Development Officer/director Located At Mo, St. Louis - Job Post By: The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

The Development Officer/Director will have primary oversight of the corporate and foundation relations program, and will carry a portfolio of companies, foundations, and individuals who are current and prospective donors. The primary responsibilities will be relationship building to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors who support the Danforth Center’s work and mission. This position will report to the Vice President of Development.

• Develop, manage, and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies for corporate, foundation, and individual donors.
• Conduct at least 120 relationship-building donor or prospect meetings per year (may take place in-person, through Zoom, or over the phone).
• Record all activity using the donor management and tracking system, Raiser’s Edge,
ensuring that all gift guidelines and compliance requirements are met.
• Provide well-informed advice regarding corporate and foundation funding sources and solicitation strategies to Center leaders, colleagues, and volunteers.
• Work with the Corporate and Foundations Coordinator and administrative assistant to prepare written proposals and materials to support funding requests.
• Supervise Corporate and Foundation Coordinator and other positions to be determined.
• Prepare annual work plans and progress reports as requested.
• Assist with the planning and implementation of donor events and volunteer meetings as appropriate (early morning and evening meetings and development events are a periodic requirement throughout the year).
• Manage special projects, as assigned by the Vice President of Development.
• Frequent local travel is required, with occasional regional or national travel (post-pandemic).
• Live the Danforth Center values: Collaboration, Diversity & Inclusion, Innovation, Integrity & Respect, Environmental Sustainability, and Stewardship.

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:
• Demonstrated record of success in building relationships and generating commitments from corporations, foundations, and individual donors.
• Knowledge of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies and techniques, particularly in the area of corporate and foundation fundraising.
• Demonstrated ability in proposal writing, email, and other donor-centric communication.
• Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and networking skills with large groups as well as with individuals.
• Ability to maintain a high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances.
• Self-motivation and discipline to regularly set and achieve work goals.
• Ability to initiate and build relationships with prospective corporate and foundation donors and interact via telephone and in person with institutional representatives.
• Demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for diverse number of projects and to complete them in a timely manner with limited supervision.
• Ability to work occasional nights and weekends as needed.
• Strong work ethic and interpersonal skills, high attention to detail, good time management, high integrity and a demonstrated ability to work collegially and effectively with volunteers, donors, development staff, and other internal colleagues.

Submission of resume detailing relevant work history and successes along with cover letter.

Minimum Qualifications (or the equivalent combination):
• Bachelor’s Degree
• Three (3) years of related work experience
Preferred candidate has:
• Bachelor’s degree, CFRE, MBA, or other development credentials
• Five or more years of progressively responsible experience in development, including experience in corporate and foundation relations with a track record of success securing five and six figure gifts.
• Previous management experience
More About the Job
At the Danforth Center, the well-being of our community members is essential. That is why we offer excellent benefits to full-time, benefits eligible employees including:
• Health: medical, dental, vision, employee assistance program, wellness program, and paid time off
• Financial: competitive pay, retirement plan with generous match, life and disability insurance, tuition reimbursement program, and employee discounts
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is a core value at the Danforth Center. Our community includes individuals from over 20 different nations. The Danforth Center believes that a diverse workforce strengthens and enriches our community, and we actively welcome people who bring with them their own cultural experiences and perspectives.

Founded in 1998, The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is an independent, non-profit organization with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. Our focus is scientific research at the nexus of food, energy, and the environment to improve the productivity and sustainability of agriculture. We assemble interactive teams of scientists and develop unique platforms to discover underlying principles about how plants work. We then convert that knowledge into useful crops and products, and partner with organizations that are best positioned to solve problems where they exist around the world. The Center’s work is funded through competitive grants from many sources, including the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

At the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, we believe in the power of plants. Plants can help us feed the world, heal the planet, and solve our changing climate. We believe that human ingenuity, informed and made powerful by modern science, can produce wonders. Join us!
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is proudly an equal employment opportunity employer. Employment decisions at the Danforth Center are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. It is our policy that the Danforth Center does not discriminate in employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or national origin and status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to access the information provided on this web site, please contact Human Resources, at 314-587-1033 for assistance.

Date Posted: 2021-03-23
Minimum Education: Unspecified

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