Development and Communications Director This position plays the lead role in the planning, implementation, and management of initiatives and activities to generate financial support for the work of Borderlands Restoration Network (BRN) and its partner entities. The position also oversees the development of communication strategies and materials, including BRN’s online presence. The Development and Communications Director reports to the Executive Director and manages the development assistant. Organization Borderlands Restoration Network (BRN) is a 501c3 public charity based in Patagonia, Arizona. We build rock structures to secure water, reduce erosion and restore habitat; collect and grow out native seeds and operate a thriving native plant nursery to support our restoration work; collaborate with other community-based organizations to enhance the connections between the people and the land; and have a broad offering of educational programs designed to prepare the next generation of restoration leaders. We deliver programs and projects in the borderlands of southern Arizona and Northern Sonora, Mexico. Our students come from all over the world, with a preponderance from our local communities near the border. Our funds come from local, state, and federal agencies, private landowners, private and corporate foundations, and generous individual donors. Our current annual budget for 2019 totals approximately $1.1M.
BRN is also the managing partner of a group of five organizations who share a collective goal of building a restoration economy in the borderlands. Each partner organization has its own unique assets and, through the collaboration, shares its expertise and significantly strengthens BRN’s overall impact.
Geographic Location This position is based in Patagonia, AZ. The employee must live in Patagonia or close enough to be physically in Patagonia during the work week and occasionally on evenings or weekends.
Compensation Salaried position, $53,000 - $60,000 based on experience; health benefits; three weeks paid vacation.
Major Responsibilities 1. Prepare an annual fundraising plan that includes individual giving strategies, major donor strategies, planned giving, events, etc. 2. Identify grant sources and write and/or support program staff to prepare grant proposals. 3. With the Executive Director, develop the annual development budget. 4. Identify prospective donors and steward new and existing donors. 5. Manage donor software (Little Green Light) and communicate regularly with all donors to strengthen donor relationships through preparation of our quarterly newsletter, tours of BRN sites, and other communication/outreach activities. 6. Suggest fundraising approaches and provide staff support including providing reports, making presentations and meeting facilitation to the Board of Directors and the Development Committee of the board. 7. Support the Executive Director in outreach, marketing, fundraising, and partnership activities. 8. Develop and oversee the implementation and maintenance of web-based, print and broadcast components of BRN’s outreach and public information efforts; supervise the communications specialist. 9. Develop policies and procedures to manage all development and communications functions of BRN. 10. Develop and implement system-wide evaluation of development and communications services. 11. Model the collaboration that is a hallmark of BRN operations.
Required Education and Experience 1. Baccalaureate degree in a field related to BRN’s mission and/or communications, marketing, or fundraising. 2. At least five (5) years of fundraising experience with at least two years in a management position preferred. 3. Experience with major donor fundraising. 4. Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred.
To apply Send a resume and letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org Position open until filled. Borderlands Restoration Network is an equal opportunity employer.
Deep Dirt Institute (DDI) is looking for an energetic and committed part-time Executive Director to lead the organization and, in particular, to oversee program offerings and to directly manage the finance, HR, fundraising, marketing, community outreach, and board support. The position reports directly to the Chair of the Board of Directors and works closely with Program Director. Hours: 20 hours per week salaried position Schedule: Flexible hours that will include occasional evening and weekend work Location: Deep Dirt Institute is based in Patagonia, AZ. Most DDI activities occur at Deep Dirt Farm. There is no administrative office. Some computer-based work can be done off site. The Executive Director should live in Patagonia or close enough to interact regularly with visitors, volunteers, community members, board members, and partners in the area. Compensation: $2100/mo salaried position including two week annual vacation About the Organization DDI is a non-profit organization whose mission is to model, teach, and inspire people to live in resilient and regenerative ways.Deep Dirt Farm (DDF) is a working permaculture farm where people learn how to live simply, repurpose waste, grow organic food, make compost, restore the watershed, build with natural materials, propagate native plants, and develop habitat for wildlife and pollinators. Over the past 13 years, Kate Tirion, owner of Deep Dirt Farm, has provided workshops and training for over 4,000 people (including over 3,500 youth ages 12-24) who gained work experience, knowledge, inspiration, and practical tools to be able to make positive changes in their own lives and in the lives of their communities. Deep Dirt Institute is a new nonprofit established to house and expand the reach of that educational programming.
