Delaware Botanic Gardens opened to the public in September 2019. We are one of the country’s newest public gardens and our mission is to create a world-class, inspirational, educational, and sustainable public botanic garden in southern Delaware for the benefit and enjoyment of all. The 37-acre gardens site is maintained by a small staff and a large dedicated core of volunteers. Central to the gardens’ culture is the celebration of Delmarva’s natural beauty and the plant species supporting this vital resource.
Delaware Botanic Gardens is seeking a creative, passionate and motivated team member to lead our gardens’ fundraising and development programs. This full-time or part-time team member will join a small staff and hundreds of volunteers in support of the gardens’ mission.
The Director of Development position is responsible for leading membership, fundraising and donor activities of Delaware Botanic Gardens to help ensure operation, exhibition, capital and endowment resilience. The director will innovate donor and constituent development through all aspects of philanthropy including major gifts, annual campaigns, corporate partnerships, planned giving and events.
Membership Program Administration (40%)
Grows garden membership and revenue through strategic member acquisition, renewal and benefit programs.
Oversight of processing new, renewed and gift memberships while maintaining membership database.
Develops and implements member correspondences (written and electronic) that are genuine and meaningful including membership letters, renewal notices and appeals.
Designs and executes special member events, discounts and programs.
Conducts evaluation of member programs through development of KPIs, accurate reporting, development and research.
Coordination of Fundraising Events (30%)
Works collaboratively with the Executive Director to plan and execute donor events and garden venue rentals.
Creates and distributes marketing and promotional materials for gardens’ special events.
Assists in registration, tracks payments and facilitates pre- and postevent communications with program patrons.
Annual Campaigns (20%)
Manages and leads annual campaigns through strategic development plan for annual giving.
Oversight of processing donor contributions and information into gardens’ donor database to maintain accurate gift records.
Prepares acknowledgement letters for all gifts, contributions, in-kind donations.
Develops all marketing materials and coordinates distribution of campaign appeals.
Serves as ambassador to motivate and encourage giving from donors, members, volunteers, staff and board.
Major Gifts and Sponsorship (10%)
Supports Executive Director and Board leaders to identify, solicit and cultivate prospective donors.
Maintains and builds relationship with active pipeline of prospective individual donors and corporate partners to support the gardens’ mission, strategic plan and progression of master plan.
Administers corporate and individual sponsorship program including but not limited to naming rights of garden features.
Develops strategy for implementing planned giving for the gardens.
• Minimum 3-5 years of fundraising experience with cultural non-profit organizations (experience with public gardens or arboreta preferred)
• Degree in Business, Communications, Public Relations or closely related field
• Demonstrated ability to secure and solicit gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations
• Proficiency with computer technology including Microsoft Office and fundraising software like DonorPerfect
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
Email Cover letter and CV to: email@example.com
Or mail to P.O. Box 1390, Ocean View, DE 19970
Position will remain opened until filled
While we look forward to reviewing all qualified applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.
Delaware Botanic Gardens is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the ground of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability or national origin in the hiring, retention, or promotion of employees; nor in determining their rank, or the compensation or fringe benefits paid them. We support the diversity and inclusion policy adopted by The American Public Gardens Association: to create an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture where the contributions of all community members are valued, respected and appreciated.