Southern Oregon Land Conservancy
Job Announcement
Position Available: Development Director

Position Title: Development Director
Position Type: Full-time, exempt, permanent
Reports to: Executive Director
Salary Range: $49,000 - $56,000 DOE
Location: Ashland, Oregon
Benefits: Paid time off, health insurance, retirement match up to 3%
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday with some evenings and weekends

Position Summary

The Southern Oregon Land Conservancy (SOLC) seeks a seasoned development professional with a passion for land conservation, nature, and open spaces. The ideal candidate will thrive with a small, but energetic staff and contribute to a creative, collaborative, productive, and fun work environment. The Development Director (DD) has the primary responsibility for developing and implementing strategies to raise revenue for both operations and special projects from individuals, businesses, and foundations. The DD will expand SOLC’s base of support across southern Oregon by overseeing internal and external communications to advance the organization’s mission, build loyal constituencies, and support fundraising success. Ideal candidates will be innovative, autonomous, forward-thinking, and have successful track record in fundraising and communications.

About Us

Founded in 1978, SOLC was created to ensure the natural wealth of the wild and working lands of the Rogue River region endures forever. Governed by an engaged Board of Directors comprised of 12 community members, SOLC’s staff of eight oversee 64 conserved properties and two fee-owned properties comprising a total of 10,400 protected acres. SOLC recently developed a three-year strategic plan, expanded staff capacity, and successfully funded a $3.5 million capital campaign. SOLC is an accredited land trust.

Essential Functions

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the DD will lead the organization’s development program. The position will ensure the projected $500,000 in gifts and grants. The DD will work closely with the ED to build on existing fundraising activities to create and implement strategies for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of members, donors, corporate and small business sponsors, and foundations. The DD will be responsible for cultivating a solid working relationship with our board and Development Committee.

Responsibilities and Scope

· Work with the executive director to prepare fundraising plans based on the strategic direction set by the board and projected organizational needs

· Identify, cultivate, and steward new and prospective donors to develop lasting relationships

· Engage and sustain membership through outreach activities and programs

· Coordinate with the executive director to develop reports for board and as needed for committee and membership meetings

· Work closely with the executive director and board to foster the planned giving program

· Identify grant opportunities for operational support and programs; write non-technical grant applications and work with appropriate staff to help prepare technical grant applications and grant reports as necessary

· Prepare department budget and produce relevant financial reports

· Plan and implement public outreach activities, including public relations, promotions, and special events (annual meeting, member events, presentations, Conservation Celebration) to expand awareness of the organization’s mission and programs

· Supervise the Communications and Outreach Coordinator and assign tasks and projects as needed

· Prepare promotional materials in consultation with the executive director (newsletters, brochures, etc.)

· Make presentations to community groups to promote the organization

· Supervise gift processing and overall database management

Personal Qualities

· Positive, team-oriented, and personable

· Self-motivated and entrepreneurial

· Strong leadership skills

· Passionate and knowledgeable about land conservation

Minimum Qualifications

· Bachelor’s degree and 3 to 5 years of successful work in fundraising for nonprofit organizations or equivalent experience

· Proven success in multiple aspects of donor recruitment and retention

· Background in marketing, communication, and public outreach

· Outstanding communications skills

· Computer proficiency in word processing, database, and spreadsheet applications required

To Apply: The application deadline for priority consideration is February 18, 2019. Please submit a resume, cover letter, and answers to the screening questions via email to

Format the subject line as follows: Last name SOLC DD Application. PDF formatted documents are preferred. Please visit our website for a comprehensive look at our organization.

Please include your answers to the following questions (500 words or less):

1. Describe your experience soliciting and stewarding donor gifts.

2. Please share how you balance the wide-ranging responsibilities that happen in a small nonprofit.

SOLC is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.