Connecticut Director of Philanthropy

Posted Date: June 17, 2022
Location: New Haven, Connecticut
The Connecticut Director of Philanthropy will design and lead all fundraising activities to support TPL’s activities throughout Connecticut. The Director will work closely with the State Director and members of the program and philanthropy team to lead a comprehensive fundraising program that maximizes support for the organization and its activities in Connecticut.

The Director will help the team leverage national resources to elevate TPL at the local level as well as promote and advocate work taking place in the field within its national programs. The Director will carry a portfolio with an emphasis on individual major gift prospects and donors.

Program and Advisory Board Oversight

The Director of Philanthropy, Connecticut will:

• Oversee all fundraising activities in the Connecticut program, including design and implementation of annual and long-range plans, development and realization of annual revenue goals, and setting the priorities and focus for the philanthropy program;

• Collaborate with the State Director and philanthropy team members to monitor progress and meet revenue goals and communicate shared vision for the program and expectations of each position in shared success;

• Work with the State Director to identify operating and capital needs in order to integrate and direct fundraising efforts;

• Track and report progress toward revenue and programmatic goals;

• Monitor philanthropy associated expenses ensuring proper investment of resources;

• Oversee donor communications and recognition, coordinating with regional and national marketing departments;

• Oversee donor events and tours;

• Direct and coordinate the involvement of leadership and program staff with donors and in overall fundraising; and

• Work with the State Director and Connecticut Advisory Board Chair to sustain and grow the Connecticut Advisory Board, including identifying and recruiting new members, directing the fundraising knowledge and efforts of the Advisory Board, and overseeing the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual board members and ensuring giving metrics are achieved.

Relationship Management
The Connecticut Director of Philanthropy will:

• Manage a portfolio of approximately 100 donors and prospects with an emphasis on individual major gift donors and prospects, including donor identification, strategy development, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship;

• Make at least 100 visits (aspire to 120 visits) with donors and prospects, annually;

• Create comprehensive engagement strategies, lead cultivation teams, and lead in the creation and delivery of final solicitation and stewardship materials and activity; and

• Promote blended gifts, planned giving, and involve peer volunteers, leadership, senior management, and project staff in cultivation as needed.

Preferred Competencies and Qualifications:
The Trust for Public Land seeks a Director of Philanthropy with
  • a commitment to The Trust for Public Land's mission to create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come;
  • knowledge of and experience with Connecticut philanthropic communities;
  • experience with recruiting and liaising with volunteer boards, as well as working with volunteers to drive greater engagement and successful fundraising;
  • management experience and an ability to function effectively as a member of a team, ensuring close coordination and integration with other staff members;
  • self-motivation with an ability to work autonomously;
  • an ability to multi-task with exceptional organizational and planning skills and excellent attention to detail and deadlines;
  • excellent written communication and editing skills (including grant writing), and interpersonal skills ranging from one-on-one interactions to formal group presentations;
  • an entrepreneurial spirit and an ability to thrive in a small, dynamic, busy office; 
  • an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations; and
  • proficiency with databases or donor management software.

A bachelor's degree is preferred for this position as is at least seven years of fundraising experience, including making major gift solicitations with significant institutional impact.

As a full-time exempt employee, you will be eligible for TPL’s comprehensive benefits program which includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, vacation pay, sick pay, holidays, and a 403(b) retirement plan, currently with a 5.5% company matching. We offer competitive salaries commensurate with experience. The hiring range for this position is $100,000-115,000.

The Trust for Public Land is committed to cultivating diverse staff that is representative of the communities we serve.  Applications from individuals having diverse backgrounds and life experiences are strongly encouraged.