Trees For Tomorrow (TFT), an established nonprofit natural resources specialty school in the heart of Wisconsin’s beautiful Northwoods, is seeking an energetic, outgoing individual with a demonstrated track record of raising and growing unrestricted giving and of cultivating major gifts.
Candidate must be passionate about TFT’s educational mission and have the vision, leadership ability and interpersonal skills needed to carry the 70-year-old organization forward and set the stage for it to remain a viable, vibrant educational institution for the next seven decades.
Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gift donors and company sponsorships; develop and implement fundraising strategies that ensure a strong financial foundation for the organization (70%). Develop and administer the annual budget, ensuring proper use of financial resources (10%); initiate, facilitate and recommend policies to govern TFT staff and programs (5%); establish guidelines for the recruitment of new staff (5%); and work with and through the assistant director to manage the day-to-day operations of TFT (10%). Travel is required to visit sponsors, solicit donors, and to attend meetings.
JOB TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Identify, cultivate, and solicit philanthropic support by developing and maintaining relationships with corporations, foundations, and individuals; foster positive and enduring relationships that produce reciprocal benefits.
- Lead TFT fundraising priorities; develop fundraising strategies and methods or activities to ensure proper acknowledgement, recognition, and stewardship of donors; participate in developing campaign materials, case statements and brochures; evaluate effectiveness of development programs and secure gifts at various levels; generate appropriate reports.
- Build working relationships with representatives from corporations, foundations and other potential donor organizations, nurturing a culture of philanthropic support.
- Prepare the annual budget; spearhead strategic planning and goal setting and evaluation.
- Participate in professional development organizations, committees, boards, and meetings; travel locally, regionally and statewide as appropriate to advocate for TFT.
- Supervise assistant director and provide oversight leadership to staff (as appropriate and determined by the board of directors) and participate in special projects.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
- Experienced and proven track record in fundraising concepts and appropriate solicitation techniques
- Self-starter able to set goals and focus on meeting targets in a timely manner
- Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work well independently and in team settings
- Strong oral and written communications skills
- Excellent marketing and presentation skills for effective speaking and donor engagement
- Project management and program supervisory skills
- Excel in developing and maintaining partnerships with supporters and prospective company sponsors
- Passionate and sincere advocate for Trees For Tomorrow
- Adaptable with ability to lead and respond to diverse situations
- Able to maintain high level of confidentiality, integrity and discretion
Bachelor’s degree and five years of related experience, or exceptional years of proven experience is preferred. The compensation package will be commensurate with the successful applicant’s experience.
Interested applicants should submit a resume and any supporting documents to:
Trees For Tomorrow
Attn: Ex. Director Search and Screen Committee
P.O. Box 609, Eagle River, WI 54521
SEASONAL NATURALIST PROGRAM - CLOSED - All positions have been filled for 2013-2014.
August 25, 2013 -August 15, 2014
Trees For Tomorrow is seeking highly motivated individuals who would like to gain experience teaching people of all ages about the wise use and proper management of natural resources. Our seasonal naturalists are career development positions which let you experience first hand whether teaching about and in the outdoors is for you. You will work side-by-side with professional foresters, naturalists and environmental educators. You will also meet a variety of professionals in the natural resources and environmental fields that we rely on for expert advice and assistance.
The program begins with a first week of extensive training in our curriculum and teaching programs within the first few weeks. Soon you will also be giving evening naturalist programs, teaching a variety of indoor and outdoor classes, and assisting with other duties on which our school depends. During the winter you will be teaching cross-country ski techniques and leading ski tours that blend in natural resource education. By spring you will be teaching a host of other programs. You will learn to lead bog studies, Northwoods tree identification, orienteering, wildlife programs on wolves, beaver, and bats, as well as water resource activities on area lakes and rivers. Throughout the program time, seasonal naturalists identify a special project to work on which may include curriculum development, display creation, trail development, or anything else we identify is an interest to you and Trees For Tomorrow will benefit from.
- Teaching a variety of educational activities for diverse audiences, both inside and outside.
- Designing and developing an interpretive project or educational curriculum activity for use in the ongoing programs at Trees For Tomorrow.
- Having your teaching style evaluated by professional staff.
- Gaining experience in animal care and handling for programs.
- Learning about the natural history and resource management techniques of Wisconsin's Northwoods.
- Writing for Northbound, a bi-annual news magazine, about natural resource and environmental issues published by Trees For Tomorrow.
- Gaining computer and audio-visual skills.
- Networking with resource professionals from the U.S. Forest Service, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and a variety of forest products industries, to gain a perspective on natural resource careers.
- Additional learning opportunities through off-site educational workshops, in-house special programs and staff enrichment sessions.
- Planning and presenting family and youth summer programs.
- Making new friends and lifelong memories while doing a little hard work in Wisconsin's Northwoods!
- Meeting course requirements as requested by your college or university, if necessary.
- Housing and most food.
- Minimum stipend of $850 per month of program with basic First Aid/CPR Certification.
- Incentive pay if you have any of the following medical certifications valid through employment term: First Responder, Wilderness First Responder, Responding to Emergencies, Emergency Responder, EMT, or other advanced medical certifications upon approval. Contact Cheryl for more information.
- Trees For Tomorrow staff jacket.
- Vacation, holiday, and sick days.
- Great experience for you and your career.
- Ongoing training and professional development.
- A willingness to learn is the most important ingredient!
- High motivation to learn and teach about natural resources, coupled with good people skills, are the real keys.
- A positive attitude and ability to work well with others.
- Willingness to care for and handle program animals.
- An ability to communicate to a variety of ages and backgrounds.
- Cross-country ski experience is a plus but much can be learned at Trees For Tomorrow.
- Recent college graduates preferred, but minimum age of students at the junior or senior level of college. Well-qualified applicants will have backgrounds in biology, environmental education, natural resources, outdoor recreation, or other natural sciences. Career changers are encouraged to apply.
- Minimum of First Aid/CPR certification valid through employment term.
Send resume, cover letter, and references to:
Seasonal Naturalist Coordinator
Trees For Tomorrow
PO Box 609
Eagle River, WI 54521
Phone: 715-479-6456 Ext. 235
Application deadline: April 15, 2013.