New Orleans Director of Philanthropy

New Orleans

Position Summary

The State Director of Philanthropy is responsible for the design and implementation of all fund raising activities to support The Trust for Public Land’s land conservation activities in the state. The State Director of Philanthropy works closely with the State Director to develop fund raising goals and projections and to build a major gifts program with a special focus on individual giving. This position also works closely with the organization's State Office project and administrative staff, Divisional project and administrative staff, and National philanthropy staff, and interacts closely and frequently with donors and Advisory Council volunteers. The State Director of Philanthropy reports to the Divisional Director of Philanthropy.

Essential Functions

  • In cooperation with the State Director and National philanthropy staff, oversees all major gift fundraising activities in the state, with a special emphasis on identification, cultivation, solicitation, and management of major donors and foundations, including creating solicitation letters, proposals and other materials, managing donors and donor prospects lists, promoting planned giving, and involving senior management and project staff in cultivation as needed.
  • Works with State Director and Advisory Council Chair to sustain existing Advisory Council members, including acting as a liaison with the Council on philanthropy-related activities, and to identify and cultivate new Advisory Council members.
  • Works with project staff to identify and meet program and project operating and capital needs including creating, packaging and marketing our programs and projects to individual and institutional prospects (in collaboration with Institutional Giving Directors), and developing fundraising materials as needed. Develops annual philanthropy action plans, revenue and expense budgets, and long-range (3-5 years) fundraising goals.
  • Manages all donor recognition and donor communications for the State Office, coordinating closely with divisional and national Marketing departments.
  • Maintains donor tracking records on Pledgemaker and generates donor-tracking reports for both individual and institutional donors.
  • In cooperation with divisional and national Philanthropy and Marketing staff, plans and produces donor-oriented special events.


  • The State Director of Philanthropy is expected to:
  • Carry between 35-45 active, high level prospects and 40-50 pipeline prospects
  • Make at least 120 visits to prospects, annually
  • Assure the state philanthropy budget receipts are met or exceeded
  • Create the state-wide philanthropy plan
  • Raise receipts in the amount of $2-5 million, annually


  • Minimum six years of fund-raising experience, including direct major gift solicitations.
  • Demonstrated experience with volunteer boards
  • Bachelors degree required. MA preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience using Window-based philanthropic database program.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, along with organizational skills and attention to detail. Experience in writing grant proposals or other fundraising materials helpful.
  • Available for significant travel (up to 30- 50%).
  • Knowledge of and experience with state philanthropic communities
  • Strong interest in and commitment to land conservation.
How to Apply: 

Please apply online.