Director of Philanthropy, Connecticut

Posted Date: January 23, 2020
Location: New Haven, Connecticut
Position Summary:
The Trust for Public Land seeks a successful, driven fundraiser to lead all philanthropy activities for the organization’s Connecticut program. The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. In Connecticut, the “land for people” mission is improving community wellbeing through parks and open space and connecting people to the outdoors statewide. The Director of Philanthropy for Connecticut (DOP CT) raises 1 million + annually in private funds to support the Connecticut program’s operating and programmatic needs. The DOP CT works closely with Connecticut State Director to shape the philanthropy program, including developing and implementing a robust five- year fundraising plan that demonstrates incremental growth and can support mission delivery statewide. The position’s portfolio has a strong emphasis on individual major gift prospects and donors. In addition, the Director of Philanthropy helps recruit and manage the Connecticut Advisory Board and directs their fundraising efforts. This is an ideal opportunity for a high-performing, motivated philanthropy professional with a love of the outdoors and a penchant for building relationships with people who wish to make positive change in the world.
  • In cooperation with the State Director and The Trust for Public Land’s National philanthropy staff, oversees all fundraising activities in the state, with a special emphasis on identification, cultivation, solicitation, and management of individual donors and foundations with a giving capacity $25,000+ annually.
  • Works with State Director and Advisory Board Chair to sustain existing Advisory Board members, including acting as a liaison with the Board on philanthropy-related activities, and to identify and cultivate new Advisory Board members.
  • Reports to Senior Director of Philanthropy in New York and partners with New York philanthropy team on philanthropy strategies.
  • Supervises two direct reports: a Senior Philanthropy Associate and an Institutional Giving Manager.
  • Works with the Connecticut team to identify and meet program and project operating and capital needs including creating, packaging, and marketing The Trust for Public Land’s programs and projects to individual and institutional prospects, and developing fundraising materials as needed. Develops annual philanthropy action plans, 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.
  • Updates and maintains donor tracking records in donor database and generates donor-tracking reports for both individual and institutional donors.
  • In coordination with National Philanthropy teams, plans and produces donor-oriented special events.
  • Maintains a portfolio of approximately 80 donors and prospects, and makes at least 100-120 visits to prospects annually.
  • In partnership with the State Director, develops revenue and expense budgets and shares responsibility for meeting or exceeding the annual state philanthropy budget.
 Experience, Education and Skills Required:
  • Interest in and commitment to The Trust for Public Land’s mission.
  • Minimum six years of fundraising experience, including making major gift solicitations.
  • Knowledge of and experience with Connecticut philanthropic communities.
  • Experience recruiting and managing volunteer boards, as well as successfully working with volunteers to fundraise.
  • Management experience required and demonstrated ability to function effectively as a member of a team, ensuring close coordination and integration with other staff members.
  • Self-motivated; able to multi-task with excellent attention to detail and deadlines; and can perform successfully without regular supervision.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, along with organizational skills.
  • Computer proficiency with various Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Proficiency with complex databases or donor management software a plus.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and able to thrive in a small, dynamic, busy office. 
  • Ensure ethical compliance with fundraising best practices, as defined by the Association for Fundraising Professionals.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours.
  • Willingness to travel occasionally.
  • Willingness to spend time outdoors during donor cultivation efforts and work events.
  • Valid Driver’s license required.
About The Trust for Public Land
The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has preserved more than 3.6 million acres, created or transformed close to 5,000 parks, playgrounds, and gardens, and developed more than 2,000 miles of trails across the United States. The Trust for Public Land has also helped states and local communities generate over $74 billion in new public funds for parks and open space. With over thirty offices across the country, The Trust for Public Land’s vision is an America where every community can connect with nature near and far. For cities throughout the United States, the organization’s goal is to ensure that everyone in urban America has access to a quality park within a 10-minute walk of home.