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Development Director

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Montclair Public Library

Montclair, NJ

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Development Director

Job Description:

The Montclair (NJ) Public Library seeks an enthusiastic, energetic, and experienced fundraising professional to lead our efforts to secure capital, endowment, annual, major, and planned gifts, along with funding from grants and other sources, to supplement the library’s municipal allocation.

The Development Director will be responsible for managing all aspects of fundraising for MPL. The position will report to and be supervised by the Library Director, but will work closely with the part-time Manager of the Montclair Public Library Foundation, a separate 501(c)(3) organization. The Development Director must have both strategic vision and hands-on expertise in executing fundraising activities of many types including an annual appeal, large- and small-scale events, planned giving and major gifts, proposal writing and solicitation, volunteer management, and cultivation of new, innovative, and non-traditional funding sources.

The current fundraising priorities are a capital campaign to supplement bond monies for renovation of the main library and an addition for ADA compliance at our historic Carnegie branch library. We also seek to initiate an endowment fund for programmatic needs.

Specific duties include:

Building relationships with current and potential donors through personal contact, needs assessment, and ethical, professional, solicitation;

Plan and facilitate fundraising initiatives in conjunction with the Library Director, Board of Trustees, Foundation Board, and other library staff;

Management of donor systems (we utilize eTapestry and iWave PRO);

Management of correspondence and donor acknowledgement;

Preparation of financial reports;

Identify grants to support programs, collections, initiatives, and capital needs. Work with staff and library partners to prepare proposals for government, corporate, public and private foundation support.

Working collaboratively with library staff, Library Trustees, Foundation Board, and volunteers to ensure a unified message and effective, efficient fundraising effort.

Steward and cultivate donors, plan donor events, prepare individual or personalized correspondence, meet regularly with current and prospective donors, and track multi-year pledges and restricted donations and steward these commitments.

Qualifications include:

Demonstrated success in designing and leading major fundraising efforts, especially endowment and/or capital campaigns;

Track record of developing and sustaining strong benefactor relationships with organizations and individuals;

Experience working with political, business, and philanthropic community leaders;

Experience managing special events;

Superior interpersonal skills with an emphasis on teamwork and collaboration;

Knowledge of Montclair and greater New York City philanthropic communities;

Minimum of five years non-profit fundraising and management experience; Certified Fund Raising Executive credential a plus;

Expertise in standard fund development tools and technology, and in newly emerging fundraising tools and technology, such as mobile and social media/marketing.

Bachelors degree from an accredited institution in Public Administration, Communications, Education, Library Science, Business or Nonprofit Management or a comparable degree.

Salary and benefits

Annual salary negotiable, beginning at $89,000 depending on qualifications.

Health Insurance (with dental coverage, depending on plan selection)

403(b) savings plan

Life insurance

Participation in the New Jersey Public Employee Retirement System (PERS).

Time off includes paid public holidays, and generous paid vacation and sick time.

Residency in the State of New Jersey will be required in accordance with NJRS §52:14-7.

About Montclair

Located 20 minutes from New York City, Montclair is a vibrant and diverse community that boasts rich cultural and educational offerings. It is home to Montclair State University, the Montclair Film Festival, the Wellmont Theater, and the Montclair Art Museum.

Montclair boasts 7 commuter train stations offering easy access to New York City. Its 5 distinct shopping districts, including Montclair Center— a Nationally Accredited Main Street Community, make Montclair a regional shopping, dining and entertainment destination.

Montclair High School has a graduation rate of 91% and a student body of around 2,000 students (53% of whom are a minority) and a student teacher ratio of 13:1. U.S News and World Report ranked it 1,529 nationally and awarded it a silver medal in their 2016 National rankings of best high schools.


Montclair Public Library

To Apply:

Expressions of interest (including a current resume) should be submitted to Peter Coyl, Library Director via email at by Friday, September 22, 2017.

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Sun, 10/15/2017

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