Annual Fund Officer – We’re Hiring!

We're hiring. We're expanding our team to help us grow our base of supporters in pursuit of Art that Matters to the Planet.

Position Announcement

February 25, 2023

 Position:         Annual Fund Officer

Reports to:     CEO

Status:            Full-time, exempt

Salary:            $50,000 plus a generous benefits package

Start Date:     Desired start date April 2023

About Roger Tory Peterson

Roger Tory Peterson’s signature contribution to the arc of the American Conservation Movement was the modern field guide. Trained as an artist, Peterson understood the power of art to inform, inspire, and illuminate people about the natural world. His illustrated field guides allowed for easy, accurate identification in the field. The experience of using the field guide has helped millions of people across the globe really see the natural world. To be inspired by it. To fall in love with it. Throughout his multifaceted career, Peterson helped us to see the challenges, too – the devastating impacts of pesticides, habitat loss, and other environmental ills. He also demonstrated that each and every one of us can make a difference in protecting the earth’s diversity of plants and animals.

About the Roger Tory Peterson Institute

Home to the largest collection of Roger Tory Peterson’s work, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute is a leader for the study, exhibition, and nurturing of art that matters to the planet. Through world class exhibitions and programs, RTPI illuminates the beauty of nature; challenges us to confront environmental issues of regional, national and global concern; and inspires us to preserve the earth’s biodiversity – with a particular emphasis on the natural area wonders of Western New York. For more information please visit our website:

About the Annual Fund Officer Position

The Annual Fund Officer employs exceptional planning, implementation and donor relationship techniques to build RTPI’s base of supporters, meet annual membership and individual donations budget targets, and help advance overall strategic plan goals.

This a full-time, exempt salaried position reporting to the CEO. A typical workweek is Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, although regular weekend and periodic evening work are required as well.

Core Responsibilities

  • Design and implement a strategy for increasing RTPI’s overall base of individual supporters.
  • Design and implement a plan for achieving annual membership and individual donations budget targets.
  • Team with CEO and senior staff to ensure integration and coordination with related RTPI strategic plan goals.
  • Team with Programs and Events Director to optimize programs and events in furtherance of membership and individual donor goals.
  • Team with Marketing and Communications Officer to promote membership and individual donor campaigns.
  • Mentor and support Visitor Experience Officers to promote and sell memberships and cultivate donations.
  • Keep current with trends in building successful membership and individual donor campaigns.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Participate in staff meetings.
  • Participate in strategic planning/budgeting meetings.
  • Attend Board of Director meetings.
  • Attend Development and Communications Committee meetings.

 Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum three years of professional experience developing and implementing successful individual donor programs; experience with membership campaigns a plus.

 Core Competencies

  • Ability to cultivate and nurture relationships with a variety of constituents.
  • Proven ability to work both independently and as a team member.
  • Strong organizational skills and proficiency with CRM databases.
  • Ability to manage simultaneous priorities and to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule, including evenings and weekends.


The starting salary range is $50,000 plus a generous benefits package, including health, vision and dental insurance, and an employer-funded 403(b) retirement plan.

 Equal Opportunity

RTPI is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at RTPI are based on organization needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, family or parental status, or any other status protected by laws or regulations. RTPI will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.

How to Apply

Please email resume and cover letter to: and include “Annual Fund Officer” in the subject line.

Only those applicants we feel are strong potential fits will be contacted. Due to the high volume of anticipated applications, we will not be able to respond to phone calls or emails.