Duties and Responsibilities In general, the Executive Director (ED) is the key management leader of DDI. The ED is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include board support, fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Chair of the Board of Directors and works closely with Program Director (PD).
Support the Board of Directors by staffing regular board meetings as well as the fundraising and governance committees of the board; by developing the annual budget with the Board Treasurer and Chair; by proposing annual goals and objectives to accompany the budget; by regularly reporting on operational activities; by bringing new opportunities for partnerships and resources; and, with the PD, by proposing new program activities and opportunities.
Manage administrative functions of the organization including establishing policies and procedures for financial management and human resource management; setting up procedures for contract management including, but not limited to, invoicing and regular reporting; assuring appropriate insurance is in place and the organization is in compliance; creating and populating the DDI filing system; developing with the Board Treasurer, the annual operating budget and managing resources to that budget; developing budgets for grant proposals and contracts; serving as the point person for DDI’s contract bookkeeping service and tax accountant.
Lead communications efforts, including but not limited to: keeping the website, calendars, and social media channels up-to-date with key information; tracking key information including volunteer hours, training activities, donor/sponsor engagement, visitor contact info/demographics, and other data that captures and highlights the impact of DDI’s activities; drafting and posting blog posts and email newsletters/campaigns; designing and distributing promotional materials such as event flyers and informational brochures; responding to inquiries via email and social media channels.
Lead fundraising efforts, in concert with the Board of Directors as a whole, and the Fundraising Committee of the Board in particular; identify opportunities and prepare/coordinate preparation of proposals to public and private fund sources. Develop strategies for raising funds from individual donors, staff on line and in person fundraising activities, manage the donor data base and donor relations, coordinate fundraising events.
Boost the visibility of DDI’s brand, mission, and purpose through coordinated outreach efforts. This includes building on DDF’s existing social media and communications platforms (Facebook, e-newsletter, flyers, word of mouth); identifying opportunities to expand communications to better reach our target audiences; identifying appropriate events and meetings where DDI staff or board members should be present; consistently communicating with supporters about the organization’s activities and goals; and proactively strengthening DDI’s relationship with key partners and potential funders.
Coordinate DDI demonstration and education activities at Deep Dirt Farm. Working with the PD and DDI intern, the ED will assure that the logistics related to tours, workshops, and other demonstration and education activities are in place including: scheduling and communicating with volunteers, staff, and other participants; coordinating materials, tools, and equipment to be in place for workshops and building events; and ensuring that the farm’s on-site facilities (composting toilet, camping kitchen, water/power supply, etc.) are stocked and functioning. When appropriate, represent the work of DDI at Deep Dirt Farm to visitors and guests.
Education, Skills, and Experience
At least 5 years of relevant work experience, including at least 2 years in a management/senior staff position
Strong written and oral communication skills
Solid analytical capabilities
Successful grant writing and/or private fundraising experience
Experience with updating Wix website or other content management systems; proficiency with website management platforms, including Wix and Google Analytics preferred
Experience with donor management software like Little Green Light and email management programs like MailChimp
Experience with writing marketing material for different channels: blogs, social media posts, brochures, flyers, etc.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office and G Suite (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Calendar, Drive, Meet)
Bilingual in Spanish and English is a plus!
