Title: Director of Development
Job type: Full Time exempt, 40 hours a
Reports to: Executive Director
Supervises: Engagement Manager and shares
supervision of Administrative Assistant.
Location: Office based in Stowe, VT with
flexibility for occasional remote work.
About Stowe Land Trust
Stowe Land Trust is a respected, member-supported, 501(c)(3)
conservation non-profit serving the greater Stowe area since 1987.
With 7,100 acres and 35 conservation easements under our belt, we
are committed to preserving the ecological health and economic
vitality of our region.
Stowe Land Trust recognizes that to address community needs we
must include the voices of all identities within our community and
beyond. We encourage historically marginalized people such as
members of indigenous communities, individuals of color,
transgender, and nonbinary individuals, all LGBTQIA+ individuals
and individuals with disabilities (both visible and non-visible) to
apply. Your diversity in experience and identity will be valued and
respected as a vital part of what will strengthen our staff.
See more about our work on our website at www.stowelandtrust.org
SLT seeks an experienced Director of Development &
Communications to help us embark on a new level of growth and
engagement over the next five years and beyond. The Director will
arrive at a time of evolution within the organization and can build
new approaches to fund development and communications while also
solidifying the systems and infrastructure that support growth. The
Director will work with a growing, professional team to harness
this momentum and build the communications and fund development
program of our future. A successful Development &
Communications Director at SLT will be a powerful storyteller,
understand the motivations for giving and engagement, and be a
skilled researcher who knows how to identify a funder's priorities
for impact. They will know how to crystallize diverse and technical
information into a brief distillation that captures the main points
and engages people's interests and motivations. They oversee the
planning, organizing, and implementation of all aspects of the Land
Trust’s fundraising, communications, and marketing program to
achieve the organization’s annual and long-term financial and
relationship goals. You'll work with a dynamic team and play a
pivotal role in building our communications and fund development
program. This is a new position in the organization and will be a
senior member of the leadership team.
Fundraising and Communications
- Take the helm in developing and executing a dynamic 3-Year
Fundraising, Communications, Marketing, and Engagement
- Empower board members to actively participate in fundraising
- Meet annual fundraising targets and expand our ever-growing
- Craft and lead the implementation of a robust events strategy
to boost donor and community involvement.
- Elevate awareness and engagement with SLT's impactful work
through overseeing various outreach initiatives, including the
volunteer program and school partnerships.
- Play a vital role in major gift/donor cultivation.
- Oversee and integrate strategic communications and
- Spearhead special campaigns to secure funding for exceptional
projects and initiatives.
- Grow and oversee SLT’s planned and corporate giving
- Take charge of grant research, proposal writing, tracking, and
- Pave the way for the development of fresh funding streams and
- Establish and maintain robust fundraising policies and
Leadership and Management
- Align funding and program development with external sources to
- Actively participate in strategic planning processes.
- Provide guidance to program staff and board members on
- Collaborate with external consultants as necessary.
- Oversee the Engagement Manager and share responsibility for the
Administrative Assistant, fostering a cohesive and productive
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature
and level of work expected for this position. They are not to be
construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties,
and skills required. All personnel may be required to perform
duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time,
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.
- 5-10+ years in non-profit fund development and communications
with a proven track record of achieving fundraising results.
- Prior experience in writing communication materials.
- Passion for Stowe Land Trust's mission; experience in
conservation sector a plus, but not required
- Excellent communication skills.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office and database
Salary: Salary range of $70k-80k,
commensurate with experience.
Benefits and Perks
- Family & Medical Leave
- Medical Insurance
- Paid Holidays
- Disability & Life Insurance
- Retirement Benefits
- Vacation Leave
- Parental Leave
- Career development opportunities
- Wellness perks, including staff outings
To Apply: Please visit https://www.stowelandtrust.org/about/opportunities to
link to our application portal where you may submit a cover letter
and resume detailing your interest and qualifications. No calls,
please. Application review begins December 1. Position is open
Join us for this exciting period of growth and contribute to
land conservation and community engagement in the Stowe region.
Stowe Land Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant, and does not
discriminate in hiring or in the conditions of employment against
any individual on the basis of their race, color, religion,
ancestry, national origin, place of birth, sexual orientation, sex,
gender identity, age or genetic information of the employee or a
family member, or against a qualified disabled individual, or
against an individual on the test result from an HIV-related blood
test, or against an individual on the basis of their veteran
status, membership, or application for membership in the armed
services, or against an individual on the basis of their health
coverage status or crime victim status, or against an individual on
the of their opposition to prohibited discrimination or
participation in the complaint process. This policy applies to all
terms and conditions of employment including but not limited to
hiring, placement, training, compensation, transfer, promotion,
leave of absence, and termination.