Provides leadership and direction for the Scissortail Park Foundation’s individual, corporate, foundation and membership fundraising efforts to raise funds to support Scissortail Park.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Leads and directs the Scissortail Park Foundation’s individual, corporate and foundation and membership fundraising efforts
Develops strategic fundraising initiatives that are aligned with the institutional priorities to advance the Park’s mission of : creating a park for everyone to enjoy with quality horticultural programs for all ages and a variety of special events and programs that make the Park a vibrant and active site for downtown Oklahoma City
Manages the Foundation’s annual fund, corporate giving, capital fund, planned giving, membership, donor cultivation and prospecting, and works with a committee to plan and present the biennial gala fundraising event
Works closely with the Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, the Board of Directors and management staff to identify, solicit, acknowledge and steward donors and corporate sponsors
Evaluates and strengthens the Foundation’s existing fundraising efforts in order to achieve revenue goals, including the establishment of institutional metrics
Conducts and facilitates donor prospecting to identify new foundation, civic, corporate and individual donors
Provides direction to and supervision of the Park’s membership program and retention efforts, annual fund initiatives, print materials along with stewardship and cultivation events
Responsible for the operational and capital campaign development budget development and management
Develops and monitors the development department structure in order to accomplish annual and long-range goals
Works with Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, and management team to identify sponsorship and funding opportunities to support the Foundation’s mission-driven programs and plant collections
Engages a cross-departmental team to support the Foundation’s fundraising goals through consistent messaging, branding and positive donor engagement
Develops and maintains and promotes positive and professional relationships with donors, internal staff, volunteers, members, vendors, media and general public
Prepares monthly fundraising report to present at community board meetings
Other duties as assigned.
Directly supervises Membership Manager and Corporate Relations Manager positions
Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with organization’s policies and applicable laws
Responsibilities include: interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; performance evaluations, rewarding and coaching employees, addressing complaints and resolving problems
Education and/or Experience
Bachelor’s degree required
Minimum of five years’ experience in non-profit fundraising, with proven track record for raising significant funds
Experience in a public garden, museum or other cultural attraction is a plus
Proven ability to manage, coach and motivate staff and volunteers
Donor database management experience as well as Word, Excel and Power Point programs
Excellent writing and communication skills
Computer Equipment and Software Requirements
Donor database management experience
Excellent word processing skills; must have expert-level skills with MS Office, especially Excel.
Experience in use of standard office equipment
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Valid Oklahoma Driver’s License.
Skills and Abilities Required
Adheres to Foundation Policy and Procedures.
Acts as a role model within and outside the Foundation.
Performs duties as workload necessitates.
Maintains a positive and respectful attitude.
Communicates regularly with supervisor about Department issues.
Demonstrates flexible and efficient time management and ability to prioritize work load.
Consistently reports to work on time prepared to perform duties of position.
Meets Department productivity standards.
Additional Job Requirements
Clearance of background check.
The employee will work in both an office and park environment. Some locations visited during the course of executing job duties may not be wheelchair accessible; some time may be spent outside in various weather conditions.
Must be able to sit for extended periods.
Must be able to bend, stoop and lift on occasions.
Must be able to climb stairs.
Must be able to walk from office building to Park facility.
This full time, exempt position is eligible for health, dental, life insurance, vision, long-term disability, voluntary life, accident coverage, 403(b), paid time off, and paid holidays.
About Scissortail Park
The 70 acre Scissortail Park, designed by internationally-acclaimed landscape architecture firm, Hargreaves and Associates, links the heart of the city to the Oklahoma River, long aspired to and now part of the city’s “Core to Shore” master downtown development plan. This $135 million project is funded by a city-wide civic improvement tax. The new park, located just a block south of Myriad Botanical Gardens, will feature extensive gardens, a Great Lawn and outdoor performance venue, a lake and boathouse, a café, recreational facilities, children’s play areas, dog park, a civic scaled interactive fountain and multiple walking/jogging paths, all set within regionally-specific native woodland and prairie landscapes. Over 1,000 trees will be planted in the 36-acre Upper Park with hundreds more in the 34 acre Lower Park.