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Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Company: The Nature Conservancy
Date Posted: May 24, 2018

Are you a professional fundraiser with a talent for aligning donor interests with innovative habitat conservation, such as our Precision Restoration project that produces enhanced seed materials for restoration of Eastern Oregon’s sagebrush steppe?  Do you enjoy writing compelling proposals through creative collaborations with both scientists and philanthropists?  You could be our next Associate Director of Corporation and Foundation Relations at The Nature Conservancy in Oregon! 


You’ll play a pivotal role within a philanthropy team of nine, partnering with conservation leaders in Oregon, nationally and around the world, to steer dollars to high impact conservation projects. You will conceive, design and lead effective multi-year strategies as well as cultivate and solicit foundation, corporate and individual donors. Your success involves maintaining a knowledge of key issues in conservation and the Conservancy’s leading strategies in Oregon, regionally, and globally. You’ll have the opportunity to work closely with the Oregon philanthropy team, intersect with members of the Board of Trustees and engage business leaders to advise conservation initiatives. 


In case you’re not familiar with us, The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 72 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.


As a leader in Oregon’s conservation community, our team of scientists and problem solvers directly protects the iconic landscapes and inspiring locations that define our great state. From working to reduce the severity of fires in our forests, to designing our clean water future, to developing innovative technologies with fisherman and ranchers that sustainably protect both nature and livelihoods, The Nature Conservancy is building a future where people and nature thrive together.   


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

  • 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 $25,000 or more.
  • Experience in developing proposals of $25,000 or more.
  • Experience in managing and tracking multiple prospects and donors.
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams and in coordinating projects.
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in fundraising principles and practices.
  • Experience managing multiple tasks with attention to detail.


Preferred knowledge, skills and experience that would be helpful:

  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience.
  • Ability to educate and inform prospective and existing donors about appropriate giving vehicles.
  • Ability to develop customized foundation proposals with program budgets and reporting plans. 


The preferred hiring range for this position is $69,000-$74,200.


If you are interested in working to save the planet, want to work in a collaborative environment, and like a great benefits package, review our full position description here or please visit and search for job ID 46528 in the keyword search.  Submit your application by 8:59 PM PST on June 13, 2018 to be considered.


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 diverse people of all genders, 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 orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law.