Sycamore Land Trust is seeking an enthusiastic, well-qualified
individual to lead and grow an established development program that
supports our nature preservation and environmental education
efforts in southern Indiana. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana,
Sycamore is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit conservation organization that
has been preserving land, restoring habitat, and connecting people
to nature since 1990. We protect and care for over 11,000 acres and
growing, offer free public hiking trails and educational
opportunities, and are accredited by the national Land Trust
This position is responsible for leading all fundraising
activities, with the goal of increasing overall support to meet or
exceed Sycamore’s annual budget and strategic objectives. The
Development Director is an integral member of a team of eight
full-time professional staff, collaborating with our board of
directors, dozens of dedicated volunteers, and over 1,200 annual
supporting members to fulfill Sycamore’s mission. The Development
Director works closely with and reports to the Executive
Development Program Management and Planning
- Plan and implement all development programs including major
gifts, planned giving, membership and annual giving, and special
- Track progress of fundraising goals; provide the Executive
Director, Development Committee, and board with ongoing reports and
updates of fundraising activities and metrics.
- Lead the Development Committee and advise board members on
- Maintain Sycamore’s donor database in Little Green Light to
track prospects, pledges, gifts, grants, and interactions with
- Work with the Administrative Director to manage online giving
systems, online information collection systems, and the donor
- Employ best practices and maintain the highest ethical
standards in all aspects of Sycamore fundraising, including
adherence to Land Trust Alliance standards and practices.
Major and Planned Gifts
- Cultivate new and existing major donors, build and maintain
trust-based relationships, and solicit gifts.
- Coordinate major grants, write proposals, and steward
- Manage the Legacy Circle program to promote planned giving, and
cultivate individual prospects for planned gifts.
- Assist the Land Preservation Director with fostering land and
conservation easement donations, and planned gifts of land.
Membership and Annual Giving
- Oversee Sycamore’s membership giving program, including new
member acquisition and annual renewals, the annual end-of-year
appeal, mail and online solicitations, and donor
- Manage the part-time Membership Coordinator position, which
will assist with mail and online solicitations, donor
acknowledgements, and membership communications.
Public Relations and Events
- Plan and host special donor events in collaboration with the
Communications Director, including the Annual Celebration
and Holiday Party.
- Coordinate with the Communications Director on
development-related messaging and review other public
- Represent Sycamore at various public outreach meetings and
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Bachelor’s degree and five or more years of professional
experience in nonprofit fundraising, with demonstrated success in
major donor development.
- Outgoing and friendly personality, with the ability to engage
and work with people from diverse backgrounds.
- Strong written and oral communications skills.
- Self-directed, with the ability to lead as well as function as
a team member.
- Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple
priorities and activities.
- Proficiency with fundraising database software, Microsoft
Office, and other common office software.
- Enthusiasm for conservation and the mission, goals, and values
of Sycamore Land Trust.
- Experience with conservation fundraising and knowledge of
Indiana is preferred.
- Valid driver’s license, demonstrated safe driving record,
reliable transportation, and willingness to travel throughout
- Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed.
- Compliance with Sycamore’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.
Accommodations for disability- and religious-based reasons will be
$65,000 to $85,000 annual salary, commensurate with experience
and qualifications. This is a full-time, exempt position with
benefits including health insurance, Simple IRA with employer
matching, paid vacation and sick time, travel reimbursement, a
flexible work environment, and a comfortable office located in a
beautiful mid-century modern house on a wooded property on the edge
Send your cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
Please include your last name at the start of the file name. The
position will remain open until filled.
Sycamore Land Trust is an equal opportunity employer and does
not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or parental
status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or
any other status protected by law.