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Ohio State Director of Philanthropy

Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Date Posted: 06-12-2017
Position Summary:
The Ohio State Director of Philanthropy is responsible for the design, coordination and implementation of all fund raising activities to support The Trust for Public Land’s conservation activities nationally and in the state. The State Director of Philanthropy works closely with the State Director, and leads a robust philanthropy program that includes establishing annual fund raising goals in support of state-based activities and national programs.  This position works closely with the State Office project and administrative staff, Divisional program and administrative staff, and The Trust for Public Land’s National philanthropy staff, and interacts closely and frequently with donors and Advisory Board volunteers. The State Director of Philanthropy reports to the Director of Major Gifts. 
  • In cooperation and coordination with the State Director and The Trust for Public Land’s National philanthropy staff, oversees fundraising activities in the state, with a special emphasis on identification, cultivation, solicitation, and management of individual donors and foundations with a giving capacity of more than $25,000 annually, including scheduling and attending solicitation meetings; creating solicitation letters, proposals and other materials; managing a portfolio of donors and donor prospects; promoting planned giving; and involving senior management and project staff in cultivation as needed.
  • Supervises a team of five philanthropy team members, providing management and oversight, coaching, and strategic direction.
  • Works with State Director and Advisory Board Chair to sustain existing Advisory Board members, including acting as a liaison with the Board on philanthropy-related activities, and to identify and cultivate new Advisory Board members.
  • Works with project staff to identify and meet program and project operating and capital needs including creating, packaging and marketing Trust for Public Land programs and projects to individual and institutional prospects (in collaboration with Institutional Giving team), and developing fundraising materials as needed. Develops annual philanthropy action plans, revenue and expense budgets, and long-range (3-5 years) fundraising goals.
  • Manages all donor recognition and donor communications for the State Office, coordinating closely with national Marketing and Stewardship departments.
  • Updates and maintains donor tracking records in donor database and generates donor-tracking reports for both individual and institutional donors.
  • In coordination with divisional and national Philanthropy teams, plans and produces donor-oriented special events.
  • Maintains a portfolio of approximately 120 donors and prospects, and makes approximately 100 visits to prospects annually.
  • With the State Director’s partnership, shares responsibility for meeting or exceeding the annual state philanthropy budget.
 Experience, Education and Skills Required:
  • Minimum six years of fund-raising experience, including direct major gift solicitations.
  • Demonstrated experience with volunteer Boards.
  • Bachelors degree required. MA preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience using Window-based philanthropic database program.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, along with organizational skills and attention to detail. Experience in writing grant proposals or other fundraising materials helpful.
  • Knowledge of and experience with state philanthropic communities.
  • Strong interest in and commitment to land conservation.
  • Minimal travel (less than 10% and most of it local)
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