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Director of Field Philanthropy for the Midwest

Chicago, IL
The Trust for Public Land is excited to partner with the Aspen Leadership Group to fill this position,.

To be considered, please visit: https://opportunities.aspenleadershipgroup.com/opportunities/1017

The Director of Field Philanthropy, Midwest will lead the fundraising strategy and oversee the team for multiple state programs within the Midwest region. The Director will help the team leverage resources across the organization to elevate The Trust for Public Land at the local level as well as promote and advocate work taking place in state programs with national programs. The Director will oversee their own state program, advisory board, and portfolio with an emphasis on individual major gift prospects and donors. The Director will serve as a member of the Field Philanthropy Management Team and work closely with a variety of internal partners including the Field Advisory & Support Team, Finance, Marketing, Philanthropy Operations, and Philanthropy Programs teams to drive the integration of an organization wide philanthropy program.

The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. The Trust for Public Land was founded in 1972 on the conviction that all people need access to nature and the outdoors, close to home, in the cities and communities where they live, as a matter of health, equity, and justice. While many conservation organizations set aside wildlands for biodiversity or habitat restoration, The Trust's founders sought to bring the benefits of parks and nature to the places, people, and communities that needed them most. The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3.5 million acres of land, developed more than 2,000 miles of trails, and completed more than 5,400 projects across America.

The Trust for Public Land has also helped states and local communities generate more than $79 billion in new public funds for parks and open space. The Trust's Chicago program was established in 1999 and has been instrumental in the creation of The 606, parks such as Ping Tom Park, Haas Park, Mary Bartelme Park, and the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge. In Chicago, the neighborhood where one is born, grows up, and lives can greatly determine access to quality public amenities, a sense of safety, health options, and even life expectancy. This is why The Trust for Public Land is focusing its current efforts on communities – like North Lawndale – where historical disinvestment has left residents facing climate, health, and social challenges. The Trust believes that creating safe and high-quality parks, trails, and spaces where people can connect to the outdoors and to each other is a vital part of the solution to address inequity in the city.


Field Philanthropy Leadership and Oversight

The Director of Field Philanthropy, Midwest will
• in cooperation with State Directors of Philanthropy, oversee all fundraising activities and performance of the state programs directly reporting to the position with a special emphasis on identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual major donors;
• ensure each state program has developed an annual Philanthropy work plan, moves management plans for $50K+ donors, revenue and expense budgets, and annual and long-range (3-5 years) fundraising goals; 
• work with Field Program leadership and staff to provide philanthropy leadership on strategy, budgeting, marketing, and other shared priorities as well as to identify blended and/or national gift opportunities;
• facilitate collaboration between Field philanthropy and all areas of philanthropy, national programs, and marketing;
• supervise team of two State Directors of Philanthropy to establish annual plans, monitor progress and consult/coach on effective strategies and areas for improvement;
• train and mentor staff on best practices;
• identify and advocate for needed resources for the various state programs; • resolve disputes and make decisions to insure efficient, effective, and cohesive teams; and
• deliver annual performance assessment.

State Program and Advisory Board Oversight

The Director of Field Philanthropy, Midwest will
• oversee and assume accountability for all fundraising activities in the Director of Field Philanthropy’s assigned program (Chicago), including design and implementation of annual and long-range plans, development and realization of annual revenue goals, setting the priorities and focus for the philanthropy team;
• work with the State or Program 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 resources;
• oversee donor communications and recognition, coordinating with regional and national marketing departments;
• oversee donor events and tours;
• direct and coordinate the involvement of the State Director and program staff with donors and in overall fundraising; and
• work with the State or Program Director and Advisory Board Chair to sustain and grow the program’s 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 giving metrics are achieved.

Relationship Management

The Director of Field Philanthropy, Midwest will
• manage a portfolio of approximately 75 donors and prospects with an emphasis on individual major gift donor prospects, including donor visits, cultivation, and stewardship activities, and solicitations;
• create comprehensive engagement strategies, lead cultivation teams, and lead in the creation and delivery of final solicitation and stewardship materials;
• make at least 75 visits with donors and prospects, annually; and
• promote blended gifts, planned giving, and involve peer volunteers, leadership, senior management, and project staff in cultivation as needed.

Philanthropy Leadership Administration

The Director of Field Philanthropy, Midwest will
• in collaboration with Associate Vice President, Field Philanthropy coordinate between Field Philanthropy staff and Philanthropy Senior Leadership to deliver work plan, budget, forecast, and performance information; 
• work with direct reports on the CEO’s top donor strategy and communication with Principal Gifts and Senior Philanthropy Leadership;
• contribute to Philanthropy’s overall success by assuring budget and goals are met or exceeded in the Field Programs this position directly supervises; and
• serve as a member of the Field Philanthropy Management Team and ensure priorities are communicated and follow through on actions.


The Trust for Public Land seeks a Director of Field Philanthropy, Midwest with
• a commitment to The Trust for Public Land's mission to create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come;
• experience supervising philanthropy staff in multiple geographies;
• an ability to organize and motivate others, including direct reports, peers, and volunteers;
• an understanding of best practices across all disciplines of fundraising (institutional giving, working with volunteers, major gifts, planned giving, etc.);
• experience in planning, leading, and managing action plans, campaigns, and projects, including coordinating with peers to achieve desired outcomes, tracking and reporting on progress to management;
• an ability to build a team within a variety of disciplines and departments;
• an ability to focus efforts and train non-philanthropy staff in the discipline of fundraising;
• an ability to create powerful, compelling written and oral communications for fundraising as well as an ability to convey complex ideas via presentations, e-mails, and face to face communications;
• an ability to work with others to reach common goals and objectives;
• experience establishing and cultivating strong relationships with staff and an ability to use good judgment, take initiative, and make recommendations; and • organizational skills and attention to detail.

A bachelor's degree is preferred for this position as is at least ten years of fundraising experience, including direct major gift solicitations.
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