Development Director

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Development Director
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Join our innovative, dynamic team! The Oliver Wolcott Library in Litchfield, Connecticut seeks a full-time Development Director to lead, execute and support all aspects of fund-raising at the Oliver Wolcott Library. The Oliver Wolcott Library is located in historic and beautiful Litchfield, CT. It is a highlly engaged, educated community. The Oliver Wolcott Library is an innovative, dynamic and vibrant library. We are well-loved in our community and have an excellent team of staff, board trustees, volunteers and patrons. Each year, we raise more than 50% of our operating budget. The Development Director will help to ensure that we have the funding needed to serve our community with excellence. The Development Director reports directly to the Library Director but also works closely with a number of volunteers and the Board of Trustees.

The Library currently has two primary fundraising efforts: the annual fund drive and our annual Festival of Trees held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The Development Director will lead, plan, and execute all aspects of our annual fund drive and Festival of Trees event. The Festival of Trees is a highly complex fundraising event that includes an online as well as silent auction, sponsorships, advertising sales, and other revenue areas. Last year, more than 800 people attended. It involves extensive understanding of how to plan and execute an event, analyze and create reports and data, cultivate and engage donor contacts and volunteers, creation and execution of marketing materials, coordination of various committee tasks and assignments, and the ability to work well under-pressure and with varied personalities and groups.  The Development Director will enter, maintain, manage and analyze all the data entry for and into our fundraising databases. The Development Director will also work on planned giving initiatives. The Development Director needs to know how to evaluate and assess annual giving performance and overall revenue performance.

Qualifications: Four year degree strongly preferred. Demonstrated and proven fund-raising and event planning experience. Strong leadership skills including ability to work gracefully with varied personalities and constituencies to accomplish goals. Proficient in data entry and donor databases. Ease working with common technology tools. Experience with Constant Contact a plus. Excellent written and communication skills. Excellent networking skills. ABility to work independently and with minimal supervision. Ability to work with frequent interruptions, under deadlines and be detail-oriented. Ability to manage time to ensure all goals and deadlines are met. Ability to learn and communicate the library's vision and the need for library services.

Full-time position of 35 hours per week. Annual salary of $50,000 with EXCELLENT benefits. Some evenings and weekends required. Position requires working at the library. Note: This position requires working the Monday through Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and the Friday through Tuesday following Thanksgiving in order to support our annual Festival of Trees event.

Open until filled but first review of candidates will begin January 30, 2019. Email a letter and resume to

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