Development Director

Title: Development Director

Status: Exempt, full-time

General Description

The North Carolina League of Conservation Voters (NCLCV) is a statewide advocacy and political organization, working to protect North Carolina’s environment and communities for over 50 years by holding public officials accountable for enacting policies that protect the health of our citizens and our environment. NCLCV’s mission is to advocate for sound environmental policies and elect pro-environmental candidates who will champion strong environmental protections, and who understand that North Carolina’s unique natural environment plays an integral role in our economy and quality of life.

The Development Director develops and implements the overall strategy of NCLCV’s fundraising programs, leads staff, and works with the Board of Directors to fulfill the organization’s fundraising goals in support NCLCV’s short term and long term organizational goals.


  • Designs and implements development plans for NCLCV, NCLCV Foundation, and the Conservation PAC, with support from staff and board.
  • Executes development plans and timelines associated with major donors, events, and board member engagement as follows:
    • Lead and grow NCLCV’s major donor program, including managing a portfolio of existing major donors, providing support and leadership for the Executive Director and other staff managing donor relationships, identifying/qualifying new major donors, donor solicitation, and donor stewardship.
    • Oversees development events, including annual signature fundraising event, house parties, donor acquisition events, and other special events.
    • Works with Board members to develop individual board engagement plans to meet fundraising goals.
  • Analyzes effectiveness of development plans to ensure fundraising goals are being met. Provides reports to colleagues, executive director, and the board.
  • Partners with communications staff to coordinate and integrate membership stewardship, direct mail, online fundraising, and expand donor outreach capacity.
  • Ensures integration with communications work and programmatic work, and works closely with staff to develop a culture of fundraising within the organization. 
  • Assists with organizational marketing and communications, including media outreach.
  • Occasionally serves as spokesperson for the organization.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Work Experience:

  • 5+ years related fundraising experience. Required.
  • Experience building and maintaining long-term relationships. Required.
  • Experience in asking for and closing gifts of $25,000 or more. Required.
  • Experience in managing and tracking multiple prospects and donors. Required.
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams, preferably in a non-profit or in political fundraising. Strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with fundraising principles and practices, and with CRM. Strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with 501(c)3, 501(c)4, and political organizations. Preferred.
  • College degree. Preferred.

Cultural Competence:

  • Shares our commitment to increasing racial diversity in our movement and organization,
    integrating justice and equity into the work we do, and ensuring an inclusive organizational


  • Ability to write well and effectively communicate the mission, goals, and needs of an organization to donors, and ability to articulate complex ideas clearly, accurately, and concisely.
  • Possess high level of intellectual curiosity.
  • Demonstrated experience using listening, diplomacy, and tact to build strong relationships and motivate donors and volunteers.
  • Knowledge of and passion for environmental issues and politics.

Compensation and Conditions: Salary range starting at $60,000 commensurate with experience and ability. Able to occasionally work hours in excess of stated office hours to get the job done; ability and willingness to travel. This position is based in Raleigh, NC. Note: all staff are working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To Apply

Send cover letter and resume to jobs@nclcv.org with “Development Director” in the subject line. No phone calls please. Position open until filled.

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NCLCV is an equal opportunity employer committed to a racially just, equitable, and inclusive workplace.

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