Heal the Bay is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds of Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy, and clean. To fulfill our mission, we use science, education, community action, and advocacy. Heal the Bay has an annual budget of over $4 million and more than 15,000 members. Progress toward our mission is achieved by effectively combining the use of science, advocacy, community outreach, and public education to
create positive change in our local environment.
The Associate Advancement Director (AAD) will report to the Advancement Director (AD) and is responsible for developing, managing, implementing and evaluating fund development strategies for Heal the Bay. In partnership with the AD, the AAD will develop and implement an annual Fundraising Plan that includes strategies for major gifts, gala sales, and corporate support.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Oversee and manage all aspects of the Annual Awards Gala, including logistics and dinner sales. Work with AD, CEO, management team, and Board of Directors to sell tables and achieve budgeted goal.
- Personally cultivate, solicit, and steward major gifts from a portfolio of high-net- worth individuals, foundations, and corporations.
- Develop and execute a major gift pipeline, including: identifying existing and potential major donors and funders, creating individual stewardship and solicitation plans, managing ongoing relationships, and assigning relationship managers for each donor. This position will have a strong focus on building major donors in the $1000-$4999 category, with the goal of increasing donations by at least 10%.
- Work closely with the Communications Director to create superb campaigns and materials.
Skills, Experience and Education
- Professional with 3+ years of direct fundraising and solicitation experience.
- Demonstrated success cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors.
- Ability to follow fundraising plans and demonstrate accountability on goals and deliverables.
- Excellent organizational, project management and problem solving skills.
- Demonstrated tact and diplomacy in difficult or sensitive situations and ability to perform under pressure in a dynamic environment.
- Ability to network within varied communities, broaden support and diversify membership.
- Superior interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
- Persuasive writing skills with experience in grant writing and foundation gift compliance.
- Some evening and weekend work is required.
- Must have passion for Heal the Bay’s mission.
- Has access to transportation.
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and donor relations management database (Salesforce).
- Bachelor’s degree and Spanish fluency preferred.