Hidden Villa, an educational farm and wilderness serving 50,000 with a mission to inspire a just and sustainable future, is seeking an Assistant Development Director, to participate in the development and implementation of the strategic direction for stewardship of Hidden Villa’s donors and volunteers.
The Assistant Director of Development is responsible for designing, implementing, evaluating, and maintaining a comprehensive donor communications and recognition program that appropriately and consistently promotes interaction with and recognition of Hidden Villa’s donors at all levels. He/she develops and implements protocols for acknowledging, recognizing, celebrating, and communicating with donors the importance and impact of their gifts. The Assistant Director of Development manages a strategic communications and recognition program that reinforces Hidden Villa’s donor centered approach, enhances organizational goals, and dovetails with
department priorities. He/she works in partnership with all development staff to steward and strengthen new and existing relationships and encourage and enhance the engagement of those relationships.
The ideal candidate for this role, will bring a passion for Hidden Villa’s mission and an interest in leveraging your experience in the fields of direct-response and fundraising. To be successful in this position, you will demonstrate strategic thinking, analytical and fundraising skills with the ability to recognize and present opportunities, identify critical, high pay-off activities and
prioritize them to attain goals. In addition, you will be someone who is highly detail-oriented, has technical experience working with data, and practical experience working as part of a team that has multiple, competing priorities.
Major Responsibilities and Duties:
Oversee the work products and outcomes of the department and ensure they are meeting goals and objectives
Communicate department goals and priorities, provide constructive feedback, and collaborate across departments to achieve goals
Coordinate high-impact communication vehicles and messaging (print and digital media) that educates and promotes Hidden Villa programs, mission fulfillment, and impact
Track results of annual giving program as well as expenses
Adapt existing Annual Fund initiatives based on assessment of goals and resources
Improve processes and implementations to support Development goals, reconciliation of restricted funding, and federal compliance
Ensure accuracy of all information in the database and on the website
Continually seek and share new and best practices in annual giving and develop professional skills through webinars, conferences, and fundraising networks
Support key committees and related events
B.A. in Business, Communications, or a related field. 3-5 years of demonstrated success in fundraising or a related field. Donor Database experience, with a preference for Salesforce.com knowledge. Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office. Demonstrated experience with using network of stewardship professionals and those with targeted expertise. Familiarity with direct mail, online campaigns, and reconciliation of restricted funding. Independent worker with a desire to manage, develop, and mentor staff.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
As key personnel representing Hidden Villa to the community, this position requires excellent interpersonal skills, the ability and willingness to relate to a diverse audience and to model the mission and high standard of behavior of Hidden Villa. Also required is the ability to listen, hear, speak, climb stairs, bend, stoop, and stand for intermittently long periods of time. Must possess or be able to acquire a valid driver’s license. Documentation establishing your right to work in the United States along with submission of fingerprints and the subsequent successful background check and response is required. Hidden Villa is a non-smoking environment.
Additional Salary Information: Salary: DOE
Working Hours: The Assistant Director of Development is a full time, exempt position which is required to attend Board and committee meetings as appropriate, and other events which fall outside normal working hours. This position includes employee benefits, vacation, sick leave and eligibility to participate in the Hidden Villa Retirement Plan (403B). Hidden Villa is a non-smoking environment
Hidden Villa is a nonprofit educational organization that uses its organic farm, wilderness, and community to teach and provide opportunities to learn about the environment and social justice. Hidden Villa stretches over 1600 acres of open space in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, about 40 miles south of San Francisco. Our mission is to inspire a just and sustainable future through our ...programs, land and legacy.Hidden Villa was founded by Frank and Josephine Duveneck, who purchased the land in 1924 and offered it as a gathering place for discussion, reflection, and incubation of social reform. Over the following decades, the Duvenecks established the first Hostel on the Pacific Coast (1937), the first multiracial summer camp (1945), and Hidden Villa’s Environmental Education Program (1970). The Trust for Hidden Villa was established as a nonprofit in 1960.Every year 30,000 people participate in one of our formal programs. An additional 20,000 visitors come to our preserve annually to explore our farm and gardens or to hike on our eight miles of trails. Our constituents cover a wide spectrum of age, physical ability, geography, ethnicity, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds and our organic farm, rustic barns, newer sustainable structures and pristine riparian, woodland and chaparral wilderness provide opportunities to experience the beauty of our environment on a first hand basis.