Coordinate and provide support for donor relations activities, including events and communication strategies that provide meaningful engagement opportunities to promote long-term investment and relationships with the Arboretum. Key responsibilities include writing and editing donor communications and supporting the execution of fundraising and stewardship events. Serve as an advocate for a culture of philanthropy that supports the best interests of the organization as well as the donors.
Work closely with the Senior Donor Relations Manager and the Director of Individual Giving and Donor Relations to develop and communicate philanthropic messages to Arboretum members and donors.
Research and develop stories that make a compelling case for support of philanthropic initiatives. Write and edit for a variety of donor communications, including seasonal donor and member publications, donor webpages, and donor emails. Work closely with Marketing and Communications to ensure a consistent, compelling institutional voice regarding support for the Arboretum’s mission.
Support other communication vehicles as appropriate by providing content for major gift impact reports and appeals.
Collaborate with the Senior Donor Relations Manager and Giving Programs Manager on the creation and implementation of a comprehensive development communications calendar.
Coordinate and support the execution of donor and member events. Responsibilities may include creating and managing web registration pages, scheduling staff and volunteers, building timelines, adhering to budgets, and acting as primary liaison to internal and external stakeholders, including program staff, catering, and other vendors.
Support the planning and execution of major donor events including the annual Dinner Party, Plant Sale Preview, race fundraising initiatives, and more. Responsibilities include but are not limited to collateral development, on-site event execution, and staff/volunteer management.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree required. 2+ years experience preferred. Experience in non-profit fundraising, special events, or customer service strongly preferred. Demonstrated professional writing required, with AP style preferred. High degree of confidentiality required. Strong written and verbal communication skills required. Experience working with high level volunteers and staff leadership preferred. Proficiency with Microsoft Office and experience Google applications beneficial. Must possess a valid driver’s license, which is subject to insurability and an annual Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) report.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively to handle multiple projects and deadlines. Ability to engage and solicit compelling stories from a broad range of individuals. Interest in the mission of the Arboretum and a keen understanding of the importance of philanthropic support to the success of non-profit organizations. Well-organized, detail-oriented, and capable of synthesizing large amounts of complex information into a coherent, compelling story that can be tailored to multiple audiences and communication channels. Ability to build positive relationships with volunteers, donors and staff. Ability to be responsive and flexible in a dynamic and evolving organization. Familiarity with audiovisual equipment or the willingness to learn the technical needs of special events.
Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
Physical Demands: Requires some physical activity: limited lifting and carrying (up to 25 lbs.), occasional travel around the Arboretum grounds, and standing for long periods of time.
Work Environment: Fast-paced office environment with occasional outdoor work required.
Equipment: General office equipment, audiovisual equipment, two-way radio, Arboretum golf cart, van, and Cushman cart.
Schedule: Position requires occasional extended work hours, including evenings and weekends.
The Morton Arboretum is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce.