ABNC Employment Opportunities
The Armand Bayou Nature Center is home to a diverse and talented staff. ABNC hires a combination of permanent, temporary and seasonal staff to fill a variety of administrative, educational, and interpretive programming needs.
The Armand Bayou Nature Center offers a casual working environment, attracts friendly, dedicated professionals, and supports individual career development. Permanent staff turnover is typically low; though our needs continue to evolve as ABNC programming grows. As permanent positions become available, we will announce them here.
All applicants, whether responding to a posted announcement or seeking future employment consideration, must submit a completed and signed application form.
Armand Bayou Nature Center currently has 2 positions available.
Donor Development Coordinator
Armand Bayou Nature Center (ABNC) is seeking a professional donor developer to assist the Board of Trustees and Executive Director in growing the contributed revenue component of our annual operating income. This position will focus on company and organization sponsorships (unrestricted gifts) and serve as the fundraising liaison to business, industry and professional organizations in the ABNC service area. This position will collaborate with contract grant development staff for foundation giving and capital campaigns, and with ABNC department heads for project and program specific (restricted) gifts, membership drives, and special event underwriting. Negotiated revenue goals will apply to this position. This position currently reports to the Executive Director.
OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT
The candidate will be capable of planning and implementing actions to expand corporate and professional giving. The candidate is expected to strengthen existing donor relationships and develop new funding opportunities. The DDC will work primarily on unrestricted gifts (both monetary and in-kind) from individuals, corporations and professional organizations, and on an as-needed basis on annual giving campaigns and restricted grant applications, as determined by fundraising strategy plans.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Assist in developing/revising fundraising strategy and action plan elements of ABNC’s Strategic Business Plan. Implement action plans to achieve contribution targets.
- Develop fundraising goals with Executive Director that diversify ABNC’s funding base among private business and corporate donors, and support its long-term philanthropy objectives. Monitor progress against goals and produce periodic performance reports.
- Collaborate with ABNC Visitor Services, Education and Stewardship Department staff to write and submit solicitations for gifts from foundations, corporations and government agencies as needed.
- Prepare materials for Board of Trustees Fundraising / Membership and Marketing / Public Relations committee meetings, attend meetings and coordinate follow-up activities.
- Preference will be given to candidates with 5+ years of experience in a professional fundraising environment with a proven track record of individual and, corporate gift solicitation on a personal basis.
- Preference will be given to candidates with contacts and track record in the Clear Lake/ Bay Area Houston region and willingness to develop those relationships with donors and community leaders on behalf of ABNC
- Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills • Excellent organizational and problem solving skills with the ability to balance and prioritize multiple tasks
- Familiarity with donor management software (such as DonorPerfect)
- Ability to work a flexible schedule including events scheduled on evenings and weekends, and to function in a dynamic and often challenging work environment
- Ability to work from home or remote locations as needed with minimal office support
- Innovative thinker with capacity to achieve results both individually and collaboratively with others.
- Reliable transportation, full use of automobile, possession of valid driver’s license and automobile liability insurance
Candidates are invited to submit a statement of qualifications and cover letter by email (email@example.com), fax (281-474-2552) or mail to ABNC, Personnel, PO Box 58828, Houston, TX 77258. No phone calls, please. No agencies, please.
Anticipating the retirement of the current Executive Director in mid-2018, the Armand Bayou Nature Center (ABNC) Board of Trustees seeks to hire a new executive officer in early 2018 to assure a smooth transition in leadership. It is anticipated that the retiring Director will assume a senior donor development and advisory role during the transition.
The Executive Director is the chief executive officer for ABNC and has broad authority to lead the operations of the nature center to achieve its mission and goals. Primary responsibilities include strategic leadership and planning; philanthropic resource development and fundraising; stakeholder relationships and communications, and public relations; and ABNC operations and natural resource management/administration. The Executive Director manages an annual budget of roughly $ 1,000,000.
Scope and Responsibilities
Strategic Leadership and Planning
- Work closely with the Board and key stakeholders to set the vision for ABNC’s future. Define policy and direction for the organization that articulates the vision and mission of the organization.
