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Are you ready to make a difference for Iowa’s outdoors? We’re looking for an Annual Campaign and Stewardship Manager to join our team. Position description and details below. To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Jason Taylor at

Annual Campaign and Stewardship Manager 

Purpose of Position: The Annual Campaign and Stewardship Manager is an integral part of Bur Oak Land Trust’s leadership team. This role is responsible for leading strategic execution and management of a comprehensive annual giving program. He/she will be responsible for planning, executing, and coordinating all solicitation, cultivation, and stewardship strategies for donors below the major gift level.

Bur Oak Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) conservation nonprofit based in Iowa City, Iowa. Founded in 1978, the land trust aims to advance biodiversity in Eastern Iowa by acquiring and managing prairies, woodlands, wetlands and other resilient landscapes, and connecting people to nature.

Key Responsibilities:

65% Fund Development

  • Work collaboratively with the Communication Director and Executive Director to manage an appeal schedule for the Annual Campaign
  • Develop all content for mail and email appeals
  • Manage donor benefit structures, organize segmentation and ask strings, and all coordinated efforts to renew previous gifts and cultivate new gifts from individuals
  • Create and execute a plan for solicitation, cultivation, and stewardship of donors 
  • Create and manage a calendar/schedule of multidimensional appeals that leverages a variety of media (e.g., electronic solicitation, direct mail appeals, face-to-face solicitations, events) to communicate with potential and current donors
  • Identify new prospects and grow corporate sponsorship program
  • Assist Executive Director with annual fundraising planning, prospect identification, and advise on improvements in processes, infrastructure, and systems to improve fund development and donor retention
  • Assess the effectiveness of the fundraising strategy and implementation

20% Stewardship

  • Focus on creating processes, strategies, and community engagement efforts to grow and retain donor and membership base
  • Working with the Bur Oak Leadership Team, drive donor cultivation, appreciation, and community engagement efforts
  • Coordinate and manage annual impact report and meeting
  • Contribute content to publications and social media as appropriate

15% Data Management and Gift Processing

  • Create weekly donation report
  • Process gifts in donor database and maintain best practices for data hygiene
  • Create tax letters and thank you notes
  • Alert executive director and board when major gifts arrive and help prepare appropriate recognition
  • Assist with prospect research

Qualifications/Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Proven track record managing an annual campaign 
  • Direct experience in donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship
  • Ability to drive fundraising strategies and manage projects from creation to completion
  • Knowledge of fund development principles and fundraising best practices
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a project, collaborate with colleagues and engage others
  • Familiarity with donor database and/or willingness to learn gift processing and data management

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal, written and soft skills
  • Must have experience in written and verbal donor communications
  • Ability to drive project goals while maintaining flexibility 
  • Ability to coordinate and work well with diverse communication styles both internally and externally
  • Self-directed with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team

Salary and Benefits

  • $50,000-$57,000 annual salary, depending on experience
  • $600 monthly insurance and retirement stipend
  • Access to medical, dental, vision insurance
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Paid time off

Application deadline is May 15, 2022, or until the position is filled. In order to be considered, please include a resume and cover letter addressed to Executive Director Jason Taylor.

Bur Oak Land Trust is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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