Development Director Position Announcement: Annapolis, Maryland

Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV) and Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (Maryland LCV Ed Fund) are hiring a Development Director. We are seeking an experienced Development Director who is goal-driven, passionate about the environment, and able to develop and implement a comprehensive and effective fundraising strategy. The Development Director supervises the Development Associate, works closely with her and the Executive Director and is responsible for all fundraising activities, which include: outreach to major donors, grant seeking and reporting and foundation relationship management, on-line supporter outreach, special events, and donor database management.

Maryland LCV, a 501(c)(4) organization, advocates for sound conservation policies, educates and endorses candidates for public office, and holds elected officials responsible on issues including our air, land, water and public health. The Maryland LCV Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization that strengthens the environmental community by growing a base of conservation-minded voters across the state. Through outreach and education, the Education Fund builds grassroots field capacity for legislative advocacy and environmental issues. The Maryland LCV PAC is the organization that directly helps elect pro-conservation candidates.

Responsibilities:

Major Donor Program:

  • Develop and implement a major donor program, including developing strategies, goals, timelines and measurable benchmarks for donor prospecting, cultivation, growth of existing donors, stewardship, and personalized communication;
  • Seek new donor prospects and innovative opportunities for introducing Maryland LCV to new sectors of the philanthropic and political donor community;
  • Conduct all necessary donor research. Develop supportive outreach material to be used in major donor cultivation;
  • Support and prepare Executive Director and Board Members for meetings with major donors. Monitor and encourage board members’ major donor fundraising goals;
  • Maintain tracking system on donor visits, pledges, and income. Send follow-up material and notes as needed.

Grant Seeking and Reporting:

  • Build relationships and provide regular communications with foundation representatives. Spearhead efforts to find, cultivate, solicit and steward new foundations for possible grants;
  • Prepare grant reports and proposals, working closely with Executive Director and other staff as needed;
  • Develop annual grants, files, track the status, and provide regular reports to the Executive Director of status of all proposals and reports;
  • Maintain database with notes from visits, pledges, and income. Send follow-up material and notes as needed.

Special Events:

  • Assist Development Associate with the creation, planning, implementation, and expansion of Maryland LCV’s annual signature event in order to reach fundraising goals. Event planning will require recruiting sponsors and providing support to host committees and corporate donors;
  • Assist Development Associate with the creation, planning, and execution of other event opportunities, such as house parties, “friend-raisers”, and donor appreciation activities.

Online Supporter Program:

  • Work with staff to develop and execute annual online supporter fundraising drives which includes recruiting new supporters and retaining and upgrading current supporters;
  • Assist in keeping online donation pages current and active;
  • Work with staff to ensure accurate and timely data entry, record keeping and tracking in database.

Qualifications:

  • Shares Maryland LCV’s commitment to increasing racial diversity in our movement and organization, integrating justice and equity into the work we do and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture. Passionate about protecting the environment and communities impacted by climate change and environmental injustice.
  • Commitment and dedication to Maryland LCV’s mission, goals and strategies; interested in environmental protection AND the political process;
  • 5 + years’ experience in non-profit or political fundraising using multiple strategies;
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational/ time-management skills;
  • Previous supervisory experience a plus;
  • Friendly, warm and engaged demeanor on the phone and in person;
  • Working knowledge of how to use relational databases for donor management (EveryAction experience a plus);
  • Demonstrated ability as a self-starter and problem-solver;
  • Ability to work under periods of high intensity pressure and deadlines;
  • Ability to multi-task and coordinate several projects simultaneously;
  • Ability to work both independently and in-team setting;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Salary and Compensation:

Competitive non-profit salary range depending on qualifications and experience. The salary is accompanied by a generous benefits package including health, dental, and vision insurance, paid time off and a 401K plan with an employer match.

Position Requirements:

This is a full-time position based in Annapolis. Reliable transportation is required. Some evening and weekend hours are required. The Development Director reports to the Executive Director.

To Apply:

Send a cover letter, resume and salary range to Kim Coble at kcoble@mdlcv.org with Development Director in the subject line. Applications are accepted until the position is filled.

Maryland LCV & Maryland LCV Ed Fund are Equal Opportunity Employers committed to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace.

Request for Proposal for a Consultant to Prepare Maryland League of
Conservation Voters and Maryland League of Conservation Voters
Education Fund 5 year Strategic Plan

The Maryland League of Conservation Voters and the Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund are launching a strategic planning process for the organizations that will define our direction for the next 5 years. This RFP is to assist us in finding a Consultant that will lead our board of directors, executive director, and staff through the process to develop a 5 year strategic plan.

