Employment

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

DECEMBER 2014

The largest watershed organization in New Jersey, Raritan Headwaters Association protects, preserves and improves water quality and other natural resources of the Raritan River headwaters region through efforts in science, education, advocacy, land preservation and stewardship.

Our organization, based in Bedminster, NJ was formed by the 2011 merger of two effective conservation groups, the Upper Raritan and South Branch watershed associations, both founded in 1959 to engage New Jersey residents in safeguarding water sources and natural ecosystems. Our organization is a strong voice in advocating for sound land use policies. We are a leader in environmental education and outreach, and for our work in water quality monitoring, habitat restoration, land preservation and stewardship.

Raritan Headwaters’ Board of Trustees recently approved a new strategic plan aimed at increasing our impact in science, education and advocacy. The plan calls for building organizational strength and sustainability by expanding our staff in science, fund raising, communications and other key areas.

We are currently seeking an experienced Director of Development, who will work closely with the Board of Trustees and Executive Director to plan and implement programs that attract, cultivate, solicit and steward donors to support our conservation mission.

Position Description

The Director of Development will be a member of our Management Team, working closely with the Board of Trustees, Executive Director, program staff, volunteers and partners to increase support for our organization and its mission. The Director of Development will be an experienced professional with a record of accomplishment in successfully cultivating major gifts and building relationships with foundations, corporations and individual donors. This individual will lead a development team including staff, board, volunteers and contract professionals in marketing, communications, special events, grants and other development functions.

The Director of Development will:

  • Plan, direct and coordinate individual giving, corporate and foundation support, event fundraising, online giving, marketing, donor database management and other donor communications efforts.
  • Oversee and implement a comprehensive development plan focused on annual giving, major gifts, event and corporate sponsorships, and planned giving.
  • Establish and implement organizational systems and procedures to aid and sustain growth in the acquisition of grant funding and donor outreach, cultivation and retention.
  • Supervise and actively participate in grant prospecting, planning, writing and relationships.
  • Manage donor and prospective donor relationships through a program of identification, introduction, cultivation and stewardship efforts.
  • Assist Board members in creating, planning and accomplishing their individual development goals.
  • Represent Raritan Headwaters in the community at events and conferences, serving as an effective voice in promoting conservation philanthropy.
  • Expand, strengthen and diversify our membership base, with an emphasis on retaining current members as well as attracting new members.
  • Ensure accountability by providing regular status reports and metrics to the Management Team.
  • Manage development staff, contractors, interns, volunteers and partners in accordance with Raritan Headwaters’ management policies and applicable employment laws and regulations.

Qualifications of the successful candidate include:

  • Passion for the mission of Raritan Headwaters Association.
  • A bachelor’s degree and at least 10 years of successful experience in development or a related field, preferably in an environmental nonprofit located in the northeastern or mid-Atlantic United States.
  • A track record demonstrating solid fundraising results and success in soliciting and closing major gifts.
  • A high-energy, goal-oriented, dynamic personality with the ability to inspire others about our mission, and the ability to communicate effectively with all levels of donor prospects.
  • Excellent organizational and management skills.
  • Willingness to travel around the state and region and to work evenings and weekends when required.
  • Experience with donor databases and other common productivity and communications tools.
  • Experience serving as a contributing member of a nonprofit management team and a proven ability to work effectively and harmoniously with staff and board members.

Based at scenic Fairview Farm in Bedminster, NJ, this full-time position offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter by email to future@raritanheadwaters.org.


EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

The largest watershed organization in New Jersey, Raritan Headwaters Association protects, preserves and improves water quality and other natural resources of the Raritan River headwaters region through efforts in science, education, advocacy, land preservation and stewardship.

Position Description

The Executive Assistant will work closely with the Executive Director, communicating extensively with other staff, members of the Board of Trustees, volunteers, partners, donors and other constituents. S/he will be an important public voice and face of our organization, helping promote Raritan Headwaters Association and our mission. This individual will be highly organized and have strong verbal and written communications skills.

The Executive Assistant will:

  • Provide all administrative support for the Executive Director, including correspondence, minutes, memos, reports, telephone support, scheduling, meeting and travel arrangements, filing, faxing, copying, mail handling, and other similar day-to-day tasks.
  • Anticipate the needs of the Executive Director and assist with organization and management of daily schedules, activities and events.
  • Manage both office locations, ensuring that offices are kept clean, supplied and running efficiently; manage supply storage at each location, track inventories, and analyze costs for purchases and other expenditures.
  • Coordinate vendors and contract service providers for office equipment, office supplies, cleaning supplies, paper/stationery supplies, desk equipment, printer ink, and other necessary purchases.
  • Identify and engage environmentally and socially responsible vendors as much as possible.
  • Manage incoming mail and its distribution; maintain and replenish postage machine.
  • Ensure safety and proper usage of office equipment and facilities through regular inspections and any necessary corrective measures.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with all levels of board, staff, partners, donors, volunteers and community members.
  • Provide meeting and event support by assisting with planning, set-up, purchases, installations and implementation and evaluation.
  •  Provide occasional assistance with desktop publishing, copyediting, proofreading, research and report preparation.
  • Provide other assistance as assigned by the Executive Director.

