Director of Development

The Amazon Conservation Team
Deadline for Applications
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Ginna Goodenow -

Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) seeks a dynamic and experienced fundraising professional with a strong and proven track record to play a central role in the senior management team of one of the leading environmental organizations working to preserve South American rainforests. The Director of Development will be responsible for planning and implementing all of ACT’s development/fundraising activities. S/he will direct the efforts of a development team and coordinate on both strategic and operational levels with other ACT departments. This position is based in Arlington, VA (Washington, DC area).

Founded in 1996, ACT is a 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to preserving South American rainforests. ACT’s vision is that the vast, life-sustaining rainforests of the Amazon basin are forever preserved and protected. ACT is supported by private foundations, individuals, and government grants, and has an operating budget of close to $4M. Ten (10) staff members are employed at the ACT headquarters and close to 50 staff are employed in Suriname and Colombia. ACT is governed by a 13 member Board of Directors.  For more information about ACT, please visit

The Director of Development will play a key role in evolving from a $4M budget to a $10M+ budget over the next five years through the solicitation of corporate, foundation, and individual gifts. The essential duties and responsibilities of the Director of Development include designing, implementing and updating a comprehensive fundraising strategy in accordance with defined ACT goals and objectives; securing major gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations; ensuring appropriate levels of unrestricted funding and indirect cost recovery, while maintaining and growing current operating reserves; developing and managing an active donor stewardship plan; developing and implementing campaigns including individual donor campaigns, capital campaigns, online giving campaigns, intimate gatherings for individuals, groups of individual donors, etc.; recruiting, training, and supervising qualified personnel for the development team;  and working with development staff to plan and execute overall development strategy.

Highly qualified candidates will bring a variety of experiences and attributes, including a minimum 10 years of professional experience in nonprofit fundraising with proven track record in corporate, foundation, and major gift solicitation and cultivation; high energy, entrepreneurial spirit and passion for the mission of ACT; experience in planning, leading, and managing development projects, including coordinating with departments within an organization; the demonstrated ability to compose and manage comprehensive grant proposals, government contracts, and corporate contracts like cause marketing campaigns; proven experience in securing five to six figure gifts from diverse donor channels, with substantial practice in cultivating and expanding donor relationships.  See the full list of responsibilities and qualifications by clicking here.

The  Amazon  Conservation  Team  offers  an  excellent  benefits  package  and  a  salary  that  is commensurate with experience. To apply, send an email with a cover letter detailing your qualifications, resume, and salary requirements to Communications will be treated with confidence and resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. For more information contact Ginna Goodenow .  Amazon Conservation Team is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women and persons of color are encouraged. Resume reviews begin immediately.