Associate Director of Philanthropy

Posted: 01/12/2020

Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow 
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The Associate Director of Philanthropy, a pro-active, energetic, and mission-driven fundraiser, will have an exciting and rewarding opportunity to help grow The Nature Conservancy in Iowa. The ADOP is a front-line fundraiser and will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, closing, and stewarding a portfolio of donors. The ideal candidate will bring a passionate, enthusiastic commitment to the vision and values of The Nature Conservancy, and comprehensive fundraising experience.
The Associate Director of Philanthropy is responsible for building a portfolio of qualified donors, developing relationships, and reaching fundraising goals. They understand and apply the principles of developing donor strategies. They will be responsible for direct asks to support both Iowa and global priorities. They listen for opportunities for gifts of assets or other non-cash gifts, such as planned gifts and trade lands. The ADOP provides opportunities for donors to receive recognition and increase future giving. They involve appropriate partners throughout Iowa and staff at The Nature Conservancy’s Worldwide Office, keeping them apprised of interactions, issues or concerns. They can feature the programs of the Conservancy in broad terms. They will be responsible for volunteer engagement and donor events. The ADOP will be required to use the Conservancy’s donor database for donor/constituent management recordkeeping, prospect/stewardship planning, research, gift processing assistance, etc.
Bachelor’s degree and 5 years related experience or an equivalent combination.
Experience building and maintaining long-term relationships with prospects or fundraising constituents.
Experience in presenting and closing proposals.
Experience in managing and tracking multiple prospects and donors in donor relationship management systems.
Experience working with cross-functional teams.
Experience, coursework, or other training in fundraising principles and practices.
Experience in writing and editing funding proposals, presentations, donor letters, annual reports, or equivalent.
Must possess valid driver’s license.
Application Deadline: February 7, 2020 
You can view a more detailed job description and submit your resume and cover letter through The Nature Conservancy’s online application system at, Job ID: 48382. In your cover letter, please indicate which location you prefer: Des Moines area or Sioux City area.  
All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 7, 2020. If you are having technical problems with the site or application process, contact and include the job opening ID 48382. Any questions related to this specific position may be directed to