Qualifications of the successful candidate include:

  • Passion for the mission of Raritan Headwaters Association.
  • A bachelor’s degree and at least five years of administrative experience, preferably at an executive level.
  • High levels of efficiency, initiative and resourcefulness, and the ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters.
  • Willingness to travel between two offices and to work evenings and weekends when required.
  • Strong organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships and interactions with internal and external individuals; ability to demonstrate flexibility and humor.
  • Computer knowledge sufficient to fulfill job responsibilities, including knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, database management, calendar, email, Power Point and Internet applications.

Based at scenic Fairview Farm in Bedminster, NJ, this full-time position offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter by email to future@raritanheadwaters.org.


Member, Volunteer and Events Coordinator

The largest watershed organization in New Jersey, Raritan Headwaters Association protects, preserves and improves water quality and other natural resources of the Raritan River headwaters region through efforts in science, education, advocacy, land preservation and stewardship.

Our organization, based in Bedminster, NJ was formed by the 2011 merger of two effective conservation groups, the Upper Raritan and South Branch watershed associations, both founded in 1959 to engage New Jersey residents in safeguarding water sources and natural ecosystems. Our organization is a strong voice in advocating for sound land use policies. We are a leader in environmental education and outreach, and for our work in water quality monitoring, habitat restoration, land preservation and stewardship.

Raritan Headwaters’ Board of Trustees recently approved a new strategic plan aimed at increasing our impact in science, education and advocacy. The plan calls for building organizational strength and sustainability by expanding our staff in science, fund raising, communications and other key areas.

We are currently seeking a Member, Volunteer and Events Coordinator, who will report to the Development Director and work with staff, board members, volunteers, partners and members of the community to inspire interest in our water protection mission and engage the public in our programs, events and activities throughout the region.

Position Description

The Member, Volunteer and Events Coordinator will help build and sustain our important membership base. S/he will generate member leads, develop and maintain a membership and volunteer recruitment list, and assist with design and implementation of member and volunteer recruitment and retention programs. S/he will be an important public voice and face of our organization, helping promote Raritan Headwaters and our mission. This individual will be highly organized and will have strong verbal and written communications skills.

The Member, Volunteer and Events Coordinator will:

  • Manage membership and volunteer databases, track volunteer hours, and develop monthly reports on membership and volunteer activity.
  • Coordinate with other staff to determine and fulfill volunteer resource needs and scheduling.
  • Recruit, orient, train and support community volunteers to participate in all Raritan Headwaters programs, events and activities.
  • Supervise and assist in supervising volunteers in the field, in the office, at events and in other projects.
  • Recognize and celebrate volunteers; develop lead volunteers and retain long-term volunteers capable of working independently.
  • Track and maintain member and volunteer participation and engagement data that clearly demonstrate public involvement in Raritan Headwaters Association.
  • Plan, manage and coordinate all aspects of Raritan Headwaters events.
  • Identify and invite members and volunteers to events.
  • Assist the Development Director in creating member programs and events that will attract new members and engage and retain existing members.
  • Provide excellent customer service for members and volunteers.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with all levels of board, staff, partners, donors, volunteers and community members.
  • Assist in development and implementation of Raritan Headwaters’ marketing plan, aimed at reaching a variety of constituencies across the region.
  • Assist with generating online content that will engage diverse public audiences, leading to measurable involvement and action in water protection programs.
  • Ensure accountability by providing regular status reports and metrics to the Management Team.
  • Participate in development and other activities designed to promote awareness about water protection issues and Raritan Headwaters; work with the development team in donor cultivation and stewardship.

Qualifications of the successful candidate include:

  • Passion for the mission of Raritan Headwaters Association.
  • A bachelor’s degree and at least three years of experience in event management, customer service, public relations, communications or a related professional discipline.
  • High levels of efficiency, initiative and resourcefulness.
  • Willingness to travel around the region and to work evenings and weekends when required.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong communications skills and the ability to establish and maintain relationships and interactions with internal and external individuals; ability to demonstrate flexibility and humor.
  • Experience using social media, websites and common productivity and communications applications. (Graphic design skill a plus.)

Based at scenic Fairview Farm in Bedminster, NJ, this full-time position offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter by email to future@raritanheadwaters.org.

 


SUMMER INTERN POSITION (Paid)

About the Position:  The Raritan Headwaters Association (RHA) is a non-profit conservation organization located in Bedminster, New Jersey.  RHA is seeking candidates for the Louis Starr Memorial Intern position, for the summer of 2014.  The intern will assist in all program areas, including:

  • Stream Monitoring
  • Stream Data Management
  • Environmental Education (Nature Day Camp)
  • Well Testing Program
  • Stewardship Projects
  • Volunteer Projects

Candidates are encouraged to visit our website at www.raritanheadwaters.org to learn about our work.

Qualifications: Qualified applicants will be working towards a degree or will have recently completed a degree in biology, ecology, environmental policy or a related field.  Applicants must be comfortable working outdoors and have a basic understanding of conservation practices.  Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel is required.  Preferred candidates should be living within commuting distance of Bedminster, NJ.

Hours:  25-30 hours/week (flexible)

Start Date:  Late May/Early June (flexible)

End Date:  Early to Mid August (flexible)

Compensation:  $2,500 Stipend

How to Apply: EMAIL ONLY: Please e-mail cover letter and resume to Lauren Theis at LTheis@raritanheadwaters.org.

Applications will be accepted through March 15th, and interviews will begin in late March.

For more information please email LTheis@raritanheadwaters.org or call 908-234-1852 x314