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Director, Foundation Relations, Non-Profit, Advocacy organization

Conservation Law Foundation
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jan 2, 2024

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Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking a Director of Foundation Relations to support the mission of the organization by overseeing and enhancing CLF’s foundations portfolio and growing the total grant support for the organization. The Director serves as an integral senior member of the Development team and reports to the Senior Vice President for Development. This is a full-time, exempt position located in Boston with some opportunity for remote work.


What you’ll do:


  • Oversee the Foundation Relations team, including a Senior Manager and Coordinator, ensuring excellent supervision and mentorship;
  • Develop and implement comprehensive annual foundation fundraising plans together with specific plans for every identified foundation prospect, working collaboratively with Program and State Vice Presidents;
  • Prepare foundation proposals and reports, working in close collaboration with Program and State Vice Presidents and staff and the Finance team. Draft or coordinate the drafting of all foundation communication materials, including acknowledgement letters, proposals, reports, and updates;
  • Maintain and continue to develop relationships with existing funders as well as conduct ongoing research to identify potential new funders. Develop strategies for cultivating relationships with them;
  • Ensure that CLF meets annual and long-term foundation fundraising goals and work with the team to track actual numbers against goal. Work with Development and Finance department staff to ensure that there is a shared system for the accurate and timely tracking, monitoring, and reporting of foundation monies raised;
  • Ensure that program staff and board members have the information and support they need to forge and maintain productive foundation relationships;
  • Supervise the creation and maintenance of templates, models, and systems for facilitating and tracking foundation fundraising plans and assignments, working with relevant Development staff in the process;
  • Support efforts to enhance and expand existing advocacy work with new foundation funding;
  • Collaborate with the rest of the Development team, Finance, Communications, and Board Development Committees on fundraising and membership development;
  • Contribute to CLF’s commitment to diversity, equity and



What you’ll need:


  • Bachelor’s Degree and at least 8 years of relevant development and supervisory experience;
  • Excellent professional writing, editing, and communication skills;
  • Excellent coordination, organization, and project management skills, including collaborating with colleagues in remote offices;
  • Attention to detail and timeliness in responding to requests from prospective donors, partners, and colleagues;
  • High-level technology literacy with Microsoft Office suite (SharePoint, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), online research, and donor databases (Raiser’s Edge preferred);
  • Believe passionately in CLF mission;
  • Commitment to environmental justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Willingness to travel within New England.


About CLF

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people. A non-profit, member-supported organization, CLF uses the law, science and the market to solve the region’s most challenging environmental problems from climate change to ocean conservation to transportation. Every day, CLF advocates stand up for New Englanders—in state houses, court houses and board rooms, regulatory hearings and community gatherings—to forge innovative paths to environmental progress and economic prosperity for all in our region. To that end, CLF works with communities of color, and those that are economically or otherwise disadvantaged, which often suffer disproportionately the impacts of environmental degradation.


CLF is committed to representing New England’s diversity in our staff, volunteers, boards, and membership and creating a positive, inclusive workplace culture where all can thrive. People of color are encouraged to apply.


Salary & Benefits

CLF offers a competitive salary, an extensive benefits plan, and an open, inclusive, and accepting work environment where differences are highly respected. The starting salary range for the position is $110,000 - $132,000; actual salary will reflect experience and qualifications.

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