South Carolina Environmental Law Project

Lawyers for the Wild Side of South Carolina

Donor Relations Manager
Job opportunity posted on 04/22/2020

Title: Donor Relations Manager
Position Start: May (full-time)
Location: Georgetown, SC or Charleston, SC
Salary Range: $48-56k (based on experience)


SCELP is seeking a resourceful and enthusiastic person to expand the Development Team and help coordinate the annual fund, with a specific focus on major gifts and related initiatives through analytics and relational philanthropy.

The position will report to the Program Manager, and work closely with the Executive Director and other staff and Board members. This demanding job offers unique opportunities for professional growth and career development.

The goals and key responsibilities of this position include the following:

Data management and operations, including:
* Processing all gifts received by the organization, including direct mail, credit card, online, matching gifts, and in­kind donations, accurately and in a timely manner using the organizational CRM.
* Entering and updating donor information in the CRM. Auditing data entry of other staff.
* Checking donor records and generating renewal and other letters according to development plans.
* Ensuring acknowledgment letters are up­to­date and drafting new letters as needed; mailing acknowledgment letters in a timely manner.
* Providing donor information to program staff members as requested.
* Preparing contact lists for online fundraising campaigns, special events and direct mail pieces.
* Communicating and coordinating with the Office Manager to: (i) Answer donor administrative questions; (ii) Ensure consistency between the CRM and the financial records; (iii) Prepare and mail new donor packets; (iv)Prepare and execute biannual Newsletter mailing.

Donor cultivation and stewardship:
* Work with the Development Team to plan and execute the Annual Plan, with the specific goal of increasing Major Gifts by: (i) Developing and refining strategic cultivation and stewardship systems; (ii) Developing and executing strategies to identify, research, cultivate and solicit qualified prospects for major gifts; (iii) Preparing annual lists of existing donors who can be cultivated for increased gifts as well as prospective donors; (iv) Creating work flow plans with existing and prospective major donors; (v) Scheduling and coordinating meetings with existing and prospective major donors; (vi) Ensuring regular and consistent communications with existing and prospective major donors.
* Work with the Communications Team to: (i) Improve online and offline engagement practices; (ii) Increase recurring gifts; (iii) Develop and maintain messaging and collateral related to SCELP’s programs, coordinating programmatic outreach and solicitations.
* Attend trainings and professional events, and read industry publications to stay informed on donor cultivation and stewardship best practices.

Supporting local cultivation events and annual Wild Side event, including:
* Creating, preparing and managing invitation and guest lists.
* Coordinating sponsorship, silent auction, and other development initiatives and components of such events.
* Managing tickets sales, registration and attendance lists through the CRM or other suitable systems.

Qualifications & Experience
* Two or more years of experience in development or closely related field.
* Post-baccalaureate credentials or bachelor’s degree strongly preferred.
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
* Proficiency in at least one CRM system and Microsoft Office.
* Knowledge of principles, practices and ethics of fundraising.
* Experience with a donor/relational database and familiarity with building queries and running reports.
* Ability to work independently, while maintaining consistent and transparent communication with a team and leadership.
* Strong organizational and analytical skills, with a high attention to detail.
* Ability to manage multiple and competing priorities and meet deadlines in a dynamic environment.
* Ability to learn new skills quickly and adapt to new challenges.
* Ability to work evenings and weekends as required.

The Donor Relations Manager should be extremely competent in working with databases and enjoy talking with donors and meeting people. He/She must also have an appreciation for South Carolina, its environment, its land, and its communities.

To Apply

Please send your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to us via email.
SCELP is an equal opportunity employer.

Legal Internships
Internship opportunity posted on 05/03/2019

Job and Internship Opportunities

You may have noticed from all of the information on our website that SCELP does some pretty wonderful work. But, did you know that SCELP is also a wonderful place to work? Headquartered in downtown Georgetown, our dog-friendly office is in a beautiful historic house that is a short walk to waterfront shops and restaurants, and a short drive to the beach. We offer law students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain meaningful experience in environmental litigation.

Legal Internships, Externships, and Fellowships

SCELP hires up to two unpaid law student summer interns each year, on a rolling basis. Usually application review begins after fall semester grades are in (January/February). We work with students to receive grant funding and/or class credit, when available. SCELP gives preference in the hiring process to 2Ls, but all applicants are considered.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and transcript here.

Now hiring interns for 2020!

SCELP also offers externships and fellowships for those law students and recent graduates who are able to secure class credit or funding. While SCELP has no formal deadlines for these opportunities, often funding from a law school, equal justice works, or other program is limited. Law students interested in applying for a fellowship or externship with SCELP should contact us as early as possible to coordinate efforts.