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Position Title:       Director of Development
Department:          Development
Location:               Headquarters, 9 Hardscrabble Rd, Bernardsville, NJ
Reports to:            Vice President for Development
Classification:       Full time (40 hour week)
Job Description

The Director for Development will be directly responsible for the Development Department’s operations management, including direct supervision of three staff members who oversee the organization’s membership, gift entry and prospect research. 

The position will also hold a portfolio of prospects, and will be responsible for qualifying, stewarding and soliciting prospects.  The Director of Development will be key in working closely with the VP for Development in designing and implementing a fundraising strategy for the organization.

The position is located at the Bernardsville Headquarters office, but on occasion will require travel in the state and adjustment of hours to meet the demands of the department and the organization.


  • Works closely with VP for Development in creating and implementing development strategy.
  • Manages day to day operations of development office, including three staff members (membership, data entry, reporting, and gift processing) and outside consultants and/or vendors.
  • Makes routine employment decisions regarding staff duties and responsibilities; reviews performance.
  • Resolves personnel problems with guidance from HR.
  • Assigns work, guides and motivates staff.
  • Supervises Membership Development Associate in building, managing and maintaining a robust membership growth plan for NJ Audubon and Cape May Bird Observatory.
  • Helps assure that membership trends and best practices are utilized to help position NJA ahead of fund changes.
  • Works closely with VP for Development, Membership Development Associate and Communications Manager in developing comprehensive online giving strategy.
  • Responsible for managing and growing individual portfolio.   (Cultivate, maintain relations and strong communications ties with existing donors and prospects.
  • Compiles and maintains current, accurate information on donors and prospects utilizing the Raiser’s Edge software.
  • Qualifies, solicits and stewards prospects in portfolio with special gifts level annual giving capacity.
  • Coordinates closely with senior staff in planning cultivation and solicitation strategy organization-wide.
  • Works closely with VP for Development and Communications Manager in creation of planned giving marketing and solicitation plan.
  • Participates with other staff to adopt a “team” approach towards daily operations at assigned center.
  • Assumes additional administrative responsibilities as requested to support the department and the organization.  

Knowledge and Skills

  • Demonstrated management skills
  • Demonstrated, budgeting and finance skills
  • Demonstrated fundraising success. Successful track record in prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging trends in fundraising
  • Knowledge of membership, online giving and social media trends in fundraising
  • Knowledge and experience with fund raising software, preferably Raiser’s Edge
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to work successfully with diverse audience, i.e. staff, management, board members, volunteers, donors, and vendors.
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative, and to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and projects at a time
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships
  • Strong analytical skills. (Some understanding of database and giving trends analysis)
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office) and Raiser’s Edge (or other donor management system.  


  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Five years of experience in management/supervisory positions in Development field.
  • Five years of professional fund raising experience in a nonprofit organization; demonstrated success in fundraising.
  • Experience with back office functions related to gift processing, data entry and reporting.
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge and moves-management strategy for donor cultivation and solicitation.
  • High energy and passion for NJ Audubon's mission.
  • Must be willing to travel in New Jersey.  This requires a reliable vehicle and a valid New Jersey Driver’s License.
  • Flexibility to adjust hours to meet deadlines and needs of the organization, including availability to work occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Must be able to walk on uneven surfaces and be able to lift at least 25 pounds, in order to participate in special events.  

Starting Date: Immediate.

Salary:  Commensurate with experience.

Deadline:  This position will remain open until filled.

Application:  Qualified individuals may apply by sending resume with cover letter, salary requirements and three professional references to Joyce Fajnor, Executive Assistant and Director of Human Resources via email to humanresources.dod@njaudubon.org


New Jersey Audubon Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, ethnic background, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.



Position Title:              Manager, Communications and Public Relations
Department:                Headquarters
Location:                      Bernardsville, NJ
Reports To:                 VP for Development and VP for Government Relations
Job Classification:     Full-time,  (40 hour work week)

Job Description

 Under the guidance of the Vice President for Development and Vice President for Government Relations, the Communications Manager will create, deliver and manage a comprehensive internal (NJ Audubon membership) and external communications strategy for the organization. He/she will connect and grow various audiences to the mission, vision and reputation of NJ Audubon as a leader in environmental conservation and sustainability.  The position will work closely with leadership throughout the organization to develop communication plans and programs aligned with organizational priorities, manage relationships with key media and other external stakeholders, and leverage social media platforms to broaden brand recognition and awareness of organizational activities and promote greater interaction between the organization, its donors, members, legislators, volunteers and other key audiences.

