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23 Dec 2022

Full-Time Director of Developemnt

Cook Silverman Search/Marin Art and Garden Center – Posted by CookSilvermanSearch Ross, California, United States

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Job Description


Marin Art and Garden Center is an 11-acre historic property that was founded in 1945 by a group of conservation-minded women to serve the community as a place to gather and explore the arts, gardens, and the natural world.

The Center was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places, acknowledging the significance of its history and the noted architects and landscape architects who designed the buildings and grounds for the public.

Located a short drive north of the Golden Gate Bridge and accessible from the East Bay and Marin and Sonoma Counties, the Center is a hub of activity for families, art-lovers, and gardeners from throughout the Bay Area.  The grounds are open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week, free of charge.


  • Salary Range: $125,000-$135,000

  • Benefits include: Three weeks PTO (increases to four after five years of service), 10 paid holidays, health insurance subsidy, pre-tax dental and vision plans, 403(b) retirement with employer match up to 4% and flexible spending account

  • Opportunity to raise support for an inclusive learning space that celebrates the beauty of nature and facilitates community connection


  • Dedicated fundraiser with extensive experience in managing annual campaigns and/or launching and completing successful capital campaigns

  • Outward-facing major gifts officer with a track record of success

  • Flexible, multi-talented leader who can simultaneously manage multiple projects and programs with optimism and positivity


Marin Art and Garden Center (“the Center”) seeks an experienced Director of Development (“Director”) to create and execute an inspiring fundraising program and advance a capital campaign that will help bring the Center’s recently adopted Master Plan to fruition. The Director will build on the organization’s existing development practices to produce a successful fundraising strategy aimed at increasing contributions from a variety of sources and establishing a robust major gifts program. The Director will partner closely with the Executive Director and Board of Trustees to support outreach efforts and create a meaningful donor experience and facilitate a culture of philanthropy.

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Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director will have the opportunity to advance the organization’s fundraising efforts and advance its early-stage capital campaign in concert with campaign council. S/he will implement fundraising best practices across the organization, oversee day-to-day development operations and serve as a vital member of the Center’s leadership team.  The Director manages a Development Associate and works closely with the marketing and communications team.


Major Giving + Individual Giving

  • Build and execute a strong major gifts strategy for current donors and prospects, including management of a major gift pipeline, including your own portfolio of donors.

  • Develop a comprehensive annual fundraising plan to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward individual donors, prospects, foundations, and corporate sponsors, including a detailed pipeline of donors and prospects for annual campaign.

  • Achieve monthly goals for prospect and donor visits/stewardship and prepare visit reports and follow up correspondence.

  • Work with the Executive Director and Development Committee chair to prepare materials for committee meetings and board presentations.

  • Work with the Executive Director and Development Committee chair to train, educate, elevate, and support board member participation in fundraising.

  • Engage and partner with the Executive Director in support of her major gift and campaign portfolio, be a thought partner in developing engagement strategies and provide support of other fundraising efforts as needed.

Capital Campaign

  • Advance a $6.5M capital campaign plan with a comprehensive timeline and actionable steps, in concert with the Campaign Council and Consultant.

  • Track capital campaign progress and achieve campaign goals in close partnership with the Board, Executive Director, and Center leadership.

Communications + Events

  • Produce the Center’s donor communications and gather editorial input from the Executive Director – may include online newsletters, donor acknowledgements, annual appeal, annual report, invitations, and personalized donor solicitations.

  • Collaborate with Executive Director and Events Manager to execute aspects of special events related to donor cultivation and/or fundraising including, but not limited, to invitations, input on seating plans, day-of event co-oversight, solicitation of in-kind gifts, corporate sponsor benefit fulfillment, and event follow up as it relates to fundraising.

  • Represent the Center at events hosted by the Center.

  • Engage with the senior staff team to foster a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization.

Overall Fundraising Management

  • Research and recommend possible next steps for implementing a membership program and a formalized planned giving program.

  • Oversee gift processing and oversee database recording to ensure accurate gift entry and timely acknowledgements and to support data-based development strategies.

  • Engage in regular database use and management to record moves management, activities, and donor information for current and prospective donors.

  • Generate new ideas that increase revenue and donor longevity.


  • 5+ years of experience in progressively challenging roles nonprofit development experience

  • Proven success in all aspects of a capital campaign

  • Ability to successfully engage, cultivate, and steward long-term partnerships that will ensure the philanthropic success

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and a collaborative work style

  • Strong organizational skills and technological savvy

  • Superior communication skills and attention to detail

  • A high level of professionalism, including discretion and the ability to maintain confidentiality

  • Flexibility and willingness to take on and manage multiple tasks and responsibilities simultaneously

  • Passionate about the mission of Marin Art and Garden Center

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience


To apply for this position, or for additional information on the opportunity, please send a copy of your resume with a cover letter to Victoria Silverman at

All applications and inquiries will receive a response and be kept strictly confidential.

Marin Art and Garden Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Marin Art and Garden Center is an equal opportunity employer, committed to recruiting, hiring, and promoting qualified people of all backgrounds regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, mental or physical disability, and genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law

To read more about the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility policies of the Marin Art and Garden Center, please follow this link.

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Job Categories: Environmental. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

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