Careers

Welcome to the Keep America Beautiful Careers page, where we post current full-time, part-time and paid internship opportunities in our national headquarters, located in Stamford, Connecticut.

Keep America Beautiful’s national headquarters is walking distance from the Stamford Metro-North train station with a shuttle bus also available. The office features a free parking garage and gym in the building and is conveniently located near great restaurants, bars, shopping and beautiful Mill River Park.

Persons with national service experience (VISTA, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and veterans are encouraged to apply. Keep America Beautiful is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, ancestry, marital status, being a party to a civil union, handicap or disabilities or perception of disabilities, political activity, or other protected class status. Discrimination in violation of this policy is prohibited.

Please submit resumes with cover letters to recruitment@kab.org and include the title of the career opportunity in the Subject line of your email.

Note that based on the volume of resumes submitted, we unfortunately cannot reply to all submissions.

Thank you for your interest in joining the Keep America Beautiful team!

Full-Time Position

Chief Development Officer

The Chief Development Officer fosters a culture of philanthropy within the organization. S/he assures that the organization’s corporate culture, systems and procedures support fund development and vice versa. S/he leads staff to institutionalize philanthropy and fund development within the organization and plans, coordinates and assures implementation of strategies to develop donors and contributions to support the organization. S/he assures development and maintenance of appropriate systems to fund development including but not limited to donor management, research and cultivation, gift processing and recognition. S/he maintains accountability and compliance standards for donors and funding sources.

The Chief Development Officer is responsible for the transformation of the organization’s fundraising model by creating the overall development strategy and executing all fundraising initiatives including revenue-sharing initiatives for the nonprofit’s national network of affiliates and partner organizations. Fundraising responsibilities include: short-term and long-term planning; cultivation, solicitation and stewardship among corporate, foundation and individual funders; direct marketing; development of a comprehensive strategic plan for major and individual gifts; and corporate relations. This executive will also be accountable for creating additional revenue sources through innovative approaches to fundraising and new business models. The Chief Development Officer will lead the organization to become more innovative and sustainable.

The Chief Development Officer will be a key member of Keep America Beautiful’s senior management team, providing leadership and counsel to guide the overall strategic work of the organization as well as lead board development. The Chief Development Officer will work closely with the KAB President & CEO and senior management team to operationalize the nonprofit’s vision to create clean, green and beautiful communities. This work will include defining and differentiating the organization in the competitive world of national nonprofits, mapping the right strategies and action plans, rewriting the financial and sponsor stewardship models, and developing talent.

Performance Expectations

As a member of the senior management team, this is a high-stress position that helps set the direction and ensures the health of Keep America Beautiful. The individual is expected to be a competent fundraising technician and an excellent organizational development specialist. The individual is expected to:

  • Translate broad goals into achievable steps.
  • Help set and manage appropriate expectations.
  • Participates with the CEO, staff and board of directors to define the organization’s mission and direction.
  • Provides general oversight of all of the organization’s fund development activities, manages the day-to-day operations of the development function and 6-member team, and monitors adequacy of activities through coordination with staff, appropriate committees, and governing body.
  • Ensures attainment of the organization’s fund development activities through the selection, development, motivation and evaluation of human resources. Designs educational programs in fund development for staff, volunteers and affiliates; participates as teacher and facilitator. Pursues formal and informal education for self and others.
  • Works with the CEO, development committee chair and chair of the board to ensure fulfillment of fund development roles and facilitate the optimum interaction between management, stakeholders and donors.
  • Designs and assures implementation of cost-effective fund development programs, employing economy while maintaining an acceptable level of quality and solid return on investment.
  • Handle detailed, complex concepts and problems and make rapid decisions regarding management and development issues.
  • Plan and implement programs.
  • Establish strong and appropriate relationships with CEO, staff, governing board, volunteers, donors and the general community.
  • Develop smooth and constructive relationships with people from all segments of the community.
  • Plan and meet deadlines.
  • Maintain a flexible work schedule to meet the demands of executive management.
  • Demonstrate initiative and work as a team player.
  • Adhere to the highest ethical standards in management, governance, and fund development.
  • Convey a professional and positive image and attitude regarding the organization and the not-for-profit sector.
  • Demonstrate commitment to continued professional growth and development. Requirements:
  • Commitment to the mission and purpose of Keep America Beautiful
  • Proactive team player, high energy, thoughtful colleague, creative thinker, likes to have fun.
  • Proven leader of hands-on cultural change management with ability to influence and drive for impactful results
  • Strong management skills, both strategic and operational, with proven unique ability to lead a team to generate big results
  • Expert knowledge of individual, corporate and foundation arena with supporting demonstrable results
  • Proven track record of raising significant revenues ($10MM-$20MM) with limited resources in short timeframe
  • Proven track record of creating and executing innovative fundraising strategies
  • Expert communications skills and demonstrated presentations to small and large groups
  • Collaborative leadership style with abilities to work with three key stakeholder groups: KAB board of directors, KAB affiliate network and corporate/foundation sponsors among others
  • Ability to relate well and work effectively with multiple audiences
  • Strong analytical, execution and management skills
  • Strong organizational skills with attention to detail and effective time management
  • Minimum 15 years of experience in developing, growing and executing a comprehensive, integrated development strategy in a non – profit organization
  • Familiarity with Salesforce is necessary.

