Development Director, Environmental Education

Earth Force
Colorado, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Nov 30, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Major Gifts, Prospect Research
Advocacy, Education, Environment, Youth
Employment Type
Full Time
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Location Flexible

Position: This position can be configured as either Full or Part Time; Depending on the final configuration this position will be exempt with a starting salary minimum of $50,000; Earth Force offers a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees, including health, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance, flexible spending account plan, and 401(k) plan

Supervisor: Chief Executive Officer

Organizational Mission: We believe that citizen engagement is essential to good environmental solutions. Therefore, our mission is to engage young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities now and in the future. 

Our Vision: We see a future where 1 million young people participate in environmental policy making every year. 

Organizational Overview: Earth Force is a national organization dedicated to expanding the engagement of young people in civic decision making to address environmental issues. Members of our team pride themselves on our commitment to that mission. Earth Force strives to create a workspace that is reflective, creative, responsive, and collaborative. Successful team members are those who set high standards for themselves, are comfortable with both giving and receiving feedback, and are willing to support other team members. 

Position Description: Earth Force is looking for a fundraising professional with a passion for our work who is able to communicate that passion to potential donors. This is a new position added to coincide with the release of our new strategic vision. The cornerstone of our vision is to expand the reach of our programming from 15,000 young people a year to nearly 150,000 young people a year by 2026. Central to this growth effort is a new major donor strategy. The Development Director will play a key role in developing and implementing this strategy in partnership with the CEO. This position requires someone with a “start-up” mentality who is willing to build a donor program from the ground up. We recognize that creating this structure will not happen overnight and are willing to work with the right candidate to establish meaningful short, medium and long term goals that are consistent with starting a new development strategy. 

Responsibilities: The Development Director reports to the CEO. This position requires both a “hands on” and strategic mindset. The Director will be responsible for: 

    Developing a major donor strategy that will guide our resource growth over the next five years in partnership with the CEO and board of directors. Broadening our network to engage high net worth individuals and family foundations.  Creating a pipeline of major donor prospects and potential board members.  Communicating with prospects to introduce Earth Force.  Working with the Chief Program Officer to identify opportunities for prospective donors to engage directly with Earth Force programming and facilitating those experiences.  Arranging and facilitating communication between the CEO, board members, and major donor prospects.  Developing grant proposals and grant reports for foundations and corporate donors. Developing materials appropriate for major donor prospects including “leave behind package” and online messaging.  Contributing to the organization’s social media strategy, quarterly impact reports, and an annual report, in partnership with the Communications Manager.  Improving and managing fundraising tracking capacity of the organization. 

Ideal Candidate: The successful candidate will be committed to engaging new stakeholders. Additionally, success in this position will require a keen eye for detail, the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, and the capacity to work with well established professionals.


    Passion: Demonstrable passion for engaging young people in civic action or environmental advocacy. Track Record: A record of generating organizational income directly from major donors (not events-based fundraising).  Experience: Extensive familiarity with all aspects of fundraising with a minimum of two years of major donor work at either an environmental organization or within a civic engagement organization.  Education: Bachelor's Degree with additional fundraising certifications.  Communication: Excellent communication skills with demonstrated capacity to make oral presentations and capacity to write engaging copy for materials.  Resilience: Demonstrable ability to organize your own work, plan future work, and push through challenges to achieve a desired outcome is required for this position.  Virtual Environment: Earth Force is a virtual organization and as such a successful candidate will require experience working in virtual environments or a demonstrated capacity to work virtually with access to a stable, reliable internet connection.  Background Check: Required to pass a background check. Vaccination: Proof of vaccination for the COVID-19 virus is required.  Transportation: Must provide personal, insured transportation for reimbursed business use. Overnight travel on occasion.

To Apply: 

Please submit an updated resume, cover letter, and two writing samples to: Please include three professional references in your cover letter.

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