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.
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The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is seeking a strong Texas Director
of Development (DOD) as we execute on our ambitious conservation
goals. A trusted name in conservation within the state and beyond,
The Nature Conservancy in Texas has worked since 1964 to protect
the state’s cherished landscapes and develop sound science to
support ecology, economy, public health and equity. With a strong
and talented staff of 48, a diverse Board of Trustees comprised of
16 members and 13 honorary Trustees from around the state, 2 main
offices, 6 remote offices and a resilient, robust program in place,
this role offers a unique opportunity to design and implement a
strategic fundraising approach to support Texas’ conservation
priorities—and to help shape a resilient, equitable future for the
Lone Star State. The DOD reports directly to the Texas State
Director and is a critical member of the Texas Management
- Works with Texas staff and colleagues around the world to
recommend and implement donor-driven fundraising strategies that
maximize overall giving to the Conservancy and secures annual
fundraising goals of $9 million per year in donations and planned
gifts to fund the Conservancy high-priority conservation projects
in Texas. The DOD recruits, develops, inspires, and manages a team
of high-performing fundraising and support professionals and plans
and implements a comprehensive fundraising and development program
that raises significant philanthropic resources from foundations,
corporations, and individuals.
- Establishes, implements and tracks measures and indicators of
fundraising progress and success. Manages a team of 10 fundraising
professionals and reinforces compliance and consistency with
related organizational policies and procedures. They lead
diverse activities, develop complex processes, achieve project
outcomes, and initiate solutions to improve the effectiveness of
the Texas Chapter’s fundraising strategy.
- Provides senior leadership to establish fundraising campaigns
and works with senior staff to establish and execute annual and
multi-year fundraising goals and plans for the Texas Chapter.
- Ensures the philanthropy work is a collaborative and
well-integrated effort across the Texas Chapter. Works closely with
Finance, Conservation and Communications Programs in developing
fundraising, messaging and marketing strategies and providing
guidance for funding proposals and related materials.
- Informs chapter budget planning to align with market potential
and funding opportunities.
- Develops a written development plan for identified conservation
priority areas, including specific funding opportunities aligned
with strategies. Assesses effectiveness of the chapter’s
development plan in support of conservation goals.
- Leads, inspires, and manages the 10-member Texas Chapter’s
Development Team to achieve relationship-building and funding
objectives. Sets and meets fundraising objectives, evaluates
results and develops effective strategies as needed; recruits,
develops, and retains high-performing staff and nurtures effective
team collaboration; and directly manages a portfolio of high-level
donors and/or fundraising volunteers.
- Works closely with the Texas Chapter Board of Trustees to
maximize its role in major gift fundraising and collaborates with
the State Director and Trustees in the identification, recruitment,
on-boarding and development of new volunteer leaders.
- Actively fosters collaboration with The Nature Conservancy’s
Worldwide Office, and with fundraising programs of other chapters
to achieve the Conservancy’s goals.
Desired Skills & Experience
- Bachelor’s degree and 8 years related experience, including
experience working at a senior level.
- Experience asking for and closing major gifts.
- Experience building and maintaining long-term relationships
with fundraising constituents including major donors, foundations,
- Experience in developing and delivering budgetary
- Experience in developing accurate fundraising projections.
- Experience managing and supervising a multidisciplinary
- Experience working in a large, complex, not-for-profit
- Experience, coursework, or other training in principles,
practices, and procedures of private gift fundraising or relevant
How to Apply
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