. Our mission is to use the power of the law to champion the environment of the Southeast and all the people who depend on it for their health and wellbeing. We are playing a central role in every major environmental issue playing out in our six states (VA, TN, NC, SC, GA, and AL), and our work has significant national and even global impact.  

The Southern Environmental Law Center is celebrating its 30th Anniversary—with a two-year outreach and engagement campaign to ensure SELC’s long-term vitality and financial stability.  We’re already off and running: hosting high-touch special events; making face-to-face calls to discuss planned gifts with longtime supporters; making strategic leadership gift asks for SELC’s anniversary; sitting down with new prospects to introduce them to SELC and ask for first-time major gifts; and recruiting new Board of Trustees members. And we have recruited an impressive Next 30 Committee of rising philanthropists and community leaders in their 30s and 40s.       
We are seeking a development officer to join our fast-paced, close-knit, fun and creative fundraising/marketing team to help out with this full array of activities—with a special focus on expanding SELC’s donor base in the Next 30 demographic. At SELC, development officers can rely on a talented, proven team of colleagues who are skilled in grantwriting, development research, graphics and publications, and event planning—so you can spend your time creating and implementing customized cultivation and solicitation plans for your fundraising portfolio. 

The successful candidate will:
Be a dynamic communicator with great people skills and judgment
Be highly organized, self-motivated, and excellent at time management
Have experience with in-person gift solicitation
Enjoy juggling multiple short- and long-term projects, and be able to think on your feet and shift gears smoothly  
Have a college degree and at least three years of relevant professional experience
Gladly travel 6-10 days a month, with the ability to take overnight trips, to schedule productive days filled with multiple donor visits, to help plan and host special events, and to build relationships as assigned in territories throughout SELC’s six-state region (VA, NC, SC, TN, GA, AL).

Development officers report to and partner with SELC's longtime Director of Development and Marketing, who has led SELC through two successful campaigns and helped to build SELC into a $25 million/year powerhouse organization. You would also work closely with SELC’s exceptional group of 70 attorneys, including our founder and executive director who is very actively engaged in setting and implementing our fundraising strategies. 

SELC enjoys a reputation for professionalism, impact, and accountability. For the last nine years, we have received the top, 4-star “exceptional” rating from Charity Navigator. We currently have a perfect score of 100.

SELC is also a great place to work. We expect hard work, strategic thinking, peak performance, and teamwork from ourselves and from each other—but there is a climate of mutual respect, collaboration, and warm collegiality among our staff, board members and supporters. SELC offers its employees a competitive benefits package and an enjoyable work environment.

SELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages applications from persons of all backgrounds.
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