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Director of Philanthropy

Company: Delaware Center for Horticulture
Date Posted: January 31, 2018

The Delaware Center for Horticulture (DCH, inspires individuals and communities through the power of plants. We seek a highly-qualified, experienced fundraising professional to lead and advance the organization’s donor engagement, fundraising, and philanthropic initiatives. The Director of Philanthropy leads a small team responsible for the full range of advancement activities for the organization, with a primary focus on strategic outreach and stewardship of individual, foundation, corporate, and governmental relationships. 

Working directly with the Executive Director and as liaison to the advancement committee of the Board of Directors, this position is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of advancement strategies that achieve the organization’s short- and long-term objectives. The Director of Philanthropy is responsible for leading and overseeing activities such as DCH’s annual giving campaign and membership program, donor outreach, engagement and recognition, securing sponsorships for special events and greening programs, grant writing, fundraising events, and planned giving. 

The Director of Philanthropy is a full-time, senior-level, exempt position reporting to the Executive Director. This position provides direct support and guidance for the advancement department, which includes the Assistant Director of Horticulture & Facilities, Member/Donor Relations Manager, and IT Coordinator (direct supervision of full-time positions) as well as the Grants Manager and Facility Rental Coordinator (indirect supervision of part-time positions). Compensation is based on experience. 

In addition to a commitment to DCH’s mission, the ideal candidate will have:

  • A proven track record of nonprofit fundraising and donor relations success
  • Knowledge of/familiarity with local (Wilmington/Delaware) philanthropic community highly desired, including foundation, corporate, and government  
  • CFRE or similar credentials preferred
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and concisely
  • Capacity for effective outreach and engagement through personal interaction and public speaking
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Strong computer skills, including MS Office and database proficiency
  • An interest in/familiarity with environmental conservation, gardening, and horticulture
  • A willingness to experiment, test new ideas, and pursue new opportunities
  • Bachelor’s degree 

Instructions to Apply:  Please send a cover letter and resume no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, 2018 to: 

Donna Adams
Office Manager
Delaware Center for Horticulture
1810 N. Dupont St.
Wilmington, DE 19806 
or email: 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received. 

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