Colorado Open Lands, a Colorado-based state-wide land trust, is seeking an experienced Director of Development to lead the planning and implementation of this organization’s development work.
The “new” Colorado Open Lands (COL) is the result of 2013 merger of Colorado Open Lands, a land trust, and Colorado Conservation Trust, a land trust advisory and capacity-building organization. These two non-profits merged from respective positions of strength and together bring more than four decades of experience and accomplishment in innovative land conservation.
Because of the increased strength of the new COL, the Board of Directors is committed to undertaking bold, innovative initiatives to achieve its mission as we launch a new 10 year strategic plan to exponentially increase the pace of land conservation in Colorado in a way that more deeply connects our work to Coloradans. These pending initiatives will reinforce COL’s statewide and national leadership in the private land conservation industry.
Forty-four years of combined effort has created an exceptional platform. Colorado Open Lands now seeks a philanthropy leader with the vision and drive to achieve lofty land conservation goals and thereby create a perpetual gift of essential conserved land for generation after generation of Coloradans.
This position will afford the right person the opportunity to join with a new President to create a professional legacy of real and enduring meaning. COL has completed a new strategic plan to elevate the organization to a higher level, and seeks an innovative leadership team to take it there. Accomplished fundraising executives, non-profit leaders, and philanthropy leaders are welcome to inquire about this exciting opportunity.
Reporting to the President, the Director of Development serves as a key leadership team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting Colorado Open Lands. In partnership with the President, this position is responsible for all fundraising and development activities. The successful candidate will help forge new relationships to build COL’s visibility, impact, and financial resources. The Director of Development will also design and implement a comprehensive development plan that includes major donors, foundations, a membership program, a planned giving program, corporate partnerships and direct mail/on-line giving campaigns and implement the infrastructure needed to double a $2.5 million operating budget over the next 5 years.
S/he will expand and diversify COL’s donor base/pipeline and work closely with other team members to secure funding for new initiatives. In addition, the Director will work closely with the board of directors and support board members as they take on a more active fundraising role. The Director will carry a major donor portfolio and be responsible for the solicitation of major gifts.
Colorado Open Lands offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including health benefits, paid leave and retirement benefits.
Colorado Open Lands is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
All applications will be accepted with confidentiality through February 6, 2015. Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter electronically to the attention of Colorado Open Lands at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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