 Major Responsibilities

·          Develops and coordinates implementation of a comprehensive, long-term marketing and communications strategy addressing specific organizational goals and priorities targeting key audiences.
·          Provides strategic counsel on communications challenges and opportunities to NJ Audubon leaders to enhance the visibility and reputation of the organization.
·          Develops and maintains relationships with key print and online journalists whose activities are important to the mission and vision of the organization.  Provides media training and messaging to all organizational spokespeople to ensure consistent delivery of key messages supporting organizational goals.
·          Creates and maintains a comprehensive internet and social media strategy to enhance awareness of the organization and its activities and promote dialogue between the organization, its members and key stakeholders.
·          Develops plans and promotional materials supporting all special events and development initiatives.
·          Works with NJ Audubon center staff to guide and enhance local and regional communications strategies related to center-specific programming and statewide collaborative programming.
·          Centrally responsible for protecting and promoting the NJ Audubon brand. Monitors and measures the effectiveness of all communications vehicles and seeks continuous improvement based on data and feedback.
·          Represents NJ Audubon with key community and stakeholder organizations and the press.
·          Develops and manages the budget and supervises internal and external staff and consultants for communication’s initiatives.
·          Oversees and coordinates all print (publications) and digital communications.  Works with relevant staff to develop and place traditional (earned and paid) communications and coordinated social media posts.
·          Participates with other NJ Audubon staff to adopt a “team” approach towards daily operations at the assigned center 

Knowledge /Skills 

·          Excellent oral and written communication skills (including editorial and copy writing experience).
·          Fluency with email marketing, online giving, Google Analytics and  social media platforms and trends.
·          Strong fluency with corporate branding principals and basic design skills.
·          Hands-on experience with graphic design helpful, but not required (Photoshop, InDesign, Flash, basic HTML, CMS).
·          Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills.
·          Ability to relate to and motivate a diverse range of people.
·          Ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude.
·          Motivated self-starter with the capacity to work productively in a team setting.
·          Excellent organizational, time and project management skills and ability to manage multiple projects, shifting priorities and meet deadlines.
·          Ability to counsel senior leaders and subject matter experts and enhance their communications skills.
·          Ability to work in a team environment that values and respects the contributions of all staff and volunteers.
·          Innovative thinking with respect to the design and execution of all communications and public outreach efforts. 


·          Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications or a related field.
·          Minimum of four years’ experience in marketing, communications or a related field, including internships, with media, communications agencies or corporate communications.
·          Passion for the environment, nature and wildlife and the ability to share that passion with others.
·          Must be able to walk on uneven surfaces and lift up to 25 lbs in order to participate in special events.
·          Must be willing to travel in New Jersey.  This requires a reliable vehicle and a valid NJ driver’s license.
·          Flexibility to adjust hours to meet deadlines and needs of the organization, including availability to work occasional evenings and weekends.

Starting Date:  Immediate
Salary:  Competitive nonprofit salary (commensurate with experience) and benefits package.
Application Deadline:  This position will remain open until filled.

Qualified applicants should send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Joyce Fajnor, Executive Assistant and Director of Human Resources via e-mail to joyce.fajnorcm@njaudubon.org

 New Jersey Audubon Society is an equal opportunity employer  and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, ethnic background, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.


Position Title:   Maintenance/Property Worker
Department:     Facilities
Location:          Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary Center, Bernardsville, NJ
Reports To:      Sanctuary Director
Job Classification:  Part-time, hourly, up to 16 hours per week, hours vary seasonally
Date:  April 15, 2014 – November 30, 2014,  approximately 8 to 16 hours per week

Job Description:  Part time maintenance position is responsible for maintenance and upkeep of grounds, buildings and facilities at New Jersey Audubon Society’s Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary Center, a 276–acre property, in Bernardsville.

Major Responsibilities

·          Grounds maintenance including (but not limited to) lawn mowing, landscaping, garbage removal, road and site improvements, and general facility security.  Ensuring the safety of visitors, program participants, volunteers, and staff by keeping entrances and exits at Visitor Center free of ice and snow, limbing and removal of fallen trees/branches in high traffic areas, etc.

·          Maintenance of lawn mower and additional power equipment.
·          Maintenance of buildings- painting, light construction, repair work, and general maintenance.
·          Supervisory responsibilities for volunteers and community service workers performing maintenance/management work on site.
·          Spreading wood chips on and clearing trails, assistance with bird seed.
·          Maintenance and cleaning of drainage ditches, catch basins, gutters.
·          Removing (blowing) leaves from the road and drainage ditch in the fall.
·          Removal/management of introduced invasive plant species.  Pesticide applicators license is a plus.
·          Set up and break down for public events.
·          Preparation for controlled burns.
·          Other special projects that come up


·          Knowledge of grounds maintenance and equipment upkeep (lawn mower, chain saw, weedwacker, leafblower, etc.)

·          Ability to do light construction work and building maintenance is essential.  General knowledge of plumbing, electrical, and horticulture helpful.

·          Must have a High School Diploma or equivalent (GED), be at least 18 years of age, possess a valid driver’s license in good standing, able to move materials and equipment weighing over 50 pounds, walk on wooded trails or over rough terrain.

·          Must be physically able and willing to perform all aspects of job in all seasons.

·          Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

·          Flexibility to adjust hours to meet special needs of the Center.

 Starting date:  Immediate
 Salary:  Competitive and commensurate with experience.
 Application deadline:  Position will be posted until filled.

 CONTACT:  Qualified individuals may apply be sending resumes with cover letters and three references to mike.anderson@njaudubon.org or by mail to Mike Anderson, Sanctuary Director, New Jersey Audubon Society, Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924.  

The New Jersey Audubon Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, ethnic background, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.