Director of Development, Georgia

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The Nature Conservancy
Georgia, United States
Competitive Salary
Nov 10, 2020
Dec 09, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

About Us

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 79 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. In Georgia since the 1960s, the Conservancy has helped protect more than 375,000 acres of important lands across the state including Cumberland Island National Seashore, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, the Chattahoochee National Forest and Sweetwater Creek State Park.  Last year the Georgia program successfully completed a $36 million comprehensive campaign and is working now to advance strategic priorities including programs to protect oceans, lands and waters, tackle climate change, build healthy cities, and engage people of color in conservation careers.

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Position Summary

The Director of Development (DOD) oversees, plans, and implements a comprehensive program for The Nature Conservancy in Georgia that secures significant philanthropic resources from individuals, corporations, and foundations for conservation in Georgia and around the world. The ideal candidate must hold a portfolio and have personal responsibility for managing a select number of donor relationships to secure six to eight-figure gifts over time. They must be inquisitive and self-motivated to learn domestic and global conservation strategies and become adept at linking the two.  A demonstrable commitment to conservation will be a distinct advantage.

This position manages all major gifts functions, including planned giving, principal gifts, donor prospecting and research, and special multi-year fundraising campaigns.  The DOD recruits, develops and inspires a staff of high-performing development professionals to manage and solicit current and prospective donors with the capacity to make major and principal-level gifts in support of domestic and global conservation priorities.  


Desired Skills & Experience



  • Bachelor’s degree and 7 years related experience.
  • Experience asking for and closing major gifts.
  • Experience building and maintaining long-term relationships with fundraising constituents such as major donors, foundations and corporations.
  • Experience in planning and delivering budgetary responsibilities.
  • Experience managing and supervising a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in principles, practices, and procedures of charitable giving, particularly in the areas of capital campaigns, major gifts and planned giving.



  • An appreciation for the mission of The Nature Conservancy and the facility to understand and communicate the work.
  • Experience conceiving and implementing strategic initiatives.
  • Experience working in a large, complex, not-for-profit environment.
  • Expert knowledge of current and evolving trends in major gifts giving and solicitation.
  • Proficiency in synthesizing materials from multiple sources into a coherent and accurate summary.
  • Understanding of best practices in non-profit management.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.



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How to Apply

For more information and to apply, please visit and search for job ID# 49118 in the keyword search. Deadline to apply is 11:59 PM EST December 1, 2020.  The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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