About Houston Audubon
Houston Audubon, established in 1969, protects and promotes
birds of the upper Texas coast through habitat conservation,
environmental education, and conservation advocacy. Houston
Audubon owns and manages 17 nature sanctuaries in the Houston-Gulf
Coast area providing 3,474 acres of wetlands, piney wood forest,
coastal woodlots, prairie, and beach that serve as critical habitat
for over 300 species of migratory and resident birds, and other
wildlife. Houston Audubon sanctuaries also serve as community
assets where people walk, commune with nature, learn, meditate,
socialize and explore. Houston Audubon sanctuaries in High
Island, Texas are world renown for spring migration birding. We
deliver over 700 nature-based program experiences for children and
adults every year.
Position Summary: The Director of Development
will plan, lead, and oversee Houston Audubon’s fundraising
activities. She or he is responsible for principal gift
fundraising in support of Houston Audubon’s programs and
operations. The Director of Development leads and manages the
Development team, which currently includes a corporate relations
director, events manager and a development associate.
- Develop and manage timeline and budget for all development
department activities, including grant writing and reporting,
special events, annual gala, membership, and donor solicitation and
relations for annual and capital giving.
- Provide strategic direction and short- and long-range planning
in the context of growing the annual giving.
- Identify, cultivate, and steward donors and prospects.
- Solicit and secure contributions from individuals,
corporations, and foundations to support the mission of Houston
- Work collaboratively with the Executive Director and other Sr.
Program Team members to understand program goals and priorities to
write meaningful proposals and to develop specific requests as
grant opportunities become available.
- Develop proposals and write foundation grants.
- Lead fundraising for special events, including the annual
- Lead and manage development team.
- Bachelor’s degree with significant leadership experience in
nonprofit development and fundraising.
- Track record of cultivating, soliciting and closing gifts from
foundations and individuals.
- Strong communication skills including ability to write and
speak persuasively about the organization.
- Experience building and maintaining long-term relationships
with fundraising constituents.
- Effective organizational, oral/written communication and
project management skills
- Strong client service orientation and attention to detail.
- Ability to take initiative, build an atmosphere of team
collaboration and interact with a variety of people and
- Working knowledge and use of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and
Outlook and donor database management.
- Ability to manage multiple projects and work under the pressure
- Excellent judgment and initiative; and a strategic
- Appreciation for nature and conservation.
- Ability to occasionally work evenings or weekends.
Location/Region: Houston, TX (77079)