Ohio Director of Development

  • Full Time
  • Ohio

The Nature Conservancy

Must be based in Ohio, USA, with a preference of Columbus, but flexible with Cleveland and Cincinnati areas.

Who We Are:
The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube  or on Glassdoor.

Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”

What We Can Achieve Together:
The Ohio Director of Development (DOD) is responsible for directing all aspects of one or more development functions, which will secure significant financial resources to support conservation goals. The DOD leads the development team for the Ohio program, including individual giving, planned giving, some foundation relations and, with the support of other experts, corporate giving.

The DOD plays a leading role for the Ohio Chapter of The Nature Conservancy to preserve, strengthen and grow a culture of philanthropy to support our mission to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. The DOD leads a comprehensive, top-in-class development program that secures significant philanthropic resources from individuals, corporations, and foundations to support The Nature Conservancy’s priorities in Ohio and around the world. They have access to fundraising expertise and best practices in the Midwest, nationally and globally, and will lead and oversee a team of five that focuses on major gift fundraising and outreach, including multi-year fundraising campaigns, major (6-, 7- and even 8-figure) gift fundraising, donor prospecting, strategic communications, planned giving, research, and stewardship. The DOD has access and support from development operations managed centrally to free up the team to focus externally and place a major personal emphasis on face-to-face fundraising. The DOD reports to the State Director and works closely with them to manage philanthropic support and outreach, and in helping to recruit, engage, and retain a strong and diverse Ohio Board of Trustees as key partners.

The DoD will be responsible for a select group of prospects and donors, with emphasis on major and principal gifts. The DOD build and maintains relationships with these donors, creating new connections to increase philanthropic revenue in service of our conservation vision while also unlocking the full potential of our existing donor base. They will also be responsible for presenting analysis and recommendations to the Ohio Board of Trustees.

We’re Looking for You:
If you have experience supervising a multidisciplinary team, closing major gifts, and working in a complex non-profit environment – look no further! The Nature Conservancy may be the place for you. We’re looking for someone who can serve as a leader and direct all aspects of one or more development functions. Apply today and find a career where you can find meaning and purpose.

We are looking dynamic and creative director of development with a track record of success for our Ohio Chapter. With a great board, a terrific staff, and an organization-leading program in place, this is an opportunity to take a step up, and grow the positive impact we make for people and nature in Ohio and beyond our borders. Our Ohio program is known for its leadership in conservation innovation and for the way it builds support and funding for not only Ohio, but for the larger organization. We develop and implement big conservation solutions that lead to positive impacts that extend well beyond the direct work of our organization, are authentic in the ways that we interact, lead, and serve, and we leverage differences in perspectives and views of partners and stakeholders to achieve surprising results.

What You’ll Bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 8 years related experience, including experience working at a senior level.
  • Experience asking for and closing major gifts.
  • Experience building and maintaining long-term relationships with fundraising constituents such as major donors, foundations and corporations.
  • Experience in planning and delivering budgetary responsibilities.
  • Experience managing and supervising a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience working in a large, complex, not-for-profit environment.
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in principles, practices, and procedures of relevant field.

What We Bring:
Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, we impact conservation throughout the world!

The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including: health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan including employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellbeing benefits. Learn more about our benefits at in the Culture Tab on nature.org/careers.

We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellbeing, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!

This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.

Salary Information:
An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and base salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

The starting pay range for a candidate selected for this position is generally within the range of $120,500 to $160,000 for annual base salary. This range only applies to candidates whose country of employment is the USA. Where a successful candidate’s actual pay will fall within this range will be based on a variety of factors, including, for example, the candidate’s location, qualifications, specific skills, and experience. Please note countries outside the USA would have a different pay range in the local currency based on the local labor market, and not tied to USA pay or ranges. Your geographic location will be confirmed during the recruitment.

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 people 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 orientations, gender identities, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to [email protected] with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.

How to Apply:
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