Open Job Announcement: Associate Director of Development


The Keewaydin Foundation seeks to hire an Associate Director of Development, a key member of the successful Keewaydin Foundation Development Team.  This staff member reports to the Director of Development and is responsible for managing specific projects in the areas of fundraising, communications, and constituent relations (e.g., donor, alumni, parent, and friend relations). This staff member works closely with the Director of Development, Coordinator of Donor Relations and Records, as well as with the Executive Director, Camp Directors, and volunteers to engage and direct the good will of the Keewaydin community and to help maximize philanthropic support for the Foundation.

The successful candidate will work out of our Keewaydin Foundation Office in Salisbury, VT.   Some weekends and evening work is required.


Communications: Print, Publications, Website, Social Media

  • Manage annual communications schedule.
  • Serve as an editor of annual report, the Northwest Wind, coordinating with graphic designer and printer.
  • Help develop content, oversee production and mailing of print publications, direct mail, e-appeals, and e-newsletters.
  • Design and manage calendar of Keewaydin mass email communications including bi-monthly e-newsletters for the Keewaydin Foundation and The Loon’s Call from Ojibway, and e-appeals.
  • Assist with production of camp program newsletters, including preparing ads and proofing.
  • Curate and post monthly content in conjunction with Keewaydin Foundation team for eleven social media outlets, and research new ways that the foundation can utilize social media.
  • Update and manage Keewaydin’s WordPress-based website

Fund Raising:

Assist the Director of Development to:

  • Plan and execute fundraising campaigns, including annual fund in the range of $500,000 per year, endowment funding, special projects, social media campaigns, and more.
  • Develop giving mechanisms through direct mail, online, mobile, and social media.
  • Recruit and manage the volunteer Annual Fund Committee.
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of prospective and current donors, utilizing Raisers’ Edge as appropriate.
  • Assist with grant-writing and reporting as necessary.

The successful candidate will also conduct in-person visits with a minimum of 25 donors each year.


  • Work with Director of Development to plan a program of 4-6 national and/or regional annual alumni and parent events, including an annual New York City alumni reception, Board meetings, and events at camps in conjunction with other Keewaydin Foundation Staff.
  • Work closely with the Coordinator of Donor Relations and Records and when appropriate take a lead role in organization of Alumni Family Weekends and other Keewaydin-related gatherings, specifically in marketing, registering, event planning and on-site hospitality and support.



  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years in work-force or in post-graduate study, with experience in the field of communications and/or development highly preferable.
  • Strong attention to detail.


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience with management of marketing and social media platforms.
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Mastery of Google Drive Suite including Docs, Sheets, and Forms a plus.
  • Familiarity with Constant Contact, WordPress, SmugMug, HubDialer, Sendible, Gravity Forms and Adobe Photoshop or similar software preferred.


  • Must be comfortable actively soliciting charitable donations; experience is desirable.
  • Ability to understand needs and interests of major donors and build positive relationships
  • Experience with event planning a plus.
  • Knowledge of Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge a plus.
  • Ability and willingness to travel both regionally and nationally up to 3-5 days per month.


  • Outgoing personality and inherent interest in people.
  • A passion for youth development and the outdoors.
  • Strong problem solver who can operate well independently and collaboratively
  • Persistent and able to see projects through to successful completion.
  • Highly organized and pro-active
  • Quick learner
  • Team player willing to jump in as required.


Compensation and Benefits:

Salary is competitive. Excellent benefit package,

How to Apply: Deadline for receipt of application is February 1, 2020

Submit resume, one writing sample, and a list of three references via e-mail to Mary L. Welz at [email protected] by close of business on January 15, 2020.  Finalists will be scheduled for in-person interviews including a short on-site writing assignment.

Organization Description:

Founded as a canoe tripping camp in the northern wilds of Maine in 1893, by A.S. Gregg Clarke. Keewaydin is among the oldest summer camps in North America. The Keewaydin Foundation, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, manages three camps: Keewaydin Dunmore and Songadeewin of Keewaydin in Salisbury, Vermont, on the shores of Lake Dunmore, and Keewaydin Temagami, located on Lake Temagami in Ontario, Canada.  In addition, Keewaydin operates the Keewaydin Environmental Educational Center for public school children each spring and fall, and Ojibway Family Lodge located on Devil’s Island on Lake Temagami.

The Keewaydin Foundation provides camping experiences and challenges that help children achieve significant personal growth by living in a community, being independent and living simply in rustic and natural settings.

To achieve our mission, the Foundation-operated summer camps and programs:

  • Provide caring communities that emphasize working together, fairness, trust, kindness, tolerance, forgiveness and compassion.
  • Provide challenges through tripping, activities and lifestyle that help children develop self-confidence.
  • Strive to continually evaluate and develop programs in order to ensure their excellence and safety.
  • Provide outstanding staff leadership through careful hiring, training and evaluation.
  • Bring together children and staff from a broad range of social, economic, racial, religious, ethnic and national backgrounds.
  • Teach the importance of concern and service to others in keeping with the motto, “Help the Other Fellow.”
  • Teach stewardship of the land through an appreciation and understanding of our natural world.
  • Provide and model a safe, happy, fun and simple life.