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Posted: 12/26/2016

Adirondack Architectural Heritage

Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) is the regional, nonprofit, historic preservation organization for the Adirondack Park, with a mission to further better public understanding, appreciation and stewardship of the Adirondacks' architectural heritage, communities, and historic sites through education, advocacy, technical assistance, and direct action.

Development and Communications Director
professional Opportunity
Keeseville, NY
$37,000 to $42,000

The Development and Communications Director provides leadership and delivery in all areas of development and communications to maintain and grow diverse revenue streams in support of AARCH’s program and budget goals and to promote and strengthen the mission and programs of AARCH to current and potential members, funders, and the larger community. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Development and Communications Director is an integral member of a four person team.

Development Responsibilities: The primary focus of this position is to help maintain and grow diverse revenue streams which support AARCH’s program and budget goals. In cooperation with the Executive Director and other appropriate staff and board members, the Development and Communications Director will plan and implement a strategic, well-positioned development plan with multiple revenue development initiatives including: ? Grow the AARCH membership and cultivate greater individual giving to the organization, including through major gifts, the annual appeal, and an expanded program of planned giving.

Grow corporate and business support through memberships, sponsorships, and unrestricted giving.

Grow the support that AARCH receives from foundations.

Organize development events ranging from the annual benefit event to intimate gatherings in people’s homes.

Develop web and social media based initiatives for fundraising.

Identify and respond to potential new funding sources.

Fundraise for special AARCH projects including, for example, the adaptive reuse of AARCH’s Stone Mill.

Manage all other aspects of the above work including maintain databases, work with the AARCH board and board committees, write development materials, ensure prompt and thorough acknowledgement of gifts, conduct detailed record keeping, assist in preparing and monitoring organizational budget, and oversee other administrative duties associated with a strong development program.

Communication Responsibilities The secondary focus of this position is to promote and strengthen, through communications, the mission and programs of AARCH to current and potential members, funders, and the larger community. In cooperation with the Executive Director and other staff and board members, the Development and Communications Director will help to plan, oversee and implement a strategic, well-positioned communications plan that includes: Develop and implement communication strategies and campaigns to promote the mission and programs of AARCH with an emphasis on reaching new and diverse audiences, growing AARCH’s effectiveness and influence, and enhancing understanding of and financial support for the organization’s work.

Contribute to AARCH’s communication vehicles including its newsletter, e-newsletter, brochures, website, and AARCH’s social media platforms.

Prepare press releases and field inquiries from the press.

Offer presentations at various venues including but not limited to community meetings and AARCH sponsored events.

Other Responsibilities

Assist the Executive Director and other staff members with other projects, as needed.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

General: Bachelor’s degree, with advanced degree in relevant field preferred, and 3-5 years of professional experience in the nonprofit sector or in a related field. Interest and experience in historic preservation is desirable.

Development: Strong track record in developing and cultivating a variety of nonprofit funding streams, including membership and individual donors, business and corporate giving, public and foundation support using traditional and nontraditional (web based, crowd funding) means; and a demonstrated experience in organizing and tracking development strategies.

Communications: Demonstrated track record as an effective communicator with excellent writing and verbal skills, and exceptional interpersonal, networking, and presentation skills; demonstrated expertise in traditional public relations and effective web-based communications including social media marketing. WordPress or other Content Management System experience is highly suggested.

Professional: Experience and success in a collaborative work setting; the ability to multi-task with high-volume workloads; excellent time management skills and the ability to consistently meet deadlines; familiarity with appropriate software (design, fundraising, web tools, communications), a strong eye for design and attention to detail; ability to maintain professional relationships with various stakeholders; a commitment to AARCH’s mission as well as extensive knowledge of the complexity of issues relating to AARCH’s work

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is $37,000 to $42,000, commensurate with education and experience. The benefits package includes health insurance, a 403(b) retirement plan, and generous vacation, holiday, and sick leave allowances. AARCH is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds.

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How to apply
Please submit a letter of interest, resume, work samples, and references via email or mail by February 15, 2017 to the contact listed below:
Steven Engelhart, Executive Director
1745 Main Street
Keeseville, NY

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