The preferred candidate will:
have an interest in (and hopefully a passion for!) permaculture, restoration, sustainable building, environmental education
bring a combination of big picture thinking and attention to detail that is essential in a small organization.
be comfortable and capable of representing the organization in public settings as well as in developing collaborative projects with both current and new partners
have the interest and capability to develop the basic organizational infrastructure required for a new organization
be comfortable and effective working closely with a seasoned and inspirational Program Director
be proficient at prioritizing tasks, managing time, and meeting deadlines
be able to carry out duties and responsibilities with only general oversight from the Board
Borderlands Restoration, L3C Director of Business Development and Sales Job Description
Borderlands Restoration, L3C is the founding organization of the Borderlands Restoration Network (https://www.borderlandsrestoration.org). Borderlands Restoration Network (BRN) is both an independent public charity and a collaborative of five organizations working to build a regional restoration-based economy in which diverse, fulfilling livelihoods support the restoration of thriving natural ecosystems and build prosperous, vibrant, healthy communities in the US – Mexico borderlands. We are looking for an energetic entrepreneur to take responsibility for developing and executing business and marketing plans to commercialize more sustainably produced products developed by our collaborative.
Current products include native seed and plants, ranchland and watershed restoration planning and implementation. Future products being developed in cooperation with our partners include products from mesquite, agave, livestock, recreational and cultural ecosystem services (ecotourism and cultural tourism), as well as markets for other ecosystem services (carbon, water recharge and flood mitigation, biodiversity and endangered species).
Position Summary Description This position has primary responsibility for the development of products and markets leading to the realization of a restoration economy. The Director works closely with and is supported by the Managing Partner of Borderlands Restoration and the principals and experts of other partner organizations.
Position Reportsto the Managing Partner of Borderlands Restoration (BR).
Geographic Location This position is based in Patagonia, AZ. Preferably, the Director would be located in Patagonia, but could be located no further than Tucson; in any event close enough to work out of BR’s local offices two to three days a week and interact regularly with partner organizations and communities in the borderlands region.
Duties and Responsibilities In general, oversees and assists in the development of partner organizations’ business and marketing plans leading to the successful commercialization of products that are sustainably produced from the enhanced ecosystem services provided by ongoing watershed and community restoration practices. Specific activities include:
With the support of the Managing Partner and other experts, research and write Business Plans able to attract funding (investment and/or financing) to implement successful marketing and sales of products to retail buyers regionally. Multiple market channels are available for products, such as online catalog sales, retail stores, private individuals attending educational workshops, other businesses/institutions, and public agencies;
Hires, oversees, mentors and evaluates the performance of interns and eventual hired sales staff;
Models the collaboration and distributed leadership that characterizes BR and its partner organizations’ operations;
Provides regular reports on the status of sales and markets to BR Managing Partner and collaborators;
Serves as a leading spokesperson for explaining and interpreting the work of BR and its collaborators to the public, investors, partners and supporters, and to communities in the borderlands region of the US and Mexico;
Participates directly in teaching and mentoring of students and interns associated with the various educational activities of BRN.
Ideal Education and Experience
Baccalaureate Degree in business and marketing, with a minor in ecological studies, conservation biology, environmental science, permaculture, applied economics, or closely related fields;
(Preferred) Masters Degree in business, marketing, or related field with some knowledge of environmental studies, ecology, conservation biology, and permaculture;
At least three (3) years’ experience in sales and marketing of products, with the ability to write and implement business and marketing plans and product sales;
At least two (2) years management experience including directing programs and projects, program planning, budget and fiscal management, sales staff supervision, and community relations.
Requisite Knowledge and Skills
Knowledge of principles of community and economic development, business planning, marketing, and product sales; ability to work effectively with collaborating organizations and individuals to prioritize, write, and implement business and marketing plans to commercialize products;
Ability to communicate business and marketing plans and strategies to potential investors or financiers;
Ability to market and sell products, build market and sales capacity, and eventually hire and manage sales staff.
Compensation A salary and benefit package will be negotiated with selected candidate. The range is commensurate with the responsibilities of the position, the experience of the candidate, the relative compensation of other permanent staff, and the cost of living in southeast Arizona. BR is open to considering salary incentives and flexible compensation structures.
If interested in applying for this position, please email a cover letter explaining the reasons for your interest, your relevant knowledge and experience, and your most recent resume with at least two references who are most familiar with you, your work, and your ability. Please send to email@example.com
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