Development Manager or Director

The Eastern Environmental Law Center (EELC) seeks a creative and energetic development professional to strategically contribute to its development efforts. The position, based in Newark New Jersey, reports to the Executive Director. In partnership with the Executive Director and Board, the development position will support the achievement of revenue goals to exceed $1 million annually. The development professional will collaborate with the Executive Director and Board to engage donors with a focus on an individual giving campaign (major gifts, annual campaign) to strengthen fundraising and build internal capacity, and help to realize EELC’s goals for its public interest environmental litigation team. We will consider candidates who desire a full or part-time (at least 20 hours per week) position as a staff member or independent contractor. 

The ideal candidate will be passionate about environmental protection and conservation. (S)he will be a poised, effective, and thoughtful team member ready to get to work in a fast paced environmental legal institution. EELC has a small staff of dedicated environmental public interest lawyers, an office manager/paralegal, interns and a small active board. The ideal candidate must be well organized, possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and be adept at problem solving.
(S)he will have strong skills in large donor cultivation, annual fund giving and a willingness to devote time to foundation grants, and special events as time allows. The candidate will be familiar with the regional environmental community. The successful candidate will understand how to use social media to drive fundraising and publicity. (S)he will have a proven track record in soliciting major gifts (above $10,000), be comfortable speaking directly with donors at all levels and public interest environmental clients.
Finally, the selected candidate will be a collaborative team member eager to work efficiently and effectively at all levels as part of a small administrative team.

• Cultivating new and existing major donor contacts.
• Networking with the environmental donor base in New Jersey.
• Organizing annual campaign directed at existing and potential donors.
• Preparing all materials needed for fundraising programs, including proposals to donors and prospects, sponsorship materials, acknowledgment materials and so on.
• Reporting periodically to the Board.
• Selecting, using and maintaining a web based donor database.
• Assisting with engagement events and foundation outreach.
• Creation of an annual fundraising plan, prepared in collaboration and coordination with the Executive Director, the Board, other senior staff, which includes major donor cultivation, annual fund giving.
• Assist staff in use of social media to drive fundraising outcomes.
• At least 8 years of progressive job experience in development for nonprofit organizations ideally in the environmental or conservation sector.
• Prior experience with environmental issues and the public interest environmental community in the region.
• Outstanding written and oral communication, negotiating, and organizational skills.
• Ability to gain cooperation and build networks with individuals or groups to accomplish program goals.
• Strong writing, communications, presentation, and persuasion skills (writing sample is required).
• Team player with a sense of humor
• Self-starting, independent worker who thrives with minimal oversight.

For more information about EELC, please visit us on Facebook and www.easternenvironmental.org.

To apply send resume and cover letter in confidence to:
Aaron Kleinbaum
Executive Director
Eastern Environmental Law Center
No phone calls please.

EELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity and our programs and employment are open to all. We offer a friendly, team-based environment.