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    Director of Development

Reports To: Executive Director, Dr. Mark K. Wourms

 Summary: The Director of Development reports directly to the Executive Director and works closely with the Board of Trustees, to advance Bernheim’s development activities in major gifts, membership and annual campaigns.  By reaching or exceeding development goals the Director of Development assists in fulfilling the mission of Bernheim – To Connect People with Nature.  By developing resources and relationships the Director of Development will move Bernheim towards its strategic vision: Bernheim will be a Nationally Treasured Leader in Ecological Stewardship that Inspires the Exploration of our Deep Connections with Nature.

The Director of Development will establish and deliver annual development plans, strengthen existing relationships with donors and create new relationships with potential donors, moving them through the development process. The Director of Development, working with the Executive Director or singularly, will identify, initiate and deliver requests for donations. The Director of Development is responsible for establishing and maintaining record systems within Raiser’s Edge or other means, which ensure appropriate, timely and effective follow up, strengthening relationships which lead to major gifts on an annual basis and as planned gifts in our Legacy Program.

The Director of Development will supervise the Membership Coordinator.  As a member of the management team, the Director of Development will be periodically engaged in other important programs at Bernheim.  This may include working with a management team to address communications, strategic planning, annual budgets and other operational activities. The Director of Development will work with the Chair of the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees to plan for committee meetings, and will work to encourage, train and engage the entire board in development activities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Other duties may be assigned.

Create and track an Annual Development Plan with clearly defined financial goals in each giving category/program.  The overall goal of the plan is to raise $500,000 to $1M annually.  The annual plan may include many of the following:

Work closely with the Executive Director and the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees, to formalize and deliver a Major Gifts program. This process includes scheduling and preparing the Executive Director for meetings on a weekly basis with existing and potential individual major donors, corporate donors and critical community partners. The Director of Development will participate in these meetings as appropriate.

Manage the major donors program, including building and maintaining a portfolio of relationship and contacts. Donor meetings and events may  require evening or weekend hours.

Coordinate a creative, effective and growing Annual Giving Campaign.  Emphasis must be given to increasing the number and gift amount of annual donors of $1,000 and above.

Invigorate and expand the Planned Giving program – Legacy Giving.

Assist staff and when appropriate initiate and coordinate grant writing, reporting and related activities.

 Additional Responsibilities: Oversee the development and membership database, currently maintained in Raiser’s Edge by the Membership Coordinator.  Utilize the database as a strategic tool to improve and increase development capacity, particularly major gifts.

With the assistance of the Executive Director, coordinate the Development Committee and facilitate the engagement of the entire Board of Trustees, as well as key Senior Staff, in fundraising activities including the Annual Giving Campaign, the Major Gifts program and Capital Campaign.

Work with Capital Campaign consultant, the Executive Director, the Board of Trustees and others to prepare for and implement a successful Capital Campaign.

Maintain a thorough knowledge of, and involvement with, the regional community and major donors that are potential supporters of Bernheim.

Balance and effectively prioritize these and other duties as assigned.

 Education and/or Experience:  Five years experience with increasing responsibilities in development with a demonstrated record of success in major gifts. Experience and success in development/major gifts in the Louisville region is desirable.

Certification as a fundraising professional is a plus.

A four year degree in communications, business administration, not-for-profit management or relevant field of study with a focus in fund-raising is desirable.

Computer literacy and the ability to quickly learn development/membership data management programs.

Digital applications preferred – send cover letter and resume to:

Lorie Messer, Human Resource Asst.,,502 955-8512

P.O.Box 130

Clermont KY 40110

 Visitor Services / Café Staff Person

Seeking a part-time sales, visitor services and café person who can become a part
of an evolving environmentally friendly atmosphere. Knowledge of Bernheim
Forest and sustainable initiatives is desired. Must be an outgoing, friendly
person, with a great personality, experience in customer service,
food service and sales.
Position is part-time requiring at least 3-4 days per week, including Saturday,
Sunday and holidays.

 Horticulture Internship

Bernheim is the Official Arboretum of Kentucky and one of the largest protected natural areas in the state. The Arboretum contains a diverse collection of woody plants that includes some 6,000 accessioned trees and shrubs displayed in a landscape setting on some 600 acres. Signature collections include important generic collections (Ilex, Cornus, Viburnum, Acer, Quercus, Magnolia, and Malus), conifers, and native habitat display areas (prairie, glade, savanna, and cypress-tupelo swamp). The 12,000 – acre research forest is managed for the protection of native species and natural communities. Bernheim is located approximately 20 miles south of Louisville.

Summary: Responsibilities include assisting Bernheim staff and volunteers with collections and grounds maintenance, nursery and greenhouse production, and educational program development. Duties include, but are not limited to planting, weeding, string trimming, pruning, mulching, watering, propagating plants, assisting in invasive exotic species removal, and participating in plant evaluations and other research projects. Field trips and seminars are offered. Interns are encouraged to complete a project during their internship, one of benefit to Bernheim and related to the intern’s area of interest. Projects will depend on program needs and season.

This is a twelve week, full time position.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Bernheim’s Horticulture Intern Program is open to all students who study horticulture, landscape architecture, botany, forestry, conservation biology, environmental sciences or related disciplines and who are willing to advance their knowledge through practical hands-on work experience. Bernheim seeks reliable and hard-working candidates.

Familiarity with operation and use of vehicles with standard transmissions, trenchers, herbicide spray tanks, irrigation equipment, rototillers, chainsaws, chippers, string trimmers, leaf blowers and hand tools is helpful. Interest in arboretum collections management and conservation horticulture is beneficial. Position involves use of herbicides, performing physically demanding work in various weather conditions and working around poison ivy, stinging insects, ticks, snakes, mud and brush. Interns must be in good physical condition and able to lift 40 pounds.

Natural Areas Internship

Begin Date: start date negotiable                  End Date: start date negotiable

Duration (weeks):12 Hours per week:40

Duties & activities:Interns will work with Bernheim staff assisting with restoration and management of the 14,378 acre Bernheim Forest. Duties include, but are not limited to, assisting in wildlife restoration and monitoring projects, invasive exotic species removal projects, maintenance and monitoring of ongoing restoration projects, threatened and endangered species monitoring and management, GPS/GIS mapping, and assisting with Bernheim events or programming. Field trips, workshops, and seminars are offered when available.

Recommended background or skills:Bernheim Natural Areas Intern Program is open to all students with a passion for stewardship of natural areas. Preference is given to applicants with an interest in pursuing a career in ecology, biology, wildlife management, botany, or related disciplines.

Required background or skills:To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Lack of experience may be substituted with education and a strong willingness to learn.

1) An understanding of ecosystem processes and land management principles. Interns should be committed to practicing responsible and effective land stewardship.

2) Ability to communicate, work, live, and function effectively within a team of interns.

3) Familiarity with operation and use of vehicle with standard transmissions, herbicide spray tanks, chippers, chainsaws, string trimmers, leaf blowers and hand tools.

4) Ability to work with minimal supervision in remote areas in proximity to wildlife. This position involves traversing difficult terrain, ticks, chiggers, and oftentimes wet feet. Good boots are essential.

Compensation:On site lodging provided

Vehicle required: Yes

On-site lodging available: Yes

Other information:Bernheim Forest is a 14,378 acre protected area in the knobs of Kentucky.

Number of positions: 2


**Please submit all cover letters and resumes to:
Lorie Messer
Bernheim Human Resources
P. O. Box 130, 2499 Clermont Road
Clermont, KY 40110