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Director of Political Fundraising, Action Fund

Location: Washington, D.C., District of Columbia
Date Posted: 11-05-2018
This is a unique opportunity to join a high-performing Philanthropy team responsible for fueling our mission and advancing our programmatic vision, at a time when policies and practices that result in more equitable, resilient, livable communities are being challenged.
The Trust for Public Land is a national conservation-focused non-profit organization with a land-for-people mission. We like to say that our work spans from neighborhood parks to national parks, and equity is at the heart of all of our work (i.e. land for all people). Our organization has been connecting communities to the outdoors – and to each other – since our founding in 1972. The Trust for Public Land has also helped states and local communities generate over $70 billion in new public funds for parks and open space. When it comes to parks and land, there are no “red” or “blue” voters – only green voters.
The proposed environmental policy changes made by the current administration are alarming, and unprecedented. In response, the Trust for Public Land is placing greater emphasis on advocacy. This position will be crucial to that effort.
Position Summary:
The Director of Philanthropy is a key member of the Major Gifts team and oversees all fundraising activities related to The Trust for Public Land Action Fund (TPLAF), the Trust for Public Land’s 501(c)(4) lobbying affiliate focusing on political action for conservation funding, state and local ballot measure and legislative campaigns and congressional action for federal funding. The Director of Philanthropy carries a diverse portfolio of individual and foundation major gift prospects, with an emphasis on bolstering the organization’s mission with a blend of tax deductible [501(c)(3)] and non-tax deductible [501(c)(4)] donations.
This position will be based in Washington, DC.
75%   Relationship Manager. Establish and manage a portfolio of 75-100 individual and foundation donors and prospects with an emphasis on major gift capacity giving potential. This includes: identifying new donors; conducting appropriate donor research, with support from the Prospect Development team; maintaining a schedule of action touch points that follow the Moves Management strategy to move individuals along the donor continuum; engaging in industry best-practices (i.e., creating written solicitation strategies, documenting moves and information through the efficient use of the philanthropy database, initiating and participating in prospect reviews, and documenting pertinent information with colleagues, as appropriate); ensuring collaboration and close coordination with larger Philanthropy and Policy, Advocacy, and Government Relations teams; fostering and maintaining productive relationships with staff across the organization. Implements annual fundraising plan to achieve revenue target of $3M within first three-year period.
20%   Content Development. Working with colleagues from Policy, Advocacy, and Government Relations; Marketing; and other departments, articulate the key public policies, state and local ballot and legislative measures, and movements that shape our organizational growth and impact. Develop compelling, inspiring narrative that underscores the importance for conservation ballot measures and legislative campaigns designed to raise new public funds for green space, land and water conservation, and state and federal advocacy campaigns at The Trust for Public Land. Successfully convey to new audiences why conservation funding campaigns and advocacy are effective strategies for nonpartisan political and charitable giving and the powerful leverage they hold. Serve as Policy, Advocacy, and Government Relations Philanthropy liaison to larger Philanthropy team.
5%   Other duties as assigned
  • Passionate about The Trust for Public Land’s mission.
  • Passionate about inspiring donors to make a difference with their giving.
  • Proven track record of closing gifts of $25,000+.
  • Political/campaign fundraising experience a requirement.
  • Interest in politics, campaigns, and advocacy.
  • Keen fundraising strategist who can engage new and potential donors, and foster relationships with key Program colleagues.
  • Ability to achieve Philanthropy metrics and meet or exceed fundraising goals.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize projects, and manage time efficiently.
  • Knowledge of philanthropy best practices including documenting donor interactions and prospect tracking in donor database.
  • Collaboration is essential to our success.
  • Ability to function as a member of a national geographically distributed team, participate in activities that will benefit other members of the team, and contribute to the accomplishment of team objectives.
  • Good sense of humor.
  • Willingness to travel up to 50%.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required.
We are actively recruiting a diverse workforce.
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