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Chief Development Officer

Charleston Parks Conservancy
South Carolina, United States
$90,000.00 - $110,000.00
Closing date
Aug 8, 2021

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Annual Fund, Capital Campaigns, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Fundraising Administration, Major Gifts, Other Fundraising
Arts, Environment, Museum, Other Fields, Social Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Charleston Parks Conservancy in the search for a Chief Development Officer.

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 vision.

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 mission.

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.

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