Ohio Director of Philanthropy

Posted Date: November 29, 2021
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
The Trust for Public Land is excited to work with The Aspen Leadership Group to help fill this position.

To be considered, please apply for this position by visiting: https://opportunities.aspenleadershipgroup.com/opportunities/1016

To nominate a candidate, please contact Gregory Leet: at [email protected].

The Director of Philanthropy, Ohio will design, coordinate, and implement all fundraising activities to support The Trust for Public Land’s activities in Ohio. The Director will work closely with the State Director and the philanthropy team to lead a comprehensive fundraising program that maximizes support for the organization and its activities in Ohio. The Director will help the team leverage national resources to elevate The Trust for Public Land 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.

The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. The Trust for Public Land was founded in 1972 on the conviction that all people need and deserve access to nature and the outdoors, close to home, in the cities and communities where they live, as a matter of health, equity, and justice. While many conservation organizations set aside wildlands for biodiversity or habitat restoration, The Trust's founders sought to bring the benefits of parks and nature to the places, people, and communities that needed them most. The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3.5 million acres of land, developed more than 2,000 miles of trails, and completed more than 5,400 projects across America. The Trust for Public Land has also helped states and local communities generate more than $79 billion in new public funds for parks and open space.

Today, nearly 60,000 Cleveland residents do not have access to park within a 10-minute walk from home. Additionally, the city's existing parks are not distributed equitably; parks serving primarily nonwhite populations are half the size and nearly five times as crowded as parks serving majority white populations. The Trust believes that everyone, regardless of race, income, or zip code, deserves access to a great park or open space, which is why it has prioritized working with the City of Cleveland to build, renovate, and transform neighborhood parks.


Program and Advisory Board Oversight - The Director of Philanthropy, Ohio will:

• oversee all fundraising activities in the Ohio 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 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 Ohio Advisory Board Chair to sustain and grow the Ohio 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 Director of Philanthropy, Ohio 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.


The Trust for Public Land seeks a Director of Philanthropy, Ohio 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 Ohio’s philanthropic communities;
• experience recruiting and managing volunteer boards, as well as working with volunteers to fundraise successfully;
• 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 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; and
• an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations. A bachelor's degree is preferred for this position as is at least eight years of fundraising experience, including making major gift solicitations with significant institutional impact.