Island Sanctuaries Development Manager

Location: Nantucket, MA
Sanctuary: Lost Farm

Be a part of a dynamic development team at Mass Audubon’s Islands Region. Encompassing the communities of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket and including five Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries that together greet thousands of visitors and program participants each year.   

Reporting to the Nantucket Sanctuary Director and supported by the Islands Director and a robust statewide philanthropy staff, you will use your experience and creativity to help develop fundraising strategy and build support for connecting people to nature.  You’ll help grow a renewable base of funding by stewarding and expanding a loyal corps of donors and overseeing donor events and activities.  Put your strong writing skills to good use by crafting personal correspondence to donors and funders and preparing compelling collateral materials.  We are looking for a team player who is focused and flexible. If you have bachelor’s degree, four years of fundraising experience and passion for protecting the nature of Massachusetts, please apply! 



  • Manage the portfolio of Leadership Friends including overseeing renewal cycle in partnership with Headquarters’ team and Metro West Director of Development. 
  • Oversee annual giving ($500+ donors) cultivation and stewardship.  
  • Develop and implement stewardship plans for Leadership Friends and Community Partners, including timely gift acknowledgement and regular communication. 
  • Hold a portfolio of institutional donors and assist with proposal development, especially for locally based funders (prospecting, writing, and reporting) as needed.  
  • Event creation, management, and execution to steward existing donors and recruit new philanthropic contacts; work closely with centralized development staff.   
  • In collaboration with marketing staff and central development staff, produce donor and event related collateral, including newsletters, case statements, e-communications, invitations, etc.   
  • Accurate and timely record keeping and moves management through ROI. 
  • Lead fundraising strategy and oversight of Bird-a-thon in collaboration with the Hub Bird-a-thon coordinator.  
  • Manage community outreach including writing and distribution of press releases and social media content.  
  • Complete administrative duties associated with philanthropic operation including gift and grant reports, monthly financial statements, and membership reports.  
  • Serve as membership representative, developing plans for member acquisition and engagement  
  • Other responsibilities as needed. 


Minimum Requirements: 

  • Four years of non-profit development experience, or equivalent transferrable skills.    
  • Demonstrated experience in soliciting and stewarding donors.  
  • Must have ability to relate well to staff, visitors, donors, and volunteers and to handle confidential information with discretion.  
  • Strong planning and organizational abilities.  
  • Strong verbal communication skills; proven ability to write clearly and persuasively.  
  • Possess the highest level of integrity, donor confidentiality and discretion with sensitive information, tasks and relationships.  
  • Ability to work in a small shop and as part of a large, complex organization emphasizing teamwork, collegiality, respect, and excellence.  
  • Ability to think strategically, work independently, and lead by example.  
  • Ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion. 
  • Strong technical skills, especially with Microsoft Office products 
  • B.A./B.S. degree or higher.     

Compensation and Benefits

This is a 24 hr./wk. position and offers a competitive salary with an excellent benefits program including a 403B retirement plan and generous paid time off. 

Additional Comments

Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted, interviews will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled. 

How to Apply

All interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to: 

Sam Kefferstan
Job# 3284

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