Job Opportunities

The Alice Ferguson Foundation is an environmental educational organization on the Potomac River, focused on connecting people to the natural world, sustainable agricultural practices and the cultural heritage of their local watershed through education, stewardship and advocacy. As a leader of watershed stewardship, it models innovative practices, outreach, partnerships, programs and events that are replicated nationally.

The Alice Ferguson Foundation is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work and at all levels of staff and governance. We honor the beliefs, attitudes, languages, interpersonal styles, and values of all individuals. We are dedicated to enhancing opportunities for people with different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to collectively accomplish the mission of the Alice Ferguson Foundation.


Executive Director

The Executive Director works in partnership with the Board of Directors and staff. S/he will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Alice Ferguson Foundation’s (AFF) staff, programs, expansion, risk management, (internal and external) communications, and execution of its mission. S/he will maintain a knowledge of core programs, operations, fundraising, operations and be the chief ‘face’ of AFF to local, regional and national constituents. In particular, this E.D. will be responsible for navigating AFF through its next evolutionary phase as an organization.

RESPONSIBILITIES
Leadership, Management, Fundraising and Communications:

  • Responsible for the development and implementation of the foundation’s educational programs that carry out the organization’s mission at the Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center and outreach programs in the community, schools and national parks.
  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of the foundation by preparing and adhering to an annual budget. S/he ensures maximum resource utilization and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position as laid out by the Board and strategic goals
  • Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve long term sustainability and strategic goals
  • Actively engage and energize AFF volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong board of directors; serve as ex-officio of each committee, seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for both ongoing local operations as well as for activating new programming to support financial sustainability
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain AFF high-performance senior management team
  • Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents
  • Be an external local and regional presence that publishes and communicates program results with an emphasis on the successes of the program
  • Leverage partnerships in regional markets, establishing and generating new relationships with the funders and political and community leaders
  • Participate in special events such as Potomac River Watershed Clean-up, Pinot on the Potomac, and membership events. (which may often be in the evening or over weekends.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Committee of the Board

SCOPE OF WORK

The core of the position primarily requires light office work.  The position, however, requires navigating a 300+ acre property (including Piscataway Park) inclusive of a farm, hills and significant uneven land.  Further, it regularly requires visiting commensurate properties in the region that have similar terrain. S/he must possess the ability to speak, hear, and write as well as the ability to use a computer and related software programs, and lift up to 20 lbs. Regional travel will be required, as is a car.

AFF CODE OF CONDUCT
Professional Standards of Conduct

    • Exhibit teamwork and cooperation by sharing knowledge, coordinating duties with other staff, and demonstrating the willingness to assist others as needed.
    • Exhibit leadership by taking initiative, mentoring and problem-solving.
    • Dress appropriately, use time wisely and meet deadlines.
    • Treat staff members, students, teachers, partners and visitors with courtesy and respect.
    • Initiate and respond positively to suggestions for improving service.
    • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
    • Assist in documenting AFF activities via digital images and video.
    • Maintain the confidentiality of privileged and sensitive information.
    • Promote and support the values and mission of AFF in all outreach and visitor contact.
    • Facilitate a strong working relationship with the Board of Directors and its committees.
    • Serve as support staff to Board committees.
  • Provide advice, counsel, and support to staff and the Board of Directors.

QUALIFICATIONS

The E.D. will be demonstrably committed to AFF’s mission.  The E.D. should have proven leadership, coaching and relationship management experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

    • Advanced degree or professional designation such as an MBA, with at least 10 years of increasing or senior management experience
    • Track record of effectively leading and regionally and/or nationally scaling a performance- and outcomes-based organization and staff
    • Ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth and fiscal sustainability
    • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
    • Past success working with a board of directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
    • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
    • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed

To apply, send resume to [email protected]

Equal Opportunity Employer / Minorities / Female / Disabled / Veteran

The Alice Ferguson Foundation is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work and at all levels of staff and governance. We honor the beliefs, attitudes, languages, interpersonal styles, and values of all individuals. We are dedicated to enhancing opportunities for people with different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to collectively accomplish the mission of the Alice Ferguson Foundation.


Corporate Relations and Event Coordinator

The Corporate Relations and Event Coordinator carries out development strategies including outreach, solicitation, cultivation, networking, follow up, and stewardship of potential and existing corporate sponsors (40%), coordinates sponsor and donor cultivation through friend and fundraising events (50%), and supports the general relationship-based fundraising activities of the development team (10%).

PRIMARY ROLE(s):

  • In partnership with AFF Executive Director (ED) and Director of Institutional Development (DID), cultivate corporate relationships through in-person meetings, facility tours, and general communication activities
  • Collaborate with DID on development of corporate giving goals and objectives including expanding of fundraising networks and developing new corporate relationships through speaking engagement or targeted community involvement
  • Maintain corporate relationship management process, including tracking all interactions and the solicitation process for select prospects
  • Research potential corporate sponsors and corporate foundations and how best to engage them, including corporate matching gift program
  • Plan, implement, and track fulfillment of corporate expectations (tickets, facility use, etc.), including tracking corporate invoices and pledges.
  • Manage the planning, implementation, and execution of corporate and donor cultivation events, as well as annual fundraising events (Pinot on the Potomac) with support from other members of the development team.
  • Event management to include development of event goals, budget, and planning schedule, solicitation/tracking of sponsors, working with Communications and Marketing Coordinator on production and scheduling of marketing and promotional materials, tracking invitations and RSVP’s, coordination with Volunteer Coordinator and event vendors, day of event management including VIP identification and strategy, and post event follow up with donors, attendees, and vendors.

