Director of Philanthropy, Oregon ChapterCompany: The Nature Conservancy
Date Posted: April 28, 2017
POSITION TITLE Director of Philanthropy, Oregon Chapter
LOCATION Portland, OR
POSTING DATE April 14, 2017
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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
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.
RESPONSIBILITES & SCOPE
Accountable for a team fundraising goal of $12 million per year (operating expenses plus global and
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
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
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
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
PREFERRED KNOLWEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
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 deployed at a local, regional, and global scale.
Knowledge of advanced gift planning concepts.
HOW TO APPLY
Visit www.nature.org/careers and apply online with cover letter & resume to job #45352 or apply
directly through http://OR DOP. All resumes and required cover letters must be submitted through The
Nature Conservancy’s online application system. The application deadline is May 21, 2017 at 8:59 PM
PST. If you experience technical problems with the site or application process, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org and include the job opening ID.
This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this
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 cultures. 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 or veteran status, or other status protected by law.