Holden Forests & Gardens seeks a Donor Stewardship & Events Manager.

The Development department seeks an organized, creative, and friendly team member to fill the role of Donor Stewardship & Events Manager. The Donor Stewardship & Events Manager is responsible for planning and executing a comprehensive calendar of events and programs to increase donor and prospect engagement.  This role will ensure the delivery of our mission, to connect people to the wonder, beauty, and value of trees and plants through events and stewardship activities. This position will highlight and share how gifts from our donors impact our mission and work in the community. The role oversees the signature fundraising events at both the Holden Arboretum and the Cleveland Botanical Garden campus, including successfully meeting revenue goals.

Key Responsibilities:

Key responsibilities of the Donor Stewardship & Events Manager include, but are not limited to: 

  • Develop a plan and budget to successfully meet financial and engagement goals for fundraising events and stewardship programs in conjunction with the Vice President of Development

  • Develop and execute an annual calendar of stewardship events in collaboration with the development team that will draw donors closer to Holden Forests & Garden’s (HF&G) mission

  • Provide donors with access and information from HF&G experts

  • Partner with colleagues in Guest Services, Facility Rentals, and Catering departments to leverage shared resources and effectively execute events at both campuses

  • Plan, coordinate, and manage all aspects of Holden Forests & Gardens annual fundraising events at both campuses, including serving as the primary liaison to event volunteer committees that include members of the Board of Directors

  • Collaborate with development colleagues to build fundraising event sponsorship opportunities

  • Assist in cultivating and soliciting individual and corporate sponsors for fundraising events and stewardship programs

  • Assist in planning annual Affiliate Garden Club events

  • Coordinate stewardship programs with the membership, annual fund, and major giving programs to strengthen the donor pipeline and advance donors on a continuum of giving

  • Help build and execute a donor communications plan with the Development and Marketing departments to demonstrate mission impact in the community

  • Sustain an active peer network to keep up with industry trends, best practices, and benchmarking

  • Help promote a culture of philanthropy at Holden Forests & Gardens

  • Maintain a strong understanding of mission-based programs and activities

  • Manage multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and stay within budget

  • Successfully solve complex problems

  • Effectively manage volunteers and work with individuals from diverse backgrounds

  • Other duties as assigned by the Vice President of Development

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent of five years of event planning experience, required

  • Minimum of three years of experience in fundraising and special events planning, required

  • Experience with fundraising software such as Raiser’s Edge or Altru, preferred

  • Ability to effectively analyze and report on data and manage budgets

  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to read & comprehend documents and write reports and business correspondences

  • Capable to present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, guests, and the general public

  • Skilled in interacting with the public and team members in a positive manner

  • Solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists

  • Interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, and diagram form

  • Proficient use of Microsoft 365 products, specifically Excel along with Word & PowerPoint

  • Knowledge of Teams, Outlook email & calendar, SharePoint, and OneDrive, preferred

  • Must be flexible regarding work schedule, some evenings and weekends required. Typical work week is Monday through Friday

  • Ability to work within a team and be self-motivating when working independently

  • Take initiative, problem solve, and identify opportunities

  • Must have a flexible schedule, typical work week is Monday through Friday with some weekend and evening hours required.

  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers and common fractions, and decimals

  • Calculate figures and amounts such as discounts and percentages

  • A valid Driver’s License and acceptable driving record are required

  • Must pass a criminal background check

Physical Requirements:
Must be able to perform with or without reasonable accommodation:

  • Ability to understand basic instructions using the English language

  • Stand and/or sit for extended periods of time

  • Perform tasks in all weather conditions; temperatures may range from 0-100°F.

  • Effective vision and hearing

  • Hand and arm dexterity

  • Walk and work on wet, uneven, slippery terrain

  • Kneel, bend, stoop, grab, and reach

  • Regular lifting and carrying of up to 10 lbs. and occasionally 25 lbs.

Salary range: 52,000-55,000

Job classification: Full-time; salary

To apply: Qualified applicants should submit résumé, cover letter and 3 professional references and must apply directly through the link: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=db704977-d8c5-4be2-a36a-23f4002eddc0&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=433724&source=CC2&lang=en_US

Holden Forests & Gardens (Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden) is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. We seek skilled, knowledgeable, and experienced individuals to join our staff and enhance our reputation as one of the country’s foremost public gardens.

Posted: November 18, 2021

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