The Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) is seeking a full-time Development Director to assume full responsibility for the development and implementation of an annual, short-term, and long-term development plan for the organization.

The ideal candidate will have exceptional interpersonal skills, a passion for the outdoor community and trail development, and a love for mountain biking and the outdoors. The candidate must be able to manage simultaneous projects and be able to foster coordination within the organization to meet development goals. Experience and skill in nonprofit development are essential to succeed in this position.

This position provides an excellent opportunity to deepen experience in nonprofit development, build a strong network throughout the southeast, and work for an organization elevating trail development and stewardship.

To apply, email your resume and cover letter to philip.darden@sorba.org. This position is open until filled.

 


 

Primary Responsibilities & Duties:

  • After onboarding, the Development Director shall prepare and present the current year development plan.
  • At the beginning of each year, the Development Director is responsible for building the annual development plan alongside the Executive Director
  • Executes SORBA’s annual fundraising plan
  • Secure financial support from individuals, foundations, and corporations with an emphasis on a diverse range of revenue streams
  • Works with the executive team and volunteers to grow relationships with major gift donors
  • Assists in donor stewardship programs
  • Tracks and assesses fundraising and development metrics
  • Identifies and stewards’ prospective donors
  • Creates major gift proposal documents
  • Utilizes major giving fundraising and marketing tools, including on-line tools
  • Works collaboratively with SORBA Executive Director, SORBA Governance Committee, and volunteers
  • Seek out and apply for new grants that are well aligned with the mission and programs of SORBA.
  • Assist SORBA Chapters with grant opportunities
  • Assist in implementing large fundraising events
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors
  • Compose a regular newsletter for donors that explain the progress of the organization and how we’ve been using their contribution
  • Overseeing organization of special events
  • Developing and tracking proposals and reports for fundraising
  • Participates in staff, team, program, and board meeting
  • Participates in annual planning efforts, including strategic and operational planning and budgeting
  • Seeks out and participates in professional development and training opportunities
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 

Job Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in a development focused role for nonprofits
  • Extensive knowledge of fundraising strategies and principles
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Grant writing skills
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, with innovative approach to business development
  • The ability to demonstrate a history of excellence and measurable growth in nonprofit development
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to speak in front of large crowds and in small groups
  • Strong project management skills including the management of complex, multifaceted projects resulting in measurable success and development growth
  • Fluency in writing budgets in excel
  • Passion for the mission, vision, and values of SORBA
  • Commitment to community and trail development that is environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable
  • Strong self-motivation including the ability to work independently

 

Job Preferences:

  • Five or more years of experience in fundraising for a nonprofit organization is preferred
  • No degree is required for the position, but an education in nonprofit work is favorable. 
  • A passion for mountain biking is strongly preferred.

 

Required Working Conditions:

  • Remote work environment
  • Based within the SORBA Territory (Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee)
  • Have appropriate workspace and technology in their home office
  • Active participation in team meetings

 

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers; handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate. 

 

An Equal Opportunity Employer:

We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants are given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.

 

Additional Information: 

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change. This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities but constitutes a general definition of the position’s scope and

 


 

Job Compensation:

  • 401(k)
  • Health, Dental, Vision, Long Term Disability coverages
  • 15 days of vacation
  • 10 days of sick time off
  • 2 days of volunteer time off
  • 3 personal holidays
  • National holidays
  • IMBA Human Resources Staff to help with benefits
  • Training and professional development

 

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