Who We Are:
Here at The Nature Conservancy, we’re dedicated to creating a
healthier world for all. We work locally and globally, using
innovative science and scalable, long-lasting solutions to tackle
the most complex environmental challenges on this warming planet.
We know that what we do to protect nature will mean a better future
for people and planet. This is an exciting time for our
organization, and we have committed to helping to solve some of the
most complex challenges facing people and nature as shown through
our 2030 goals.
The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and
waters upon which all life depends. 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. Whether it’s career
development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there’s
lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to
TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube or on
Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that
all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and
that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We know
we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse
workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In
addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that
people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity
of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to
innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to
hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for
our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”
What We Can Achieve Together:
The Director of Gift Planning Fundraising manages a gift
planning team that secures significant financial resources from
individuals to support conservation goals around the world. They
will: 1. Hire, manage and establish fundraising goals for staff
across the country numbering approximately 20, of whom 5 are direct
reports. In directing the work of staff, promote a culture of high
performance, integrity, and continuous improvement that values
learning, collaboration, and a commitment to quality work. 2. Set
and meet team fundraising objectives of $180 million to $220
million per year in deferred and complex gifts. Manage the team to
increase pipeline for future growth, and ensure that targeted goals
are met across the program. Propose and develop strategic
priorities for the program, and lead the development of strategies,
plans and tactics. 3. Provide ongoing gift planning guidance,
counsel & resources to leadership and development professionals
across the organization with an emphasis on increasing deferred
gift and complex outright gifts. Engage leaders, volunteers, and
colleagues in a manner that generates excitement, shared purpose,
and meaningful action.
4. Ensure that processes, relationship management techniques, and
data-informed decision-making guide the work of the gift planning
fundraising team in donor pipeline development, according to
industry best practices. Cultivate and solicit key organizational
5. Serve as a member of the Gift Planning Management Team who
contributes to a culture of learning and sharing, works
collaboratively with development colleagues both within and outside
the department to promote gift planning, helps others with their
goals and engages in joint problem solving.
They are responsible for directing the Conservancy’s gift annuity,
charitable remainder trust and complex gift fundraising programs
and initiatives, including trade lands. The director creates and
implements a strategic plan for gift planning support and staffing
in major philanthropic markets, and in coaching major gift
fundraising staff across the organization in deferred and non-cash
The Director is a leader and manager adept at balancing internal
management with external impact and visibility. They lead strategic
dialogues with senior-level stakeholders - including business unit
leadership and volunteers, legal/financial advisors - probing to
identify key issues and requirements, negotiating, and developing
solutions, and synthesizing a plan of action tailored to audience.
They are able to build and nurture effective and collaborative
working relationships with leadership across the organization.
We’re Looking for You:
Are you looking for a career to help people and nature? Guided by
science, TNC creates innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our
world’s toughest challenges so that people and nature can thrive
We’re looking for someone who can lead a large multidisciplinary
department and implement strategic initiatives with fundraising or
business development experience who wants to make a difference.
They will be an outstanding communicator that will effectively
convey the mission of the Conservancy to diverse constituencies and
successfully engage those constituencies in the Conservancy’s
The Director will bring innovative ideas and practices to a Gift
Planning program whose hallmark has been one of innovation and
continual improvement as we enter our next organizational campaign.
They are an individual who acts with integrity and discretion, who
maintains confidentiality, and who understands and complies with
all TNC gift-related policies and procedures and ensures ethical
compliance, as defined by the Association of Fundraising
Professionals and the National Association of Charitable Gift
What You’ll Bring:
• Bachelor’s degree and 9 years related experience, including 3
years working at a senior level.
• Management experience of senior gift planning fundraisers, and
experience attracting, developing, and retaining diverse staff
talent to build a workplace culture that is fair, inclusive,
equitable and collaborative in nature. • Track record of asking
for, negotiating, and closing outright, blended, and planned gifts
of $100,000 or more
• Experience building and maintaining long-term relationships with
major individual donors and volunteer leaders.
• Experience conceiving and implementing strategic
• Experience working in a large, complex, not-for-profit
• Experience with current and evolving trends in gift
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS (not required)
• Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural
• Effectively communicate via presentations, conversations, and
• Experience in managing a geographically dispersed team.
• Expert understanding of best practices in non-profit
• Knowledge of advanced gift planning concepts.
What We Bring:
Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can
believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends
on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the
most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the
world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists,
and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, we impact
conservation throughout the world.
The salary range for this role is expected to be $230,000-$260,000.
We are eager to engage with all qualified candidates and
consideration will be provided to experience and skill level.
The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive
benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending
accounts, 401(k) plan including employer match, parental leave,
accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage,
employee assistance program, other life and work wellbeing
benefits. Learn more about our benefits at in the Culture Tab on
We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the
health, wellbeing, and flexibility needs of the people we
This description is not designed
to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required
for this job.
Visit www.nature.org/careers and apply online with cover letter
& resume to Job ID #53372.
All resumes and required cover letters
must be submitted through The Nature Conservancy’s online
application system. The application deadline is May 31, 2023.
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Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the
recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the
leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds,
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