Director of Development
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director
of Development is responsible for all activities related to generating
philanthropic support for the mission and programs of the Sacramento Tree
Foundation. The Director is responsible
for the creation and implementation of a comprehensive strategic plan for fund development.
Specific responsibilities will include front-line development activities as a
major gifts officer,
capital campaign lead, and special
events, planned giving and membership services manager. The Executive Assistant
supports all of these efforts and reports directly to the Director of
Development. The position will
staff with annual giving program
play a significant role
in partnership development and stewardship
. The Director
will also assist the Executive Director in expanding the board’s role in fund
development. Additionally, the Director will work closely with board and staff
to implement communications strategies designed to position the Tree Foundation
favorably in the community.
Director of Development is an integral member of the Sacramento Tree
Foundation’s executive leadership team working to grow the Sacramento Tree
Foundation as a respected leader of environmental stewardship and
This is a unique role and a great
opportunity for a development professional to immediately take a lead role with
the Tree Foundation’s first ever capital campaign while continuing to grow the
impact of the organization’s annual fund and fundraising events.
/ Major Gift
- Manage all strategies and activities for capital
campaign/major gift donor identification, qualification, cultivation,
solicitation, and stewardship.
- Create and maintain management systems to support a
robust Hanami Line capital campaign.
- Communicate lavishly
with board of directors, capital campaign committee, staff, partners and
supporters on capital campaign progress and status.
- Strategically encourage the full participation
by all board members in delivering successfully fund development activities.
Annual Fund and
Special Events Oversight
fund systems and processes to ensure best practices are followed, donor
communications are meaningful and authentic, and fundraising activities
Work with the
Fund Development team to design, implement and manage fundraising
activities including board and staff annual giving, membership program,
special events and other Tree Foundation-related fundraising opportunities
as they develop.
Development reports for the Executive Director and make presentations to
the Board of Directors and other agencies as requested.
and manage an effective program for donor recognition and stewardship, including
accurate listings of donors in printed materials, appropriate signage, and
routine communications with donors/prospects designed to keep them interested and
EDUCATION: B.A. or B.S. degree strongly preferred but
experience can be used in place of a degree.
EXPERIENCE: 5+ years of
experience in frontline fund development. Capital campaign experience
communicator with excellent listening skills; authentic builder of
positive relationships; and capable of sharing compelling stories that highlight
the Tree Foundation’s values, mission and achievements
- Cultural competency and an approach that is
appreciative, affirming, and inclusive of all cultural backgrounds
- Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office and QuickBooks; experience with Salesforce or similar CRM/donor-tracking software
- Strong understanding of development accounting/IRS requirements
- Able to consistently document all moves made throughout the donor
gift cycle in donor-tracking database
- Strong attention to detail
- Able to effectively organize and complete multiple activities,
priorities, and assignments in a timely manner
- Demonstrates effective communication, cooperation, and creativity
when problem solving, resolving conflict, and managing change
- Provide outstanding customer service to all members, employees,
vendors, and clients
- Preserve confidential information with appropriate discretion
Positive attitude, professional manner and appearance in all
Must be comfortable
working in a mission-based, non-profit environment. The ideal candidate for the
position will have a passion for our mission and a commitment to excellent
Provide training, education and positive
reinforcement to support staff to achieve excellence in development
administrative, stewardship, and communication activities.
The Executive Assistant reports to the Director
Must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends. The Tree
Foundation office is a casual environment. Both indoor office work and some
outdoor work is required for this position.
This is an at-will, non-exempt position.
Excellent benefits including health care,
dental and vision care coverage, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave.
Send résumé and cover letter via email to
Foundation Mission Statement
The Sacramento Tree Foundation is building healthy,
livable communities in the Sacramento region by growing the best urban forest
in the nation.