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Director of Development

Catalina Island Conservancy
California, United States
$160,000.00 - $180,000.00
Closing date
Mar 6, 2024

Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Catalina Island Conservancy in the search for a Director of Development.

Reporting to the Chief of External Affairs, the Director of Development will oversee all activities relating to a successful philanthropy program including the development and implementation of an annual coordinated fundraising strategy, a robust membership program, direct response appeals, major and planned giving initiatives, grants and sponsorships, special campaigns, and fundraising events that result in increased year-over-year fundraising revenue. The Director of Development will foster a culture of philanthropy and empower a highly collaborative team to fulfill clear, ambitious, and achievable goals. In partnership with the Chief of External Affairs, the Director of Development will lead the planning and execution of the Conservancy’s next major comprehensive capital campaign, projected to begin this year following organizational visioning and strategic planning; develop a more ambitious approach to major and planned giving in order to increase overall giving at the highest levels and yield impactful gifts; grow memberships by 8% to 10% annually; build a best in class major gift program and campaign infrastructure; and increase unrestricted fundraising to support programmatic and operational needs.

Founded in 1972, the Catalina Island Conservancy, one of California’s oldest and largest private land trusts, opens its wildlands for the public to enjoy in many ways. Just off the densely populated Southern California coast, Catalina Island is home to approximately 4,000 year-round residents and more than 60 endemic species of plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth. The Catalina Island Conservancy protects 88 percent of Catalina Island’s approximately 48,000 acres, including the region’s longest publicly accessible undeveloped coastline. The Conservancy is a research and conservation leader, protecting and restoring vulnerable habitats and species in its Mediterranean climate. Conservancy staff guide Island ecosystem recovery with the goal of generating a resilient, self-sustaining ecosystem with no endangered forms of life. The Conservancy offers recreational experiences and educational programs for not only the 300,000 annual visitors who choose to spend time in the unique and special Conservancy “Wildlands Ecosystems” but also inspires nearly 1.4 million visitors to other parts of the Island. Recreation, educational engagement service opportunities, and partnerships connect the Island’s unique resources to people’s lives, inspiring environmental stewardship and action. The Catalina Island Conservancy believes in responsible recreation for the stewardship of natural resources. The Conservancy provides access to Catalina Island’s wildlands with nearly 165 miles of recreational roads and trails, and 62 miles of unspoiled beaches and coves for camping, biking, hiking, touring, and more.

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Catalina Island Conservancy as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus. A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least eight years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, serving in roles with progressive levels of responsibility, including experience with individual giving, institutional giving, major gifts, annual fund and membership, planned and capital giving, prospect research, stewardship, special events, and development operations is preferred for this role. Catalina Island Conservancy will consider candidates with a broad range of backgrounds. If you are excited about this role and feel that you can contribute to the Conservancy, but your experience does not exactly align with every qualification listed above, we encourage you to apply.

The salary range for this position is $160,000 to $180,000 annually.

Catalina Island Conservancy is committed to the inclusion of all qualified candidates. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or participating in the selection process, please contact Marianna DiVietro at

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