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Director of Development

Company: The Everglades Foundation
Date Posted: December 4, 2017

About Us

The Everglades Foundation is a science-based organization dedicated to protecting and restoring America’s Everglades. Through the advancement of scientifically sound and achievable solutions, the Foundation seeks to halt and reverse the damage inflicted on the ecosystem and provide policymakers and the public with an honest and credible resource to help guide decision-making on complex restoration issues.


The Foundation is both an operating and grant making foundation.  In 2016, it provided 14 diverse partner organizations $1.2M for program grants for specific projects in the areas of policy development, coalition building, outreach and communications, and Everglades education.


The Foundation also emphasizes education for children by offering a comprehensive, online Everglades literacy curriculum for Florida teachers and students of grades K-12.


The Foundation has an operating budget of $9+ million, a talented staff of 18, and a high profile national 30-member Board of Directors.  The Foundation’s board has committed to personally supporting the organization’s administrative and fundraising costs to allow any support raised from outside donors to go directly toward work in science, research, education and advocacy.


The Position

The DOD SW Florida candidate will be an individual with a rich development background, who has had progressive and successful development experience including annual and major gifts and who has a strong track record of successful management. 

The ideal candidate cares deeply about the development profession and has worked in organizations with a very sophisticated donor base. 

Reporting to and working in close collaboration with the Vice President of Development (VP), the Director of Development will design and execute a comprehensive development strategy for the Everglades Foundation in Southwest Florida; including Collier and Lee Counties. The Director will oversee the management of the Naples office, plan and execute ongoing fundraising efforts and activities including the annual ForEverglades Naples benefit, expanding the donor base, increase visibility and awareness on behalf of the Foundation. The position will be located in the Naples, Florida office.


Design development strategy: Work with the VP of Development and team to identify strategies for donor acquisition and retention. Specifically focused on the Southwest Florida community.


Fundraising: Conduct research, prospecting, and application to multiple donor sources.

Develop and maintain a personal prospect pool of leadership major gift prospects to cultivate, solicit and steward.

Plan, manage and assess events and activities, such as tours, receptions and other major Foundation events in the SW Florida area. 

Oversee ongoing development efforts to ensure achievement of annual and strategic objectives.

Build a robust donor base: Develop and maintain key long-term relationships with donors and prospects.

Communications & Follow-up:  Provide timely response and relevant updates on programs, initiatives and activities of the Foundation.

Office Management: Provide oversight and management of the Naples Office.  Be able to work remotely without day-to-day supervision and work independently.

Board Relations: Provide support to Southwest Florida members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.  

Outreach/Education:  Provide educational Everglades briefings, presentations, and tours as a part of development efforts.


Development/Fundraising: 5+ years of experience and proven success in development for a large size nonprofit. Experience running capital campaigns and successful fundraising from multiple donor channels.

Broad knowledge of the principles of fundraising – able to participate in all aspects of the gift cycle: to initiate contacts with potential donors; to develop appropriate cultivation strategies for them, including working with volunteers and board members; to move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation; to personally make solicitations; to maintain stewardship contacts with donors.

Project Leadership: Experience in planning, leading, and managing development projects, including coordinating with peers to achieve desired outcomes, and tracking and reporting on progress to senior managers/board of directors.

Entrepreneurial Spirit: Takes initiative and actively seeks to deepen current donor relationships and to forge new ones. Experience leading and/or being an integral part of an inspiring a group of ambitious and goal-oriented professionals.

Communications: Skilled in creating powerful, compelling written and oral communications for fundraising.  Can convey complex ideas through brief, simple thoughts/materials. Demonstrates experience and credibility when presenting materials to external audiences.  Responsive and inspirational.

 Influencer: Able to connect and communicate with others, able to use convincing arguments to create win-win situations 

Collaboration: Effective at working with others to reach common goals and objectives.

Relationship Building: Skilled at establishing and cultivating strong relationships with peers, across different levels of the organization and externally.  Build a positive image of the Foundation within the community, as well as maintain good relations with leadership of environmental partner groups within the region.


  • Able to see and understand the objectives of the overall fundraising program, and to integrate their goals with strategic overall objectives of the Foundation.
  • Able to initiate, analyze, monitor, evaluate and advance strategic advancement plans.
  • Able to passionately articulate the case for support so that individuals "buy in" to the vision/mission/goals of the institution and with sufficient effectiveness to secure gifts at assigned donor giving levels.
  • Must be able to travel throughout the region.
  • Weekend and evening work will be required.