Knowledge and experience in the following areas is required:

  • The nature and dimensions of philanthropy, ethics, motivations for giving and volunteering, research and cultivation practices;
  • Standard fundraising techniques including face-to-face solicitation, proposal writing, special events, telephone solicitation, direct mail; and
  • Development office functions including gift processing, prospect and donor histories, and fundraising reporting.

Location and Benefits

  • Position is based in Stamford, Connecticut, national headquarters (walking distance from Metro-North with free shuttle available, free parking garage in building)
  • Strong compensation and benefits package, including flex schedule option
  • Free gym in building
  • Near great restaurants, bars, shopping and beautiful Mill River Park

Persons with national service experience (VISTA, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and veterans are encouraged to apply. Keep America Beautiful is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, ancestry, marital status, being a party to a civil union, handicap or disabilities or perception of disabilities, political activity, or other protected class status. Discrimination in violation of this policy is prohibited.

Please submit resumes with cover letters to recruitment@kab.org and include the title of the career opportunity in the Subject line of your email.

Director of Development & Donor Relations

Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Director of Development & Donor Relations is responsible for developing donor relationships and fundraising, works to establish long-term partnerships, strengthen existing relationships and initiate new business within the corporate, foundation and individual major gifts sectors. This team member will provide strategic direction on fundraising strategies and tactics and will have a proven record for building strong and productive relationships across constituencies. This mission-critical role serves as a key steward for developing a portfolio of current and prospective donors in support of Keep America Beautiful. He/she will be expected to meet annual revenue targets by identifying, engaging, cultivating, and ultimately soliciting revenue dollars and can demonstrate a track record of fostering new donors. This candidate must have strong closing skills and understands how to sell value and benefits for six figure, multi- year partnerships. The candidate will have proven experience of fostering an organization-wide culture that prioritizes, nurtures and values philanthropy and donor relationships. The position will work closely with the C-Suite the Board of Directors (BOD), and the Board of Directors Development Committee, while working collaboratively with the department team, program directors to develop, execute and measure fundraising initiatives that support the affiliate network, specific education programs, research initiatives, general operations, special projects and a future capital campaign.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

Fundraising:

  • Implement programs and activities in partnership with existing donors, leadership, volunteers, and the Development Team to identify, educate, cultivate, solicit and steward donors
  • Meet or exceed minimum annual fundraising target for the current fiscal year including renewable gifts and incremental revenue
  • Design and implement multiple donor strategies targeting organizational objectives and donor interests in partnership with cross-departmental teams; 
  • Support P2P Fundraising activities
  • Develop and maintain trusted relationships with donors and partners
  • Implement a branded annual membership program that attracts new and renewing donors, including direct mail and digital recruitment campaigns, benefit fulfillment, gift acknowledgement, and database tracking
  • Manage year-end appeal for additional funds from members, constituents and the public to include establishing a goal, solicitation methods and reporting
  • Manage corporate sponsorships opportunities and fulfillments that fund events, programs, and special projects
  • Identify, research and solicit new corporate sponsors, regionally and nationally
Individual Gifts
  • Create a branded individual program that secures annual individual giving between $1,000 to $100,000 levels
  • Collaborate with marketing/communications to design and produce materials, benefits, solicitation and acknowledgement letters
  • Directly identify, cultivate and solicit major gifts prospects through a Moves Management process
  • Utilize BOD and the Development Committee to identify, cultivate and solicit major gifts
  • Create a major gift stewardship program in year 2, that ensures maximum retention and appreciation
Writing and Research
  • Annual appeals to donors
  • Donor correspondence
  • Corporate donor profiles on prospective organizations/donors
  • Research on new partnerships opportunities 
Salesforce Database Management
  • Gift entry, reporting, inputting and updating donor information
  • Proofreading and editing
  • Organizational tasks
  • Maintain up-to-date donor records and activity reports in Salesforce
Other duties as assigned, including but not limited to:
  • Organizational tasks
  • Support Employee Engagement events
  • Creative and can think outside the box to identify, implement and assess new fundraising opportunities
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with diverse constituents including staff, board members, donors and the general public
  • Collaborates with Marketing/Communications as it relates to branding, messaging, and public awareness
Additional Qualifications
  • 4 to 6 plus years of experience in a sales, fundraising or development role
  • Preferred: Progressive experience in a successful development programs and knowledge of “best practices” in development
  • Bachelor’s or Master's degree
  • Excellent writing and pitch skills
  • Self-motivated, can work in a fast pace environment
  • Entrepreneur and can manage a book of business Interest in fundraising at the national nonprofit level
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication abilities
  • Time management and multi-tasking skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines Collaborative spirit, sense of humor is a MUST
  • Requires travel up to 20% (primarily regional and national)
  • Requires outside networking on a quarterly basis
  • Knowledge of computers and technology, proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, SalesForce or a CRM donor database.
  • Capital campaign experience a plus
  • Optional-Provide a sample of a proposal/pitch deck you’ve created
Location and Benefits
  • Position is based in Stamford, CT national headquarters (walking distance from Metro-North with free shuttle available, free parking garage in building)
  • Strong compensation and benefits package, including flex schedule option
  • Free gym in building
  • Near great restaurants, bars, shopping and beautiful Mill River Park
Please submit resumes with cover letters to recruitment@kab.org and include the title of the career opportunity in the Subject line of your email.