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Senior Director of Development & Campaigns

Company: Bloedel Reserve
Date Posted: October 7, 2016

Set on 150 acres on Bainbridge Island, a short 30 minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle, the Bloedel Reserve is a unique collection of gardens, nature preserve, and architecture.  The Reserve’s most renowned space is the Japanese Garden, twice named one of the top ten Japanese Gardens in the United States.  The Reserve also includes the Glen, featuring over 200 different rhododendrons; the Moss Garden with over 40 species of moss blanketing the ground; the Bird Marsh, a place of tranquility and nesting for birds and dragonflies; and the Woodlands of cedar, hemlock and fir.  The Reserve is also home to several significant buildings, including the prior Bloedel Residence, the Japanese Guest House, the Sheep Sheds, the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Education Center, and the Gate House. 

The Senior Director of Development & Campaigns (SDDC) will develop and lead a comprehensive development, marketing, and campaign effort to continue Bloedel’s significant philanthropic growth.  This effort will afford the SDDC the opportunity to work closely with the ED, the Board, and key volunteers and contributors on issues of critical importance as the Reserve furthers its national reputation and leadership.

The position will support and advance the Reserve mission by providing leadership and support for all resource development, membership strategies as well as marketing and communications initiatives.  This will include creating, planning and implementing successful initiatives in major gifts, planned giving, annual giving and membership programs in partnership with the Reserve’s Executive Director, staff and board members.  The Position will also be charged with developing and leading a capital campaign over the next 5 years.

We seek a candidate with a significant fundraising background or leadership experience on behalf of a nonprofit institution as well as management expertise leading Board, staff, and volunteers in a strong philanthropic culture.  Capital campaign experience is required.  Knowledge of gardens and cultural institutions is supportive but not essential. The ability to understand the patron experience of individuals and members of public gardens and nature organizations is essential. 

Working with board members in creating appropriate avenues for their participation in fundraising is highly preferred.  This would include the development of new strategies and tactics for increasing the number of volunteers involved in philanthropic activities. 

An undergraduate degree from a college or university is required; a graduate degree is preferred.  Evidence of continuing education through conferences, seminars and workshops in fundraising techniques would be a plus.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at

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