Northwest Associate Director of Philanthropy

Trust for Public Land’s vision is that everyone in America should have close-to-home access to the benefits of nature. We believe quality parks and natural spaces are a fundamental requirement for sustaining healthy, equitable communities that are resilient and prepared for change. Today, on the heels of Trust for Public Land’s most successful fundraising year to date and as we approach our 50th anniversary, we have much to celebrate and even more promising work to pursue. Join us and help us connect everyone to the outdoors. Help us grow our philanthropic partnerships to ensure healthy, livable communities for all for generations to come. 
Position Summary:
The Northwest Associate Director of Philanthropy (ADoP) is an integral member of the Northwest Philanthropy Team, providing direct impact on the annual operating and programmatic needs across Washington and Oregon. This position is principally focused on individual donors and prospects, but the mixed portfolio also includes foundation and corporate donors.

The Northwest ADoP is an entrepreneurial and results-oriented individual who thrives in a fast-paced, results-oriented office. The position will manage independent and collaborative projects that support the creation, protection, and enhancement of parks, trails, and public lands. The ADoP is adept in working with leadership throughout an organization, and will work closely with colleagues across multiple geographies, different departments, volunteers, and with the Northwest program team.

Responsibilities for the position include:

60%    Relationship Manager: Realize annual metrics toward philanthropy goals for the Northwest and support overall goals of the organization. Manage a portfolio of prospective and current donors, fostering and growing a culture of philanthropic  engagement with Trust for Public Land. Focus includes the following:  donor identification, strategy development, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.  Conduct donor visits, make direct solicitations and close gifts.  Write solicitation letters and proposals.  Track and meet deadlines and keep donor records up to date.  Coordinate and implement donor field trips, events, and recognition.

15%     Management of Prospect Pipeline: Work with organizational and regional resources and team members to identify, qualify and track new prospective donors. Those teams may include Planned Giving, Prospect Research, Conservation Champions, and other Directors of Philanthropy and ADoPs. In collaboration with the Northwest Director of Philanthropy, manage outreach both internal and external, to advance connections with prospects and cultivate those prospects using researched strategies and methods.

15%     Communications, Donor Relations, and Events: Plans and implements regular communications to donors, and provides relevant local content for use with the organization’s annual giving program, website, annual report, and other publications and collateral materials. Serve as philanthropy lead in strategy and execution of Northwest fundraising events. This includes managing and directing volunteers, committees, activities, staff engagement and vendors to ensure that events achieve fundraising, cultivation, and stewardship goals.

5%       Next Generation Council Volunteer Management:  Serve as philanthropy lead for the Northwest Next Generation Council, a group of young leaders whose purpose is to build awareness of and support the mission of Trust for Public Land.

5%       Other: Other duties assigned.


The Associate Director of Philanthropy is expected to:
  • Carry a balanced portfolio of 80-100 prospects with the capacity to make gifts between $10,000 and $100,000 and effectively move them through the four stages (qualification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship).
  • Make at least 100 visits (aspire to 120 visits) with donors and prospects, annually.
  • Contribute to Philanthropy’s overall success by assuring budget and goals are met or exceeded. 
  • Develop and implement annual and long-range work plans in coordination with the Northwest Director of Philanthropy.
  • Work in close collaboration with program staff to cultivate relationships and develop philanthropic partnerships that support delivery of strategic priorities.
  • Contribute to and implement annual and long-range strategic plans for the Northwest.

  • Minimum of five years of fundraising experience with major gift solicitations ($10,000+).
  • Ability to write and edit persuasive materials, including grant proposals, reports, letters of inquiry, interim reports, stewardship materials, and program/project summaries.
  • Experience interacting with individual donors and fundraising volunteers.
  • Demonstrated ability to function effectively as a member of a team, ensuring close coordination with colleagues.
  • Demonstrated ability to accept and apply feedback.
  • Self-motivated; able to multi-task with attention to detail and deadlines; can perform successfully without regular supervision.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, along with organizational skills.
  • Computer proficiency with various Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Knowledge of and experience with the Northwest’s philanthropic community preferred.
  • Ensures ethical compliance with fundraising best practices, as defined by the Association for Fundraising Professionals.
  • High integrity and commitment to excellence.
  • Interest in and commitment to Trust for Public Land’s mission.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours.
  • Willingness to travel within the Northwest.
  • Bachelor’s degree is preferred.
  • Proficiency with databases or donor management software is preferred.

Other Information

As a full-time exempt employee, you will be eligible for TPL’s comprehensive benefits program which includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, vacation annually, 10+ holidays, personal and community service days, paid winter break and a 403(b) retirement plan, currently with an up to a 7% company match.  The hiring range for this role is $75,000 - $85,000 and offers are commensurate with experience.

Trust for Public Land is committed to cultivating a diverse staff that is representative of the communities in which we live and work.  Applications from individuals having diverse backgrounds and life experiences are strongly encouraged.  We are open to the possibility that a great candidate for this job may not precisely meet all of the above criteria; if you believe you are the right person for this job and can persuasively make that case, we encourage you to apply.