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Job Ref:  44893
Employer:  Nature Conservancy.
State/Province:  Colorado
Type of Employment:  Full Time
Environmental Categories:  Other
Industries:  Other/Not Classified
Job Description:  WORK WITH US

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact for people and nature around the world in 69 countries, all 50 United States, major US cities and in your neighborhood. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit to learn more.
The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.


Founded in 1951, The Nature Conservancy is a not-for-profit organiz ation dedicated to preserving the diversity of life on Earth. Over the 64 years since its founding, the Conservancy has grown to be the largest single conservation organization in the US and the world. The Conservancy uniquely embodie s the concept of working locally and globally simultaneously, tapping local results to inform global strategies and policy. That scope, size, and track record positions the Conservancy to be a transformative global leader in solving some of the world's toughest environmental challenges.
The Colorado Chapter is among the largest and most innovative chapters of The Nature Conservancy, with approximately 60 employees, $260 million in assets, and an outstanding record of conservation success. Through our on-the-ground and in-the-water projects across Colorado's diverse habitats and communities, we seek innovative solutions that protect critical landscapes and fresh water resources. And, Colorado's conservation efforts do not impact Colorado alone. The solutions the organization forges here have repercussions across the country and the world; they have been used to shape and inform public policy, the practices of industries, and the actions of conservationists around the world. To support this critical work, the Colorado philanthropy team has led staff and trustees to undertake ambitious fundraising goals - most recently the launch of a new, 5-year, $100 million campaign.
The Associate Director of Philanthropy I (ADOP) works closely with the philanthropy team to plan, implement, and coordinate effective multi-year strategies and plans for major gift prospects, including corporate, foundation, and/or individual donors.


The Colorado ADOP works with staff in the Colorado Chapter and across the Conservancy to raise critical funding for the Conservancy's high-priority conservation projects in Colorado and around the world. The ADOP is responsible for building a portfolio of qualified donors and developing relationships. S/he understands and applies the principles of developing donor strategies. S/he will be responsible for direct asks to global, regional and local priorities to meet funding needs. S/he listens for opportunities for gifts of assets or other non-cash gifts, such as planned gifts and trade lands. The ADOP provides opportunities for donors to receive recognition and increase future giving. S/he involves appropriate partners in the field and at the Worldwide Office, keeping them apprised of interactions, issues or concerns, and addresses questions as needed. S/he is capable of featuring the programs of the Conservancy in broad terms. S/he may be responsible for volunteer engagement within formal and/or informal networks. The ADOP will be required to use the Conservancy's donor database and may develop proposals.


  • Manage a portfolio of 75 - 125 donors, including donors with the capacity to give over $100,000, once the portfolio is developed. Responsible for 75 - 125 visits and 150 - 225 moves annually. Annual fundraising goal of $500,000 minimum, along with a goal for bequest notifications.
  • For the first 24 months, serve as the Colorado River Program (CRP) Fundraising Lead, providing philanthropy services to secure significant financial resources for the Colorado River Program. Dedicate up to 25% time (approx. 1 day per week) to Fundraising Lead role.
  • Act independently and in supervisor's stead as needed, exercise independent judgment to identify and solve problems.
  • Decisions may have program-wide impact and may bind the organization financially or legally.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity in handling confidential information.
  • Ensure compliance with TNC policies and procedures and external (donor/legal/IRS) requirements.
  • Financial responsibility includes working within a budget and meeting fundraising objectives.
  • Manage assigned projects, coordinating the work of peers and setting deadlines.
  • May manage or participate in complex or sensitive negotiations.
  • May supervise support or project staff.
  • Persuasively convey the mission of TNC to diverse groups who are important to the organization's overall prosperity.
  • Travel frequently and on short notice, work long and flexible hours as needed.
  • Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements and minor physical exertion and/or strain.


  • Bachelor's degree and 5 years related experience or an equivalent combination.
  • Experience building and maintaining long-term relationships with fundraising constituents.
  • Experience in asking for and closing gifts of $25,000 or more.
  • Experience in managing and tracking multiple prospects and donors.
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams.
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in fundraising principles and practices.
  • Ability to determine an individual's interests, capacity and potential for helping the Conservancy meet its goals, and act appropriately to tie those interests with the Conservancy's work.
  • Ability to educate and inform prospective and existing donors about appropriate giving vehicles.
  • Ability to implement and manage fundraising plans, including individualized cultivation, solicitation and recognition plans.
  • Knowledge of current trends in the charitable giving in the areas of capital campaigns, major gifts or planned giving.
  • Demonstrated experience using listening, diplomacy and tact to build strong relationships and motivate donors and volunteers.
  • Proven ability to negotiate high profile or sensitive agreements.
  • Working knowledge of the basics of charitable gift planning.
  • Experience in asking for and closing six-figure gifts.


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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.
The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy's background screening process.


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