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Job opportunity: Dir. of Development, Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound

Director of Development

Be part of the largest environmental nonprofit based in Connecticut, and help protect the land, air and water of Connecticut and Long Island Sound.

Connecticut Fund for the Environment, including its bi-state Save the Sound program, is seeking an experienced, results-focused Director of Development who demonstrates a sincere passion and ability for connecting with people and institutions and securing financial support. The position requires regular travel throughout Connecticut and Westchester County, as well as trips to Long Island. Join the CFE/Save the Sound team as we work to reduce pollution and protect our natural treasures!

Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound

Connecticut Fund for the Environment was founded in 1978 by Fred Krupp to protect the land, air, and water of Connecticut. Save the Sound was founded in 1972 as the Long Island Sound Taskforce to preserve and protect the Sound. In 2004, CFE and Save the Sound merged, with Save the Sound incorporated as a program within CFE. With a budget of $6.3 million, 5,300 members region-wide, more than 14,000 citizen activists and 2,600 volunteers, and a growing staff of 28, CFE/Save the Sound has offices in New Haven, Stamford and Mamaroneck and programs that advocate and implement a cleaner, healthier environment throughout Connecticut and Long Island Sound.


Summary of the Position

CFE/Save the Sound is looking for an experienced Development Director to lead aggressive long-term fundraising and member communications strategies that support its ambitious environmental objectives. The successful candidate will work closely with the President, Executive Director of the Save the Sound program, other key staff, and the Board of Directors to accelerate its fundraising initiatives and achieve the organization’s operating, capital and endowment goals. The Development Director’s responsibilities are to help plan and implement CFE/Save the Sound’s development plans; participate in the cultivation and solicitation of high-end contributors; manage a Development Department of approximately 8.25 staff; and promote a culture of philanthropy among Board and staff.


Develop and lead aggressive fundraising and member communications strategies

  • Working with the development staff and other key personnel, oversee all ongoing development activities including major and annual giving; foundation, government and corporate grants; planned giving; and donations from other sources.

  • Identify and implement development programs that are donor-centric and support CFE/Save the Sound’s mission.

  • Lead the organization’s communications efforts as they relate to donors at every level, coordinating with the Communications Director to ensure consistency in branding and positioning.


Cultivate and solicit high-end individual donors

  • Work closely with the Director of Individual Giving to help design, implement and support CFE/Save the Sound’s growing major gifts program.

  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, close, and steward major gifts.

  • Help grow the annual fund to meet increased operating needs and build a pipeline for future major gifts.

  • Plan and help implement planned giving strategies for major donors.


Work closely with leadership, key staff, and the Board of Directors to promote CFE/Save the Sound’s development goals

  • Report to the President and serve on the CFE/Save the Sound leadership team.

  • Provide input and strategic guidance to the President, the Executive Director of the Save the Sound program, and other key staff on the direction and objectives of the organization, including but not limited to finances, strategic planning, program development, marketing, and board development.

  • Provide leadership and support to the Board of Directors and the Development Committee.

  • Work with the President, Executive Director and Finance Director to develop revenue goals for the annual organizational budget and reconcile revenue and expense totals with the Finance Department on a regular basis.

  • Oversee consistent weekly, monthly and quarterly reports of fundraising progress in achieving fundraising goals.

  • Work with the Finance Director, senior management and program staff to implement and maintain CFE/Save the Sound’s centralized grant application process.

  • Facilitate education and communication within the organization, including Board and staff, regarding development activities and needs.

  • Promote a culture of philanthropy and an understanding of the fundraising process within the senior management team and throughout the organization.


Lead and manage the Development Department

  • Supervise, collaboratively set goals for and review the performance of a development staff of eight full time equivalent staff members (including growth in 2016).

  • Work closely with program staff to develop fundraising strategies that support CFE/Save the Sound’s environmental objectives.

  • Work closely with the Director of Individual Giving to support and advance the continued growth of individual giving within the organization.

  • Work closely with the Director of Institutional Support to support and advance the continued growth of foundation support within the organization.

  • With the Finance Director and the President, develop, administer and monitor the Development Department budget.

  • Ensure that development staff work collegially and respectfully with each other and all CFE/Save the Sound employees, and that they provide respectful and timely support for volunteers, including Board and committee members.

  • Promote growth and development of staff, including, when financially possible, opportunities to learn new skills.


Qualifications are 10+ years increasingly responsible development experience that includes management and program building, with proven success soliciting and closing gifts; Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred. Candidates are also expected to work independently and as a team player, and have a passion for the mission.

CFE/Save the Sound offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes: 10-20 vacation days depending on seniority, 5 personal days, 12 sick days, 12 paid holidays, health, dental, life insurance, and a tax deferred annuity plan.  CFE/Save the Sound is an equal opportunity employer.


To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history and requirements no later than March 28, 2016 to:

Valerie Wormely-Radford

No calls, please

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