Director of Major Gifts

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



United States


About Us

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Since our founding in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 117 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide — and we operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally. We have more than 1 million members and dedicated staff working in all 50 United States and more than 30 countries around the world — we are everywhere you want to be!

Position Summary

The Nature Conservancy in Texas works across the state to preserve the lands and waters of Texas. With 38 nature preserves and conservation properties and more than 130 easements, we have to date protected more than 900,000 acres in the state. Texas is the second most populous state in the country with no end to that growth in sight. This makes us more and more vulnerable to air pollution, heat and drought, water scarcity and natural disaster. In Houston, which is still recovering from Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath, we are working with partners to examine the role of land acquisition and buyout programs in flood resiliency. We’re restoring urban “pocket” prairies to improve storm water absorption, carbon sequestration, biodiversity preservation, and overall resilience. And we’re helping Houstonians reconnect with urban nature through programs designed to increase kids’ engagement with urban nature and train a new generation of conservationists. In other major Texas cities, we are joining government, school and healthcare leaders to examine the impact of practical solutions like reduced car idling, campus-based health initiatives and tree planting on air quality and asthma-related absenteeism. 

The Director of Major Gifts develops, implements, and manages effective multi-year strategies and plans for the cultivation and solicitation of gift prospects, including corporate, foundation, institutions, and/or individual donors. Join our team of fundraisers, scientists, conservation staff and other experts to address some of our most pressing challenges while improving public health, enhancing living spaces, building in resiliency and improving overall sustainability. Join us to build a future where people and nature thrive.

Desired Skills & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree and 7 years related experience or equivalent combination or education and experience. 
  • Experience building and maintaining long-term relationships with constituents such as major donors and corporations.
  • Experience in asking for and closing gifts of $100,000 – $250,000 or more, including planned gifts.
  • Experience in managing and tracking multiple prospects and donors.
  • Experience working with fundraising principles and practices.
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in current and evolving trends in charitable giving, particularly in the areas of capital campaigns, major gifts and planned giving.

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#46844 in the keyword search. Deadline to apply is 11:59 PM EST October 8, 2018.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.