Bloedel Reserve

Executive Nonprofit Opportunity: Details





Bloedel Reserve

Seattle/Bainbridge Island, WA

Director of Development & Campaign

Set on 150 acres on Bainbridge Island, a short 30-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle, the Bloedel Reserve is a unique collection of gardens, nature preserve, and architecture. The Reserve’s most renowned space is the Japanese Garden, twice named one of the top ten Japanese Gardens in the U.S. The Reserve also includes the Glen, featuring over 200 different rhododendrons; the Moss Garden with over 40 species of moss blanketing the ground; the Bird Marsh, a place of tranquility and nesting for birds and dragonflies; and the Woodlands of cedar, hemlock and fir. The Reserve is also home to several significant buildings, including the prior Bloedel Residence, the Japanese Guest House, the Sheep Sheds, the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Education Center, and the Gate House.

The Director of Development & Campaign will support and advance the Reserve mission by providing leadership and support for all resource development, membership and campaign initiatives. This will include creating, planning and implementing successful initiatives in major gifts, planned giving, annual giving and membership programs, in partnership with the Reserve’s Executive Director, staff and board members. This position will foster a vibrant culture of philanthropy to assure strategies, systems, and procedures are advanced to support a highly effective fundraising and membership development enterprise. The Position will also be charged with leading strategy for the capital campaign to achieve Phase One of the Master Plan.

We seek a proven leader with a demonstrated ability to elevate a nonprofit institution into a charity of choice, increasing and sustaining a higher level of philanthropy, awareness and enthusiasm within the community. The successful candidate will be a strong, collaborative leader and strategic thinker capable of harnessing the strengths of internal and external team members (Board, Staff, Volunteers). Key requirements include a significant fundraising background or leadership experience raising money on behalf of a nonprofit institution as well as management expertise leading Board, staff, and volunteers in a strong philanthropic culture.

The person we seek is a self-starter who actively pursues, cultivates and enjoys building and maintaining strong donor relationships and internal alliances. Established philanthropic networks in the Seattle region would be advantageous. Capital campaign experience, preferably with campaigns of similar size (~$25M), is required. Knowledge of gardens and cultural institutions is preferred and the ability and capacity to understand the patron experience of individuals and members of public gardens and nature organizations is essential. Experience with a small to medium sized organization and growing departments is preferred. Working with board members and philanthropy allies in creating appropriate avenues for their participation in fundraising is needed. A proven and consistent track record of successfully soliciting major gifts is required.

An undergraduate degree from a college or university is required; a graduate degree is preferred. Evidence of continuing education through conferences, seminars and workshops in fundraising techniques would be a plus.

Applications and nominations are being received by Kittleman & Associates, LLC. To apply, please click on the Apply Now link below; then Director of Development & Campaign, Bloedel Reserve.

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