Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law
organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting
cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the
strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve
magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to
combat climate change. We partner with thousands of
groups, supporters, individuals and communities to engage the
critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive
change. We are here because the earth needs a good
Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of
achieving significant, lasting environmental protections. We
achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a
healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with
offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Los Angeles, Tallahassee, Honolulu,
New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, Miami, Chicago,
Houston, and Washington,
The Associate Director of Stewardship leads a team of stewardship
professionals who provide expertise, thought partnership, and
project management on stewardship strategies that recognize and
retain Earthjustice’s donors. The team is responsible for producing
general and highly customized stewardship materials and plans for
individuals giving at the major and principal gift levels, and
provides partnership and support to the teams developing
stewardship strategies for mid-level, planned giving, foundations,
digital and public support
The Associate Director of Stewardship sets the overall
direction and expectations for the team and ensures the team is
structured and deployed in a manner that best supports the
organization’s donor stewardship needs. They work closely with
Development leadership and gift officers to create and implement
creative multi-year plans for stewarding gifts at the
principal level ($1 million annually) in support of Development
Department fundraising goals, and they routinely partner with the
Principal Gifts, Major Gifts, and Foundations teams to create
strategic stewardship plans for donors with principal gift capacity
who are not yet giving at a principal gifts level. The Associate
Director of Stewardship will engage Earthjustice executives,
program leadership, finance and general counsel in stewardship
strategy planning and implementation.
The Associate Director is responsible for developing and managing
the stewardship team budget and for developing an annual
stewardship team plan that supports the Donor Marketing and
Engagement team strategic
Associate Director reports to the Director of Donor Marketing &
Engagement and supervises the Stewardship
This role can be based in San Francisco, CA, New York, NY, or
remote from the
Principal Gifts Stewardship and Portfolio Management
- Lead efforts with principal gifts, planned gifts, major gifts,
and foundations to develop stewardship plans and manage stewardship
projects for individuals and institutions giving, or capable of
giving, annual commitments of $1 million or more. Serve as a
thought partner with philanthropy officers to customize stewardship
plans for principal level donors and prospects that align the
donors’ interests and stewardship preferences with Earthjustice’s
value proposition. Plans may include custom reports, videos, gifts,
naming opportunities, leadership communications, and more.
- Develop cross-team solutions (processes, tools, and other team
infrastructure) to streamline the production of customized
touchpoints, recognition opportunities, and stewardship efforts
across the organization.
- Collaborate with project stakeholders including writers,
designers, and philanthropy officers to personalize assets and
compelling materials for individual and institutional donors;
Organize and facilitate engagement with program staff and
leadership throughout the organization to fulfill objectives of
- Develop and maintain basic knowledge of all principal level
- Work closely with the Stewardship Manager on the creation and
delivery of acknowledgment letters to Principal Gifts
Program Management and Strategic Direction:
- Lead efforts to define and grow Earthjustice’s centralized
stewardship program. Craft a long-term vision for the program and
set benchmarks for measuring success and identifying growth
- Create and manage a stewardship team workplan that supports the
Donor Marketing and Engagement team and the Development Department
- Join strategic fundraising conversations with principal gifts,
planned gifts, major gifts, foundations and Development department
to understand opportunities and challenges influencing donor
stewardship and ideate stewardship strategies.
- Provide strategy, coaching, and guidance to Stewardship team
members as they craft stewardship plans in partnership with the
planned gifts, mid-level, major donor, foundations, digital, and
public support teams.
- Review incoming requests to assess and prioritize projects.
Implement, monitor, and revise as necessary policies and procedures
for managing stewardship requests.
- Facilitate effective feedback conversations for continual
improvement and improved partnerships.
- Build and manage an annual budget for the stewardship
- Leverage the capabilities of the organization’s database to
create the systems, protocols, and reports necessary to design and
manage a tiered stewardship program and report on performance
- Liaise with the General Counsel and Finance teams to ensure
Earthjustice donor recognition and stewardship efforts maintain
compliance and uphold best practices in regard to risk management
- Work with Donor Marketing and Engagement team leads to
collaborate across sub-teams and participate in team work planning
and annual metrics reviews.
- Lead efforts to investigate and implement tools for the
creation and delivery of customized digital stewardship
touchpoints, including videos, digital reports, and digital
Team Management and Staff Development:
- Supervise the Stewardship Manager, establish clear direction
and create annual work plans with goals and objectives. Support
team portfolio management.
- Provide staff with performance feedback and promote growth and
learning through career development opportunities with appropriate
training, mentorship, encouragement, and supervision.
