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Associate Director of Philanthropy

Company: The Nature Conservancy in Alabama
Date Posted: January 8, 2018

The Nature Conservancy



Associate Director of Philanthropy


The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 60 countries, all 50 United States, and your neighborhood. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity; therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce.  Visit to learn more.


The Nature Conservancy in Alabama works to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.  From the Paint Rock River in the far northern reaches of Alabama to the Cahaba River in the state’s heartland to the Gulf Islands along the Alabama coast, the need for conservation is great.  Alabama, with its wide variety of habitats -mountains, river-valleys, plateaus, wetlands, grasslands, and forests - has the fifth greatest biological diversity of any state in the nation. Founded in 1989, The Nature Conservancy in Alabama owns and manages 15 nature preserves across the state and has safeguarded more than 175,000 acres that protect hundreds of rare and imperiled species of plants and animals, many of which are unique to Alabama. Using a strategic, science-based planning process, we identify the highest priority places that, if conserved, will protect our biological heritage. By working with communities, businesses, governments, and partner organizations, The Nature Conservancy in Alabama conserves lands and waters for future generations to use and enjoy.


The Associate Director of Philanthropy is responsible for building and managing a portfolio of qualified donors and developing relationships essential to each step in the process. He/she understands and applies the key principles of creating loyal and generous donors and focuses the bulk of their energies on this work. He/she will be responsible for direct asks related to local, regional and global priorities to meet funding needs. They will listen for opportunities for gifts of assets or other non-cash gifts, such as appreciated securities, planned gifts and trade lands (real estate). The individual will provide opportunities for donors to receive recognition and increase future giving. He/she will involve appropriate partners in the Alabama Field Office and staff at the Worldwide Office, keeping them apprised of interactions, issues or concerns, and will direct questions as appropriate. They will be a passionate advocate and spokesperson for the Conservancy’s work and can knowledgeably discuss the programs of the Conservancy. The Associate Director of Philanthropy will be required to use the Conservancy’s donor database, participate in the development of proposals, and will lead or assist in donor events. This individual will understand and comply with all TNC gift-related policies and procedures and will ensure ethical compliance, as defined by the organization and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.


The ideal candidates will have a background and track record that includes:


Minimum Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years related experience or an equivalent combination.
  • Experience building and maintaining long-term relationships with fundraising constituents.
  • Experience in asking for and closing gifts of $100,000 or more.
  • Experience in managing and tracking multiple prospects and donors.
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams.
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in fundraising principles and practices.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Ability to determine an individual’s interests, capacity and potential for helping the Conservancy meet its goals, and act appropriately to tie those interests with the Conservancy’s work.
  • Ability to educate and inform prospective and existing donors about appropriate giving vehicles.
  • Ability to implement and manage fundraising plans, including individualized cultivation, solicitation and recognition plans.
  • Knowledge of current trends in the charitable giving in the areas of capital campaigns, major gifts or planned giving.
  • Demonstrated experience using listening, diplomacy and tact to build strong relationships and motivate donors and volunteers.
  • Proven ability to negotiate high profile or sensitive agreements.





Since its founding in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide. With the support of more than one million members, the Conservancy addresses the most pressing threats to our natural world.  Through important and strategic partnerships, we are expanding the impact of our work, finding creative ways to fund that bigger vision and build long-term relationships with communities, government agencies and commercial businesses to conserve natural resources at a new scale.


The location for this position is Birmingham, Alabama. We offer a competitive salary with great benefits.  For a complete position description and to apply, visit and search for job ID #46059.


Deadline to apply is 11:59 PM EST Friday, February 2, 2018.


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 all genders, diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. 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 orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.