Director of Development

Newtown Square 19073, Pennsylvania

JoB Description

The Willistown Conservation Trust is seeking a senior level candidate for the position of Director of Development (DOD) to assist the Trust in meeting the ambitious fundraising goals necessary to further its mission as a vibrant community based land trust with broad outreach. With more than 7,200 acres of conserved land in the Willistown area, the Trust works to protect the remaining open spaces in the Willistown area while also engaging a local, regional and national audience through its Community Farm, Bird Conservation, Research and Education, Habitat Restoration, and Watershed Protection programs. The primary responsibility of the DOD is to provide a key leadership role in ensuring that the Trust has the financial resources necessary to grow and further its mission.

This position reports to the Executive Director and supervises the Department of Development staff.


The DOD has responsibility for planning, implementing and coordinating the Trust’s comprehensive development programs to include: major gifts; annual giving; capital campaigns; planned giving and foundation and public grants. Additionally, the DOD works with the Communications and Marketing team on public relations, communications, and special events designed to enhance fundraising capacity and to broaden the base of support for Trust programs.

In conjunction with appropriate staff and Trustee members the DOD will:

  • Plan and implement all fundraising strategies and development systems to include Major Gifts, Annual Giving, Capital Fundraising, Planned Giving and Foundation and Public Grants.
  • Complete the $750,000 Rushton Conservation Center campaign to complete funding for the Rushton Conservation Center and restoration of the White Farmhouse.
  • Provide leadership for fundraising and strategic planning activities of the Board of Trustees and relevant committees.
  • Track and carry out Trustee approved long range plans and yearly operational plans as they relate to all development initiatives.
  • Research and identify Trust programs eligible for funding through private, corporate, foundation or public grantmakers. Oversee grant submissions and assure that reports are filed as required.
  • Promote the Legacy Society as a comprehensive planned giving program to include such vehicles as gifts by bequest, charitable trusts, gift annuities and insurance policies.
  • Coordinate with the Communication and Marketing department on external communications to assure a consistent public image throughout development initiatives.


The ideal candidate will have demonstrated success in the following areas:

  • Professional
    • Cultivating and soliciting major gift support from individual, foundation and corporate donors.
    • Planning and implementing a substantial Capital Campaign.
    • Planning, managing and meeting Annual Giving goals.
    • Building and executing a Planned Giving program.
    • Developing and managing fundraising and cultivation events.
    • Managing and maintaining fundraising databases to include a working knowledge of Donor Perfect.
    • Preparation of fundraising materials such as case statements, grant applications, brochures invitations and newsletters.
    • Supervision of development staff and volunteers.
  • Personal
    • Strong commitment to the Willistown Conservation Trust mission.
    • Ability to develop a range of personal relationships to enhance and broaden Trust support.
    • Excellent communication skills including strong writing and public speaking abilities.
    • Ability to think creatively and strategically.
    • Excellent organizational and record keeping skills, thoroughness and attention to detail.
    • Familiarity with the program area and Trust constituency is a plus.


Salary: This is a senior management position. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
Benefits: Excellent benefits package including health, retirement, paid holidays and vacation days.


Willistown Conservation Trust is a non-smoking, dog-friendly work environment.


Please email resume and cover letter to:
Carol Forte
Willistown Conservation Trust
925 Providence Road
Newtown Square, PA 19073

Contact: Carol Forte

Salary: This is a senior management position. Salary will be commensurate with experience.



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I Give, Therefore I Am

Posted by Laura Otten, Ph.D., Director on 7 December 2018, 7:44 am

As nonprofits are pondering just how much money will come in over the remaining days of the calendar year, it seems fitting, in a sad, sadistic way, I suppose, to report on a study with the subtitle, “American donors are far less generous than they think they are.”  But maybe some donors will read this and as a result decide to go back to their checkbooks. This study, the second in a series of research called “The Donor Mindset,” looks at American donor’s actual generosity and in comparison to the donors’ self-assessment of their generosity.  While generosity can be defined.

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