Development Director Position

The Development Director is the staff lead on all development and fundraising issues, responsible for the development, implementation, and oversight of earned and contributed income and sponsorship revenue. The position will provide direction and support to the Board of Directors on the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual, major, endowment, capital, restricted, and planned gifts to reach the Conservancy’s ongoing programming and financial goals. The position also serves as an informed and enthusiastic spokesperson for the Lord & Schryver Conservancy in the community.

This is a half-time position with flexible scheduling that includes occasional evenings and weekends.

The Development Director will be part of a growing team which will ultimately include the Head Gardener, Development Director, Programming Director, and Managing Director. During this expansion period, the board and select volunteers will assist with these roles until all positions are filled.

Responsibilities and Duties:
The Development Director will:
• Lead a comprehensive fundraising program in conjunction with annual, mid-level events, and any special campaigns.
• Oversee and manage donor research and identification and maintain a portfolio of prospects and donors in all phases of qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. Build relationships through email, phone, Zoom, and face-to-face meetings.
• Develop concepts and messages, write solicitation proposals for individual prospects and donors; oversee the preparation of solicitation materials.
• Develop and contribute content for the Conservancy’s newsletter, blog and social media posts so that development messages are regular components throughout the year.
• Collaborate with the Board of Directors to solicit support for annual campaigns and any special events and to build the capacity of the board on development efforts.
• Maintain the Conservancy’s DonorPerfect database.

Required Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will have:
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
• AND 3-5 years demonstrable fundraising experience in a professional role
• Familiarity with and experience working in non-profit organizations
• Strong knowledge of DonorPerfect or other CRM software, Microsoft 365/Outlook, and/or Google workspace
• Demonstrable effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
• Exemplary interpersonal skills and confidence and ease interacting with the public
• Familiarity with or desire to learn about Oregon history, historic gardens, and historic preservation.
• Availability to work flexible hours, including some weekends and evenings as needed.

Salary and Benefits:
• Salary $30-35K depending on skills and experience
• PTO in accordance with position hours
• On-site training about the work and legacy of Lord & Schryver
• Collaborative work with enthusiastic and supportive team

Equal Opportunity Employer
The Lord & Schryver Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer and affirmative action employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply. Our organization does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, color, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, class, gender identity, physical or mental disability.

To Apply
Submit a cover letter outlining why your experience is relevant to this development role at the Lord & Schryver Conservancy and a chronological resume to Please include your full name in the subject line of the email. The deadline for application materials is October 30, 2023.