Development Director

Southern Oregon Land Conservancy Published: August 17, 2022
PO Box 954, Ashland, OR
Skill Level
Senior Level
Job Type
Admin/ Gen Mgmt / Fundraising / Membership
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Join a dynamic, growing land conservation non-profit in safeguarding vital, living landscapes in one of the most biodiverse areas in Oregon. In the Development Director - Solicitation role you’ll lead a team to cultivate support for regional conservation, education, and permanent land protection that serves the wide diversity of living communities of the Rogue River region.

Southern Oregon Land Conservancy (SOLC) conserves and enhances land in the Rogue River region to sustain our human and natural communities forever. SOLC is the oldest regional land trust in the state, currently managing nearly 12,500 acres of protected forests, farms, and natural, undeveloped landscapes through conservation easements and land ownership.

SOLC seeks to attract candidates who support our mission and values as well as respect and promote excellence through diversity. SOLC is committed to diversity in our organization and community involvement, striving to create a welcoming environment to people of all races, genders, cultures, abilities or other backgrounds, identities, and life experiences. See our JEDI Vision Statement for more information. We strongly encourage applications from individuals who have a passion for the work outlined below, and whose professional experience aligns with the experiences listed. SOLC supports paid professional development opportunities and training as well as support from fellow staff members.

What you get to do:  You will be responsible for creating and sustaining a comprehensive membership and fundraising program, and overseeing marketing and outreach programs to amplify and achieve goals of the Land Conservancy’s strategic and fundraising plans. The development director, in conjunction with the Executive Director and the Board, is responsible for meeting revenue goals for annual operations and special campaigns, planned giving, outreach and events and communications (FY2022 $450,000 gifts/special events goal). The development director works closely with and reports to the executive director and collaborates with appropriate board, trustee, and advisory bodies.

Your core work and outcomes will include, but are not limited to:

  • Creating, leading, and sustaining comprehensive membership and fundraising programs to implement the Land Conservancy’s strategic and fundraising plans
  • Overseeing and supervising marketing, events, and outreach initiatives
  • Overseeing and supervising donor services associate to ensure the timely and accurate receiving, recording, and acknowledging of gifts as well as database management
  • Working with the Executive Director and program staff to identify grant opportunities
  • Collaborating with community groups and a staff-board committee to expand SOLC’s commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Providing leadership and supervision for Development staff
  • Carries out other duties that may be assigned by the executive director

Requirements, knowledge & abilities:

  • 5+ years of increasingly responsible work in non-profit development, fundraising, marketing, public outreach or related fields
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred and 3 to 5 years of successful work in leading a team, or equivalent experience
  • Proven success in multiple aspects of donor recruitment and retention
  • Ability to manage multiple deadlines and projects, establish priorities, and motivate colleagues, volunteers and board members to support fundraising and outreach work
  • Familiarity with grant writing
  • Skills utilizing donor database, CRM, and other software to manage and track fundraising and volunteer engagement
  • Experience with engaging diverse partners toward broad community involvement with and support of SOLC
  • Computer proficiency in word processing, Adobe Creative Suite, database, and spreadsheet applications required
  • Outgoing and friendly personality with the ability to meet new people easily and quickly earn their confidence
  • A genuine interest and enthusiasm for voluntary land conservation; Knowledge and experience in conservation and land trusts preferred
  • Cultural competency training and skills to expand Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in SOLC’s work, and expand partnerships with diverse communities in our region
  • A self-starter with the ability to initiate and follow through on new programs or projects
  • Exceptional communications skills (oral, written and graphic); strive for error-free product
  • Ability to inspire and motivate individuals and businesses to make financial contributions
  • Spanish language skills preferred
  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer; Must be able to lift 15 pounds at times

Note: See full Development Director Job Description for more detail

Pay and Benefits:

  • Salary $60,000-70,000 depending on experience.
  • Benefits include employer paid health insurance, SIMPLE IRA match contribution, paid annual leave, holidays, and sick leave.

Please send resume, cover letter, references and portfolio or work samples to:

SOLC, ATTN: Executive Director

SUBJECT: Development Director Opening

EMAIL OR mail to PO Box 954, Ashland, OR 97520

  • This position will remain open until filled. 

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