The Everglades Foundation (the Foundation) seeks a dynamic and highly accomplished development executive to serve as its vice president for development. The vice president will lead a team of 10 professionals in raising support for scientific research, education programs and bold advocacy initiatives to propel forward the restoration of America’s Everglades, the world’s largest ecosystem restoration effort. The Everglades Foundation is the preeminent organization fighting for the restoration of America’s Everglades. The men and women who comprise the Foundation’s executive team and board of directors are individually distinguished in the fields of business, politics, policy, education, science and philanthropy. The welfare of the Everglades and, by extension, the welfare of South Florida bind these men and women together in a common purpose — to secure the future of this singular ecosystem that is the economic lifeblood of one of the most vibrant regional economies in the United States. The credentials of its executives and its board of directors ensure that The Everglades Foundation operates at the highest political, civic and philanthropic levels. The Foundation’s Board of Directors are highly engaged, mission-driven and legacy-focused. The board sets the strategic direction of the organization, and board members engage as individuals to support the organizational mission. The operational motto of The Everglades Foundation’s leadership team is “Focus and Excel.” This highly concentrated commitment to the mission is at the center of the Foundation’s dramatic programmatic and fundraising success over the past seven years. This year, the organization is poised to take its next evolutionary steps in the areas of advocacy, scientific research, education and long-term organizational stability.
The vice president will be part of the Foundation’s distinguished, energetic and visionary executive team and board of directors in taking the Foundation’s philanthropic support to a new level. The new vice president will be responsible for building relationships with the Foundation's constituents, including its board of directors, Chairman’s Advisory Council (CAC), current and prospective donors, environmental and conservation partners, and other key internal and external stakeholders. The vice president will develop strategies and tactics to generate awareness of the Foundation’s most notable scientific research, educational programs and advocacy initiatives to identify potential philanthropic funders for the Foundation’s most pressing needs and priorities.
The vice president will serve as the Foundation’s chief fundraising and principal gift officer securing financial support, while building infrastructure and fundraising programs to support future science, education, advocacy and capital campaigns. Candidates should have an established history of raising significant gifts, a track record of successful leadership and strong experience with boards of directors. The successful candidate will be a seasoned, metrics-driven fundraising leader and inspirational manager with a strong dedication to the important environmental and educational missions of the Foundation.
The vice president is the leader and central strategist for fundraising activities with the goal of maximizing giving, expanding the donor base and representing The Everglades Foundation locally, nationally and internationally. The vice president is responsible for actively developing, mentoring and managing staff, and working closely with the board of directors and leadership team to further engage, motivate and expand participation in fundraising, networking, innovation and strategic partnerships in the corporate, philanthropic and political arenas.
The Everglades is a national treasure. The ecosystem is home to hundreds of species of beautiful and fascinating wading birds, mammals, fishes, reptiles, amphibians and plants. It is home to more than 70 threatened and endangered species, provides fresh water to nearly eight million Floridians and is an international destination. However, America’s Everglades is on life support. More than 100 years of ditching and draining have reduced the wetland to half its original size; its wading bird population has diminished by 90%; and pollution and other impacts have harmed much of the remaining ecosystem resulting in toxic algae outbreaks and regional environmental and economic loss.
The Everglades Foundation supports the science and public funding efforts needed to restore and protect America’s Everglades. The Everglades Foundation is dedicated to restoring and protecting one of the world’s unique natural ecosystems — providing economic, recreational and life-sustaining benefits to millions of people who depend on its future health.
The vice president can be based either in Miami or South Florida, with a strong commitment to spending significant time in the Palmetto Bay office, a suburb of downtown Miami. The Foundation’s new vice president will have the opportunity to play a key role in the Foundation’s evolution to national and international prominence for its critical and cutting-edge scientific research and education programs dedicated to ensuring a strong and secure future for America’s Everglades.
All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile, found at www.wittkieffer.com, and a CV or resume. All materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to Everglades Foundation search consultants, Mercedes C. Vance and Jessica Herrington, to EvergladesFoundationVPDev@wittkieffer.com.