Detroit, MI

Associate Director of Philanthropy (MI), The Nature Conservancy

The Organization

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 backyard. 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.

Position Overview

Become a force for nature and a healthy planet by joining the Michigan team!


Over the last 50 years, The Nature Conservancy has worked with the people of the Great Lakes to protect more than one million acres of land, thousands of inland lakes and hundreds of miles of rivers.

The Associate Director of Philanthropy (ADoP) is responsible for building a portfolio of qualified donors and developing relationships.  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 in the field and staff at the Worldwide Office, keeping them apprised of interactions, issues or concerns, and direct questions as appropriate. They are capable of featuring the programs of the Conservancy in broad terms. The ideal candidate will have a background and track record that includes:

Minimum 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 $25,000 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.

Preferred Qualifications

·   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.

Working knowledge of the basics of charitable gift planning.

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 building long-term relationships with communities, government agencies and commercial businesses in order to conserve natural resources at a new scale.

How To Apply

If you have a personal passion for conserving and protecting the natural world with a belief in the mission, principles, and values of The Nature Conservancy’s approach to conservation, and want to receive great benefits, then please visit to learn more. Submit your cover letter and resume for position number 46431 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 9, 2018. Please note that the position will be located in Detroit, Michigan.

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.

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