Director of Institutional Advancement
Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy - Buffalo, NY

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ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is the first nonprofit organization in the nation to manage and operate an entire historic urban park system, consisting of 1,200 acres of beautifully designed parks, parkways and circles. The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is a not-for-profit, membership-based, community organization whose mission is to promote, preserve, restore, enhance, and maintain the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed parks and parkways in the Greater Buffalo area for current and future generations.

The park system was designed by America’s first landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, more than 135 years ago. Although Olmsted designed parks in nearly every major city in the country, his work in Buffalo – the first park and parkway system designed and built in the U.S. - is considered among his very best. More than 2 million people use Buffalo’s award-winning Olmsted Park System annually for recreation, relaxation and rejuvenation.

THE POSITION

Capitalizing on the exciting revitalization of Buffalo, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy (BOPC) seeks a Director of Institutional Advancement (DIA) to help enact a bold plan to capture the Buffalo community’s attention and position itself for philanthropic growth. Joining the team at an important transitional moment, the DIA will work with the Board of Directors and the President to provide a strategic vision for the next phase of the organization’s maturation.

BOPC seeks a development professional with a minimum of seven years of progressive job experience. He or she will be a poised and effective major gift fundraiser, comfortable with executing solicitations with confidence and grace. The successful candidate will be organized and possess excellent written and verbal skills. The DIA will be able to build consensus and nurture relationships among constituents at all levels, while promoting a collaborative work environment. He/she will have a proven record of success with annual giving and major donors, capital campaigns, bequests, grants, marketing, media relations, corporate sponsorships, direct mail, social media and public relations. They will have worked as part of a campaign team, if not as the leader of such an effort, and be experienced as an effective government liaison. The ideal candidate will have worked closely with volunteers at all levels.