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Director of Philanthropy

Bethesda MD


The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

Position Summary

The Maryland/DC Director of Philanthropy (DOP) leads a comprehensive, top-in-class development program that secures significant philanthropic resources from individuals, corporations, and foundations to support The Nature Conservancy’s priorities in Maryland/DC, in North America and around the world. They must be a proven strong and inspiring leader, a successful major and principal gifts fundraiser with skill in designing and executing complex donor strategies, and experienced in program management. The DOP oversees all major gifts functions, which includes managing multi-year fundraising campaigns, board recruitment and development, planned giving, major- and principal- gift fundraising, donor prospecting and research, and stewardship. The DOP recruits, develops, and inspires a staff of high-performing philanthropy professionals, works closely with the Maryland/DC Board of Trustees and other volunteer leaders, and builds a culture of philanthropy throughout the Maryland/DC Chapter.

The DOP will build on the Maryland/DC Chapter’s significant contributions to the Conservancy’s domestic and global priorities. To that end, the DOP must be motivated to learn and able to work in collaboration with conservation experts, philanthropy staff organization-wide, donors and volunteers across a dispersed and complex organization to integrate philanthropy with sophisticated conservation and policy initiatives. The DOP is a member of the Maryland/DC Executive Team, responsible for bringing donor perspective to organizational decisions, and plays a leadership role in building the Chapter’s role as a hub of conservation innovation and success with a strategic focus on clean water and climate resiliency.

In your resume and cover letter, please address how you meet the following minimum qualifications and preferred qualifications:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree and 8 years related experience, including experience working at a senior level.
  • Experience building and maintaining long-term relationships with high net worth constituents such as individual major donors, private foundations and corporations.
  • Track record of cultivating and closing major or planned gifts of $1,000,000 or more.
  • Experience working with trustees and/or volunteer committees to drive philanthropic efforts.
  • Experience building and successfully executing fundraising plans for a program or an organization.
  • Management experience of a large multidisciplinary department, including planning and delivering budgetary responsibilities.
  • Experience conceiving and implementing strategic initiatives.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Master’s degree and 12+ years related experience, including 5+ years working at a senior level preferred.
  • Experience recruiting, training and engaging board members and other volunteer leaders and ensuring that they are well prepared to engage in effective fundraising efforts.
  • Effectively communicate via presentations, conversations, and documents.
  • Expert knowledge of current and evolving trends in charitable giving, particularly in the areas of campaigns, major gifts and planned giving. Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience using listening, diplomacy, and tact to build strong relationships and motivate colleagues, donors and volunteers.
  • Experience overseeing a philanthropic campaign with an overall goal greater than $10 million.
  • Experience fundraising for multiple strategies or programs that are deployed at a local, regional and global scale.
  • Expert understanding of best practices in non-profit management.
  • Experience in managing a geographically dispersed team.

How To Apply

For more information and to apply, please visit www.nature.org/careers and search for job ID#46126 in the keyword search. Deadline to apply is 11:59 PM EST Monday, February 19, 2018.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Posted January 22, 2018


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