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Posted: 07/07/2011

Rails to Trails Conservancy

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is a nonprofit organization that builds healthier places for healthier people by creating a nationwide network of trails from former railroad lines and connecting corridors. With a national office located in Washington, DC and four field offices representing the West, Midwest, Northeast and Florida, RTC serves as the national voice for more than 200,000 members and supporters, 20,000 miles of rail-trail throughout the country, and more than 9,000 miles of potential rail-trails in the process of being built. When RTC opened its doors February 1, 1986, there were fewer than 200 known rail-trails. Today, there are more than 1,600 preserved pathways that form the backbone of a growing trail system that span communities, regions, states and, indeed, the entire country. RTC remains dedicated to the creation of a nationwide network of trails and committed to enhancing the health of America’s environment, transportation, economy, neighborhoods and people—ensuring a better future made possible by trails and the connections they inspire. To learn more about Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, please visit their website at: www.railstotrails.org.

Vice President, Development & Communications
Professional Opportunity
Washington, DC
Open Until
none given

Position Overview

An integral part of the four person management team of RTC, the Vice President, Development and Communications (VP) reports to the President and works in collaboration with the executive staff and the Board of Directors to lead RTC’s fundraising and communications programs, including a $7 million development program, online and offline marketing campaigns and initiatives, and public and media relations. The operating monies of the organization are raised from a well-diversified funding program, with 60 percent of funding coming from individual contributions in the form of membership, workplace giving and major gifts. The position is also responsible for collaborating with executive staff to secure foundation grants and corporate sponsorship.

Ideal Experience

The Vice President should be high energy and entrepreneurial and should demonstrate a proven track record in building strong relationships with supporters and meeting fundraising goals. She/he will possess strong leadership skills that inspire trust, high performance and collaboration across the organization. She/he will have the ability to move between big picture strategy and day-to-day implementation. Strong analytical and quantitative skills are required. The ideal candidate will have a keen focus on measurable and metrics-driven marketing initiatives and return on investment for marketing campaigns. This leader will be a visionary with a strong general management mindset.

* Bachelor's degree.

* A minimum of 7 years progressive and effective fundraising experience.

* A demonstrated record of strong management and leadership skills.

* Personal communication skills necessary for effective face-to-face cultivation of donors and written communication skills necessary to create compelling fundraising materials.

* Preferred candidate is experienced with direct mail-driven membership programs, Convio and digital media and is conversant in mature (SEO, affiliate marketing, email) and emerging digital channels (social media, mobile).

Personal Characteristics

* Embrace with passion the mission of RTC.

* Approach work with a collegial attitude.

* Be a high-level strategist as well as a grass-roots implementer.

* Respond to colleagues, community partners, donors and all related constituents with respect and graciousness.

* Cultivate internal and external talent through mentorship and leadership.

* Be a nimble leader among a staff of 35 professionals who is able to direct and take direction as needed.

* Knowledge of trails, the environment and/or bicycling through prior professional experience or strong personal commitment is an asset.

* The ability and confidence to ride a bicycle with donors is a major plus.

* Able to integrate and thrive in the creative and hard-working culture of RTC.

How to apply
Please visit http://www.deweykaye.com/jobswatch for complete details and how to apply. Applications due by Friday, July 29th. All first round interviews for the Vice President, Development and Communications will take place via telephone/video conference with Dewey & Kaye. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome resumes from all qualified applicants. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has retained Dewey & Kaye to assist in this recruitment. All resumes and questions should be directed to Dewey & Kaye (www.deweykaye.com/jobswatch).
Dawn Kopp
Phone: (412) 434-1335
20 Stanwix Street, Suite 900
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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