The AAC has experienced considerable growth in membership, fundraising, and donor development over the last 7 years. In cooperation with consulting services, competent staff, and the Board of Directors we are embarking on a new capital campaign to further program development and support our current strategic plan.
The Director of Development is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all of AAC’s fundraising including, the major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving, special events and capital campaigns. The Director works closely with the CEO, Managing Director, and the Board of Directors in all development and fundraising endeavors.
Specific Responsibilities: Establish effective communications with prospective donors and supporters on a continual basis. Lead growth of the major gifts program including identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major donors. Seek out grant funding, including: research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements. Help build the planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts such as bequest expectancies. Lead the annual fund program, including mailings, and annual fundraising drives. Direct capital campaigns and other major fundraising drives. Oversee fundraising special events including the Annual Benefit Dinner. Lead prospect research. Staff the Fund Development Committee meetings. Oversee fundraising database and tracking systems. Supervise and collaborate with all fundraising staff, including: Major Gifts Officer, Events Manager, and Development Coordinator. Lead creation of publications to support fundraising activities. Maintain gift recognition programs. Demonstrate professional conduct at all times. Perform other related duties as requested.
Reporting Relationship: The Development Director reports to Managing Director and works closely with all staff as appropriate to meeting department objectives.
Review of applications will begin August 1, 2018.
Compensation: Competitive/commensurate with experience and other qualifications.
Education: Bachelors degree
Send cover letter and resume to:
Managing Director, External Relations
Applicant Competencies/ Qualifications: Strong interpersonal and writing skills. Knowledge and experience in fundraising techniques, particularly major gift fundraising. Possess the skills to work with and motivate staff, board members, and other volunteers. Should expect travel time to build external relationships. Be a “self-starter” and goal driven to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls. Be organized and exhibit “follow through” on tasks and goals. Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense and good listening ability. A bachelor’s degree. 10 years minimum experience in professional fundraising. Experience and interest in the climbing craft and lifestyle.
Applicants should include a description of any climbing experience as part of their cover letter and/or resume.
About the American Alpine Club
The American Alpine Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides knowledge and inspiration, conservation and advocacy, and logistical support for the climbing community. The AAC advocates for American climbers domestically and around the world; provides grants and volunteer opportunities to protect and conserve the places we climb; hosts local and national climbing festivals and events; publishes two of the world’s most sought-after climbing annuals, the American Alpine Journal and Accidents in North American Climbing; cares for the world’s leading climbing library and country’s leading mountaineering museum; runs the Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch and Hueco Rock Ranch as part of a larger lodging network for climbers; and annually gives about $100,000 toward climbing, conservation, and research grants to adventurers who travel the world.
A united community of competent climbers and healthy climbing landscapes.
To support our shared passion for climbing and respect for the places we climb.
We provide knowledge and inspiration, conservation and advocacy, and logistical support for the climbing community
Chronicling climbing ...achievement and preserving climbing’s history
Promoting standards for education and equipment
Protecting the places we climb
Advocating for American climbers around the world
Providing logistical support
Bringing together and welcoming all climbers