Director of Foundation Relations - Great Lakes/Atlantic Region

Ducks Unlimited Inc.
Michigan, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Apr 05, 2021
May 04, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the continent’s leader in waterfowl and wetlands conservation, seeks a Director of Foundation Relations with the following primary responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic direction and leadership for the development efforts in the 21-state Great Lakes/Atlantic Region (CT, DE, IA, IL, IN, KY, ME, MD, MA, MN, MO, MI, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WV, WI).
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gifts from private and corporate foundations to support the conservation mission of Ducks Unlimited.
  • Coordinate with conservation and development colleagues to develop proposals and secure funding for Ducks Unlimited’s priority initiatives.
  • Provide the expertise to advance Ducks Unlimited’s interests by researching and identifying sources of support, proactively seeking new opportunities based on corporate/foundation guidelines and interests and maintaining strong communication ties with foundation donors and prospects.
  • Partner with the event fundraising staff to raise awareness of DU’s major gift program to increase major gift revenue in the region.
  • Work with the volunteer leadership to motivate and guide volunteers to assist with major gift fundraising.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of four years fundraising or related experience with an emphasis on foundation and corporate major gift solicitation and a strong conservation ethic.  Additional qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship and team-building skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with an emphasis on the skills needed to write a compelling solicitation proposal
  • Demonstrated knowledge of methods, practices, and procedures for obtaining information about the giving programs of corporations and foundations
  • Knowledge of cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies and techniques, particularly corporate and foundation fundraising techniques
  • Ability to provide leadership and guidance to other fundraising professionals and volunteers
  • Demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for diverse number of projects and to complete them in a timely manner with limited supervision
  • Computer literacy with a proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet, and database management programs

The successful candidate will be a self-starter who has the ability to work independently as well as part of a team and is driven to succeed. Familiarity with major gift fundraising, experience with comprehensive campaigns, relationships and a working knowledge of the philanthropic community, and an interest in outdoor conservation activities are also desired.  The selected candidate must be willing to work hours that extend beyond the typical workday and workweek throughout the year; occasional overnight travel is required.  Salary will be commensurate with experience.

This position reports to the Managing Director of Foundation Relations and will be expected to reside in a mutually agreed upon city in the 21-state region, preferably near Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 To apply, please fill out the application materials on this link: and attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information (email & phone) for three professional references.  Please include a writing sample (proposal, LOI or related fundraising piece). To request application materials, please contact Brittani Donovan,, (734) 623-2000.  For questions regarding this position, please contact Tona Simpson, Managing Director of Foundation Relations at

Resume review will begin on April 30, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.




It is the policy of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. to afford equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions),  sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression,  age (40 or over), disability (physical, mental or visual), genetic information, marital status (including registered domestic partnership status), military and veteran status, immigration status, or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.