Secondary Role(s):

  • Supports general development team activities – such as mid-year and annual appeal, and membership drives
  • Support the Foundation’s public outreach and marketing efforts as needed, especially as related to events, including workplace giving events and presentations to prospective funders
  • Support educational programs, events, and demonstrations as needed
  • Build the Foundation’s visibility through participation at conferences and meetings, development of training workshops, and networking with colleagues
  • Participate in staff development, including staff meetings and trainings
  • Work closely with and provide development support to the DID, as needed
  • Perform other duties as assigned

AFF Activities:

  • Participate in staff development, including staff meetings and trainings
  • Assist Executive Director
  • Contribute to communications in support of development and volunteer program

SCOPE OF WORK:

This position is largely sedentary in nature, however one must possess the ability to speak, hear, and write as well as the ability to use a computer and related software programs and lift up to 25 lbs. Travel in the local area will be required, as is a car.

AFF CODE OF CONDUCT

Professional Standards of Conduct:

  • Exhibit teamwork and cooperation by sharing knowledge, coordinating duties with other staff, and demonstrating the willingness to assist others as needed.
  • Exhibit leadership by taking initiative, mentoring, and problem-solving.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Use time wisely and meet deadlines.
  • Treat staff members, volunteers, community members, corporate partners, and visitors with courtesy and respect.
  • Initiate and respond positively to suggestions for improving service.
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, and be familiar with use of social media.
  • Maintain confidentiality of privileged and sensitive information.
  • Promote and support the values and mission of AFF in all outreach and visitor contact.

Knowledge, Skills and Education Required:

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Two years of nonprofit fundraising experience with demonstrated success in securing corporate sponsorships and donations preferred
  • Previous experience successfully planning and managing events with 50 – 300 guests/attendees required.
  • Ability to work independently on a variety of assignments with minimal supervision
  • Strong organizational, research, marketing, and business process skills
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills, including demonstrated writing skills
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills
  • Ability to work with high level constituents, including corporate leaders, donors, volunteers and board members
  • Demonstrated creative problem-solving skills, initiative, sound judgment, diplomacy and discretion
  • Ability to maintain poise and professionalism under pressure
  • Excellent independent decision-making skills, but openness to taking direction
  • Understanding of the significance of organizational culture, and support for organizational standards
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, collegial, team-oriented, and entrepreneurial environment
  • Knowledge of development department functions, with proficiency in using applications such as MS Office, fundraising and donor applications (Alice Ferguson Foundation uses Kindful and Grantseeker)
  • Skills in using social networks and multimedia technology to enhance fundraising
    • High level of computer proficiency including Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Internet-based research.
    • Experience with donor management databases a plus.
    • Familiarity with social media outlets.
    • Familiarity with developing and implementing client relationship management tracking systems

To apply, send resume to [email protected]

Equal Opportunity Employer / Minorities / Female / Disabled / Veteran

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required.  Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary.  In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.


Overnight Environmental Educator

The Overnight Environmental Educator will plan, lead, and implement an evening program including campfire with overnight students participating in the Hard Bargain Farm Education program. They will be responsible for the general safety of the students during the time they are with the students.  They will provide high quality educational and recreational experiences for the students that focus on the mission of the Foundation.

Work is done outside in natural, rustic surroundings as well as inside the Cafritz Environmental Center from late afternoon to early morning on assigned days. This position requires staying overnight on the campus.  A sleeping accommodation, separate from the students, for the individual is provided with amenities (bathroom, kitchen, central heating, air conditioning).

PRIMARY ROLE(s):

  • Organize and lead an evening program and or campfire activities.
  • Prepare and serve meals to program participants.
  • Lead environmental education programming using the natural surroundings including leading a campfire program.
  • Maintain the kitchen and facilities for organization and cleanliness.
  • Assist teachers and students with breakfast and getting prepared for the daytime activities.
  • Maintain safety of program participants.

Secondary Role(s):

  • Assist with other AFF activities.
  • Participate in AFF-sponsored events as needed.
  • Participate in staff development, including staff meetings and trainings.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Required:

  • Demonstrate skill in handling groups of children and adults by engaging and keeping their interest while effectively managing group logistics.
  • Ability to lead, plan, organize and implement program activities.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team and the ability to accomplish tasks with little direct supervision.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Commitment to service of diverse populations, cultural competency, and facility in cross-cultural communication.
  • Able to complete highly physical work, conducted outdoors in all types of weather on uneven terrain.
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs.
  • Subject to criminal background/fingerprinting check due to working with children.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.

Preferred:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent experience, in a related field such as environmental science or education.
  • CPR/First Aid Certified (or contingent upon employment).
  • Basic environmental knowledge and familiarity with Potomac River Watershed area.

TO APPLY: Send resume, cover letter, and references to: [email protected].

This announcement is ongoing.