Director of Development

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



West Virginia
United States


About Us


The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.


Position Summary


The Director of Development I (DoD) is responsible for directing all aspects of fundraising for The Nature Conservancy in West Virginia, including chapter development programs, individual giving, planned giving, foundation relations, and corporate giving. The DoD will work with program staff within WV and across the Conservancy to develop a robust philanthropy program that looks beyond West Virginia’s borders to secure significant financial resources to support conservation and programmatic goals for the WV business unit, as well as helping secure gifts to support North America and Global programming priorities outlined in the Conservancy’s Shared Conservation Agenda.

Minimum Qualifications


·  Bachelor’s degree and 7 years related experience.

·  Experience asking for and closing major gifts.

·  Experience building and maintaining long-term relationships with fundraising constituents such as major donors, foundations and corporations.

·  Experience in planning and delivering budgetary responsibilities.

·  Experience managing and supervising a multidisciplinary team.

·  Experience, coursework, or other training in principles, practices, and procedures of charitable giving, particularly in the areas of capital campaigns, major gifts and planned giving.

 Desired Qualifications


·  Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated, particularly experience in or understanding of West Virginia and Appalachian culture, politics, and society.

·  Effective training skills.

·  Effectively communicates via presentations, conversations, and documents.

·  Experience in managing a geographically dispersed team.

·  Expert knowledge of current and evolving trends in major gifts giving and solicitation.

·  Knowledge of advanced gift planning concepts.

·  Proficiency in synthesizing materials from multiple sources into a coherent and accurate summary.

·  Understanding of best practices in non-profit management.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

 For more information and to apply, please visit and search for job ID#47025 in the keyword search. Deadline to apply is 11:59 PM EST on November 29, 2018. The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.