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Director of Philanthropy -Colorado

Location: Denver, Colorado
Date Posted: 08-24-2017
The Director of Philanthropy leads all foundation, corporate, and individual donor fundraising activities to support The Trust for Public Land’s operating needs and land conservation and park creation efforts in Colorado. 
The Director of Philanthropy works closely with the State Director to develop fundraising goals and to build a comprehensive fundraising program that maximizes support for the organization and its activities in Colorado.  The position carries a mixed portfolio of responsibilities with an emphasis on cultivating and stewarding individual major gift prospects and donors.  The Director of Philanthropy supervises three staff members including an Institutional Giving Manager, an Associate Director of Philanthropy, and a Philanthropy Associate, directing the team’s efforts to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward foundations, corporations, and individuals.  The Director of Philanthropy also identifies, cultivates, and stewards major gift donors in Colorado and the Southwest Region interested in supporting specific Trust for Public Land initiatives in these areas. In addition, the Director of Philanthropy helps recruit and manage the Colorado Advisory Board and directs their fundraising efforts.
The Colorado Director of Philanthropy works closely with the State Director and reports to the Western Division Director of Philanthropy.
15%      Oversee Program: Oversee and be accountable for all foundation, corporate, and individual donor fundraising activities in the state, including design and implementation of annual and long-range plans, development and realization of annual revenue goals, and setting the priorities and focus for the philanthropy team.  Work with State Director to identify operating and capital needs in order to integrate and direct fundraising efforts. Track and report progress toward revenue and programmatic goals.  Monitor philanthropy associated expenses ensuring proper investment of financial and human resources. Oversee donor communications and recognition, coordinating with regional and national philanthropy and marketing departments.  Manage donor events and field trips.  Ensure consistency of information and data used across all fundraising platforms and tools. Direct and coordinate the involvement of State Director and program staff with donors and in overall fundraising including project-specific efforts in Colorado and Southwest Region.
50%      Donor Relationships:  Manage a portfolio of approximately 120 donors and prospects with an emphasis on individual major gift donors and prospects, including:  donor identification, strategy development, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. Conduct donor visits regularly and often.  Make direct solicitations and close gifts. Realize annual fundraising metrics for the position. Write solicitation letters and proposals.  Coordinate and implement donor field trips, events, and recognition as needed.  Track and meet deadlines. Engage other staff members and volunteers in fundraising efforts as appropriate and necessary. 

15%      Advisory Board:  Work with State Director and Colorado Advisory Board Chair to sustain and grow the Colorado Advisory Board, including identifying and recruiting new members, directing the fundraising knowledge and efforts of the Advisory Board, and overseeing the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual Board members and ensuring 100 percent participation in annual giving at the Conservation Champion level.
15%      Manage Function: Supervise Institutional Giving Manager, Associate Director of Philanthropy, and Philanthropy Associate.  Support success of individual staff members through regular communication, guidance, and contact.  Provide direction in regards to allocation of time and effort and ensure proper training and professional development as needed.  Communicate a shared vision for program and expectations of each position.  Monitor progress and provide constructive feedback.  Deliver annual performance assessments. Monitor and comply with budget requirements; optimize return on investment in fundraising tasks and processes.
5%       Other duties as assigned.

Qualified candidates have a strong, demonstrated commitment to The Trust for Public Land’s mission and its efforts to create parks and protect land for people.  Specific work experience in land conservation, sustainability, or outdoor recreation a plus but not required.  Other specific skills needed in this position include the following:
  • Minimum of six years of fundraising experience, including making and closing major gift solicitations.
  • Experience in developing and executing annual fundraising plans of at least $2 million.
  • Knowledge of and experience with Denver and Colorado philanthropic communities highly preferred.
  • Some experience with large capital, endowment, or other targeted campaigns preferred.
  • Team management experience required and demonstrated ability to function effectively as a member of a team, ensuring close coordination and integration with other staff members in functions across the organization and across locations.
  • Experience in hiring, developing, and assessing the performance of staff members.
  • Experience in developing and tracking financial performance of a department or function.
  • Understanding of matrix-management techniques and structures preferred.
Communication & Relationship Management
  • Strong experience in building and maintaining long term relationships with foundation, corporate, and individual donors.
  • Experience recruiting and managing volunteer boards, as well as working with volunteers to fundraise successfully.
  • Experience in partnering with staff and volunteers to cultivate and steward donors.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, along with organizational skills.
Personal Qualities
  • Self-motivated; able to multi-task with excellent attention to detail and deadlines; can perform successfully without regular supervision.
  • Entrepreneurial; willing to take calculated risks and to try innovative approaches.
  • Collaborative by nature, collegial, seeks to build relationships with a wide variety of people.
  • Excited about the work of The Trust for Public Land and can build that enthusiasm in others.
  • Flexible, open-minded, creative.
  • Proficiency with complex databases or donor management software.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours.
  • Willingness to travel.
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