- Assist stewardship team members with managing competing
priorities and adjust the team’s workload under constantly changing
- Develop and manage a cadre of contractors to support
stewardship initiatives, ensuring that deliverables meet
Earthjustice standards and are consistent with the organization’s
The percentage of time assumes dedication of approximately 10% of
time for each direct
- Recruits and hires qualified candidates who fit position
requirements and the work environment.
- Promotes change in terms of the expected benefits, as well as
removing or lowering the impact of potential obstacles.
- Sets clear team direction that aligns with Earthjustice
strategy, mission, and vision.
- Develops staff by identifying and encouraging training and
professional development opportunities appropriate to role and
creating development plans for all staff.
- Provides staff with consistent performance feedback – both
positive and constructive -- and acts as a coach and mentor.
- Creates a learning culture, by encouraging debriefing after
completion of significant stages of projects.
- Ensures that any direct reports who have supervisory
responsibility are properly executing those functions.
- Creates a respectful and inclusive work environment for team
and models respectful and inclusive behavior.
- Promptly addresses micro-aggressions and other concerns brought
to their attention.
- Resolves interpersonal conflict among team members and brings
in outside facilitators as needed.
- Communicates regularly with existing employees and encourages
staff to raise concerns and to provide ongoing feedback.
- Creates or identifies strategic opportunities for team building
and individual and overall staff engagement with one another in
order to strengthen teamwork, interaction and collaboration.
- Values and uses individual differences and talents to improve
employee satisfaction and the quality of collective work.
- Celebrates successes and helps team members to understand and
*Supervisory Responsibilities: One Direct
- Participate in organization-wide initiatives and trainings that
contribute to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive
work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
- Utilize internal and external resources to support a personal
and professional development journey that increases awareness and
sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse
cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
- Attend departmental and organizational retreats for shared
planning, team building, and professional development.
- Bachelor’s degree
- Seven years experience in donor stewardship/donor
- Demonstrated experience stewarding donors with capacity for
- Experience supervising staff.
- Experience with project management systems, including a variety
of tools to facilitate project scheduling and
- Demonstrated familiarity with gift and grant administration,
relevant tax laws, and contract
- Experience creating and managing
- Experience with a fundraising database application, preferably
the Raiser’s Edge or Blackbaud
- Experience with fundraising campaigns preferred.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Windows and
- Advanced knowledge of Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint are
- Self-starter, able to successfully coordinate multifaceted
projects, timelines, competing priorities, and duties both
independently and in collaboration with others.
- Demonstrated expertise in strategic planning, organizational
management and change management. Ability to prioritize work and to
perform effectively under the pressure of multiple deadlines.
Experience managing multiple projects at
- Experience leveraging technology in a strategic manner to
optimize the donor journey and enhance efficiencies for a
- Excellent oral and written communication skills and
- Exceptional people skills with the ability to motivate and
manage staff and successfully engage a wide range of personality
- Outstanding verbal and written communication
- Demonstrated ability to generate successful, creative, and
highly customized donor stewardship
- Demonstrated understanding of current best practices in
fundraising and donor stewardship.
- Ability to work and communicate effectively with a wide range
of people, including the public and in-house staff.
- Interest in environmental and public health
- Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and
concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and
- Contributes to recruiting, hiring, developing and retaining a
diverse and inclusive workforce.
Salary is dependent on experience and
Salary range in San Francisco, CA or New York, NY: $134,600
- Ability to effectively manage and lead a diverse team with
emotional intelligence (self-awareness and understating of the
impact of their behavior) and cultural humility (an understanding
of the need for additional learning about different cultures,
backgrounds and orientation and implementation of that learning
- Ability to give and receive regular formal and informal
feedback in a timely, constructive, respectful, and consistent
manner and to incorporate debriefing into the team’s
- Strong team mentorship and communication
- Understands the individual and team strengths and areas for
development and develops plans
- Commitment to and experience in developing team skills and
talents to meet the evolving needs of an
Salary range in Washington, D.C., or Chicago, IL, or
Seattle, WA, or Los Angeles, CA: $128,00 - $142,200
Salary range in Denver, CO or Philadelphia, PA: $121,200 -
Salary range in Miami, FL, or Houston, Texas: $114,500 -
Remote salary range for other locations in the U.S. varies:
$114,500 - $149,600
We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment
and a competitive compensation package, including excellent
benefits. Earthjustice is an equal-opportunity employer and highly
Interested candidates should submit the following via Jobvite by
February 26th, 2024, to be
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and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of
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