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Director Of Advancement Operations

The League just celebrated its 20th anniversary, and has gone through a strategic planning process, establishing goals and metrics through 2016.  The very first priority is to “strengthen fund development and our culture of philanthropy.”  An incoming Director of Advancement Operations will have the opportunity to work with a team committed to building a culture of philanthropy and is bought into the value proposition inherent in a solid development enterprise.

Ultimately, the incoming Director of Advancement Operations will play a significant role in the mission of the Alaska Wilderness League – to impact the future of this extraordinary treasure trove of lands, set aside decades ago to be protected now and in the future for the benefit of the American people.  The incoming Director’s work, dedication and strategic partnership with the staff and Board of Directors will create a long-lasting legacy in the preservation of Alaska’s amazing public lands.

Position Description

Reporting to the Deputy Director, the Director of Advancement Operations will be responsible for organizing and managing advancement operations in support of the overall fundraising strategy.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan Implementation for Advancement – Manage and monitor the implementation of the advancement plan.  This entails regularly reviewing outcomes and success measures, communicating them with the team, and facilitating action steps.
  • Supervise Gift Processing, Gift Acknowledgement, and Data Management (including reconciliation and reporting) – Ensure that gift records are accurate and well organized.  Ensure that processing and acknowledgement are appropriate and timely.
  • Budgeting, Reporting, and Evaluation – Facilitate the development of the annual advancement budget and track monthly through the year.
  • Annual Leadership Giving – Implement an effective strategy to grow annual leadership giving through growth in average size of donor’s gifts and the recruitment of new donors annually.
  • Direct Appeal and Membership – Ensure that the annual giving and membership campaigns are strategic and well managed.  Ensure that all mailings are planned well in advance and coordinated.  Ensure that deliberate decisions are made about to whom, about what, and when.  Ensure that strategies exist for the inclusion or exclusion of prospects and donors from annual giving and membership.
  • Corporate Relations – Develop the corporate giving program to include sponsorships and cause-related marketing strategies.  Increase the support through recruitment of new corporate donors and the development of strategies that increase average contributions and grants.
  • Events- Ensure that all advancement events are well planned and managed; and that they donor-centered—use to strengthen the fundraising program through identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Communications and Publications – Organize and manage communications in order to effectively communicate target messages to key audiences; integrate messages and calendar with direct appeal.
  • Advancement Communications and Publications – Collaborate with the Director of Communications and her team to develop stories of the newsletter and other publications for fundraising purposes.  Ensure that donor stewardship communications are robust and donor-centered, ensuring that all donors feel connected and appreciated.
  • Planning- Participate in the preparation of an annual plan, which includes a review of the year’s activities and sets specific goals and objectives for the next and future fiscal years.
  • Reports – Generate reports that track and/or demonstrate progress toward goals.  This includes fundraising reports for the board, prospect tracking reports for management, and reports on progress against plan for management.
  • Work to foster an atmosphere of cooperation and ownership of the values, vision, and mission of the organization to reinforce a common sense of purpose among the team.
  • Work and travel as necessary to successfully meet established goals and objectives.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Desired Experience and Personal Characteristics

  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in nonprofit development operations, with a demonstrated understanding of how to grow and maintain the critical, “behind the scenes” aspects of a results-driven development shop, including: annual leadership giving, direct appeal, membership, corporate relations, event management, advancement communications, budget and reporting management, prospect tracking, database management, gift processing and acknowledgement;
  • Demonstrated ability to fundraise within an advocacy organization;
  • Ability to work with and optimize Raiser’s Edge;
  • Understands the purpose and core values of the League; is invested in the mission and vision of the organization;
  • Takes time to listen and respond; tunes into people;
  • Aware of self and others, handles criticism, accepts mistakes, possesses strong self-esteem;
  • Honest, forthright, possesses positive values;
  • Manages stress and workload, treats others without rancor, maintains composure and is polite;
  • Sensible, realistic, deploys practical solutions and resources economically and effectively;
  • Exhibits strong organizational skills- plans, schedules, prioritizes, anticipates, and builds scenarios.

The Alaska Wilderness League has retained the services of ThinkingAhead Executive Search. Please send your resume, expression of interest, and salary history to:

Chris Spagnola, Senior Recruiting Associate
ThinkingAhead Executive Search
cspagnola@thinkingahead.com

Rainforest Campaign Director

Position Summary: Alaska Wilderness League is seeking a Rainforest Campaign Director to oversee the League’s rainforest campaign. This person will help guide the overall strategic direction of the League’s rainforest campaign, will coordinate the efforts of multiple staff, and will act as lobbyist and spokesperson for the program on the hill, in the administration and to the press. The Rainforest Campaign Director reports to the Director of Government Affairs and will be based in DC. Some travel is required.

