The Maryland/DC Director of Philanthropy (DOP) leads a comprehensive, top-in-class development program that secures significant philanthropic resources from individuals, corporations, and foundations to support The Nature Conservancy’s priorities in Maryland/DC, in North America and around the world. They must be a proven strong and inspiring leader, a successful major and principal gifts fundraiser with skill in designing and executing complex donor strategies, and experienced in program management. The DOP oversees all major gifts functions, which includes managing multi-year fundraising campaigns, board recruitment and development, planned giving, major- and principal- gift fundraising, donor prospecting and research, and stewardship. The DOP recruits, develops, and inspires a staff of high-performing philanthropy professionals, works closely with the Maryland/DC Board of Trustees and other volunteer leaders, and builds a culture of philanthropy throughout the Maryland/DC Chapter.
The DOP will build on the Maryland/DC Chapter’s significant contributions to the Conservancy’s domestic and global priorities. To that end, the DOP must be motivated to learn and able to work in collaboration with conservation experts, philanthropy staff organization-wide, donors and volunteers across a dispersed and complex organization to integrate philanthropy with sophisticated conservation and policy initiatives. The DOP is a member of the Maryland/DC Executive Team, responsible for bringing donor perspective to organizational decisions, and plays a leadership role in building the Chapter’s role as a hub of conservation innovation and success with a strategic focus on clean water and climate resiliency.