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Director of Development, Summer Camp Non Profit
Keewaydin Foundation in Salisbury, Vermont
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Date Posted 12/03/2018
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Director of Development of the Keewaydin Foundation is a comprehensive development leadership position at one of the oldest and most venerable camping institutions in the United States.  This position entails diverse responsibilities in fund raising, alumni relations, and communications.  The position affords the unique responsibility and opportunity to engage and direct the good will and energy of the Keewaydin alumni and parent community.

Performance Expectations:


  1. Fund Raising

    • Plan and execute a coherent and creative annual fundraising campaign each year, employing direct mail, social media, electronic communication, telephone, and face to face meetings. With the assistance of the Associate Director of Development and Executive Director, meet annual fund goal in range of $500,000

    • Oversee the Associate Director’s recruitment and management of an Annual Fund Committee each year

    • Partner with Keewaydin Board members, Camp Directors, camp staff, and volunteer Chairs, Vice-Chairs and committee members to assist in the fundraising program as appropriate

    • In addition to annual fund, raise funds for capital needs and endowment as prioritized by the Board and staff

    • Expand the number of planned gifts to Keewaydin through a coherent planned giving program

    • Continue to identify, engage, steward and solicit lead donors to support identified priorities and meet annual goals

    • Arrange and conduct a minimum of 50 personal visits each year for the purpose of identification, engagement, solicitation and stewardship, travelling throughout the US for approximately 3 to 5 days per month.


  1. Alumni Relations and Stewardship

    • Work with Executive Director, Camp Directors and other staff to plan and execute donor stewardship program, including regular visits and excellent and timely communication with donors. Ensure adherence to thank you procedures and protocols for major donors

    • Work with the Associate Director of Development to plan and execute alumni events nationwide

    • Coordinate all aspects of the Alumni/Family Reunion and the John Watson Work Weekend with the assistance of the Associate Director and the Alumni Relations Coordinator


  1. Publications and Communications

    • Work with Associate Director to plan and execute a publications and communications schedule each year

    • Provide support and oversight of the three camp program newsletters, published twice each year, by coordinating with graphic designer, printer, Associate Director of Development and Alumni Relations Coordinator

    • Plan and help produce the Keewaydin Foundation’s annual report, The Northwest Wind, with assistance from Camp Directors and the Associate Director of Development. Ensure accuracy of financial reports and donor listings

    • Oversee the printing of all publications with graphic designer and printers, with the coordination of the Associate Director of Development.


  1. Internet and Social Media Presence

  • Oversee Associate Director, and coordinate with Camp Directors on website and social media presence.

  • Coordinate with Associate Director and Camp Directors to use social media and networking technology to enhance alumni relations

  • Oversee Associate Director’s work to monitor and enhance Keewaydin’s online presence as it appears on Google searches, Facebook, YouTube, and the next generation of social media and the internet.


  1. Foundation Board interface/involvement

    • Work with Executive Director and Development Chair to plan committee work, agendas, goals, and more

    • Serve as ex-officio member of the Nominating Committee

    • Assist Executive Director and Board Chair in planning Board meetings and events

    • Maintain regular contact with Board members

    • Partner with Executive Director and Board Chair to make the Board members’ volunteer experience enjoyable and successful

    • Advocate for all four Keewaydin programs and Ojibway Lodge

    • Provide insight and perspective on philanthropic trends, giving, tax laws and other policies affecting US philanthropy


  1. Management/Administration

  • Ensure timely and accurate gift recognition, including thank you letters, tax receipts, etc.

  • Ensure that all donor recognition opportunities are executed and fulfilled

  • Work with the Alumni Relations Coordinator to assure proper accounting and recording of gifts and donor acknowledgements

  • Work with the Associate Director of Development to ensure that founders of named endowed funds receive annual reports on the use of their funds

  • Work with the Alumni Relations Coordinator to oversee maintenance and integrity of database

  • Work with Camp Directors and Keewaydin staff to ensure entry of necessary information into donor Raisers’ Edge records

  • Maintain, update, and organize donor and alumni files

  • Coordinate with Camp Directors, Associate Director of Development, and other staff and Board members to ensure an on-site presence at camp programs, Opening Day, Mid Season, End Season, and other events

  • Supervise the Associate Director of Development and Alumni Relations Coordinator

  • Conduct weekly or bi weekly meetings with Development staff to coordinate duties.


The ideal candidate will have ten years of experience in development or a related field, knowledge of computer systems, and excellent writing and public speaking skills. Bachelor's degree required. Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check.

Note:  Position entails working a number of weekends and evenings.

How to Apply:
Submit cover letter, resume, and list of three references

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