Regional Development Director

Big Green is a national nonprofit dedicated to building a nationwide network of learning garden programs to ensure all kids have a healthier future. We believe that real food has the power to improve the health and well-being of every person and create a more sustainable future. We’re searching for a Development Director to provide on-the-ground leadership and management as we build connections, fundraise to install 100+ Learning Gardens in San Antonio.
 
The ideal candidate is a social entrepreneur, able to exceed fundraising targets and someone who has deep connections with local education, nonprofit, community and philanthropic leaders. This person will roll-up their sleeves to lead the region, acting as the primary contact for both internal and external stakeholders. 

Development
  • Oversee creation and implementation of $1 MM regional fundraising plan; collaborate with National Development Team to meet fundraising goals for annual regional budget and support successful completion of annual organizational fundraising goals
  • Build and maintain effective relationships with individual donors, corporate partners, and foundation staff
  • Conduct successful fundraising events for the region to expand the organization’s impact
  • Guide and lead efforts to recruit and manage a Regional Advisory Board
  • Create a strong and thoughtful donor retainment plan
 
Regional Team Management
  • Develop and manage annual budgets
  • Oversee the organization and implementation of the Program and Project Management plans in region
  • Provide leadership and be a resource for intra-regional teams
  • Communicate general organization and regional goals to team
  • Communicate and work collaboratively with the National Development, Program, and Project Management teams around functional and organizational guidelines and goals
  • Ensure timely information and reporting between the region and the National Office
  • Advise and guide regional team on district relationships and strategic program partners
  
Abilities
  • You have experience in working collaboratively, and independently, to build a strong fundraising pipeline.
  • You’re able to execute work in a highly organized, analytical and data-informed manner
  • You can think creatively to strategize, develop and launch local giving campaign
  • You’re highly motivated by our work and authentically represent this mission externally
  • Demonstrate a sincere passion for enriching the lives of high need students and communities and embody Big Green’s mission, core values and approach
  • You’re energized by working amid ambiguity and will bring a patient and solutions-oriented outlook to your work. You are a dedicated leader who is strategic and dynamic, with a track record of establishing meaningful and trusting relationships with colleagues and stakeholders.
  • You’re able to bring an understanding of how to partner with underserved schools
  • You’re able to establish deep relationships with internal and external stakeholders to open doors, make connections and generate revenue and support for Big Green
  • You’re able to position Big Green as a key partner committed to the local community
  • You’re able to Identify and build strong relationships with a diverse array of non-profit, government, community, private sector and high net-worth stakeholders
  • You’re able to serve as an effective communicator, natural connector and subsequently leverage experience of successfully increasing revenue and cultivating donors and community support
 
Qualifications
  • Passion and enthusiasm for Big Green’s mission
  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited four-year college or university. Master’s degree preferred
  • Proven ability to raise at least $1MM annually
  • Five years of business development experience with demonstrated track record of success
  • Intimate familiarity with and experience in the political and cultural landscape of San Antonio metropolitan area
  • Preferred knowledge of San Antonio school districts and related education systems
  • Proven management and leadership capabilities
  • Experience working with senior level executives in a nonprofit or corporate environment
  • High energy, positive attitude, flexibility, teamwork, and attention to detail; high degree of initiative
  • Strong oral and written communication, including public speaking; demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations including youth and adults
  • Superb interpersonal skills, professional demeanor, flexible and team-oriented
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and thoroughly understand strategic development
  • Strong partnership-building and event management skills
  • Ability and willingness to travel
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite; knowledge of Salesforce or CRM a plus
 
Job Type: Full-time; This position is currently funded for 12 months but has the opportunity for ongoing employment depending on the region's success.

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