Organization: Bat Conservation International

Location: Austin, TX; Washington D.C., or Remote Location

Express Interest

About BCI:

Our mission is to conserve the world’s bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet.

BCI is dedicated to the enduring protection of the world’s 1300+ species of bats and their habitats, for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity. In pursuit of this vision, during the next five years BCI will work worldwide with local, regional, national and multinational partners to deliver conservation impact at scale.

Founded in 1982, BCI employs a staff of more than 30 biologists, conservation experts, and administrators, supported by members in 60 countries. BCI offers Medical/Dental/Vision/Life/AD&D/PTO/401k.

Essential Functions:

The Director of Institutional Giving serves the development department of our international nonprofit conservation organization in achieving an overall annual fundraising goal of approximately $5 million. S/he is responsible for prospect research and works to identify institutional funding opportunities and develop, write and prepare funding proposals, applications, and reports in collaboration with BCI colleagues and external partners.

This position reports to the Chief Development Officer and assists in compiling the operating budget each year, including: projecting funding sources, timelines and available dollars for each program within BCI. This position is also responsible for compliance and reporting for all grants/contracts during the annual audit.

The Director of Institutional Giving ensures that the development team, finance team, and conservation scientists are working in synchronicity on multiple projects, and have the relevant information they need throughout the process to achieve grant/contract outcomes. The work is fast-paced, intellectually challenging and collaborative.

The individual in this role will spearhead and develop a corporate membership program, with an overall goal of increasing unrestricted corporate support for BCI. S/he will work closely with the Chief Development Officer, Senior Director of Network & Partnerships, and the Director of Membership to achieve this objective.

This is an ideal opportunity for an individual that wants to contribute to the field of environmental

conservation within a professional, nonprofit workplace. The individual in this position will:

  • Administer federal and private award documents including applications, proposals, budgets, reports, correspondence, and pledge notices.
  • Actively prospect and identify new sources of institutional support.
  • Generate original proposal narrative; write and submit reports to institutional funders.
  • Assist the Chief Development Officer with the development of case statements per program, as well as the overarching organizational case for support.
  • Oversee the grants submission and reporting calendar work flow, monitor deadlines, and acknowledge institutional support.
  • Assist with the development and pilot of a corporate membership program.
  • Liaison with the finance department to effectively administer the spend out of awards received and continually monitor the reporting process in relationship to this activity.
  • Effectively track and monitor all active grants and contracts.
  • Input data into the development database as required.
  • Produce progress reports for management and board review.
  • Assist as necessary with preparations and follow through for the annual independent audit.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • At least 3 years of grants management experience required, or at least 5 years of science writing experience required in lieu of grants experience.
  • Must possess excellent organizational and time management skills in order to coordinate many projects simultaneously, including setting and communicating realistic deadlines and overseeing a timeline and team members to achieve funder objectives.
  • Experience in budget compilation and reporting for complex organizations.
  • Enjoys team dynamics and demonstrates a participatory work-style and superior interpersonal skills.
  • Discretion and ability to handle confidential information with great sensitivity.
  • Excellent reasoning abilities and sound judgment.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel and working knowledge of Raisers Edge preferred.
  • Prior experience working at a nonprofit organization required.

Communications & Interpersonal Skills:

  • Excellent writing skills backed by case statements, proposals, and collateral material examples.
  • Superb verbal and presentation proficiency; as well as effective planning, organization, time management, and multi-tasking skills.
  • Exemplary emotional intelligence, with the ability to inspire staff members, donors and partners toward our mission.
  • A can-do attitude and a tolerant, friendly personality with a sense of humor are essential.
  • High standards for integrity and quality of work.

Working Conditions & Physical Effort:

  • Work requires only minor physical exertion and/or physical strain. Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements.
  • Willingness to travel (current expectation is 5% travel) and occasionally on short notice. Travel includes accompanying funders to the Congress Avenue Bridge and/or Bracken Cave, annual staff retreats, and professional development activities.

Please submit Resume and cover letter here