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Enviro-Mich message from Michigan Land Use Institute <mlui@traverse.com>


	The Michigan Land Use Institute, a non-profit economic and environmental
research and policy organization, is seeking a skilled, experienced, and
creative development director to significantly heighten our organization’s
visibility in the region, state, and nation. The successful candidate will
work in close collaboration with the Executive Director and Managing
Director to establish a more effective fund raising program, market the
Institute’s professional services, build membership, and increase the
circulation of the Great Lakes Bulletin, the Institute’s magazine.
	The Michigan Land Use Institute was founded in 1995 to establish a new
approach to economic development that strengthens communities, enhances
opportunity, and protects the state’s unmatched natural resources. The
Institute has a seven member professional staff, and almost 1,100 member
families, businesses, local governments and organizations. Our office,
located in Benzonia, is in the heart of Northwest Michigan, a region of
stunning natural beauty and vibrant small towns. 

· Experience as a professional fund raiser for a non-profit organization. 
· Proven capacity to develop and successfully execute a fund raising plan. 
· Ability to conduct effective research and recruit grant making institutions.
· Ability to improve the Institute’s capacity to recruit donors.
· Ability to conceive and oversee special events that advance the
Institute’s mission and raise its public profile.
· Strong writing and public speaking skills.
· Experience and proficiency in preparing grant applications. 
· Creativity in designing and executing effective marketing programs.
· Strong interpersonal skills to build positive and lasting relationships
with donors and foundation staff. 
· Familiarity with and commitment to environmental and land use issues.
· Ability to work effectively in collaborative atmosphere. 
· Ability to work calmly and efficiently under deadline.
· Strong planning and organizing skills.
· Commitment to service in the public interest.

Development Planning 
· Work with the Executive Director and Managing Director to establish a
five-year fund raising plan.
· Set up a system for tracking the success of fundraising efforts and
revising the plan as needed. 

Building Foundation Support
· Research and identify state and national foundations likely to support
the Institute’s program.
· Make initial contact with granting institutions.
· Write letters of inquiry and full grant applications for projects and for
general support. 
· Work with Institute program leaders and management to fulfill foundation
reporting requirements and maintain ongoing communication with foundations. 

Recruiting Donors
· Work with the staff and board to identify and increase the number of new
high donors.
· Establish effective relationships to maintain the support of the
Institute’s existing high donors. 
· Establish an effective system to ensure that the Institute is keeping in
touch with its high donors, i.e., thank you letters, regular project
updates, holiday gifts, and making other contacts when appropriate. 

Member Development and Outreach 
· Work with the staff and consultants to design and implement an effective
strategy to increase the Institute’s membership from its current 1,100 to
10,000 by 2001. 
· Write first drafts of member renewal letters and new membership appeal
· Work with the staff and consultants to establish a consistent and
cohesive organizational identity system.
· Work with staff to develop informational materials, to be distributed to
foundations, community members, and potential high donors, that explain in
words and pictures the work and mission of the Institute.

Magazine Marketing
· Work with the staff and consultants to develop and execute a strategy for
increasing the paid circulation of the Great Lakes Bulletin.
· Work with the staff to increase the newsstand sales of the Bulletin, with
a goal to make it completely self -sustaining.

Computer Skills: Excellent familiarity and comfort with Microsoft Word and
the Windows 95 and Macintosh operating systems. Aptitude and experience
with database programs, particularly Microsoft Access. 
Hours: Full time.
Availability: Immediate. Must be willing to work in Benzonia, Michigan.
Salary: Starting in the mid-30’s, plus health and retirement benefits.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, writing samples, and at least three
references to:
Hans Voss
Managing Director
Michigan Land Use Institute
845 Michigan Avenue
P.O. Box 228
Benzonia, MI 49616

The Michigan Land Use Institute is an independent, non-profit organization
that conducts research and works with policy makers and citizens
to link environmental goals with economic development. The Institute is an
equal opportunity employer, considering candidates without regard to
gender, race, sexual preference, religion, or political affiliation.


"Careful research and reasoned advocacy
to protect the environment, enhance
economic opportunity, and support
vibrant communities."

P.O. Box 228
Benzonia, MI 49616
616-882-4723 /*\ 616-882-7350 fax

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