The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Charleston
Parks Conservancy in the search for a Chief Development
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Chief Development Officer
will be the primary strategist for and manager of the Conservancy’s
fundraising and outreach activities that generate financial support
from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government
agencies. The Chief Development Officer will have a key role
in crafting the vision for the future of Charleston’s parks and
open spaces and responsibility for developing strategies and work
plans to obtain the financial resources to achieve that
The Chief Development Officer's primary focus will be developing
and securing major gifts as well as leading a staff of
professionals and contractors responsible for membership and annual
giving, corporate relationships, and institutional giving. The
Chief Development Officer will be a prominent ambassador for the
Conservancy across a wide variety of public settings.
Charleston Parks Conservancy inspires the people of Charleston to
connect with their parks and create stunning public spaces,
contributing to a higher quality of life and building stronger
communities. Founded in 2007, the Charleston Parks Conservancy is
the leading advocate and steward of Charleston's urban and suburban
parks. Since its founding, it has led efforts to rejuvenate,
redesign, expand, and beautify twenty-five of the city's parks.
Today, it is actively involved in the cultivation and nurturing of
twenty of those same parks.
Efforts to create, expand, sustain, and reinvigorate Charleston's
urban parks require a collaborative approach. Charleston Parks
Conservancy partners with the City of Charleston's Parks Department
on each one of its capital projects and coordinates the ongoing
work of maintaining these stunning places. Its expert staff works
alongside a growing and passionate corps of volunteers, the Parks
Angels, creating opportunities for community engagement through
park maintenance and community programs. The successful combination
of government, non-profit, and citizen support has created high
quality parks that are wondrous, welcoming, and active places now,
and for future generations. Charleston Parks Conservancy actively
shares its knowledge of Lowcountry horticulture through its
Community Gardens and Garden in the Parks programs. Hands-on
demonstrations are offered every week in many different parks and
gardens, as well as on its social media channels.
Charleston Parks Conservancy is committed to creating and
maintaining a workplace in which all employees have an opportunity
to participate and contribute to the success of the business and
are valued for their skills, experience, and unique perspectives.
This commitment is embodied in the Conservancy policy and the way
it does business. It is an important principle of sound business
management. Charleston Parks Conservancy acknowledges and respects
the many differences that comprise thriving communities and seeks
diversity to ensure that a range of perspectives, opinions, and
experiences are recognized and acted upon in achieving its
This position requires at least six years of experience in
non-profit fundraising or private sector revenue generation.
Experience working in public gardens and parks is desirable. All
applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.
Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Charleston
Parks Conservancy as well as the responsibilities and
qualifications presented in the prospectus.