We’re Hiring

Title: Development Director

Department: Development, Fundraising & Outreach

Employment Level: Full-Time

Reports to: Executive Director

Salary Range: $70-$90k, subject to demonstrated experience

Mountain Area Preservation (MAP) mission is to preserve the Truckee-Tahoe region’s mountain character and natural environment for present and future generations.

Mountain Area Preservation seeks an experienced fundraiser to fulfill the position of Development Director. This is an exciting opportunity to make a significant impact on the future of private philanthropy, benefiting the conservation and environmental sector of the Truckee-Tahoe region. 

Job Purpose: The Development Director, working closely with the Executive Director, is responsible for the strategic oversight, development, and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising program that secures the financial resources needed to support Mountain Area Preservation’s land use and environmental advocacy work.  S/he will plan, design, implement, and analyze all fundraising activities, including major donor cultivation and solicitation, planned giving activities, direct mail, special appeals, membership program, donor research, and capital campaigns.  S/he will motivate and coordinate the efforts of staff, board members, and volunteers in fundraising activities and will also educate, cultivate, and solicit past, present, and future donors.  Finally, s/he will work collaboratively with staff, board members, and volunteers to focus on strategic priorities and advance MAP’s goals for the Truckee-Tahoe region. 


  • Plan, design, implement and analyze strategic fundraising activities to support MAP’s operations, programs, and campaigns.
  • In cooperation with the Executive Director, board, and staff, build strong, long-term, effective relationships with donors. Ensure that donors can accomplish their charitable goals through advancing MAP’s mission while building major gift potential over time.
  • Research, identify, cultivate, and solicit foundation, corporate, and individual donors.
  • Plan and oversee donor outreach efforts; tracking systems for pledges, gifts; as well as donor acknowledgment and recognition programs.
  • Work with the Executive Director to prepare an annual budget for fundraising.
  • Engage MAP partners (governmental and non-governmental organizations) when appropriate for fundraising initiatives or campaigns.
  • Oversee the membership development program, including developing written appeals for membership renewals and end of year appeal letters.
  • Design and implement a planned giving program.
  • Oversee the design, content, production, and use of all fundraising materials.
  • Coordinate the preparation and production of promotional, communication, and marketing materials (e.g., annual report, appeal letters, brochures).
  • Coordinate public outreach activities, including public relations, public speaking, promotions and special events (e.g., major donor functions and member events)

Job Requirements/Qualifications

  • Strong commitment to environmental advocacy work, stewardship, conservation and, in particular, the mission, goals and values of MAP. Ability to translate this commitment into an exciting vision when communicating with donors and staff
  • Bachelor degree and successful experience in asking and closing gifts and maintaining and building long-term relationships with donors.
  • Master’s degree, fundraising certification, and/or equivalent experience preferred, but not required.
  • Proven ability to motivate donors and energetically engage individual donors.
  • Demonstrated experience using exceptional interpersonal skills, including effective listening, diplomacy and tact, to build strong, long-term, progressive relationships with a wide range of people.
  • Experience in creating, executing and managing fundraising campaigns.
  • Demonstrated leadership and the ability to successfully manage multi-faceted areas of development and fundraising programs.
  • Excellence in written and oral communication skills for successful donor communications.
  • Intermediate level proficiency with MS Office Suite software and fundraising/donor database programs.
  • Experience with budgeting, program planning, proposal development and other general administrative tasks.
  • Function in a team-oriented environment and work independently as required.
  • Creative, results-oriented, self-starting, willing to learn, can handle and prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities, working beyond the 9-5 as needed.

To Apply

 Please send a cover letter, resume and fundraising campaign example (past or present fundraising campaign example) to Alexis Ollar, Mountain Area Preservation Executive Director at Alexis@mapf.org

The position will be open until filled, interviews will be held on a rolling basis.