The Southern Environmental Law Center seeks an experienced
development professional to join our Chapel Hill, NC. office. This
new Development Officer will manage a portfolio of current major
donors and prospective individuals and family foundations, and to
build the relationships that fund SELC’s program work. This is an
excellent opportunity to join a highly successful, nationally
recognized organization that is effectively addressing some of the
most pressing and challenging environmental issues throughout the
South and the nation.
You will be joining a dynamic team that includes seasoned
fundraisers with leadership gift, campaign, and planned giving
expertise; a sophisticated development information systems/research
department; event staffers who handle logistics for 10+ high-touch
special events a year; and on-staff writers, designers, and
administrators who create a full range of customized proposals,
reports, printed handouts, and digital materials that capture
SELC’s goals and accomplishments. Having this strong support leaves
you free to spend your time on customized cultivation and
solicitation plans; networking; and partnering with SELC staff and
board leadership to identify leads, make the entrée, and bring in
It is a particularly dynamic period for SELC as we have adopted
a new ten-year strategic plan. The development officer position is
an exciting career opportunity that allows you to participate in
this forward-looking brainstorming and implementation; to actively
partner with SELC’s top-notch attorneys and board members; and to
get mentoring from senior development colleagues.
From our Chapel Hill office, this person will fundraise across
the state of North Carolina. This position requires consistent,
well-planned travel. SELC currently has a hybrid work model that
offers employees the flexibility to work at home two days per week.
This is a full-time, exempt position.
- Manage a portfolio of donors and prospects mostly in North
Carolina. Must be skilled at the full range of identification,
entrée, engagement, solicitation, and cultivation strategies.
- Partner strategically with the state director for North
Carolina on donor outreach, cultivation, and stewardship to
increase the donor base and dollars raised in both states.
- Individually or as part of a call team, solicit a range of
gifts from individuals and families with emphasis on five to six
figure gifts. Like all SELC front-line fundraisers, the development
officer will also be comfortable asking for first-time, entry level
gifts as part of qualifying and establishing new
- Complete a minimum of 10-15 calls or visits per month, many of
which will require overnight trips. Plan ahead to fill your
schedule with multiple face-to-face calls along with special events
or other productive activities.
- Build and manage a network of advisors and helpers, including
SELC’s engaged and supportive Board of Trustees.
- Through effective networking and collaborating, identify and
qualify new pools of major gift prospects in SELC core territories
- Be an effective spokesperson for the SELC’s mission and why it
is worthy of significant philanthropic support.
- Partner with SELC’s event logistics team by co-leading on
invitation list, turnout, and meticulous post-event follow-up.
- Be a collaborative, supportive partner at the table as our
development leadership charts the implementation plan that can
sustain the big, robust, multi-faceted organization that SELC is
today and realize our long-term program
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.
- Minimum of 5 years of professional fundraising experience with
a track record in developing relationships with high net-worth
individuals and securing major gifts. This should be combined with
an ability to bring in new prospects and grow their investment over
- Strong environmental interest and intellectual curiosity.
Connection to or familiarity with the Southeast is a plus.
SELC fundraisers’ success depends on their ability to grasp complex
environmental and legal concepts and turn them into inspiring
stories about how our work impacts this region’s natural areas, air
and water, and communities—and helps steer national law and
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Has ease
picking up the telephone, welcomes face-to-face contact, and can
smoothly navigate challenges such as talking your way in the door
for a visit.
- A genuine interest in and commitment to helping SELC create and
foster a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace.
- Highly organized, with an appetite for action and results. You
are a natural self-starter, self-disciplined, and have good time
management skills. You are skilled at setting and tracking short-
and long-term plans and priorities, juggling multiple schedules and
projects, and thriving in a fast-moving, goal-driven
- Collegial, collaborative team player. Ability to work with a
wide range of roles and styles, both in the office and externally.
A key point of collaboration is with the development information
systems team to ensure a free exchange of information between your
portfolio and the database. You enjoy brainstorming and creative
problem-solving and can think on your feet.
- Travel proficiency, with a proven track record of planning
robust trips of donor/prospect appointments to maximize time spent
on the road and produce successful results.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office required, familiarity with
Salesforce donor management software a plus.
The Southern Environmental Law Center is one of the nation’s
most powerful defenders of the environment, rooted in the South.
With a long track record, SELC takes on the toughest environmental
challenges in court, in government, and in our communities to
protect our region’s air, water, climate, wildlife, lands, and
people. Nonprofit and nonpartisan, the organization has a staff of
over 200, including more than 100 attorneys, and is headquartered
in Charlottesville, VA., with offices in Asheville, Atlanta,
Birmingham, Chapel Hill, Charleston, Nashville, Richmond, and
At our core, we are place-based, rooted in our region, and
connected with the communities and clients we serve. We believe in
an equitable and inclusive workplace that reflects the rich racial
and cultural diversity of our region and allows diverse
perspectives to come to the forefront. We approach our work with
the highest level of integrity, holding ourselves to high standards
with an emphasis on honesty, accountability, and thoughtfulness. We
value collaboration and camaraderie, realizing we are strongest
when we work together and knowing that everyone has a critical role
to play. We strive for impact through a strategic, bold, pragmatic,
and ambitious outlook that is dedicated to achieving powerful
results. We believe in these values and in the power of SELC. We
hope you consider joining us. Learn more at https://www.southernenvironment.org/.
SELC offers salaries competitive with other leading
environmental nonprofits nationally and provides an excellent
benefits package. The starting salary range for this position is
$95,000- $110,000, commensurate with experience. For more details
about our benefits package, please visit our Careers
To apply, click on the application link to be directed to an
online application where you may upload your application materials.
Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume. Cover letters
should be directed to the Director of Development, Philanthropy.
Interested persons should apply immediately, however applications
will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is
SELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to fostering
an inclusive workplace environment. We are eager to welcome new
team members who share this commitment. We still have much progress
to make, but our goal is to create and maintain a staff that, at
every level, reflects the rich racial and cultural diversity of the
communities where we work and the clients that we serve. Persons of
all backgrounds—including people of color, women, people with
disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ candidates—are strongly
encouraged to apply.