Organizational Background

Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV) was created in 1979 as a non-partisan, 501 (c)(4). Known as the political voice for the environment, we work with elected leaders to pass strong conservation legislation, while holding them accountable to voters through our yearly environmental scorecard which evaluates the environmental votes of individual state legislators. Through education and advocacy, we build relationships with public officials from across the state to put Maryland at the forefront of national environmental policy.

Maryland LCV is unique among Maryland environmental groups because we are the only organization in Maryland that consistently holds elected officials, including the Governor accountable for their environmental votes and actions. Our sister organization, the Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (Maryland LCV Ed Fund) was founded in 2000 as a non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization. Maryland LCV Ed Fund is dedicated to maximizing the  participation of conservation-minded citizens in state and local public policy decisions in order to protect Maryland’s communities, environment, and natural resources.

Maryland LCV Ed Fund is unique among Maryland environmental groups in that we are the only state-based organization that works with every major  environmental coalition to strengthen the environmental community. We bring our political savvy and knowledge of the broad landscape to the many environmental coalitions to increase our collective power in Maryland. We are also part of a network of 35+ state leagues and a national organization that  increases our reach and influence beyond Maryland.

Today, we are a full-time, staffed organization that is governed by a volunteer board of directors. Our 40 years of work have increased the overall power of Maryland’s environmental community. This work has created an imperative for statewide elected officials to be “pro-environment.” During the 2018 elections 85% of the candidates that we endorsed were elected. Also, during the 2019 legislative session, about 2/3s of the House and Senate received 100% scores from
Maryland LCV and there were more than 20 individuals sponsors of priority environmental bills. All of these statistics are testimony to the effectiveness of Maryland LCV.

Strategic Plan Scope of Work
The following key actions are envisioned as part of the Strategic Plan development process.

● Strategic assessment. Conduct a strategic assessment of the organization. The assessment will include a review of existing materials, programs, SWOT  analysis, interviews with key internal and external stakeholders (board members, staff, partners, donors, elected officials, and other parties of interest identified). The strategic assessment will also look at the external “competitive” environment among similar organizations in Maryland.
                              March – mid April, 2020
● Key Questions: Create a summary of findings from the strategic assessment and identify key questions for discussion during the one-day retreat with board of directors and staff. Discuss key questions with select board and staff members in preparation for the strategic planning retreat. These meetings will aim to both frame the key questions and map out the retreat discussion.
                               Mid April 2020
● Retreat: Design and facilitate a strategic planning retreat with board and staff to discuss complex/controversial questions and ideas and start building  consensus.
                               The retreat will take place on April 17-18, 2020

● Draft Strategic Plan: Work with select board and staff to synthesize the findings from the April retreat, develop strategic plan elements, generate strategies to achieve goals, and evaluate options. Elements of the process will include discussing overarching goals, measurable objectives, strategy and action steps to achieve the goals, the resources needed, and metrics and timeline to track organizational progress.
                                Draft plan created by August 1, 2020

● Final Plan: The final plan will be presented during our September 24th board of directors meeting.
                                Final plan Sept 24, 2020

Project Deliverables
The final deliverable will be a 5-year strategic plan that will:

● Update/refresh Maryland LCV and Maryland LCV Ed Fund mission, vision, and values statements.
● Articulate the impacts for which the organization will hold itself accountable over the next 5 years and the elements of change that will lead to this impact.
● Provide actions and activities that must take place to achieve our intended impact.
● Analyze current and needed resources to achieve our goals and a plan to secure these resources.
● Establish benchmarks to track and measure progress.

Submission of Proposal
Proposals shall be submitted by February 10 and should include:

● Consultant’s profile, qualifications, and relevant experience, noting experience with non-profits.
● Three references.
● Identification of board and staff expectations to complete the proposal.
● Proposed budget including personnel time and other expenses incurred in order to complete the strategic process and plan.

We encourage applicants to identify additional strategies/elements not included in the scope of work that will add value to the strategic planning process. Please justify the use of these in the proposal.

Proposals shall be submitted via email to Kim Coble, Maryland LCV’s Executive Director at kcoble@mdlcv.org.

Project Timeframe
The work will begin at the end of February 2020 and be completed by the end of September 2020.

Project Budget
The budget for this proposal will not exceed $25,000.