Colorado/Alaska Associate Director of Philanthropy

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The Nature Conservancy

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Denver, CO, United States

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30+ days ago


Colorado, USA



The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


The Colorado/Alaska Associate Director of Philanthropy (ADoP) works closely with the Colorado development team to implement and coordinate effective multi-year strategies and plans that inspire donors to make major gifts, including corporate, foundation, and/or individual donors. The ADoP is based in Colorado and helps achieve Colorado’s fundraising goals along with the goals for Alaska.

The Colorado/Alaska Associate Director of Philanthropy is responsible for building a portfolio of qualified donors and developing relationships. They understand and apply the principles of developing donor strategies. They will be responsible for soliciting gifts for Colorado, Alaska and other Nature Conservancy programs around the world. They listen for opportunities for gifts of assets or other non-cash gifts, such as planned gifts and trade lands. The ADoP provides opportunities for donors to receive recognition and increase future giving. They involve appropriate partners and staff across The Nature Conservancy keeping them apprised of interactions, issues or concerns, directing questions as appropriate. They can communicate about the programs of the Conservancy in broad terms. They may be responsible for engaging with volunteers, including members of the Board of Trustees. The ADoP will be required to use the Conservancy’s donor database and will participate in the development of proposals.


Have you ever asked yourself, “How can I make a difference?”, but you don’t know where to go or have the time to do it? Welcome to The Nature Conservancy.

You have found the solution and now you can pointedly make a difference every day! By joining our Colorado and Alaska teams, you will become part of a group that is a force for nature and people. Our teams consist of a dedicated group who are leading the conservation effort on multiple fronts and who expertly bring strategy and action together. We’re looking for an individual with fundraising or business development experience who enthusiastically assists both the Colorado and Alaska teams to achieve fundraising goals. The Conservancy is a global conservation leader and one of the top fundraising charities in the United States.


  • Equivalent combination of a Bachelor’s degree and/or 5 years related experience
  • Experience building and maintaining long-term relationships with fundraising constituents.
  • Experience in asking for and closing gifts of $25,000 or more.
  • Experience in managing and tracking multiple prospects and donors.
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams.
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in fundraising principles and practices.


  • Experience in doing donor discovery work that involves creative or entrepreneurial thinking.
  • Ability to collaborate with diverse staff representing cross-functional teams meet fundraising deadlines and goals.
  • Ability to create, implement and manage fundraising plans, including individualized cultivation, solicitation, and recognition plans.
  • Experience using listening, diplomacy, and tact to build strong relationships and motivate donors and volunteers.
  • Working knowledge of the basics of charitable gift planning.


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, we impact conservation throughout the world!

The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including: health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan including employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellbeing benefits. Learn more about our benefits at in the Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellbeing, and flexibility for the needs of the people we employ! The Colorado/Alaska Associate Director of Philanthropy position will be based out of TNC’s office in Boulder, Colorado with the option of in-office or flexible (i.e., hybrid) work arrangements. The ADoP will be expected to travel with frequency determined by business need, including infrequent travel to Alaska.


The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including; health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan including employer match, accrued paid time off (including annual, personal, and sick leave), life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellness benefits. Benefits may be subject to generally applicable eligibility, waiting period, contribution, and other requirements and conditions. Learn more about our benefits at We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellness, and flexibility needs of the people we employ.


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with TNC’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit under the FAQ section.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


The estimated starting salary for this position is dependent on qualifications and experience. The starting salary is $80,000 - $85,000 annually.


To apply for job ID 52359, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on 11/30/22. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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