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Job Ref:  45352
Employer:  Nature Conservancy.
State/Province:  Oregon
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.


The Director of Philanthropy (DOP) is responsible for directing all aspects of the Oregon Chapter philanthropy program that secures significant financial resources from individuals, foundations and corporations, and individuals to support conservation priorities in Oregon and around the world. The DOP will establish the vision for areas of responsibility, identify key challenges, develop and synthesize a plan of action, and deliver targeted outcomes.
Reporting to the State Director, the Director of Philanthropy is responsible for the strategy and implementation of fundraising for the Oregon Chapter including proposing and developing fundraising goals and strategic priorities for the program, and leading the philanthropy team on the development of strategies, plans, and tactics. The DOP is a part of a six-member Executive Leadership Team for the Oregon Chapter, that inspires and leads the strategy for optimal function to achieve the greatest conservation results.
The Director of Philanthropy is a key leader in motivating and coordinating staff, conservation experts, and volunteer leaders towards the implementation of a strategic, integrated, and collaborative approach across the organization. They manage long-range strategic priorities, advance the Conservancy's goals, and communicate a broad vision to others. They partner with programs to establish, monitor and track measures, lead indicators, and activity level benchmarks in order to achieve maximum success. They lead strategic dialogues with clients and senior-level stakeholders, probing to identify key issues and requirements, negotiating and developing solutions, and synthesizing a plan of action tailored to each audience. They set standards for the program, lead priority vendor relationships, and make recommendations to optimize resources throughout the Conservancy. The DOP leads relations with key stakeholders including executive and senior management, internal teams, donors, volunteers, and outside service providers to achieve strategic program goals. They will plan communications and be responsible for reporting on program activities and metrics to leadership, including Board of Directors committees.
The Director of Philanthropy is responsible for the program's portfolio of donors and will be accountable for a select group of prospects and donors, the size of the portfolio will be determined in part with consideration for the scope and stage of Oregon's campaign. They will serve as staff lead for Oregon's Campaign Steering Committee and partner with the State Director in staffing and leading strategy for the Nominations and Governance Committee.
  • Accountable for a team fundraising goal of $12 million per year (operating expenses plus global and capital expenses)
  • Lead, inspire and develop a team of eight fundraising professionals with direct supervision of five staff, with responsibility including recruitment, retaining, training, professional development, establishing clear directions, and setting "stretch" objectives.
  • Oversee and track board participation in campaign goals to ensure alignment.
  • Serve on the Executive Leadership Team contributing to the overall strategy and direction of the Oregon Chapter.
  • Conceive, design and direct high-level and interdepartmental projects, coordinating the work of other professionals, managing budget, and ensuring program accountability.
  • Conceive, design, and lead strategic initiatives and goals through collaboration with senior-level stakeholders in order to enhance overall performance in accordance with short and long-term objectives.
  • Direct or participate in negotiations for complex, high profile or sensitive agreements.
  • Ensure functional program meets commitments and is managed for ethical compliance with TNC policies and procedures, financial standards, and legal requirements.
  • Exercise leadership in strategic and tactical manners, works with fellow leaders to establish and evaluate policies and/or long-term programs.
  • Use database to update donor information in system to track trends and produce reports on key fundraising data.
  • Financial management of program; setting budget and fundraising objectives, analyzing results, and taking corrective actions.
  • Maintain confidentiality of frequently sensitive and emotionally charged information.
  • Strategic decisions may affect public image, impact multiple programs, and bind the organization financially or legally.
  • Travel 10% and on short notice, with some weekend and evening hours.
  • Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements and minor physical exertion and/or strain.
  • Bachelor's degree and 9 years related experience, including 3 years working at a senior level.
  • Experience building and maintaining long-term relationships with fundraising constituents such as major donors, foundations and corporations.
  • Track record of cultivating and closing 6-7 figure gifts.
  • Experience conceiving and implementing strategic initiatives.
  • Experience working in a large, complex, not-for-profit environment.
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in principles, practices, and procedures of relevant field.
  • Management experience of a large multidisciplinary department, including planning and delivering budgetary responsibilities.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross cultural experience appreciated.
  • Effectively communicate via presentations, conversations, and documents.
  • Experience in supervising a major gift program
  • Experience in managing a geographically dispersed team.
  • Expert knowledge of current and evolving trends in relevant discipline.
  • Experience and interest in developing philanthropy professionals and volunteers including ability to motivate, lead, set objectives, and foster an environment of creatively and professional growth.
  • Expert understanding of best practices in non-profit management.
  • Experience fundraising for multiple strategies that are depl
  • oyed at a local, regional, and global scale.
  • Knowledge of advanced gift planning concepts.


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


To apply to position number 45352, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 8:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on May 21, 2017.
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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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