A LITTLE ABOUT US
Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can
believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends
on. As a science-based organization, we create innovative,
on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that
we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re
rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a
Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and
Cultures. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and
engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which
we work. Whether it’s career development, work/life balance, or a
rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC.
Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all
of our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and
that their unique contributions to our mission are valued.
Although you’ll see requirements in our postings, we recognize
that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job.
Passion, innovation, and diversity are all key components to
advancing our Mission and we encourage you to apply.
All TNC staff based in the U.S. or a U.S. Territory are
required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of
receiving one of the vaccines approved in the U.S. (Pfizer,
Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson) shall be condition of employment
and must be provided prior to starting work. TNC is an Equal
Opportunity Employer, and reasonable accommodations for candidates
who cannot be vaccinated due to a valid medical or religious reason
will be considered.
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC
The Development Program Manager (DPM) leads one functional team
or activity within a development program. The DPM will be
responsible for overall operations and special initiatives of the
MN-ND-SD philanthropy team, providing metrics oversight and
coordinating team resources such as research, gift processing,
stewardship, special events, or trips to a field program.
The preferred location for this position is the Twin Cities
metro area in Minnesota, working from our downtown Minneapolis
office. The salary range for this position is $75,000-$85,000
annually in addition to a robust benefits package. Submit your
cover letter and resume via nature.com/careers website to be
considered for this position.
The Development Program Manager will work towards meeting the
strategic priorities of the MN-ND-SD fundraising program by
developing and coordinating tactics for approved plans and
completing and/or overseeing day-to-day tasks. Working directly
with the Director of Development, the DPM acts as a link between
team operational functions and major gift fundraising activities.
Examples of work include deciphering detailed reports on fundraiser
activity, acting as project manager for events and outreach
initiatives, and managing department spending. The DPM will manage
guidelines and analyze factual information to organize, track and
assess team results. They will supervise a subset of department
operations staff and work to improve workflow and solve problems.
They will report to leadership and to the team on activities, as
well as being on point for Worldwide Office reporting and donor
portfolio management. The DPM must be an expert in the systems and
resources utilized by the team and apply knowledge to managing
support and designing communications related to the resources. They
will work with the team to develop documentation, modify processes,
and participate in the enhancement of systems and tools used by the
The DPM works in close cooperation with any or all of the
following: Conservancy staff, donors, Trustees, vendors, public
agencies, financial institutions and legal and accounting
professionals. They will provide advice, recommendations, and
training related to the functional area of the team. They will
manage diverse tasks, analyze situations, evaluate alternatives,
project outcomes, and implement solutions in order to improve
RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE
- Manage team accountability for strategic goals related to
functional area, including analysis of financial and activity
- Act independently and in supervisor’s stead as needed, exercise
independent judgment to identify and solve problems.
- Design, manage and implement multiple projects, directing work
of staff, managing budget, setting deadlines and ensuring
- Serve as lead for overall prospect pipeline health and
- Develop and implement new initiatives that will ensure
department and organization-wide goals and strategies are
- Ensure programmatic commitments, TNC policies and procedures,
financial standards, and legal requirements are met and managed for
- Financial responsibility includes assisting with the
development of a budget, working within a budget, negotiating and
contracting with vendors, ensuring fundraising proposals support
needed projects/programs within the chapter budget, and serving as
the primary team liaison to chapter finance staff.
- Demonstrate sensitivity in handling confidential
- Write and produce communication pieces for donor stewardship
and outreach. Examples of what this might include: renewal
templates, campaign updates, acknowledgement letters, Worldwide
Office renewal content, needed web content, cultivation pieces,
etc. Represent the team on the North Dakota and South Dakota
- May direct or participate in complex negotiations.
- Decisions may bind the organization financially or
- Supervise one or more administrative or professional staff,
responsibility includes training and professional development.
- Onboarding lead for new team hires.
- Travel occasionally, work long and flexible hours as
- Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to
disagreeable elements and minor physical exertion and/or
- Work is diversified and may not always fall under established
practices and guidelines.
- Bachelor’s degree and 5 years related experience or equivalent
- Experience managing and implementing multiple projects.
- Experience negotiating agreements.
- Experience supervising staff, interns, and/or volunteers.
- Experience with current and evolving technology in relevant
- Experience working with cross-functional teams.
- Experience, coursework, or other training in principles and
practices of relevant field.
- Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural
- Ability to manage and implement complex processes.
- Ability to work in partnership with others in a collaborative
- Advanced knowledge in current and evolving technology related
to field of experience.
- Demonstrated ability to conceive and write creatively for
- Knowledge of current and evolving trends in the specific field,
preferably in a non-profit environment.
- Proficient in interpreting guidelines and manipulating,
analyzing, and interpreting data.
- Strong organization, planning, and problem-solving skills.
- Successful experience implementing strategic program
- Understanding of accounting practices.