Full-Time Donor Relations Officer
Eco-Cycle is one of the oldest and largest non-profit recyclers and Zero Waste organizations in the U.S. and has an international reputation as a pioneer and innovator in resource conservation. Based in Boulder, Colorado, Eco-Cycle innovates, implements, and advocates for local and global Zero Waste solutions to foster a more regenerative, equitable, and climate-resilient future.
With a passion for environmental sustainability, in-depth knowledge of Eco-Cycle’s programs, and a desire to build close relationships with major donors and corporate sponsors, the Donor Relations Officer is a key leadership team member. This position serves a pivotal role overseeing and actively developing individual, corporate, and foundation donor relations. In partnership with the Executive Director, the Donor Relations Officer secures funds for Eco-Cycle by prospecting for potential funders, building long-term relationships, and providing donors with compelling giving opportunities to achieve a high donor retention rate and increased funder engagement. The Officer also works with the Development & Communications Director to implement Eco-Cycle’s broader fundraising strategy, key messaging and collateral, and engagement opportunities in support of its current and long-term strategic initiatives.
This position will primarily forge new relationships and build a strong rapport with potential and current major donors through in-person meetings, on-site tours of facilities and projects, and attending networking events to procure major gifts, corporate sponsorships, and other funds. The Officer will also develop key external alliances by expanding and diversifying the major donor base/pipeline.
Areas of Responsibility
- Participates in setting fundraising goals and objectives and integrates them into individual, corporate and foundation donor cultivation strategies.
- Supports the Executive Director, Development Director and board members to design, implement, and effectively communicate annual and long-range plans that incorporate individual giving, public and private funding sources.
- Researches and cultivates potential donors and funding sources.
- Develops and updates annual fundraising plans, including legacy giving program and capital campaigns and any other special donor initiatives.
- Ensures coordination and collaboration with the Board Development and Engagement Committee for volunteer donor outreach and recognition activities.
- Communicates the vision and mission of the organization to internal and external audiences, adjusting the message to attract and build sustaining relationships with diverse audiences.
- Serves as subject matter expert (SME) for fundraising/donor inquiries, maintaining current knowledge of trends.
- Identifies opportunities for specific board or program staff assistance needed to accomplish fundraising goals.
Major Donor Management
- Develops and oversees major gifts program, legacy program, corporate giving, and capital campaigns to ensure that current and prospective major donors are identified, cultivated, retained, and recognized.
- Qualifies a caseload of donors from a larger group of prospects.
- Creates goals for each donor in the caseload based on knowledge of that donor’s interests and financial capacity.
- Creates and execute a communications, cultivation, and stewardship plan for each donor in the caseload.
- Ensures relevant materials for fund solicitation, including program information and budgets are in alignment with Eco-Cycle strategy.
- Develops customized offers and giving proposals to secure donor support.
- Communicates back to donors the impact of their giving.
- Ensures that major donor portfolios are accurate, strategic and effective and all tracking and databases are maintained.
- Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from accredited four-year college or university with specialization in Nonprofit Management/Administration, Business, Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, preferred
- 5+ years of professional experience building relationships with funders and cultivating long-term support from individuals and corporations
- Proven effectiveness in increasing major donor and corporate giving
- Clear and persuasive communicator
- Ability to attend donor/funder meetings, networking events, and provide tours in Boulder County of Eco-Cycle facilities and projects
- Builds rapport easily with others and cultivates long-term relationships
- Donor data analysis and interpretation
- Strategic thinker
- Project management and organizational skills
- IRS Fundraising Guidelines for Nonprofits
- MS Office Suite including advanced skill with Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
- Google Suite including Sheets, Slides, Docs and Gmail
- Understanding of database and contact management applications
- Strong and passionate commitment to the organization’s mission and vision
- Enthusiastic, highly motivated, and emotionally intelligent leader
- Uses good judgment and discretion
- Possesses strong ethical character
- Works collaboratively with others
- Gives and receives feedback in a respectful and productive way
- Represents the organization in a professional manner under a variety of circumstances
- Monitors communication (email, text, phone) during assigned hours and responds within an appropriate timeframe
- Maintains confidentiality
- Works independently with minimal supervision
Annually salary range of $70,000 to $80,000
- Flexible schedule (may negotiate a 32 to 40-hour work week)
- Option of working in-office, remotely, or hybrid (but must reside in Boulder County or the Denver metro area)
- Eco Pass to ride local and regional buses and trains for free
- Paid Time Off: Regular part-time employees who work at least 20 hours per week are eligible for pro-rated paid time off benefits proportional to the number of hours worked per week. Full-time employees receive:
- Six paid holidays for New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas, plus one paid Personal Day off per year (pro-rated for part-time employees)
- Vacation: Accrued from the 1st day of working. Less than 24 months=10 days per year; 24 months to 59 months=15 days per year; 60 months and over=20 days per year.
- Sick Leave: Accrued from the 1st day of working. For part-time employees working 20 hours/week or more, pro-rated based on 48 hours/year.
- Maternity, Paternity, Adoption Leave: 2 weeks of full pay for full-time and pro-rated for part-time employees.
- Health Benefits: Begins after 60 days period, for full-time or part-time (20 hours/week or more)
- Health insurance: Employee pays 15% of premium cost. • Dental: Employee pays 15% of premium cost. • Life/Short Term/Long Term disability
- Retirement Benefits: Begin to accrue after 1 year of employment. • 403(b) retirement plan: Employer will match up to 3% after employee is eligible.