Development Director – The Ridges Sanctuary

The Ridges Sanctuary seeks a highly motivated individual to coordinate, manage, and organize fundraising initiatives on behalf of the organization. This individual will work closely with staff, board members, Development Committee, and key stakeholders to support The Ridges mission by utilizing grant research and writing, individual and business donation solicitation, event-related fundraising, memberships, and ongoing donor stewardship.

The Ridges is at an inspiring inflection point of growth and expansion. Over the next few years, this position will foster opportunities to grow within the organization and support the critical fundraising functions to ensure The Ridges can continue to deliver on its mission. This position will have the opportunity to learn from and work alongside additional development staff during the creation and implementation of a capital campaign. This full-time, exempt position reports to the Executive Director and works directly with an Administrative Assistant and Marketing Director.

The Ridges Sanctuary promotes positive environmental behaviors through impactful educational experiences, land protection and ecological research. The Ridges was established in 1937 after Albert Fuller, then Curator of Botany at the Milwaukee Public Museum, began spending a significant amount of time surveying the landscape. Fuller spearheaded a grassroots movement to protect this incredibly diverse property and establish Wisconsin’s first land trust. The Ridges now protects over 1,600 acres comprising fifteen discrete plant communities, 475 inventoried vascular plants, a Boreal Forest glacial relict, and twenty-nine of Wisconsin’s forty-nine native orchids. The Ridges has also established popular education programs for all ages, a nationally recognized Orchid Restoration Project, and welcomes over 35,000 visitors to the Nature Center each year. For more information please visit The Ridges Sanctuary website.

Please send cover letter and resume to Katie Krouse, Executive Director at Submissions will be reviewed as they are received.

ORGANIZATION: The Ridges Sanctuary