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Development Director
Category: Manager

The American Camellia Society
Fort Valley, Georgia

Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Development Director

The Director of Development and Communications is charged with the primary responsibility for managing and implementing the American Camellia Society’s overall development plan that is to be consistent with goals as outlined in the ACS Strategic Plan. The position is responsible for the planning, execution, accounting, control and evaluation of fundraising, public relations and education, and outreach for ACS. The Development Director directly reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the Fundraising Committee, the Board, and our Fundraising volunteers to enhance and support the overall Mission of ACS and to assure ample unrestricted and program funds are generated. The Development Director shall also work closely with the Development Consultant in an effort to define the ACS development plan for both Annual Giving and Long Term Capital Campaign programs establishing a marketing and implementation strategy to accomplish both.

Reports to:      Executive Director of the American Camellia Society
  • Help formulate and implement strategies and tactics for fundraising and development activities to sustain continued growth of donations and grants, maximum penetration of core market areas, and look for opportunities to expand these potential resources where appropriate.
  • Work with the Board and membership to identify, re-engage, and cultivate both past, present, and new donors including those that would be classified as major donors.
  • Provide management and active leadership for major external and community development activities such as corporate partnerships, volunteers, and other horticultural societies utilizing marketing, communication, and educational programs.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director to ensure that any planned development activities are not in conflict with the schedule of other activities, events, duties, and timelines necessary to the function of the American Camellia Society.
  • Identify, build, and steward relationships with community, civic, and corporate leaders as an integral part of volunteer and prospective donor development and engagement.  Establish a network and represent the organization in professional societies/organizations in the capacity as it pertains to Development and marketing efforts.
  • With the assistance of the Executive Director, the Fundraising Committee, and the Board as a whole, provide leadership in cultivating and training others to help with efforts to implement the Development Plan. Whether utilizing individuals, committees, or enjoining local/regional clubs for their help, develop specific strategies, goals, and timelines for their activities, provide assistance to support their volunteer efforts, and properly recognize those relationships for their accomplishments.
  • Network with Local and Regional Clubs to share the vision of their National Society, to discuss best practices to help them implement good Development efforts on behalf of themselves and ACS, to provide information and suggestions as needed in their efforts to promote camellias and the ACS Mission, and to provide proper recognition as appropriate.
  • Responsible for the collection, recordation, development, and maintenance of all donor, prospect, and volunteer information as a permanent database. Account for, track, and collect all donations, pledges, and commitments providing reports as necessary to the Executive Director, Fundraising Committee, and the Board to show the status, progress, and success of all fundraising activities. Determine and execute appropriate recognition levels for all donor levels and donations/pledges made.
  • With sensitivity to good financial management, supply a budget to the Executive Director and the ACS Treasurer each year for consideration. Based on the dollars that can be set aside for the Development effort, provide flexibility, ideas, and recommendations as to how to adjust the proposed Development budget in order to still maintain efficiency and effectiveness of those efforts. Once this process is completed, the Development budget will be included in the annual budget for overall Board approval.
  • College Degree is strongly preferred but not required with equivalent and/or qualified experience
  • At least five years’ experience in development and/or fundraising
  • Strong sales and business development background a must
  • Self-sufficient and an entrepreneurial spirit is a must
  • Proven track record of success performance is strongly preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communicator
  • At times, attendance at night and weekend events are required
The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.   Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools or controls and type.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch and/or crawl.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and infrequently up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
This Development Director position described above identifies but is not limited to the duties and responsibilities that will be expected of the employee for this position. It is important for this employee to show a willingness and ability to be flexible, creative, forward thinking, to have a high regard for professionalism, and an appreciation for the Mission of the American Camellia Society.
Please email a resume and cover letter to
The American Camellia Society (a 501(c)(3) non-profit) is a national membership organization dedicated to fostering appreciation for and knowledge of plants of the genus Camellia. Founded in 1945, the Society is headquartered at Massee Lane Gardens near Fort Valley in central Georgia.
American Camellia Society
Massee Lane Gardens
100 Massee Lane
Fort Valley, Georgia 31030
Toll Free: 1-877-422-6355

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