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Fund Development Manager (Rancho Los Alamitos)

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Rancho Los Alamitos explores the interaction between people and place, culture and environment, past and present to create a greater understanding of the evolution of Southern California and its place today’s world. The highly regarded historic site is positioned to undertake a new and innovative role within the region’s historical and cultural community. The Rancho just completed extensive capital improvements to its campus and adopted a compelling strategic plan emphasizing imaginative program development and long-term sustainability. We are looking for a dynamic and energetic fundraising professional to join our team and help lead the way to the future.

The 7.5-acre historic resource comprises the ranch house (constructed c. 1800-1933), four acres of nationally significant gardens, a barnyard area, visitor center, and research archive. The site has been continuously occupied and the land used for more than 1,500 years and the history of the site, as well as the lives of its owners and occupants, make it a perfect metaphor for the Southern California experience. The Rancho Los Alamitos Foundation operates Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch & Gardens in a public-private partnership with the City of Long Beach.

Classification: Full-Time, Exempt

Position reports to the Executive Director

Compensation: $65,00 to $80,000 annually. Benefits include health care, pension program, and paid holidays, sick, and vacation.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Fund Development Manager at Rancho Los Alamitos is a full-time member of the Rancho’s leadership team responsible for growing and sustaining the organization financially through fundraising and community relations. This includes but is not limited to annual appeals, major gift solicitation, grant writing, planned giving, membership, earned income, and event planning. An integral part of the position is the targeted and effective outreach and communications with stakeholder groups and existing and potential donors.

Duties and responsibilities include

▪ Fundraising – establish an annual development plan that identifies short and long-range goals and specific and measurable strategies for accomplishing these goals. Develop unrestricted, operating funds to sustain the Rancho’s operating budget. Develop relationships with board members, volunteers, donors and community members that generate revenue and support of Rancho events and programs.

▪ Grant writing – develop a grant submission plan based on giving priorities of private foundations and corporations. Oversee the submission of proposals for operating support and capital projects.

▪ Event management – Develop and oversee events and opportunities to cultivate donor prospects and build and grow a donor base.

▪ Membership – with the aid of administrative staff, oversee and develop the site’s membership program, recruit and sustain membership.

▪ Community and public relations – interface with community groups and targeted audiences to develop positive relationships that benefit Rancho Los Alamitos.

▪ Planned giving – track progress on legacy and bequest gifts. Encourage and facilitate planned gifts.

▪ Database and financial controls – work with financial and administrative staff to ensure that donor records are accurate and up-to-date. Prepare reports for the board and executive staff on progress toward goals.

Qualifications

A minimum of 5 years of nonprofit fundraising/development experience. Outstanding written and verbal communication skills and the ability to write clearly and persuasively. A proven track record of achieving set annual target revenue goals. Experienced and comfortable working with senior executives and board members. Demonstrated ability to think strategically and follow through. Strong event planning skills and the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment. A thorough understanding of all aspects of development in a small organization, and a demonstrated understanding of a diversified funding base. Ability to prepare and implement a development plan, prepare and manage budgets and prepare financial reports. Strong computer skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office programs, as well as fund development software. Familiarity with Facebook Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter social media platforms and functionality. Bachelor’s degree required. Knowledge of the Long Beach, Los Angeles and Orange County donor markets is a distinct advantage. Ability to work nights and weekends as needed for events, donor meetings and Board meetings. Offer of employment may be contingent on satisfactory results of a criminal history background check and employees must be legally permitted to work in the United States.

Working conditions

The person in this position may be required to sit or stand for extended periods, move objects up to 25 pounds, ascend/descend stairs, operate office equipment, open and close filing cabinets and boxes, observe visitors, and communicate messages and tone by telephone.

This job announcement is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position.

To Apply: Email a cover letter and resume as attachments to PYL@RanchoLosAlamitos.org with the position title in the subject line; or submit a cover letter indicating the position you are applying for and resume to Pam Lee, Executive Director, at Rancho Los Alamitos, 6400 East Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach, CA 90815. Please do not telephone or drop in without an appointment. However, visiting and familiarizing oneself with the site before applying is encouraged.

Historic Site Public Hours: Open hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 1:00-5:00pm for public tours. Admission: FREE. School tours, special events, lectures, concerts, and youth and family programs are offered throughout the year. To learn more about Rancho Los Alamitos, please visit our website at https://rancholosalamitos.org/

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