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Botanical Research Institute of Texas-Vice President of Development-Wed, 08/08/2018 - 4:00pm

Vice President of Development


Botanical Research Institute of Texas
BRIT Headquarters
1700 University Drive
Fort Worth , TX 76107-3400

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Job Description 

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in the heart of Fort Worth’s cultural district on a beautiful seven-acre property alongside a key partner, the Fort Worth Botanical Garden. Established in 1987 BRIT’s mission and passion is twofold: to conserve the earth’s botanical heritage and to increase public understanding of the value that plants bring to our lives. Its long-term vision is to create a premier botanical research organization to unlock the knowledge of the plant world and inspire a sustainable planet.

BRIT is a unique asset, with a strong financial position. As the current Vice President of Development is ready to retire, the organization seeks a leader who will champion its philanthropic strategy and efforts to support the organization’s vision to become a nationally-recognized, top-tier plant research and education organization. 

Reporting to the President/Executive Director, the Vice President of Development, in partnership with the Board of Directors, will shape and lead all major fundraising initiatives in support of BRIT’s mission and programming. 

Duties & Responsibilities 

Essential duties and responsibilities for the Vice President of Development:
•Personally secure major gifts to support the programs of BRIT. 

•Oversee the strategy and implementation of BRIT’s various fundraising efforts, 
including annual giving, grants, major gift solicitation, planned giving, gifts to establish or augment existing endowments, or major gifts to fund special projects in cooperation with the Executive Director and Board. 

•Build and maintain relationships with existing donors, and identify and cultivate prospective individual, corporate and foundation donors. 

•Provide day-to-day participation in undertaking the action steps necessary to meet the annual goals through grants, annual appeals, special events and other activities as agreed by the executive director and endorsed by the Board and Development Committee. 

•Work closely with the Development Committee of the Board; set meeting agendas, define tasks, set goals and objectives. Develop and coordinate the work plan to achieve the agreed upon objectives. 

•Lead and manage the development staff in the establishment of short- and long-term goals and objectives in order to meet the annual organizational fund raising goals. 

•Grow revenue and philanthropic giving and maximize the use of BRIT’s Salesforce Software database. 

•Through fundraising, marketing, communications, and public relations, raise BRIT’s visibility in the local community and national plant conservation and collections community.

Education and Experience 

Successful candidates will possess the following education and experience: 

•Undergraduate degree required; advanced degree a plus 

•Six plus years of progressively responsible experience in senior level fund 
development management, including broad based experience in fundraising with a demonstrated record of success in personally securing: major gifts, foundation and corporate giving, and capital campaign execution 

•Experience in managing a successful membership program and/or annual fund for all level of donors 

•Favorable experience leading and developing staff 

Application Instructions 

Victory Search Group is privileged to partner with Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) to recruit a Vice President of Development. Interested individuals should send a resume and cover letter to

Victory Search Group is a senior level retained executive search firm serving a select group of clients from five offices across the United States. Victory Search Group has successfully identified, assessed and recruited senior leadership for over 15 years. Victory Search Group is highly collaborative and focused on customer service; we prize partnering with our clients and are trusted by them for our judgment, integrity and responsiveness.

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Botanical Research Institute of Texas