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Development Coordinator

Posted: 01/28/2024

General Description/Summary:
The Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to enhance the parks’ natural environment and engage visitors through recreation, education, and conservation.

We are searching for a resourceful, energetic, and dedicated individual to serve as our part-time development coordinator. The development coordinator is responsible for raising awareness of the impact our organization has on the parks and all of those who utilize and cherish them. This individual will develop relationships with key individuals and organizations who can assist with this endeavor as well as raise funds that support programming and funding for the capital campaign to build a new nature center. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the Development Coordinator:
➢ Demonstrate a self-motivated work ethic coupled with responsiveness to supervision.
➢ Develop and promote awareness-building and fundraising through various events, on site as well as in the broader community, and via various media platforms.
➢ Utilize networking and research to establish relationships between the Friends organization and key individuals and constituencies while maintaining existing relationships.
➢ Help the Friends develop fundraising goals and work to meet these goals.
➢ Assist in writing grant proposals and developing gift opportunities.
➢ Coordinate fundraising events and activities from start to finish.
➢ Identify and solicit new donors among individuals, foundations, and corporations.
➢ Adhere to gift guidelines as established by the Friends board of directors.
➢ Recruit, coordinate, and support volunteers to assist in a very broad range of activities.
➢ Maintain detailed records of activity on behalf of the Friends and submit timely reports to the board.

Education/Experience
A strong candidate for this position will possess a bachelor’s degree or higher in a field related to natural resources, education, marketing, or business finance. Experience demonstrating applicable skills working within those fields is desired.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
➢ Possess interpersonal skills that support successful interaction with the general public and potential donors. Prior experience working with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, and in various settings, is highly preferred.
➢ Provide evidence of the ability to:
    ○ Develop and disseminate written materials including–but not limited to– handouts, posters, press releases, and donor letters.
    ○ Utilize social media platforms for marketing outreach.
➢ Demonstrate excellent judgment and decision-making skills that yield funding for the mission of the Friends.
➢ Show the ability to negotiate with donors and persuade individuals, foundations, and corporations to provide support for a specific purpose. Evidence of prior productive grant writing experience is preferred.
➢ Demonstrate creativity in generating fundraising opportunities and successfully executing productive events

Work Environment:
The development coordinator’s work environment is quite diverse. During the phases of contacting potential donors and planning a fundraiser, you will work in an office setting at Willow River State Park. Since many fundraising events take place outdoors, you will spend some time working outside in various weather conditions. You must also be available to work some evenings and weekends.

Hours:
This part-time position will average approximately 20 hours per week. The distribution of these hours will vary depending on time of year and type of activity.

Compensation:
Hourly wage starting at $30,000 annually for half-time, negotiable, based upon qualifications and experience.

Application Process:
Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest, resumé and additional supporting documentation to: rthofern@willowkinnifriends.org, or Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks, 1034 County Road A, Hudson WI 54016 Applications are now being accepted. This posting will remain open until the position is filled. The selected candidate may begin almost immediately pending reference and background checks. 

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