Responsibilities:

  • Set overall rainforest campaign direction in concert with other program staff
  • Provide strategic leadership and guidance for all aspects of the rainforest campaign, including policy positions, advocacy, media, and grassroots
  • Represent the League on rainforest issues, in coordination with other League staff, with external audiences including broader environmental community, government officials, media, and allied constituencies
  • Develop relationships with key congressional and agency staff
  • Oversee southeast Alaska regional outreach strategy

Primary Qualifications/Skills/Expertise/Experience Required:
At least 5 years of experience participating in and/or leading multi-dimensional
advocacy campaigns with working knowledge of direct advocacy, media, grassroots,
collaboration and negotiation

  • Knowledge of legislative and administrative process
  • Knowledge and enthusiasm about Alaska public lands issues or national forest issues
  • Strong communication skills
  •  Bachelor’s degree

To Apply:
Send resume and cover letter, including salary history, to jobs@alaskawild.org, by June 6. Please send two examples of your work that we might find useful. Your cover letter should answer the following questions:

  1. What are the strengths that you bring to this job and evidence of them?
  2. Describe a challenge you have overcome.
  3. Why is this the ideal job for you?

Salary and benefits commensurate with experience.
Alaska Wilderness League is an equal opportunity employer.

Environmental Justice Coordinator

Position Summary: The Environmental Justice Coordinator will lead outreach and coordination with tribal governments and Alaska Native peoples in conjunction with the League’s campaign work.  Working closely with the Alaska State Director, Campaign Directors and the Environmental Justice Team, the Coordinator will identify and develop culturally appropriate strategies to work with communities. This person will work to gain insight and understanding from Alaska communities about their strengths as well as opportunities to protect lands and waters. The Environmental Justice Coordinator reports to the Alaska State Director and will be based in Anchorage, AK. Travel within Alaska and to Washington DC is required.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate – Communicate with and organize individuals, tribal governments and tribal organizations, including non-profit native corporations, indigenous non-profits, and regional tribal governments.  Develop and maintain connections with indigenous groups and allies in the Lower-48.  Lead outreach and recruitment for advocacy trips to Juneau and Washington, DC.  Act as representative and spokesperson for League’s Environmental Justice program with tribes, within the broader conservation community, on the Hill, with the administration and with the media.
  • Organizational Leadership – Be versed on and a champion of all League campaigns and policies. Coordinate with Campaign Directors, State Director and Environmental Justice Team.   Maintain League’s Anchorage office and local presence.

Qualifications:

  • General Skills –Understanding of Alaska native cultures.  Knowledge of Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), Statehood Act and Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA). Knowledge of Congress and administrative agencies; knowledge of Alaska state government and relevant agencies.  Strong oral communications skills; confident public speaker; strong leadership and motivational abilities. Social media experience.
  • Approachable & Available Manner – Experience working with a team, independently and experience working in cross cultural settings.
  • Hard WorkingCommitted and Willing to Have Fun – Creative, innovative, opportunistic and persistent.  Interested in exploring ways to do things better.  Strong preference to work in a team. Willing to perform your own administrative tasks such as photocopying, filing, data entry, etc.

To apply: Send resume and cover letter, including salary history, to jobs@alaskawild.org. Please send two examples of your work that we might find useful.

Your cover letter should answer the following questions:

1. What are the strengths that you bring to this job and evidence of them?
2. Describe a challenge you have overcome.
3. Why is this the ideal job for you?

Applications must be submitted by April 17, 2014.

Salary & Benefits: salary commensurate with experience; health & retirement benefits.

Alaska Wilderness League is an equal opportunity employer. 

Internships

Communications Intern

Alaska Wilderness League is looking for an unpaid communications intern for the summer to assist our communications team in Washington, DC. Interns can expect to gain a comprehensive introduction into the communications of political advocacy at the federal level. Specific tasks and responsibilities include:

  • Generating and updating online content
  • Keeping the League’s social media outlets up-to-date and engaging with members
  • Organizing the League’s media libraries, including online and hard copy resources
  • Assisting with public relations, correspondence, and general office tasks as they arise
  • Some administrative tasks including database updating and printing outreach materials

Qualifications:
Upperclassmen or recent college graduates with degrees in Political Science, Communications, Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, or other relevant fields are encouraged to apply. Graduate students are also strongly encouraged to apply. Flexible scheduling is available.

Application Instructions:
Candidates should e-mail resume and writing sample to Brian McLane at Brian[at]alaskawild.org

Government Affairs Intern

Alaska Wilderness League is looking for unpaid government affairs interns for both spring and fall semesters as well as the summer to assist our government relations team in Washington. Interns can expect to gain a comprehensive introduction into political advocacy at the federal level. Specific tasks and responsibilities include:

  • Conduct research on and analyze federal legislation, state and federal public law and conservation strategies
  • Prepare written memos and other documents
  • Attend weekly strategy meetings
  • Attend meetings and hearings on Capitol Hill
  • Congressional outreach through information drops, phone calls, and e-mails
  • Prepare weekly newsletters on upcoming Hill activities
  • Some administrative tasks including database updating and printing outreach materials
  • Additionally, interns are encouraged to attend Senate and House committee hearings of interest.

Qualifications:
Upperclassmen or recent college graduates with degrees in Political Science, Communications, Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, or other relevant fields are encouraged to apply. Graduate students and law students are also strongly encouraged to apply. Flexible scheduling is available.

Application Instructions:
Candidates should e-mail resume to Brian McLane at Brian[at]alaskawild.org