- Lead, develop and manage activities and programs to implement strategic plans, goals and operating priorities; evaluating and measuring results and revising strategies as necessary.
- Manage operations and improvements; ensure that activities are consistent with governing documents, state and federal laws, and nature center policies.
- Develop and maintain effective relationships with key strategic stakeholders, such as formal partners, community leaders, ABNC members, volunteers and constituents, the ABNC Foundation, donors, and government agencies.
- Develop and manage the operating budget and other fiscal resources.
Philanthropic Resource Development and Fundraising
- Establish fundraising goals, measure success, and monitor progress of fundraising campaigns and grant projects. Represent ABNC and the interests of its donors while working closely with the Board and the Foundation to prioritize and plan capital projects.
- Supervise the release of funds for capital projects, ensuring their appropriate and fiscally responsible use
- Develop a plan to increase and sustain membership.
Stakeholder Relationships and Communications, and Public Relations
- Understand and support the role of the Board, regularly communicate with the Board about matters of policy, finance, and progress toward goals. Work in cooperation with Harris County Precinct 2, the Board of Directors and ABNC Foundation.
- Work with the Board President and Executive Committee to utilize the time and talents of Board members to effectively advance the mission of the organization. Manage and coordinate relevant activities with the ABNC Board of Trustees and ABNC Foundation
- Work with the board to collaborate on fundraising projects, improve core services, and review budget performance.
- Serve as liaison to community organizations, local businesses, foundations, major donors, Government, and corporate and educational institution partners
- Serve as the key public spokesperson and representative for ABNC and develop a leadership position within the educational/scientific/cultural community
- Effectively develop and maintain ABNC’s visibility through media channels, speaking engagements, and participation in associations and clubs that align with the strategic vision of ABNC.
- Develop key messages about the organization and its goals and ensure information is appropriately disseminated.
Center and Resource Management/Administration
- Lead staff and volunteers in the operation of the nature center according to the mission, vision, goals and values through strong, creative and energetic leadership while establishing and maintaining clear patterns of authority, responsibility, supervision, and communication.
- Direct staff activities, manage monthly expense and income sources, and manage facility and natural resources. Recruit, develop, supervise, and evaluate performance for staff.
- Maintain official records and documents, ensuring compliance with federal , state, and local regulations
- Ensure that center operates as a not-for-profit business in accordance with IRS 501( C )3 regulations and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), taking responsibility for developing and maintaining sound management principles
- Develop an annual budget in conjunction with the Board Treasurer, overseeing our commitment to meeting the budget and working closely with the Finance Committee to ensure best practices in financial management
- Effectively manage organizational risks, minimizing legal and financial liabilities.
Experience and Skills Required
- Five or more years of experience as a senior manager responsible for financial management, including forecasts, budgets, and cost control.
- Bachelors’ degree required, advanced degree preferred in a relevant field. Experience with public relations, fiscal management, facilities management, and general team building is essential
- Evidence of strong leadership experience and the ability to inspire staff, volunteers, and Board Members to achieve results. Demonstrated passion for and understanding of the major environmental issues related to the mission of Armand Bayou Nature Center.
- Experienced and successful fundraiser who can oversee annual capital campaigns, and who is comfortable with and eager to participate in the solicitation of major gifts. Experience in fundraising in a nonprofit organization, preferably an organization that is supported by major individual gifts.
- Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups of stakeholders
- Proven knowledge of fundraising, grant writing and management, ability to oversee effective grant development and management
- Demonstrated familiarity with nonprofit management, reporting, finance and operations.
- Ability to speak publicly and communicate effectively with a variety of constituents and stakeholders including elected officials, foundation leaders, Board members, donors, staff, volunteers, and Center visitors.
Salary and Benefits
A competitive salary will be offered, commensurate with experience. Benefits include major medical insurance, life insurance, vacation and personal leave.
Candidates are invited to submit a statement of qualifications and cover letter by email, Linda Retherford firstname.lastname@example.org, fax - 281-474-2552 or mail to, ABNC, Personnel, PO Box 58828, Houston, TX 77258. No phone calls, please. No agencies, please.